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Manager, Scientific Programs - Foundation for Physical Therapy Research

American Physical Therapy Association
Virginia, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 30, 2023

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.

About 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.

Position Summary

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 responsible for:

  • 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 extensions.
  • Collaborating with association staff to expand awareness of research funding and the impact on its members. 
  • 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 position.
  • 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, good judgment.
  • Excellent project, process, and time management skills.

Staff Expectations

  • 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.

Travel Requirements

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 Resources.

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 law.

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 community.

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