Organization: The Protein Society

Location: Flexible Location, US

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About The Protein Society:

The Protein Society is a not-for-profit scholarly society with a mission to advance state-of-the-art science through international forums that promote communication, cooperation, and collaboration among scientists involved in the study of proteins.

Protein Society members include chemists, biologists, physicists, computer scientists, mathematicians, students, and educators alike who share a unifying interest in understanding the nature of proteins. The members work at universities, foundations, institutes, and corporations in more than 50 countries. The Protein Society fosters the development of the next generation of protein scientists by providing resources for educators and students, and holding international forums in protein science.

The international forums advance scientific collaboration and communication, and support the professional growth of young investigators through workshops, networking opportunities, and by encouraging junior researchers to participate fully in the annual symposium. In addition to the symposium, the Society’s prestigious journal, Protein Science serves as an ideal platform for furthering the science of proteins in the broadest possible sense.

For more information on The Protein Society, please visit

The Opportunity:        

The Protein Society seeks an Executive Director (ED) to strengthen the daily affairs of the Society and implement a plan for years of growth. The ideal candidate is strategic, entrepreneurial, with experience leading a team, establishing/maintaining partnerships, and managing the Society’s Executive Council and members. The ED must be a leader who is able to deliver measurable, cost-effective results, with experience developing a financial plan to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. This individual must bring efficient and effective systems to increase productivity, while fostering a creative spark that will drive the organization.

This is a full-time position; location is flexible.

Duties of the Executive Director include:

Operational and Financial Management

  • Implement and document standard operating procedures for office tasks, committee work, and symposia planning
  • Oversee the organization’s finances and collaborate with the Society accountant; communicate them to the Secretary-Treasurer
  • Develop and implement a Society budget each year, ensure the implementation of a conservative investment policy for the financial reserves of the Society
  • Support development and presentation of the annual budget to the Executive Council for approval; develop semi-annual financial reports with the Secretary-Treasurer for presentation to the Council
  • Ensure that contract or grant-based financial obligations are met
  • Determine strategic objectives for individuals, teams, or other parties and holds those responsible accountable to expected outcomes
  • Determine project resource needs and arrange for the provision of resources
  • Collect and adjust performance metrics to guide strategic decisions and operational plans, and communicate these to staff, the Executive Council, and other stakeholders
  • Understand and lead governance processes and Society bylaws
  • Maintain the Society archives, including Protein Science archives and all documentation for a scientific, not-for-profit society

External Relations

  • Maintain relationships with federal, public, private, and industrial organizations to develop financial support for the Society activities; increase Society fundraising (corporate and private)
  • Increase outreach with media resulting in positive coverage of symposia and Society programs
  • Manage the publishing contract for Protein Science. Work with the Protein Science Editor-in-Chief and Wiley-Blackwell Publishing staff on journal features and production issues
  • Develop and maintain the Society website, including top-to-bottom review and timely update of content and format
  • Serve as liaison to FASEB and other professional and academic organizations, and represent the Society to academic, industrial and federal entities
  • Coordinate with the FASEB Public Affairs and Science Policy Committees on scientific issues that may impact the Society

Manage Annual Symposium and Membership activity

  • Manage the annual symposium, including relationships with various contract service vendors
  • Provide support to the membership, develop and implement strategies to engage and increase membership
  • Assist in the implementation of programs of the Executive Council, and the following committees: Awards Canvassing, Education, Finance, Membership, Nominating, Publication, and Mentoring. Serve as a non-voting ex officio member of the Council and other Committees as needed
  • Manage and foster current sponsorships for Society awards (Stein and Moore, Emil Thomas Kaiser, Christian B. Anfinsen, Irving Sigal Young Investigator, and Hans Neurath) and address future funding, as necessary
  • Manage exhibit booths at select meetings to market the services of the Society to nonmembers
  • Manage the Society awards programs, including receiving nominations and coordinating with the Awards Canvassing Committee, and distributing them to the selection committees


  • 5+ years experience working in senior leadership role, ideally in a nonprofit environment
  • Demonstrated ability to provide a strategic vision and leadership for an organization
  • Experience implementing dashboard or flash financial metrics systems that improve financial performance
  • Proven organizational skills; experience leading an organization that requires excellent planning and management systems
  • Demonstrated ability working with a governing board and experience in management with a responsive and engaged Executive Council
  • Superior analytical, organizational and interpersonal skills, ability to take initiative, solve problems, assess priorities, and manage a variety of activities
  • Strong written and oral communications skills, attention to details, and high level of comfort with deadlines
  • Strong financial management and office process skills and excellent business planning skills
  • Commitment to working in a mission-driven, innovation-oriented organization
  • Proven ability to manage, train, mentor, and motivate employees

Compensation & Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.


The Protein Society has engaged Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Trisha Sutrisno here.

The Protein Society is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages applications from people of color, persons with disabilities, women, and LGBTQ applicants.

About Koya Leadership Partners:

Koya Leadership Partners is a national retained executive search and human capital consulting firm that works exclusively with nonprofits and social enterprises. We deliver measurable results, finding exceptionally talented people who truly fit the unique culture of our client organizations and ensuring that organizations have the resources and strategies to support them. For more information about Koya Leadership Partners, visit