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RCP Director

The Raynor Cerebellum Project Director will pioneer a collaboration of the best minds in cerebellar research with a Manhattan Project-like focused, results-oriented approach. They will take a leading role in helping to allocate $20 million in funding over the next several years, manage a substantial budget to plan summits and symposia that will bring worldwide experts together to push the field forward, and consult with UT Southwestern as they allocate their $17 million to build a state of the art Raynor Cerebellar lab and team.


1. Lead Grantmaking Efforts

  • The RCP Director will review, summarize, critique, and recommend for funding research grant proposals received by the RCP, as well as evaluate grant progress reports and help to benchmark against milestones.

2. Lead Annual RCP Big Ideas Summit

  • The RCP’s stated goal is to seek out the best experts in cerebellar dysfunction from around the world and convene regular meetings and events of such experts to facilitate collaboration, sharing, and idea promotion.
  • The Director will define the agenda, identify researchers to invite, and help with event planning.

3. Organize quarterly symposiums continuing the discussion of ideas from the Big Ideas Summit

4. Keep the Foundation informed on the “State of Cerebellar Research” globally

5. Create a world-class RCP Advisory Board to advise the Foundation and assist the Director on all items above


  • Exceptional communication skills — This individual must be able to succinctly and clearly explain complicated details and nuances related to cerebellar dysfunction, research, grant proposals, research findings, etc. to Foundation Board Members with little to no medical training or expertise.
  • ā€œInstitutional Intelligenceā€ — This individual should have experience and insight into the practical workings of large research, academic, and medical organization — how decisions are made, how work is accomplished, how collaboration occurs, political and practical considerations for making change or progress, etc.
  • Collaborative Mindset — This individual will need to be excited about working with different individuals with varying backgrounds and perspectives including Foundation staff, our partners at UTSW on the RCP, cerebellar experts across the world, and potentially even patients and patient families.


  • High degree of experience and expertise in the field of neurology, with particular emphasis on the cerebellum.
  • M.D. and/or PhD required.
  • Preferably someone with clinical, academic/research, and administrative experience.
  • Published academic research in highly regarded industry publications.
  • Demonstrated track record of achievement in the field of neurology/cerebellum
  • Detailed understanding of the current landscape of brain research broadly and cerebellar dysfunction/research specifically.


The ideal candidate will be willing to relocate to the Dallas/Fort Worth area because the Foundation is based in Fort Worth. However, candidates unwilling to relocate will still be considered if willing to travel to Fort Worth for at least one week a month.


Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications. The Foundation does not have any constraints here.


Email Pat Dunne (President, Once Upon a Time Foundation) to learn more.