SLAS is an international professional society with headquarters in the Chicagoland area. We utilize a virtual office environment that allows for some positions to work remotely.
SLAS is seeking to recruit a highly accomplished and experienced scientist to serve as its Scientific Director. The Scientific Director must be a thought leader within the SLAS scientific community and have familiarity with the work of related organizations. This position calls for an innovative senior scientist who possesses a broad working knowledge of the various disciplines represented in the SLAS Community, including basic science, translational research, drug discovery and development, clinical research, informatics and laboratory automation.
This is an exempt position, responsible for providing strategic leadership for knowledge content and delivery of scientific topics relevant to the Society and has broad responsibility and oversight for associated programs and services. The Scientific Director monitors the external environment and works with the Society leadership and professional team to ensure the organization appropriately addresses the scientific content needs of its community.
Board of Directors
Knowledge Content and Delivery Council (KCDC)
Program committees and Subcommittees
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Operating Officer
Director of Marketing
Director of Publishing
Senior Manager, Events and Education
Direct Report: The Senior Manager, Events and Education has a dotted line report to the Scientific Director.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
In alignment with the Society’s Mission and Strategic Plan, purposefully guide volunteer leaders in strategically developing, planning and implementing the Society's global scientific content and appropriate delivery methods while working with the appropriate team members to consider logistical elements necessary for success.
Support and guide the KCDC to regularly monitor the SLAS Community environment, identify trends and determine its education and scientific needs across all priority demographics and ensure coordinated efforts to meet these needs are implemented.
Develop and/or present SLAS-related technical content as appropriate, e.g. conference podium presentations, panels, short courses, articles, webinars, etc.
Serve as a professional team liaison to KCDC and other appropriate scientific program committees, provide information to broaden the committees' knowledge, respond to committee member questions, and prepare reports and summaries as needed.
Evaluate and analyze the effectiveness of scientific content programs through surveys and the active solicitation of members' comments; work collaboratively with the professional team to implement changes to programs to ensure excellence.
Support marketing and publishing efforts for scientific content products (science reports, white papers, blogs, podcasts, wikis, newsletters), and offer strategic guidance and initiatives tied to industry relations.
Work closely with the Director of Publishing and Editorial Boards to ensure Journals and all other scientific content products work in a complementary fashion to achieve the Society’s strategic goals.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with related scientific disciplines and industries to stay abreast of current trends and to promote Society programs and educational tools.
Provide leadership, direct management and development to direct report(s) and maintain other professional team relationships throughout the virtual business model, e.g. independent contractors and service providers. The current direct report is shared with the COO.
A supportive leader and colleague to the Society's professional team (inclusive of independent contractors and service providers); inform and educate professional team on industry trends and scientific advances of the community the Society serves; and a partner to team members to support the mission of the Society and to achieve the Strategic Goals.
Maintain a strong working knowledge of content delivery development and execution; and embrace the Society’s virtual business model processes.
Assist in developing, managing and meeting budgets.
Provide support and counsel routinely as needed or requested by SLAS CEO and other members of the professional team and volunteer leadership.
Prepare routine management reports and maintain master reference files.
Professionally and appropriately represent SLAS in related arenas, including associations and societies to establish a network of professional contacts to benefit SLAS.
Serve as the scientific spokesperson at the direction of the CEO.
Lead the acquisition of grants and implement as outlined.
Lead the development of Standards as appropriate to the SLAS Community.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
An energetic leader who provides input into the strategic planning process, with a specific focus on the management and effective amalgamation of subject matter for all Society scientific content and educational programs.
A proactive and engaging leader who builds relationships with volunteers and elicits their ideas and support for current and future educational endeavors.
A hands-on, active and entrepreneurial approach to the overall development and execution of the Society’s scientific content programs with a focus on mission, member value, metrics and return on investment/objective (ROI/ROO).
Connections with a broad scientific network and ability to work easily with the diverse SLAS community including academia, government, industry researchers, technology providers, etc.
Superior organizational skills that utilize computer planning tools.
Ability to effectively manage multiple priorities.
Ability to effectively communicate ideas, concepts and specific instructions, and design scientific content programs in a global marketplace (in-person, online, print) to a diverse audience.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to interact with a widely diverse professional membership audience, professional team, service providers and organizations to achieve organizational goals.
Strong staff management and development skills.
Leadership, flexibility and creative problem-solving skills.
Professional demeanor and commitment to sound business ethics and high level of integrity.
Strong ability to use office technology tools such as Microsoft Office, Dropbox, WebEx, Skype, GoToMeeting, project management software (i.e. Teamwork.com), etc.
Education and Experience
PhD in chemistry, biology, biotechnology, engineering or related field.
Proven scientific experience in the field of chemistry, biology, biotechnology, drug discovery, engineering or related field.
Minimum 10 years project management experience with contributors from multiple departments, locations, and/or skill levels.
Experience with scientific content program development and deployment in non-profit association, scientific society management setting desired.
Minimum five years direct personnel management experience.
Telecommuting is allowed.
About Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening
SLAS is a global community of more than 20,000 scientists—from academia, government and industry, collectively focused on leveraging the power of technology to achieve scientific objectives. We consider a primary part of our mission to unite great minds in science and technology for the advancement of all research. Every day, researchers, engineers, tech providers and related professionals utilize SLAS to exchange ideas, insight and answers to help tackle challenges old and new.