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Director of Research & Medical Affairs

Are you looking for a meaningful job? Do you want to use your expertise in colorectal cancer clinical knowledge and research to help save lives and make a positive impact on those in need? If this is you, then come join the Colorectal Cancer Alliance team as our Director of Research & Medical Affairs!

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is a national nonprofit organization committed to ending colorectal cancer within our lifetime. We help patients, survivors, and caregivers navigate diagnosis and treatment options, connect them with those who can share experiences and knowledge, and identify resources to meet their needs. We partner with healthcare professionals and social influencers to raise awareness of preventative screening, and we collaborate with researchers to better understand the disease and fund critical research. Our efforts are urgent, effective, and efficient because we believe that tomorrow can’t wait.

To reach our ambitious goals, the Alliance must leverage the myriad scientific innovations coming down the pike in colorectal cancer and we believe that our leadership in research will help us achieve our mission and end this disease. The Alliance is seeking a Director of Research & Medical Affairs to lead the organization’s Cure pillar. The individual in this role will be responsible for ensuring the Alliance is a leading player in the colorectal cancer research and clinical ecosystem.

Primary responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing and leading the organization’s research portfolio, including an annual grant RFP and review process, relationships and outputs from grantees, and programs related to real world evidence collection, including a newly launched registry platform and other data collection tools.
  • Designing a clear and efficient process for sharing colorectal scientific advancements to staff and constituents and serving as the organization’s medical affairs expert with partners and sponsors.
  • Leading a strategy for how GI/CRC clinical advancements will impact patient support programs, projects and sponsorships, and patient education.
  • Planning and implementing dissemination activities and thought leadership in the field of colorectal cancer research, including presentations, posters, and publications.
  • Maintaining up-to-date knowledge of the colorectal cancer pipeline, publications, and science and reviewing the organization’s web and print patient-facing colorectal cancer content for scientific accuracy.

Qualifications Required:

  • M.D. or PhD in biology, research, genetics, or related field preferred
  • Cancer clinical knowledge and research experience, GI cancer preferred
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience, preferably in a nonprofit setting
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Experience working with multidisciplinary research and medical stakeholders
  • Experience with federal and/or nonprofit research funding mechanisms
  • Ability to message clinical & scientific information to a diverse group of audiences
  • Excellent communications and project management skills
  • An innovative, passionate, and patient-focused perspective is key to success in this role.

It is not an understatement to say this position will be part of a team responsible for saving thousands of lives and improving countless more. With 1.4 million people in the US living with colorectal cancer, we have urgency to hire someone who can deliver results immediately. If you believe you have the experiences and ability to successfully achieve these goals, we’d like to hear from you! Interested candidates may apply by sending an email with a cover letter and resume to jobs@ccalliance.org. Please include "Director of Research & Medical Affairs" in the subject of the email. To view all job opportunities at the Alliance, visit https://www.ccalliance.org/careers.

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is committed to providing a productive and professional environment in which volunteers and staff work together with mutual respect and appreciation of their diversity to achieve the mission of the organization. The Alliance believes it is important to be genuinely representative of the community we serve, and in the importance of creating programs and activities, and collateral materials, that are culturally sensitive and responsive to all communities’ needs. This is essential to increasing colorectal cancer prevention and survivorship rates. Furthermore, we strive for an inclusive environment where volunteers, staff, and others who support the Colorectal Cancer Alliance reflect the full diversity of people affected by colorectal cancer and feel welcome to share their talents, skills, and passions in pursuit of our mission.

The Colorectal Cancer Alliance is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate based on actual or perceived race, creed, color, religion, alienage or national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, disability or handicap, sex, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. Our management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities and general treatment during employment.


The Alliance is open to remote candidates, but the position will require travel to Washington, D.C.

Position Type

Full-time, exempt

Some travel is required for this position based on the needs of the Alliance.

Reports to

Senior VP, Patient Support & Research Strategy

How to apply

To apply please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@ccalliance.org. Please include "Director of Research & Medical Affairs" in the subject of the email. To view all job opportunities at the Alliance, visit https://www.ccalliance.org/careers.

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