Research Partnerships Project Manager (Sponsored Studies)

Michael J Fox Foundation

Posted: 6/11/2019

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Research and Development

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: New York City

Postal code: 10001

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:


$20M +


Mission statement:

About Us:

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 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 145 full-time employees.

Within MJFF, Research Partnerships helps support the Foundation’s mission of developing new and improved Parkinson’s therapies through its focus on four key activities:  1) increasing engagement and developing partnerships with various stakeholders, including biopharma, government, nonprofits, health care providers and patients; 2) developing and managing clinical studies that inform drug development and disease understanding; 3) promoting data accessibility and sharing across the Parkinson’s and broad neuroscience community; and 4) integrating the patient experience and viewpoint across the research spectrum.  This position is focused on supporting our efforts to integrate patients and volunteers in clinical research.


Position Details:

Job Description:

MJFF takes a holistic approach to investing in Parkinson’s research, by providing intellectual and financial capital to change the research ecosystem and accelerate therapeutic development. As part of this strategy, MJFF develops alliances and builds complex collaborative initiatives with other Parkinson’s stakeholders including other research funders, medical professional societies, clinical centers and patients. The Research Partnerships Officer position offers a unique opportunity for an experienced, highly organized project manager.  This position will support the development and execution of strategic research, education and training initiatives that engage partners to accelerate our research mission. The Officer will report to the Senior Associate Director of Research Partnership, though it is expected that this position will afford opportunities to work cross-functionally with diverse internal and external leadership across projects.

Primary roles and responsibilities include:

Project Management

  • Leverage project management experience to support successful development and ongoing management of complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives as they emerge and evolve
  • Relationship management of external partners, which include other research funders, key opinion leaders, clinicians, researchers and the patient community
  • Ensure MJFF ‘best practices’ and rigorous project management methods are employed in developing and executing projects
  • Coordinate and manage MJFF project committees, task forces and working groups, working closely with internal and external collaborators to develop agendas, coordinate logistics, prepare materials for discussion, circulate minutes, and support execution of next steps
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve as issues arise; exercise excellent decision-making and propose solutions for tough issues related to project administration
  • Anticipated near term projects include: 
  • Manage the planning, launch and assessment of pilot programs to provide genetic testing and counseling to people with Parkinson’s through their doctors’ offices; coordinate with external study leadership, project contributors and internal stakeholders to ensure on-time deliverables and clear communication
  • Coordinate the international launch of assets aimed at educating the Parkinson’s community about clinical research and opportunities to participate
  • Manage approaches to engage Parkinson’s patients, care partners and individuals at risk for Parkinson’s in the MJFF-sponsored online study, Fox Insight, including coordination of communications and retention programs with internal and external collaborators and partner organizations


Strategic research, education and training programs driven by MJFF are complex and involve diverse stakeholders from the non-profit, government, academic, industry, clinical and patient sectors, each with their own perspectives. A proactive and flexible project manager is required for this role. Successful applicants will have a keen ability to connect dots, quickly process new information, and adjust and implement accordingly. An innate sense of urgency as well as an ability to work productively and proactively – both independently and as part of a team – are key.



Strong candidates must have demonstrated project management experience, excellent communication skills, and experience developing and implementing new processes where there is no existing roadmap. Work experience within clinical research or the healthcare sector is preferred, but not required. This is a full-time on-site position located in New York City. The Research Partnerships Officer must also be willing to travel as needed.

Ideal candidates will also possess:

  • Demonstrated project management skills, with 2-3 years’ experience supporting complex projects; knowledge of and experience in project management tools and methodologies strongly preferred
  • Excellent time management skill required; demonstrated ability to prioritize work at hand and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to maintain exceptional attention to detail while considering how those details impact ‘the big picture’
  • Strong interpersonal and people management skills; ability to work productively both independently and as part of team, including reporting to cross-functional managers
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills required, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Willingness to adapt when necessary; comfortable with ambiguity and flexible to changing business dynamics and priorities


Not Specified


Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:


How to Apply:

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. Please click on this link to apply.  Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. 


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