The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with one clear objective: finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD) in our lifetime. 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 nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s disease research worldwide, having funded more than $800 million in research projects in academic and industry labs worldwide. We exist to put ourselves out of business, so we deliberately hold no endowment but instead spend what we raise quickly and efficiently; 88 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to research programs. Core to our philosophy is how we think of our capital and its risk profile relative to other stakeholders in the drug development pipeline. We work aggressively to de- risk various treatment ideas and tools in the hopes of building a robust pipeline of new treatments for patients. Today, the Foundation has about 150 full-time employees.
Within MJFF, Research Programs helps support the Foundation’s mission of developing new and improved Parkinson’s therapies through its focus on five key research funding approach: 1) basic disease and translational science to identify and characterize PD biology; 2) identification and validation of biomarker candidates and tests to measure Parkinson’s pathology and symptoms; 3) transform promising early-stage ideas into practical therapies with tangible patient benefit; 4) assemble cohorts of people of interest to PD research and drug development (e.g., prodromal, genetic, newly diagnosed); and; 5) creating and distributing critical Parkinson’s research tools (e.g., antibodies, assays, animal models).
MJFF takes a holistic approach to investing in PD research, providing both intellectual and financial capital to accelerate PD therapeutic development. As part of this strategy, MJFF funds large-scale research initiatives and clinical research studies to address key questions and challenges. The Associate Director position will primarily support the business operations of MJFF’s research programs, developing efficient processes to forecast and track financials, coordinating across relevant departments, and ensuring that key metrics are measured and evaluated systematically. The Associate Director will also play a crucial role in priority team projects, inserting strategic input and oversight. This position will report to the Director, Research Operations.
Primary roles and responsibilities include:
Project and Relationship Management:
- Leverage grants management and business-intelligence applications to track & visualize financial data, and design appropriate dashboards for effective team collaboration.
- Serve as the business lead between MJFF and business partner organizations to design and manage the operational lifecycle of awards.
- Manage annual budget allocations & effectively monitor and communicate pacing across team.
- Actively contribute to strategic planning discussions and process around funding priorities and planning.
- Act as liaison between internal departments to ensure productive operational management of MJFF research initiatives.
- Cultivate positive working relationships with business partner organizations, which include other research funders, key opinion leaders, individual researchers and investigators, universities, and private-public partnerships.
- Coordinate and lead meetings (set agendas, take and distribute minutes, track budgets, etc.), solicit buy-in for recommendations, and implement next steps
- Troubleshoot and problem solve as issues arise. Exhibit excellent decision-making, ability to make judgment calls on tough issues, and understanding of when to escalate issues
- Actively evaluate the efficiency and progress towards initiative goals and proactively make suggestions and solicit buy-in for action plan, workflow improvements, and system efficiencies.
How to Apply:
- Bachelor’s degree in Business Management or relevant field
- 3+ years’ experience managing complex financial projects as a Business Operations manager (or in a similar role), preferably in a non-profit setting
- Strong knowledge of operations management
- Experience with database, grants and project management applications
- Entrepreneurial mindset; proactive and solutions-focused attitude
- Expert internal and external relationship management skills and integration with individuals from all levels of an organization
- Ability to balance multiple initiatives and prioritize activities
- Strong communication skills
- Commitment to teamwork; ability to collaborate and manage projects with and through others;
- Willingness to adapt when necessary; comfortable with ambiguity and flexible to changing business dynamics and priorities
- < 5% travel anticipated
Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.