Scientific Projects Manager, MDS

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Scientific Projects Manager

CLIENT ASSOCIATIONS: International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society, MDS

REPORTS TO: Scientific Communications Director


EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT EMPLOYEE STATUS: Exempt (Minimum of 37.5 hours/week)


The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is a professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in Parkinson’s disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic Movement Disorders and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.

Reporting to the Scientific Communications Director, the Scientific Projects Manager is responsible for supporting members in the creation of scientific and medical content for the society. Includes all aspects of written product development including outline of project scope, literature reviews and bibliography development, scribing for high-level meetings and teleconferences, interfacing with appropriate collaborative groups or individuals during the writing process, and adhering to applicable guidelines in order to ensure timely delivery of high quality end products.

This role requires the ability to undertake projects that require a variety of writing styles, including scientific marketing and media-focused pieces, meeting reports, social media and web content, etc. The ability to write quickly and succinctly but comprehensively, sometimes to tight deadlines, is important.


  • Provide support to volunteer leaders serving on committees, collaborative research groups, and task forces as needed to aid in the successful completion of the committee activities and outputs
  • Actively participate in meetings and teleconferences as needed to plan, develop, and evaluate written projects; scribe during scientific meetings and prepare organized notes for participants
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues to develop cohesive communications, accurate project status reports, and successful project completion in a timely manner including proactively identifying areas of concern or opportunity
  • Collaborate with colleagues as needed to provide writing assistance and/or serve in an advisory role to ensure accurate scientific content on printed promotional pieces, web text, educational content, scientific accuracy in grants and proposals, etc. for a wide array of constituency groups and target audiences
  • Review of scientific copy and conceptualization of scientific graphics for promotional and website articles and materials
  • In direct collaboration with academic and clinical authors, assist in researching, writing, and revising formal documents and meeting reports
  • Maintain all needed files and systems to track bibliographic reference histories and manuscript development, and report on manuscript/project progress as requested
  • Assist with identifying and tagging MDS educational content and resources using a standard taxonomy
  • Ensure compliance with pre-established good publication practice guidelines, collaborative agreements, and copyright law, and ensure proper acknowledgement of support and participation as applicable
  • Provide overall support for ongoing scientific/medical programs and projects as they arise
  • Stay updated on new technologies, best practices and industry trends within areas of responsibility
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Education – BS in biomedical sciences or science communication with scientific writing experience or equivalent experience, with ability to evaluate medical research, required
  • Experience – Previous biomedical science writing experience and knowledge/experience of neurology or neuroscience required; familiarity with non-profit boards of directors a plus
  • Skills – Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communications skills. Computer proficiency and ability to manage and juggle multiple writing projects. Attention to detail and accuracy. Able to work successfully in a team environment.


  • Travel of up to 1-2 weeks per year
  • Some evening and weekend work as needed
  • Occasional lifting, up to 50 pounds

*This position is located in downtown Milwaukee, WI and a minimum of two days onsite in the office (including Wednesday as an all-staff-in-office day) are a requirement of the role.

*Please apply to the role that best aligns to your experience and qualifications.  We’ll discuss your interests and possible opportunities during an initial phone interview. (No need to apply to multiple opportunities.)

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