Senior Research Program Manager

Arlington, VA

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Our mission is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

The Society is a great place to work! IDSA has a highly competitive total compensation package, offers flexible work, and telework arrangements and our organizational culture is highly rated by staff.  Our new office is located two blocks from the metro and has a free gym onsite.

We are an innovative and dynamic professional association committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, access, and equity. Our team embodies the following core values

Member-Centric, Excellence, Respect, Innovation, Teamwork and Trust.

We are an equal opportunity employer and encourage professionals of diverse backgrounds to apply. We offer a competitive salary and benefits plan. 

Position Overview

The Senior Research Program Manager will report to the IDSA Foundation Director of Programs and will be responsible for managing all current $3.7 million in IDSA Foundation research programs (Alzheimer’s, IDEA Incubator, GERM). The Senior Research Program Manager will sustain current program efforts, while working across IDSA teams to ensure expanded and diverse fundraising to sustainably grow IDSA Foundation research programs to over $4.8 million by 2023. The Senior Research Program Manager will also work with senior staff and consultants to create and implement a full IDSA non-profit research home that supports current programs and builds additional program efforts that protect and advance ID research. The goal of this position is to secure IDSA Foundation as an industry leader in ID Research.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Manage Foundation Research Programs including but not limited to: program promotion, application solicitation, review panel recruitment and coordination, grantee communication and evaluation, management of all correlated IDWeek events, funder compliance reporting, and development of continuation proposals. 
  • Recruit, manage, cultivate and steward relationships with key stakeholders and volunteers.
  • Develop and maintain a robust and diverse network of research investigators, mentors and mentees.
  • Create, manage and cultivate relationships with subject matter experts that can advise and facilitate the education needed to create an infectious disease research home.
  • Manage the development and implementation of web-based application processes, along with the notification and management of applicant status.
  • Manage relationships with application review Committee/Committee Chairs including scheduling and leading meetings, ongoing communications and managing evolution of programs based on committee feedback.
  • Coordinate and monitor all marketing, promotion and communications program plans in collaboration with the marketing and communications team.
  • Develop and maintain a data metric dashboard of key performance indicators and utilize data to continuously monitor program success and overall efficiency.
  • Collaborate with program leadership, industry relations and individual giving leadership to ensure active fundraising to support program implementation.
  • Support prospect researching and scheduling with emphasis on funders that fund research programs.
  • Collaborate with grant writing team to develop and edit proposals to research funders.

Other Responsibilities

Other duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • 5+ years of relevant experience in research and program development ideally in the healthcare or non-profit sector
  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field; equivalent work experience can be submitted
  • Proven record of successful and efficient project and program management
  • Advanced knowledge of program design aligning with mission-driven organizations in support of their short- and long-term goals.
  • Knowledge and experience with developing and managing marketing and communications outreach plans to support program initiatives.
  • Experience working in a non-profit environment with volunteer leadership and consensus-building a plus.
  • Event management experience is a plus.

Required Skills

  • Detail oriented with the ability to prioritize tasks and juggle multiple deadlines efficiently.
  • Ability to communicate and develop successful partnerships across all levels of volunteers, leaders, and staff.
  • Ability to utilize tools or design systems and processes to track program data and monitor program progress.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products and data management systems
  • Experience with Zoom/Zoom Webinar a plus.
  • Experience with Asana and Slack a plus.


  • Must be able to travel approximately 10-15% of the time
  • Annual Conference
  • IDWeek

EEO Statement

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socio-economic status, marital or veteran status. We also welcome those of all abilities and make reasonable accommodations to support successful outcomes for our team members