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Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes Program Manager

American Society of Nephrology
Washington, District of Columbia

The American Society of Nephrology (ASN)—which represents over 21,000 physicians, scientists, nurses, and other health professionals dedicated to leading the fight against kidney disease—seeks a full-time Program Manager for Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes.


The Program Manager provides oversight of ASN’s portfolio of grants, fellowships, and prize competitions for the Research, Discovery, and Innovation Department (RDI). This portfolio includes Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), a strategic program for the Society to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases. Recognizing the significant challenges facing people with kidney diseases in the current paradigm of care, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and ASN established KidneyX in 2018 to spur the development and commercialization of disruptive innovations in kidney care through a series of prize competitions. The portfolio also includes KidneyCure, established by the ASN Foundation in 2012 to fund research projects and fellowships in support of pre-doctoral to early-career kidney medicine investigators.


The Program Manager will support the KidneyX Steering Committee, KidneyCure Board of Directors, application/submission review, and judging and reviewing committees, and coordinate among ASN leadership and partners. Supported by a KidneyX Associate responsible for implementing daily tasks and activities, the Program Manager is accountable for: program implementation within a grants, fellowship, or prize portfolio; budget management; stakeholder engagement that includes strategic partners, leadership, applicants, reviewers, awardees and non-awardees; strategic planning on the impact and direction of the portfolio activities; internal and external communications and marketing.


Reporting to the ASN Vice President (VP) of Research, Discovery, and Innovation, the Program Manager responsibilities include the opportunity to exhibit critical thinking, creativity, and team building.



  • Manages implementation of competitions, including design, submission, review, and selection of award recipients in coordination with external partners and ASN leadership to finalize awards.
  • Oversees administration of grants and fellowships, including solicitation, selection, management of pre and post award processes, and monitoring of compliance.
  • Organizes and moderates KidneyX and KidneyCure governance committees in collaboration with the associated Chairs and RDI leadership. Communicates progress and translates feedback provided by high-level stakeholders, including other ASN Alliance for Kidney Health departments.
  • Supervises the KidneyX Program Associate. Mentors the Associate and junior team members to ensure seamless progress on program management and communications.
  • Designs and executes annual KidneyX Summit and related events. Implements webinars and other RDI efforts to strengthen the innovation ecosystem and its connections to people with kidney diseases.
  • Collaborates with the RDI VP, Director, and other ASN Staff to develop and implement best practices and tools for administration of competitions for grants, fellowships, and prize competitions across RDI.
  • Designs, implements, and tracks a communication plan between ASN and external partners, among award recipients, and to the broader community on updates, resources, and other forums.
  • Assume other duties and responsibilities that are appropriate to the position and area.


Skills and Experience

  • Minimum of eight to 10 years of work experience, including experience managing individuals or a team.
  • Minimum five years program management experience.
  • Background in biomedical entrepreneurship, start-ups, industry, and/or investments in research funding and commercialization preferred.
  • Experience providing strategic and programmatic oversight of grants and fellowships for career advancement, ideally related to initiatives funded by the federal government.
  • Ability to drive diverse stakeholders to consensus using interpersonal skills.
  • Self-directed with strong administrative, organizational, time-management, communication, business writing, and financial management skills.
  • Experience planning and coordinating virtual and in-person workshops and seminars.
  • Ability to work in highly a collaborative virtual work environment, balance challenging priorities, and manage time efficiently.

Undergraduate degree required. Master’s degree encouraged but not required.

ASN offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive fringe benefits package.

ASN requires all full-time, temporary, and contract employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination prior to the start of employment.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements (with the subject line: Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes Program Manager) to ASN at operations@asn-online.org. Please note the society can only accept online applications for this position.



Posted: 2022-06-03 Expires: 2022-07-03

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Grants, Fellowships, and Prizes Program Manager

American Society of Nephrology
Washington, District of Columbia

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