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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 42,000 members residing in 120 countries, is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to advances in all areas of high-quality, innovative cancer research. Its mission is to prevent and cure all cancers. The programs and activities of the AACR foster the exchange of new knowledge among scientists and physicians in the cancer field as well as in related biomedical sciences. AACR publishes eight peer-reviewed scientific journals and an award-winning magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 22,500 participants; offers educational workshops that train young investigators in a variety of scientific and clinical areas; funds fellowships, career development awards, and research grants for both senior and junior investigators; raises public awareness of the progress in and reasons for hope in the biology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding and other national policies that accelerate progress against cancer; and interacts with regulatory agencies to support regulatory science and policy.
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Executive Editor for Cancer Immunology Research
Cancer Immunology Research (CIR) is an exciting journal that publishes robust research that expands our basic knowledge of, and clinical horizens for, cancer immunology. The Journal aims to provide investigators and clinicians with the insights and tools necessary to push progress in the field.
We seek: The American Association for Cancer Research seeks an experienced and dynamic individual to lead the talented Cancer Immunology Research scientific editorial team as its Executive Editor. The right individual is an immunologist with the expertise to lead the Journal into the future. This is an opportunity to help the field move forward.
This position works closely with the Editors-in-Chief and Senior/Deputy Editors of Cancer Immunology Research to encourage the submission and publication of the best manuscripts in CIR. The Executive Editor helps shape the vision for the Journal and guides its implementation: supervising the PhD editorial team; commissioning, writing, and scientifically editing editorial content; representing the Journal at conferences and on institutional visits and building relationships with the research community; communicating with the CIR Senior/ Deputy Editors and Editorial Board; staying abreast of the latest science in the areas of basic immuobiological mechanisms and immunotherapy; contributing to cross-AACR journal projects; and monitoring similar journals and trends in the field.
Executive Editor for Cancer Research
Cancer Research is the foundational cancer information resource of the AACR, publishing high-impact, peer-reviewed articles with a primary focus on basic and preclinical cancer research. Cancer Research seeks a talented individual to join our team as Executive Editor. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who would like to work with an exceptional group of people committed to disseminating major advances in the cancer research field.
The Executive Editor will work closely with the academic Editor-in-Chief to attract high-quality manuscripts and to communicate the journal’s editorial vision and leadership. As a key member of the publications group, the Executive Editor will have a highly visible role both within the AACR and in the larger cancer research community, and will be expected to: represent the journal at conferences and institutional site visits; develop relationships with researchers; stay abreast of the latest basic, translational, and clinical research; communicate with the journal’s Senior Editors; contribute to cross-AACR journal projects; and monitor competing journals and trends in the field.
Executive Editor for Blood Cancer Discovery
The AACR is launching a new journal for publication of leading-edge hematologic cancer research. This new journal will provide a critical outlet for high-impact basic, translational, and clinical research on all blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, as well as associated diseases. This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced scientific editor to help launch a top-tier journal to disseminate the progress being made in the field.
The Executive Editor will help launch, oversee, and ensure the quality of this new journal. This senior person will work closely with the academic Editors-in-Chief to attract high-quality manuscripts and to communicate the journal’s editorial vision and leadership. As a key member of the publications group, the Executive Editor will have a highly visible role both within the AACR and in the larger cancer research community. The Executive Editor will be expected to: represent the Journal at conferences and institutional site visits; develop relationships with researchers; stay abreast of the latest science in the area of hematologic malignancies; communicate with the Journal’s academic Senior Editors; contribute to cross-AACR journal projects; and monitor competing journals and trends in the field.
The AACR Foundation (AACRF) launched nearly 20 years ago to raise additional funding for critical cancer research. In the last few years, the Foundation has seen significant growth, and is recognizing the continued urgency and scale of conquering cancer. Due to this urgency, the Foundation is looking to expand its team and is seeking an Associate Director, Foundation Operations to help lead and facilitate the growth of the AACR Foundation to achieve its ambitious goals.
