Medical Education Grant Writer (CME)
Job ID 2021-2702
Medscape, a division of WebMD, develops and hosts physician portals and related mobile applications that make it easier for physicians and healthcare professionals to access clinical reference sources, stay abreast of the latest clinical information, learn about new treatment options, earn continuing medical education credits and communicate with peers.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.
Medscape Education is seeking an experienced medical writer to play a primary role in the development of grant proposals, which seek funding for continuing medical education (CME) programs. This is a field-based position (i.e., work from home).
Working within assigned therapeutic areas, the grant developer is responsible for all steps and interactions required to write and prepare proposals for submission within agreed focus, budget, and timeline. This work will meet the highest industry standards and be completed with minimal supervision. Specific tasks include, but are not limited to:
- Write clear and succinct needs assessments that provide evidence for identified clinical practice gaps, that follow recognized standards, and are supported by internal and external data
- Use internal Medscape templates and proprietary tools to write proposals that tell a compelling story on the rationale, instructional intent, and value of the proposed educational solution
- Ensure proposals are clinically appropriate and instructionally sound and adhere to ACCME standards
- Lead proposal initiation calls with internal stakeholders to obtain details and direction for proposal development, confirming timelines, clinical focus, educational tactics, and outcomes assessment plans
- Incorporate revisions based on input from cross-functional internal and external proposal reviewers, including account managers, educational strategists, medical education directors, and copyeditors, to ensure high-quality grant submissions and improve the likelihood of external grant awards
- 2 years’ experience writing and editing in the field of CME, including work at a medical education/communications company, professional medical publisher, academic institution/hospital/university center, or medical society; previous grant writing for a medical education or scientific organization is a differentiator
- Bachelor's degree in the life sciences, public health, clinical sciences, journalism, technical writing, or English; advanced degree in a medical or science-related specialty is a differentiator
- Background and experience writing on multiple therapeutic areas (e.g., Cardiology, dermatology, gastroenterology, immunology, infectious disease, metabolic disease, neurology, and/or ophthalmology) a differentiator
- Excellent editorial (writing and editing) skills, preferably applied to development of educational grants/proposals and needs assessments
- Flexible mindset and excellent time management and organizational skills to manage multiple projects and tasks in a highly deadline-driven environment, while taking into consideration stakeholders based across multiple time zones
- Ability to deliver results with minimal supervision by creatively using resources in productive and/or innovative ways to ensure that timelines are met
- Process oriented, able to find ways to improve existing processes and to learn and adapt to evolving processes
- Superior communication and interpersonal skills (these encompass verbal, written, and listening)
- Ability to maintain friendly and productive relationships with internal and external stakeholders through clear articulation and an effective communication style
- Excellent computer skills, which include working remotely on shared networks and cloud-based systems
- Attention to detail with high level of accuracy
- Positive attitude, high energy, and willingness to accept varied assignments
- Availability for limited travel (~10%) when face-to-face meetings resume (post‒COVID-19)
- At least 2 years’ experience working with cross-functional teams and external partners toward common objectives
- Superior ability to describe medical/public health issues, clinical scenarios, and complex scientific data to a non-technical audience
- Superior ability to incorporate data, visuals, and narrative into a compelling written story
- High degree of proficiency using Microsoft Word; at least basic skill level in Excel, PowerPoint, and Adobe Acrobat
- Experience using Salesforce, SharePoint Online, Workfront, and Tableau
- Writing samples (PDFs or Word docs) will be expected; needs assessments (redacted if necessary) or CME materials preferred.