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Senior Associate (Neuroscience), Health and Medical Philanthropy

Location: Washington, D.C.

About the Center for Strategic Philanthropy

Charitable giving in America has consistently been on the rise, exceeding more than $300 billion. Furthermore, high net worth philanthropists are increasingly moving away from passive giving approaches towards more active approaches, with the intent of enhancing the impact of their investments. Such approaches include evaluation of the landscape to set a giving strategy that addresses key unmet needs, monitoring their investments, and consulting with advisors to help structure and deploy their gifts.

The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP), houses a number of programs, including a philanthropy advisory service that uniquely positions the center to improve the ROI of philanthropic capital by facilitating more strategic, informed, and creative philanthropic investment. To execute this work across key issue areas, we recruit technical experts in a number of fields including biomedical research, education, public health, biodiversity conservation, etc. The center is grounded in robust analysis and expert input, creates a marketplace of innovative giving practices, forges greater awareness of high-impact investment opportunities, and connects ideas with action and capital in order to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social challenges!

Position Description:

The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP) is looking for a Senior Associate that will serve as the technical lead on Epilepsy and otherneuroscience related philanthropy engagements as well as others (direct research experience with Epilepsy is a significant plus, but not necessarily required). These engagements include the state of the science analysis, assembly and support of scientific advisory groups, facilitation of scientific retreats, and the development of disease specific Giving Smarter Guides – which provides comprehensive, digestible information that helps philanthropists and foundations evaluate research efforts and funding opportunities in relationship to the state of the science and key unmet needs in the field. Additionally, the Senior Associate will work with the CSP team to expand the Philanthropist Toolkit by developing resources that will inform giving strategies and gift evaluation.

A successful candidate will able to:

  • Support due diligence efforts for neuroscience and other diseases in our portfolio which include but are not limited to oncology, rare disease, inflammatory disorders, etc.
  • Lead key portions of analysis of selected diseases, including development of landscape of experimental therapies, industry pipelines, key research players, etc.;
  • Support activities of a disease-specific scientific advisory board, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, conducting specific analysis as requested, etc.;
  • Represent the Milken Institute within the broader biomedical research community throughout the due diligence process and at various industry-specific events; and
  • Develop executive-level literature to communicate findings for philanthropists, researchers, advisors, etc.
  • Contribute to communications efforts to building awareness of key funding opportunities, philanthropy resources, and overall opportunities to engage with the center and CSP
  • Support the expansion of the Philanthropy Toolkit to include investment decision-making tools and case studies of innovative philanthropy strategies and giving vehicles


  • Scientific and/or medical training / education required, graduate level degree highly preferred;
  • Scientific writing experience for both technical and lay audiences;
  • High intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning new areas of science and technology and related fields;
  • Facility in navigating scientific literature, scientific conferences, clinical trials data, and other medical research resources;
  • Familiarity with research administration, grant evaluation, and/or innovative philanthropy funding models is a plus;
  • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and have a good sense of humor; and
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Requirements to Apply

Please click here to submit your cover letter (required) and resume for consideration for this position. If you have direct experience in Epilepsy, please indicate in the first line of your cover letter. ALL MATERIALS MUST BE IN PDF FORMAT.