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Advocacy & Training Assistant

Society for Neuroscience
Washington, DC
  • Expired: March 25, 2021. Applications are no longer accepted.

The Society for Neuroscience (SfN) is searching for an Advocacy & Training Assistant to support federal and grassroots advocacy and scientific training efforts of the SfN Advocacy and Training department. The Assistant will support committee activities, provide administrative support to SfN programming such as correspondence and scheduling, and assisting with communication efforts regarding advocacy, policy positions and scientific training initiatives of the Society. This is an ideal role for a candidate with a strong interest in science who is looking to begin their career in advocacy, training, and policy.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS include the following. Other duties may be assigned. Administration Provide logistical and organizational support for all meetings and events for the Government and Public Affairs Committee, Committee on Animals in Research, and the Neuroscience Training Committee including travel, documentation, and other activities as needed.

Provide logistical and organizational support for Advocacy and Training Department-related events at the SfN Annual Meeting including the Public Advocacy Forum, the Animal Research Panel, Advocacy Reception, SfN booth presence, pre conference workshops and courses, Graduate School Fair, and Poster Floor Tours for visiting officials. Participate as a supportive and engaged team member to ensure successful execution of special projects and events. Coordinate general office administration, including financial requests, invoicing, and expense tracking.

Advocacy Assist department in implementing advocacy efforts in support of scientific research, including helping to organize and execute Capitol Hill Day activities; assisting with communications and outreach to Capitol Hill offices, supporting SfN members for in-district meetings and laboratory tours with legislators; and assist in the engagement of positive, proactive communications concerning the role of animals in research. Help communicate with SfN members through the Advocacy Network, neuroscience departments and programs, and chapters; to engage with the Society on advocacy efforts. Training Assist the department in planning and executing SfN's scientific training portfolio consisting of in-person events (workshops and courses at the Annual Meeting) and digital programming (webinars and virtual conferences); Help to schedule and administer planning calls and virtual meetings with committee members, volunteers, and other programmatic faculty; Communication Assist with the writing, proofreading, editing, and compilation of departmental communications, correspondence and publications; solicit content for and compile the monthly Advocacy Network Newsletter for review and edit by the Federal Advocacy Manager.

Contribute to the process for regularly sending new SfN public information material to key contacts on Capitol Hill and the SfN Communications Department. Maintain SfN web pages that track issues pertaining to neuroscience funding, animals in research, scientific training, Neuroscience Departments and Programs, and other science policy concerns. General Duties Serve as an engaged and involved team member, supportive of the varied experiences and perspectives of internal and external colleagues.

Support and actively build an office culture dedicated to superior customer service that exceeds member expectations. Work within the team and among teams to ensure that decisions are made to further the organization's goals. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree required.

Minimum 1 year of experience. Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with the federal policy issues, or the government affairs department of an association is preferred. Candidates with a science education background are preferred.

If this is you and you are eager to make meaningful contributions to a highly relevant and important mission, please submit a cover letter with your salary requirements and a copy of your resume for consideration. Applications without cover letters will not be considered. Our generous benefits package includes: medical, dental, disability and life insurance; flexible spending accounts, two retirement plans with employer matching and nonmatching contributions; 12 days of paid vacation, 12 days of paid sick leave, with additional personal leave and 10 paid holidays; gym membership reimbursement; and tuition reimbursement.

The Society for Neuroscience is wholly dedicated to recruiting, developing, and retaining a diverse group of talented people. We are committed to provide equal opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other protected criteria, in accordance with applicable law and we welcome Veteran applicants. Job Requirements: Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree from a 4 year college or university required.

Preferred Qualifications: Familiarity with the federal policy issues, or the government affairs department of an association is preferred. Candidates with a science education background are preferred.

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