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About The Foundation

The Foundation for Physical Therapy Research (FPTR) is the only national nonprofit solely dedicated to funding physical therapy research and promising researchers through grants, scholarships, and fellowships. Through these investments, researchers go on to yield exceptional research that helps us learn more about the efficacy of physical therapy practices, pioneer breakthrough treatments, and build the evidence-base to define the value of physical therapy among payers, other health care professions, and patients.

FPTR is an affiliate of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA). FPTR staff are employed by APTA and receive the same employee benefits and adhere to APTA policies and procedures.

Position Summary

We are looking for an energetic and self-motivated Scientific Program Associate to join our team. This position will be involved in all areas of our grants, scholarship, and fellowship programs. You will have the opportunity to attend peer review committee meetings as well as board committee meetings. The ideal candidate demonstrates strong administration and organizational skills, attention to detail and the ability to track and prioritize tasks. This key role will provide administrative and technical support for the scientific program; supports the post-award process and is responsible for day-to-day operational support to increase efficiency. The Scientific Program Associate reports to the CEO and works closely with the Senior Specialist, Research & Grants Program and collaboratively with the FPTR team.

Essential Functions

This position:

  • Serves as the first point of contact for in person, phone and email inquiries related to the scientific program and FPTR in general.
  • Provides volunteers and vendors with excellent customer service responding to requests in a timely manner and adhering to deadlines as appropriate.
  • Assists the Senior Specialist, Research & Grants Program will all aspects of the application, review, award, and post-award process.
  • Collaborate with the Communications teams on various projects to promote FPTR funded research.
  • Takes the lead to update the FPTR's Standard Operating Procedures manual.
  • Assists with surveys, webinar development and other outreach to funding recipients.
  • Organizes and prepares materials for scientific program meetings.
  • Draft minutes of meetings.
  • Schedules internal and external meetings.
  • Provides backup for data entry, working with development staff as needed.
  • Processes all FPTR check and payment requests; reconciles monthly credit card statements.
  • Supports the board in staff in the use of Boardable; Maintains documents on the platform.
  • Perform data entry to keep records up to date, including changes in contact information.
  • Maintains confidentiality of private and privileged data.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently in a fast-paced office while multi-tasking.
  • Supports the goals and strategies of the Strategic Plan.

Staff Expectations

  • Upholds and fosters team values.
  • Complies with all APTA policies and procedures.
  • Performs other duties as assigned to foster achievement of association priorities.


  • High School Diploma required; Associates or Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • 2 years relevant experience working in a non-profit, academic, or business environment.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Grants administration experience a plus.
  • Experience grant application software such as ProposalCentral is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated proficiency at project coordination.
  • High computer literacy with compressive knowledge of Microsoft Office applicants, especially Excel.
  • Must be highly organized; have good time management skills with strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently as well as on a team.
  • Excellent and effective communication skills – written and verbal.
  • Prior experience in gift or sales processing and record maintenance required. Raiser's Edge or similar database, a plus.

Travel Requirements

  • Up to 10% - local, national

Employee Benefits

APTA's outstanding benefits include generous annual vacation and sick leave, federal paid holidays, retirement contributions, and commuting subsidies for employees who choose public transit and active transportation.

APTA's headquarters are located across the street from the new Potomac Yard Metrorail station set to open in October 2022, with immediate access to the DMV's bike trail system. Opened in 2021, APTA Centennial Center's amenities include a fitness center, bike share, and health and wellness classes—all free to APTA employees. A WiFi-connected rooftop terrace offers views of the Potomac River and Washington, D.C. skyline, offering a great alternate work location or place to take a break.

Most staff positions are eligible for APTA's flexible work arrangement schedule. New hires must be employed three full consecutive months before being eligible to apply for a flexible work arrangement.

How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to:

Principals only: no agencies; no phone calls, please. Candidates selected to participate in an interview will be contacted by Human Resources.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The American Physical Therapy Association is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

APTA participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. For more information please visit

APTA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce and invites and welcomes applicants with diversity of experience, mindset, and skills to add value to APTA and our staff community.

Position is located in Alexandria, VA.

About APTA

Do you want to contribute to an organization dedicated to improving societal health? Would you like to collaborate with colleagues who are passionate about making a difference? Are you excited to work in a new state-of-the-art building designed to encourage movement, participation, and employee health?

Then you want to work for the American Physical Therapy Association!

APTA is the trusted leader for the physical therapy profession, representing 100,000 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and physical therapy students. Our team supports the association's mission to build a community that advances the profession of physical therapy to improve the health of society.