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David Lynch Foundation

Position: Research Project Coordinator

Reports to: Senior Director, Programs

Classification: Full Time/Exempt

Location: NYC

Salary: $55,000 – $58,000 Annually

About the David Lynch Foundation

The David Lynch Foundation (“DLF” or the “Foundation”) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2005 to address the epidemic of trauma and toxic stress among underserved populations through the implementation of the evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. DLF delivers this program nationally through the Center for Resilience.  DLF has earned broad public interest and support for its work to bring this simple, evidence-based meditation intervention to its core target populations: veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and their families, healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID pandemic, domestic violence survivors, those suffering from opioid and alcohol use disorder and young people in high crime, high need areas. 

DLF has three regional offices: its operational headquarters in New York City (where there is also a significant programmatic presence), its government locus in Washington, DC, and a programmatic hub in Los Angeles. One of the Foundation’s primary long-term objectives is to support gold standard research in order to make TM widely accessible to all who will benefit from it – with cost to the individual not being a barrier. Our veterans and first responders work is focused on offering programs and supporting research as part of a strategy to secure reimbursement for this evidence-based intervention through private and public insurance companies, and through government funding sources.

The Opportunity

You will lead the administration and coordination of the largest study ever conducted on veterans, meditation and PTSD.  This historic multi-site Phase III Clinical Trial is being conducted in close partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans affairs as well as top researchers from Columbia, Stanford, Georgetown and USC among others. In this role you will interface with some of the top PTSD researchers in the nation. You will manage calendars for veterans study/programs and project status reporting, arrange meetings with partnering organizations, assist with study subject recruitment and liaise with 9 study sites and veterans serving organizations on veterans and first responder projects.


  • Be the primary administrator and outward-facing liaison for the nine-site Phase III Clinical Trial on veterans, meditation and PTSD
  • Be the primary administrator for Veterans and First Responder programs
  • Assist with planning, executing, and coordinating the Veterans Study and programs
  • Assist with study subject recruitment
  • Monitor grant opportunities for veterans programs and research
  • Attend daily program and other related meetings as required
  • Take meeting minutes/actions and cascade with the veterans team. Follow up on action points to ensure that all tasks are completed
  • Manage calendars and action items for the veterans team
  • Manage incoming communications and liaise with partnering teachers, study sites, program partners and veteran serving organizations
  • Work with suppliers as needed to procure and ship marketing materials and other supplies related to the program
  • Share pertinent information with the team via daily emails and meetings
  • Liaise with veterans partners to support the progress and launch of programs
  • Work closely with study coordinators in the field and conduct follow-up with organizations interested in partnering to recruit subjects for the Veterans Study
  • Maintain and update the veterans Salesforce database
  • Respond to inquiries regarding veterans programs
  • Liaise with the marketing team to cascade information related to veterans initiative and feed into social media presence
  • Manage veterans study recruitment digital marketing campaign reporting
  • Connect with TM teachers nationally while being cognizant of individual time zones
  • Be available for some (minimal) weekend and evening calls/meetings
  • Create documents to support the tracking of programs nationally
  • Coordinate veterans TM scholarships
  • Enter expenses into Certify
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Have a strong interest and understanding of behavioral science and research
  • Previous administrative or office experience is required.
  • Must have strong communication and organization skills with a proven track record of working as part of a team to support the leadership
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills – must be able to work independently with confidence
  • Knowledge of online marketing
  • Detail-oriented with an ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines
  • A self-starter with a documented track record of working independently and effectively with minimal supervision
  • A go-getter who is capable of researching new ideas generated by the team and others and bringing information to the team for discussion
  • Must be highly proficient with G Suite (Google Calendar, Drive, Hangouts, Docs, Google Analytics, etc.)
  • Highly competent in using Microsoft Office, as well as utilizing the Google platform and Zoom to schedule meetings and conference calls
  • Familiarity with Salesforce a plus
  • Experience developing and coordinating budgets
  • Proven experience using software to create flyers, newsletters, forms and spreadsheets
  • Have a strong understanding of the US
  • Military veteran status is a plus

To Apply

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