ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION:
The Foundation for the National
Institutes of Health (FNIH) creates and manages alliances with
public and private institutions in support of the mission of the
National Institutes of Health (NIH), the world's premier medical
research agency. The Foundation, also known as the FNIH, works with
its partners to accelerate biomedical research and strategies
against diseases and health concerns in the United States and
across the globe. The FNIH organizes and administers research
projects; supports education and training of new researchers;
organizes educational events and symposia; and administers a series
of funds supporting a wide range of health issues. Established by
Congress in 1990, the FNIH is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable
Please see our web site at www.fnih.org for more information
regarding benefits including 100% paid health, dental, and vision
insurance for employees with subsidized health insurance for
dependents; subsidized parking; 403(B) with immediate vesting and
match; all the federal holidays plus one; and more.
The FNIH is an equal opportunity employer.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin,
disability status, protected veteran status or any other
characteristic protected by law. The FNIH celebrates diversity and
is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all
The Awards and Events Officer is responsible for the logistical
management of the Foundation's high-profile awards, prizes, and
donor events. This person will oversee the nomination/application
and selection processes for various awards and prizes. This
position also has multiple administrative, project, and event
management responsibilities. The Awards and Events Officer works
internally and externally to ensure the successful stewardship of
the Foundation's awards, prizes, and donor events. This person will
frequently work with the heads of our Communications and Events
team, Strategic Alliances and Advancement, and the CEO. This person
will also regularly interface with our donors, jurors, and other
VIPs. This position is a part of the Meetings and Events Team,
reporting directly to the Associate Vice President of Meetings and
- Closely follow the established task timelines for assigned
awards, prizes, and donor events, working autonomously to keep
these projects moving forward. Proactively suggest adjustments to
the timelines when needed.
- Manage the administrative and event logistics for assigned
awards, prizes, and donor events.
- Maintain the standard operating procedures and written criteria
for awards and prizes, suggesting improvements or clarifications as
- Create and manage the digital platforms for the
nominations/applications processes using award management
- Regularly engage with the juries of our awards and prizes,
guiding them throughout the nomination and selection process.
- Regularly engage with awardees and prize recipients to prepare
them for their award presentation(s), coordinate meetings with
Foundation colleagues, etc.
- Draft correspondence to jurors, awardees, and nominators.
- Collaborate with our Strategic Alliances and Advancement team
to provide additional support in donor and partner stewardship for
- Collaborate with our Communications team and our CEO's Office
to coordinate internal and external communications efforts for
- Collaborate with our Archivist to ensure proper documentation
and archiving of all award, prize, and fellowship activities.
- Oversee the administrative process of distributing the physical
awards/prizes, certificates, citations, honoraria, etc.
At least 5 years of demonstrated
professional experience in an award, prize, grant, fellowship, or
scholarship administration role OR in donor stewardship is strongly
preferred. At least 3 years of event planning experience is
strongly preferred. Preferably, the candidate will have a
bachelor's degree. Familiarity with and ability to learn how to use
information technology systems and products is essential. A
candidate should also be able to demonstrate the following:
- Prioritize and execute tasks conforming to shifting priorities,
demands and timelines; multitask and handle multiple projects
- Show initiative, work independently as an individual
contributor with minimum supervision, yet be able to work and
contribute positively in a team setting.
- Demonstrate excellent writing skills with accurate spelling and
- Communicate professionally and efficiently with various
audiences, including donors and key stakeholders.
- Analyze and solve challenges quickly and effectively.
- Elicit cooperation from various sources, including management,
project managers, staff departments, and external partners.
- Be responsive, helpful, and discerning while exhibiting high
responsibility, initiative, and professionalism.
- Exercise sound judgment in decision-making.
- Keen sense of when to elevate issues and seek input on
- Adapt quickly to using new technology and software as
implemented by the team.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel,
Maryland, Rockville (Remote Position)