Social & Scientific Systems (S-3)

Director of Clinical Research, Neuroscience

US-MD-Silver Spring
Job ID
Regular Full-Time


Social & Scientific Systems (SSS) works to improve public health worldwide by providing technical, research, and program management services to government, nonprofit, and commercial clients. The SSS team offers a synergy of expertise in clinical research services, epidemiology and public health studies, health data management and analysis, and program evaluation and policy analysis. Please join our dedicated staff of employee-owners in an environment that values diversity and supports health, well-being, and professional growth.

Support the strategy around growing the Neuroscience Portfolio in Clinical Research for the company and oversees the establishment and operations of the programs, and supervises additional staff working in that area.


  • Participate in the development of the strategic direction and goals of the CRB Group. Lead the planning and implementation efforts for programs in Neuroscience to contribute to meeting the CRB and company goals.
  • Participate in business development activities, seeking business opportunities in accordance with defined Group strategy.
  • Attract and retain talent for the organization. Develop next level of leaders.
  • Participate as Capture Manager in the development of proposals for submission to the federal government and private sector, as needed.
  • Ensure that projects within the neuroscience area are managed and reviewed in accordance with applicable SSS standards and methodologies. Ensure high standards of quality are incorporated into products and services. Ensure collaboration with other areas of CRB, and other groups within the organization.
  • Ensure efficiency and effectiveness of the program operations. Lead monitoring, assessment, and evaluation of neuroscience projects, and conduct periodic project reviews.
  • Work with Human Resources to oversee all relevant human resource activities (supervisory accountability, disciplinary actions, and termination decisions) and strategies for developing staff to meet business goals.
  • Work with Finance and Contracts to oversee all Neuroscience program finances; establish budgets and manage direct and indirect expenditures.
  • Present results of important work at national conferences and publish white and peer-reviewed papers whenever possible.
  • Help develop a marketing campaign for the company and maintain a presence on social media for the work we do at SSS.
  • Perform additional duties as required.


  • Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience or MD with relevant research experience in Neuroscience or closely related field.
  •  Experience managing clinical trials in the area of neuroscience (Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Parkinson’s, and exposure to the recent research issues with opioid abuse).
  •  10 years of program-management experience, with 5 years of progressively increasing responsibility.
  •  Experience managing budgets and supervising staff.
  • In-depth knowledge of corporate management policies and procedures and government contracting environment.
  • Prior experience working closely with and connections to NIH and pharmaceutical industry sector preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Diplomacy skills, experience in multi-stakeholder collaborations, exceptional ability to interact with Executive Level Staff within and outside the company.
  • Experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, and Outlook, as well as reference managers such as Endnote.


SSS is committed to fostering a diverse workforce and is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities/Women/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or any other classification protected by law.


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