Scientific Projects Manager, MDS

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Scientific Projects Manager

ASSOCIATIONS: International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society, MDS

REPORTS TO: Scientific Communications Director


STATUS: Exempt (Minimum of 37.5 hours/week)


The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society 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. 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.


  • 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
  • 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
  • Provide support to volunteer leaders serving on committees and task forces as needed to aid in the successful completion of the committee activities and outputs
  • Review of scientific copy for promotional and website materials
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues to ensure cohesive communications, accurate project status reports, and successful project completion in a timely manner including proactively identifying areas of concern or opportunity
  • Assist with identifying and tagging MDS educational content and resources using 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
  • 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
  • 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, reference management, and knowledge/experience of neurology or neuroscience required; familiarity with non-profit boards of directors a plus
  • Skills – Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communications skills. Project management skills. Computer proficiency and ability to manage and juggle multiple projects. Attention to detail and accuracy. Able to work successfully in a team environment.


  • Travel of up to 4-5 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 dedicated weekly days in the office are a requirement of the role.

*EDI requires new hires to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption applies and is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized CDC COVID-19 vaccine primary series regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

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