Position:  Medical and Scientific Communications Manager, MDS
Location:  Milwaukee, WI
Job Id:  15097
# of Openings:  1

Medical and Scientific Communications Manager, MDS

CLIENT ASSOCIATION: International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society, MDS

REPORTS TO: Executive Director


STATUS: Exempt (Minimum of 37.5 hours/week)



The International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society is a professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals who are interested in Parkinson’s disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic Movement Disorders and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Medical and Scientific Communications Manager is responsible for the review, development and update of scientific and medical content for society publications. Includes all aspects of written product development including outline of manuscript/project scope, literature reviews and bibliography development, scribing for high-level meetings and teleconferences, interfacing with appropriate collaborative groups or individuals during the writing process, and adhering to applicable guidelines in order to ensure timely delivery of high quality end products.

This role requires the ability to undertake projects that require a variety of writing styles, include highly scientific research and review manuscripts, media-focused pieces, meeting reports, web content, etc. The ability to write quickly and succinctly but comprehensively, sometimes to tight deadlines, is important.



  • In direct collaboration with academic and clinical authors, assist in researching, writing, and revising manuscripts and meeting reports
  • Development of accurate and appropriate scientific copy for promotional and website materials
  • Work in collaboration with colleagues to ensure cohesive communications, accurate project status reports, and successful project completion in a timely manner including proactively identifying areas of concern or opportunity
  • Assist with identifying and tagging MDS educational content and resources using a standard taxonomy
  • Actively participate in meetings and teleconferences as needed to plan, develop, and evaluate written projects; scribe during scientific meetings and prepare organized notes for participants
  • Provide support to volunteer leaders serving on committees and task forces as needed to aid in the successful completion of the committee activities and outputs
  • Maintain all needed files and systems to track bibliographic reference histories and manuscript development, and report on manuscript/project progress as requested
  • Ensure compliance with pre-established good publication practice guidelines, collaborative agreements, and copyright law, and ensure proper acknowledgement of support and participation as applicable
  • Collaborate with colleagues as needed to provide writing assistance and/or serve in an advisory role to ensure accurate scientific content on printed promotional pieces, web text, educational content, scientific accuracy in grants and proposals, etc. for a wide array of constituency groups and target audiences
  • Provide overall support for ongoing scientific/medical programs and projects as they arise
  • Stay updated on new technologies, best practices and industry trends within areas of responsibility
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Education – MS in biomedical sciences with extensive scientific writing experience OR PhD or equivalent experience, with ability to evaluate medical research, required
  • Experience – Previous biomedical science writing experience and strong knowledge/experience of neurology or neuroscience required; familiarity with non-profit boards of directors a plus
  • Skills – Excellent interpersonal, organizational, and communications skills. Computer proficiency and ability to manage and juggle multiple writing projects. Attention to detail and accuracy. Able to work successfully in a team environment.



  • Travel of up to 4-5 weeks per year
  • Some evening and weekend work as needed
  • Occasional lifting, up to 50 pounds

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