Working at the Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation is an opportunity to be part of a small team making a big impact. There is an urgent need to improve treatment options and educational opportunities in neuroendocrine cancer. When we do have openings, you will find them posted here. In every case, we look for motivated, passionate, talented professionals looking to be part of dynamic team.


Opening – NETRF Director of Research


The Neuroendocrine Tumor Research Foundation (NETRF) is seeking a Director of Research who can drive the continued development of a $4-5 million scientific research program to search for better treatments and cures for neuroendocrine tumors. NETRF is the largest private funder of NET research. Since its inception, NETRF has awarded more than $22 million in research grants to scientists at renowned research institutions and now supports projects on three continents.

The Director of Research is responsible for implementing NETRF’s research program in collaboration with the Board of Scientific Advisors, Board of Directors and Foundation staff. The Director serves as the primary liaison with the NETRF Board of Scientific Advisors. As the Foundation’s research program grows, the Director identifies strategies to ensure the Foundation’s funding is proactive, strategic and innovative to have impact in basic, translational, and clinical research. The Director is responsible for overseeing the grant administration process, from RFA through peer-review, selection, and monitoring.

The Director leads the planning for NETRF’s Annual Research Symposium, a forum for grantees and thought-leaders in the field. As a representative of NETRF, the Director of Research interacts with scientists in the field to promote the organization, foster collaboration, attract new researchers to apply for NETRF grants, and build positive relationships. This includes attendance at key scientific meetings.

The Director works with NETRF staff on an ongoing basis to disseminate information about NETRF’s various research projects and present scientific and clinical information to multiple audiences, including patients. The Director may also participate in NETRF educational programs to highlight NETRF’s research agenda and its impact.


  • Work with the Board of Scientific Advisors and the Research Committee of the Board of Directors to identify target areas of research and develop a research plan to maximize effectiveness and impact of NETRF’s research budget.
  • Conduct outreach to scientists, institutions, and doctors to identify potential new research areas and grantees.
  • Lead the Request for Proposals (RFP) and other grant processes for NETRF’s annual research program budget.
    • Manage the grant proposal submission, review and monitoring processes.
    • Serve as the point of contact for grant applicants and their institutions.
  • Write progress reports and other materials to communicate grantee progress to Board of Directors, funders, and other audiences.
  • Facilitate work with researchers to obtain and validate cell lines, in collaboration with other organizations.
  • Manage Annual Research Symposium, bringing together scientists from around the world for focused presentation and discussion of neuroendocrine cancers.
  • Represent NETRF at national and international Scientific Meetings.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of NET research and treatments through meeting attendance, publication review and in-person meetings with grantees and Scientific Advisors.
  • Communicate knowledge to public through blogs and E-Updates and brief Foundation staff as necessary.
  • Develop research content for donor solicitation and fundraising materials.
  • Participate as needed in meetings with donors and partners.
  • Attend and speak at NETRF and other patient education events as needed.


  • Minimum of 5 years’ relevant experience in a medical or research profession. Oncology or nonprofit experience preferred.
  • Minimum of Master’s Degree in a related field.
  • Project management experience with accountability for timelines and budgets.
  • Proven ability to work with teams in a mission-driven, fast-growing organization.
  • Strong public speaking, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • The candidate must have an interest and aptitude to learn about neuroendocrine cancer and developments in cancer research.
  • Strong skills in MS Office required.
  • Experience with ProposalCentral or similar grant database preferred.

Salary commensurate with experience. This is an exempt position with benefits including medical/dental, 401K plan, HSA, paid vacation and holidays. Occasional remote work and schedule flexibility considered. Travel to conferences and research locations required several times annually. NETRF is an equal opportunity employer.

Please contact Elyse Gellerman, CEO, at to submit resume and cover letter.