The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with one clear objective: accelerate meaningful therapeutic advances and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Foundation applies extraordinary scientific, business and media assets to this singular focus—thus creating a unique and dynamic organization. Since inception, MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside the U. S. federal government, having funded over $800 million in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.
We believe that to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible, our capital needs to push research forward today—we therefore deliberately have no endowment or reserve. We instead start our fundraising from zero each year and seek to deploy funds raised as quickly and wisely as possible. MJFF raises over $90 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 130 full-time employees who are based in New York City.
The Community Events team supports the Foundation’s mission by engaging, educating and activating the Parkinson’s disease community through a series of organized events. Community Events include our Tour de Fox cycling series, Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk series and a new and growing educational event series. We believe that an engaged, informed PD community not only improves patient care but also establishes a higher likelihood of participating in and supporting research.
The Associate Director (AD), Community Events will drive awareness, engagement and action in the community by leading the Foundation’s public-facing educational event series. The AD will play an integral role in driving the planning, logistics and delivery of these events’ core components while working as part of a team to oversee on-site logistics, program analytics and day-to-day relationships with internal and external stakeholders. The AD will report to the Director, Community Events.
The AD, Community Events will work closely with members of MJFF’s Research Partnerships team, Team Fox grassroots community fundraising program and colleagues across the Foundation to execute first rate events, enhance metrics for success and grow participant bases.
Primary roles and responsibilities include:
Management of program deliverables as part of our educational event series
Work alongside team members to ensure the successful production of 2 community education events in Fall 2019 with an additional 3-5 in 2020
Oversee venue contracting and logistics, working closely with the director of community events on all aspects of budgeting
Strengthen digital platforms and resources to optimize and enhance participant/attendee experience
Lead in the coordination of on-site logistics, event staffing assignments and briefings ensuring the success of all events
Work across MJFF with internal colleagues to coordinate key communications, digital promotion, analytics tracking, relationship management and other project deliverables
Assist on other community events including Tour de Fox and Fox Trot events, when needed
Attend a large number of live events
This role requires a sophisticated project manager with a proven track record of implementing new projects. Strong candidates must have experience collaborating across internal teams, as well as working with external partners and vendors. Candidates must also possess experience implementing systems and process for efficient and effective project management, excellent oral and written communication skills as well as excellent presentation skills and experience juggling multiple priorities at once. Prior experience in community fundraising, engagement and outreach is also a plus. Experience in the medical research space is not required.
This is a full time onsite position located in New York City and candidates must be willing to travel. A significant part of this job includes overseeing execution of and supporting team leaders in producing 2-5 educational events per year (and assisting in 10-12 athletic events, when needed).
Ideal candidates will also possess:
A minimum of 3-5 years of strong project management and event planning experience
Ability to think big picture and strategically while maintaining excellent attention to detail
Entrepreneurial approach; excellent decision-making, problem-solving and judgment skills; creative outside of the box thinking.
Proactive and action-oriented personality; willingness to ‘roll up your sleeves’ to meet goals
Strong interpersonal and people management skills; ability to manage and be managed
Ability to prioritize work at hand and excellent time management skills required
An innate sense of pace and urgency as well as the ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and as part of a team
Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
Flexibility in approach and willingness to adapt when necessary
Travel required: ~30-40%
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. Please click on the following link here. Please, no telephone inquiries and do not contact our staff directly. Only applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer
About Michael J. Fox Foundation
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with one clear objective: accelerating meaningful therapeutic advances and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD). The Foundation applies extraordinary scientific, business and media assets to this singular focus—thus creating a unique and dynamic organization. Since inception, MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside the U. S. federal government, having funded over $800 million in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.