The Assistant Director, Foundation Operations is responsible for overseeing, directing, and facilitating Foundation operations to fulfill the AACR Foundation’s vision and mission in an innovative and efficient manner. The Assistant Director will serve as a liaison for internal and external stakeholders and provide strategic guidance and support for all teams within the AACR Foundation. The Assistant Director will lead and/or is a key participant of high-level, multifaceted projects related to the AACR’s goals and initiatives (including the strategic plan, growth of the Foundation team, management of the Foundation Board of Trustees, etc). The position reports directly to the Chief Philanthropic Officer/Vice President of Development.
This team player to supports the critical work of the Individual and Planned Giving team. Reporting to the Associate Director, Annual Giving and Donor Relations, the incumbent is an administrative-level staff member of the AACR Foundation, and provides a high level of operational support for the Individual and Planned Giving team, with direct support to the Associate Director, Annual Giving and Donor Relations.
This employee will be charged with maintaining the division’s donor database, organizing and maintaining accurate donor files, composing and sending acknowledgement letters, coordinating the daily gift processing activities, and general financial and donor-related reports.
The Staff Assistant, Development Operations will also work closely with immediate team colleagues, as well as other colleagues across the AACR Foundation.
The Project Coordinating Center is seeking an experienced relationship manager who works with both our partners in the biopharmaceutical sector, as well as the Participating Institutions to ensure that all parties are deriving value from the data, as well as their participation in the Project. The candidate must be able to work both independently and in teams within a fast-paced startup-like environment. The ideal candidate is an experienced and highly organized individual with an understanding of the biopharma sector, able to understand the needs of the various project stakeholders and collaboratively develop solutions
The Major Gift Officer serves as a leader in philanthropic giving at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), advancing three strategic objectives: (1) growing sustainable, predictable revenue for the mission to cure cancer, (2) increasing the number of $10,000+ philanthropic donors who invest in that mission, and (3) cultivating a culture of philanthropy across the organization.
The Major Gift Officer develops and implements strategies to secure critical mission funding from a targeted portfolio of individuals. Through personalized relationship management, the Major Gift Officer grows the revenue potential from the portfolio annually.
The Major Gift Officer provides each portfolio donor a meaningful, fulfilling giving experience, proactively learning about personal philanthropic passions and soliciting support for mission areas of interest. The Major Gift Officer engages each prospective donor in the mission through personalized conversations, leadership/research engagement, and other experiences.
The Major Gift Officer leads the cultivation of a culture of philanthropy among supporters, volunteers, and staff through strategic communication and collaboration.
The AACR Foundation was established in 2000. The purpose of the Foundation is to raise funds for cancer research, for AACR’s programs and services, and for the overall promotion of the organization’s mission. The AACR Foundation has the creativity, innovation, and flexibility to support AACR in making significant advances in the prevention and conquest of cancer. With the help of contributors from among the AACR membership, colleagues and friends in the national and international cancer community, and corporations and foundations, the AACR Foundation is poised to help the AACR achieve important victories in the fight against cancer.
The AACR Foundation was preceded by a Development Division at AACR formed in 1997. During the past sixteen years, the Division grew from a fundraising operation that raised $1.5 million in 1998, to a staff of seventeen people raising more than $15 million today. The Foundation is positioned for growth, particularly among individual constituencies, and has a goal of doubling its attainment within the next decade. Among the AACR Foundation’s current programs are corporate contributions, industry alliances, foundation grants, individual annual giving campaigns, community endurance events, and web-based engagement.
The Endurance Programs Development Manager manages the financial growth and development of the AACR Runners for Research team for the AACR Philadelphia Marathon, Broad Street Run and other applicable local and national running events through runner recruitment and retention. The success of this position is largely based upon achieving annual revenue and participation growth. The Endurance Programs Development Manager will focus on overall program development that will increase fundraising, participation and sponsorship engagement.
The Coordinator supports the administration of the AACR’s expanding Continuing Medical Education program, which includes scientific conferences, educational workshops, other learning formats, and maintenance of AACR’s accreditation.
This position coordinates scientific, educational, communication, promotional, and other programmatic activities for AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council,
AACR-Women in Cancer Research Council, and undergraduate and high school programs and activities via the AACR Science Education and Career Advancement Committee.
Cancer scientist or equivalent with proven experience in managing multiple or large projects who leads operations of a novel, expanding project utilizing the AACR Project GENIE Registry by working with a team of internal and external individuals with diverse expertise across the academic and industry partners participating in the project (www.aacr.org/genie).
