Title: Manager, Scientific Programs –
Foundation for Physical Therapy Research
Department/Unit: Foundation for Physical
Therapy Research/Business Affairs
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Location: This position is located
on-site at the APTA headquarters in Alexandria, VA
About The Foundation
The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (Foundation) is a
national nonprofit that funds research and develops researchers to
optimize movement and health by providing promising researchers
grants, scholarships, and fellowships. The Foundation is the
funding organization for the American Physical Therapy Association
(APTA). All staff are employees of APTA.
Do you want to contribute to an organization dedicated to
improving societal health? Would you like to collaborate with
colleagues who are passionate about making a difference? Are you
excited to work in a new state-of-the-art building designed to
encourage movement, participation, and employee health?
Then you want to work for APTA!
APTA is the trusted leader for the physical therapy profession,
representing more than 100,000 physical therapists, physical
therapist assistants, and physical therapy students. Our
approximately 150 employees support the association’s mission to
build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy
to improve the health of society.
Located in Alexandria, Virginia, APTA has outstanding employee
benefits, including flexible work schedules, generous retirement
contributions, and travel subsidies for employees who choose public
and active transportation, and more. Learn more about
our benefits and workplace awards and recognitions.
As the Manager, Scientific Programs for the Foundation, you will
oversee the Foundation’s grant, scholarship, and fellowship
program. You will work collaboratively with staff and advise
leadership on all aspects of grants management from concept through
final award reporting. You will lead efforts to: 1) Utilize data to
effectively share our impact with stakeholders and donors. 2)
Develop and transform opportunities to expand awareness of grants,
scholarships, and fellowships, increasing applications and helping
to secure additional funding. 3) Implement strategies to make
steady progress toward achieving the board’s strategic plan related
to the scientific program. 4) Other assignments and tasks to foster
the continued success of the Foundation.
As the Foundation’s Manager, Scientific Programs you’ll be
- Leading overall management of the Foundation’s
scientific program, effectively addressing short- and longer-term
priorities, with a focus on impact.
- Working closely with the Foundation’s program
committee chairs to develop agendas, track committee / staff tasks,
and facilitate meetings.
- Managing contract and negotiations with
Institution/University grant program offices.
- Overseeing grantee reporting process, ensuring
accountability, and making recommendations to the CEO on no-cost
- Collaborating with association staff to expand
awareness of research funding and the impact on its
- Creating opportunities for funded researcher
to engage with each other.
- Reimagining the Foundation’s research presence
at conferences and in-person meetings to share findings and impact
of research funded while striving to help build a community of
investigators and stakeholders.
- Master’s degree in a relevant field required; PhD a plus.
- 5 years’ experience in related professional level
- Previous experience with independent research, grant writing,
scientific or peer review.
- Budget management skills.
- Strong presentation and professional writing skills.
- Supervisory experience – the ability to successfully manage,
motivate, and develop team members.
- Strong interpersonal skills; collegial, with the ability to
develop productive relationships.
- Demonstrated critical thinking, professional accountability,
- Excellent project, process, and time management skills.
- Upholds and fosters team values
- Complies with all APTA policies and procedures.
- Performs other duties as assigned to foster achievement of
Foundation and association priorities.
Up to 10% - Local and National
How To Apply
Please send resume and cover letter, including salary
requirements, when applying.
Principals only; no agencies; no phone calls, please. Candidates
selected to participate in an interview will be contacted by Human
The American Physical Therapy Association is an equal
opportunity employer, and 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
APTA participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal
government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are
authorized to work in the U.S. For more information, please visit
APTA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and
invites and welcomes applicants with diversity of experience,
mindset, and skills to add value to APTA and our staff