Vice President of Scientific Affairs & Director of Research
Arlington, VA (Remote Considered)
Description

The Charlotte Lozier Institute is the 501(c)(3) research and education institute of Susan B. Anthony Pro-Life America, an organization dedicated to electing candidates and pursuing policies that will reduce and ultimately end abortion and the destruction of unborn human life. In just over a decade, CLI has established itself as a go-to source for accurate and timely research and information on life issues. With a current network of over 70 Associate Scholars from a variety of disciplines, CLI provides pro-life groups and policy makers research-based information of the highest quality on issues including abortion, women’s health, prenatal diagnosis and treatment for the unborn, perinatal hospice, abortion reporting, sex-selection abortion, stem cell research and medicine, gene editing, and health care policy.


The Vice President of Scientific Affairs and Director of Research is the individual primarily responsible for assisting the Executive Director in developing a robust research agenda and commissioning, monitoring, editing/reviewing, and clearing for publication research and policy papers prepared by CLI associate scholars and other individuals with expertise in science, medicine, and related fields. This individual is also responsible for overseeing the scientific section of the CLI associate scholar program, including recruiting, training and deploying these scholars for testimonies, briefings and other interactions with policymakers and the public.

This is a full-time position that reports to the executive director.


  Essential Functions

  • Lead the execution of the research vision by developing comprehensive research plans for the organization.
  • Research and analyze issues and data quickly, effectively and thoroughly.
  • Identify research needs, topics and experts suitable for public policy writing, publication, and presentation.
  • Provide direct research mentorship to a nationwide team of scholars in their respective fields.
  • Work well as part of a team of researchers at CLI and in cooperation with other partner organizations.
  • Work with government agencies and individuals on research requests and oversee issues of compliance with research protocols and handling of data.
  • Be open to manage a program of graduate students on professional policy tracks in medicine or related fields where science and policy understanding and ethical norms are vital topics.
  • Be familiar with research methods, style and citation guides, and procedures for obtaining permissions to use/cite material.
  • Be able to network effectively with other people working on similar topics in order to check work and communicate results or collaborate where possible.
  • Identify new associate scholars and work with other CLI colleagues to evaluate new scholars and invite them to participate with CLI.
Requirements
  •   Possess a Ph.D., M.D, or equivalent degree in biological sciences, life sciences, public health, or medicine.
  • A demonstrated record of championing and prioritizing academic research, scholarship and creative work in a research organization. University-level experience is a plus.
  • Appreciation and understanding of the peer reviewed publishing process.
  • Significant experience analyzing public policy and reviewing appropriate academic and scientific journals relevant to life issues. 
  • Position requires a high-level of writing and speaking to various audiences and may include public testimony, presentations, and panel discussions.
  • Familiar with the major sources of public and private scientific publications, data and funding related to life sciences and medicine.

Competencies

  • Familiarity and demonstrated ability with academic research and peer-reviewed journals, as well as legislative and legal filings and databases. 
  • Public Speaking – comfortable testifying in front of legislative bodies and speaking to public and professional audiences.  Communicate effectively in both the spoken and written word, with the ability to adjust to audience level and expectations.
  • Be able to articulate data interpretation and conclusions in a manner appropriate to topic.
  • Highly organized and attentive to deadlines.
  • Must be strongly pro-life and committed to academic research in defense of life.


Supervisory Responsibility

Supervise 2-3 other senior level professional research staff.


Benefits

Charlotte Lozier Institute offers a comprehensive benefit portfolio including health, dental, and vision insurance, 401K plan with employer match, life insurance policy, short-term and long-term disability coverage, free onsite parking, paid holidays, and paid time off.


Corporate Culture

Charlotte Lozier Institute has experienced tremendous growth over the last 10 years, and we are on track for even more growth in the coming years as we expand our programs and impact. The person who fills this position should model our core values of being sacrificial, ambitious, scrappy, and excellent team-player. Our employees are experts in their fields, hard workers, and are incredibly dedicated to ending abortion and the destruction of unborn human life. They are team oriented with a sacrificial mindset to help one another in our shared mission. We leverage every available opportunity to make advances for the unborn and their mothers.


Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


AAP/EEO Statement

Charlotte Lozier Institute is committed to providing equal employment opportunity in all our employment programs and decisions. Discrimination in employment on the basis of any protected class under federal, state, or local law is a violation of our policy and is against the law. Equal employment opportunity is provided to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, covered veterans status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, or any other protected characteristic. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, recruitment and hiring, placement, promotion, termination, reductions-in-force, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training.