The AACR Foundation seeks an accomplished, energetic and results-oriented professional focused on developing relationships that will result in six and seven-figure gifts from assigned industry (pharam, biotech, diagnostics) partners for a range of AACR program activities (scientific grants/awards, conferences, annual meeting, patient advocacy, Cancer Today publication, etc.). She/he will be a strategist to maximize and secure industry support, while creatively and meaningfully engaging our industry clients in a long-term partnership with the AACR. This individual is also responsible for developing and managing new and strategic allliances.
The AACR Foundation has a history of engaging corporate support from the pharmaceutical/biotech sectors. The Assistant Director of Corporate Alliances will apply her/his scientific knowledge and experience in oncology research to maintain and develop relationships with key industry organizations and leaders in support of the AACR mission.
The Assistant Director of Corporate Alliances will interface regularly with colleagues across the AACR and AACR Foundation to leverage synergies, and with the Senior Director of Development to develop collateral and programs aimed at engaging the unique interests of the AACR’s industry partners.
The Assistant Director of Corporate Alliances will regularly engage and leverage the AACR Foundation’s Board of Trustees and Executive Director, as well as the AACR’s CEO and Board of Directors in advancing relationships with the pharmaceutical industry and the closure of 5 to 7 figure gifts. The Assistant Director will work regularly with the larger AACR Foundation team to advance gift strategies, and will coordinate with other AACR departments to engage partners as may be needed to achieve the organization’s programmactic and attainment objectives, and to guarantee high standards with regard to transaction processing, acknowledgements, and other critical processes.
The Assistant Director should plan to travel locally and nationally, often to leading scientific meetings, to engage industry clients in face-to-face visits on a regular basis. As such, the Assistant Director will be measured for her/his key contributions to the growth of this AACR Foundation sectors funding and will be expected to nurture and grow the quality and quantity of pharmaceutical industry relationships to achieve increasing attainment objectives.
The Assistant Director is a manager-level staff member of the AACR Foundation, and always serves as a mentor for junior staff- modeling a positive and professional demeanor. As an ambassador for the AACR, the Assistant Director exudes professionalism and quality.
The Talent Acquisition Specialist/Recruiter will assist in the full cycle recruitment for various departments within the organization. This position is responsible for collaborating with leadership on all levels to develop Talent Acquisition strategies and advise leaders on best practices for assessing and interviewing candidates, while maintaining strong connections in the community and staying informed of local and national talent trends. This position will utilize all available sourcing tools and advanced techniques to include, but not limited to, networking, referrals, career fairs, social media and job boards. This position may provide assistance with training (i.e., onboarding, new hire training, tracking training module completion), company culture and compliance.
The Senior Program Coordinator, under the guidance and direction of the Director of International Affairs, is primarily responsible for the timely implementation of all approved AACR international programs and initiatives. This position provides coordination of day to day operations across various departments and requires management of both internal and external constituencies.
This position provides overall administrative and organizational support to the Director and other International Affairs staff. The Staff Assistant works closely with the Program Coordinator to ensure timely implementation of all approved AACR international programs and initiatives.
About the Project:
AACR Project Genomics, Evidence, Neoplasia, Information, Exchange (GENIE) is a publicly accessible international cancer registry of real-world data assembled through data
sharing between 19 of the leading cancer centers in the world. Through the efforts of strategic partners Sage Bionetworks and cBioPortal, the registry aggregates, harmonizes,
and links clinical-grade, next-generation cancer genomic sequencing data with clinical outcomes obtained during routine medical practice from cancer patients treated at these
The Project Coordinating Center is seeking an experienced data monitor and clinical research professional who coordinates data collection and data quality efforts across
participating sites of an expanding international network performing retrospective clinical research projects by working with data managers and researchers at each
participating site, project leadership, and strategic informatics partners. The candidate must be able to work both independently and in a team environment. The ideal
candidate is an experienced and highly organized individual, able to lead and inspire clinical data managers distributed across multiple cancer centers.
This position works closely under the supervision of the Director of Membership and Professional Development to support membership development and member relations for the association by implementing strategies and initiatives to recruit and retain members.