Associate Director, Research Programs

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

Posted: 8/25/2020

Position Type: Full-Time (Paid)

Function: Research and Development

Primary domain: Foundation/Grantmaking

City: New York

Postal code: 10120

State: New York

Country: United States

Organization Information:

Budget:

Not Available

Website:

https://www.michaeljfox.org/

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 (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 $900 million in research projects in academic and industry labs worldwide to date. We exist to put ourselves out of business, so we deliberately hold no endowment or excessive reserves, but spend what we raise quickly and efficiently; 88 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to research programs. Today, the Foundation has about 160 full-time employees.

 

We work aggressively to support the entire Parkinson’s therapeutic development enterprise by de-risking specific therapeutic approaches and developing and distributing fieldwide tools, in order to seed and support a robust pipeline of new treatments for patients. Achieving our mission requires that we inspire the engagement of all Parkinson’s stakeholder groups — industry and academic researchers, clinicians, data scientists, policy makers, and most important, people and families living with Parkinson's. In service of this mission, the Marketing & Communications team works to leverage the Foundation’s tremendous research achievements and highly respected brand identity in service of our mission to speed better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s.

 

The Michael J. Fox Foundation strongly encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to our efforts to build and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. Diversity may refer to characteristics including, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, geographic background, ability and disability, political ideology and age.


Position Details:

Job Description:

Position summary

The Associate Director, Research Programs, plays a key role in executing the MJFF research agenda. With an understanding of key concepts in biomedical (preferably neuroscience/neurological) research and/or drug development, the Associate Director will be responsible for managing a variety of activities critical to our mission. These include: identifying, reviewing, funding and managing grants and grant programs; leading strategic initiatives; coordinating strategic program assessments and workshops; engaging with key opinion leaders and stakeholders; and interacting with the donor/patient community.

The position requires a motivated, strategic scientist with a hands-on, detail-oriented, flexible, and solutions-seeking workstyle. Successful candidates will be comfortable working in a collaborative team environment, be highly capable at delving into projects to support aggressive team goals, and have the ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects simultaneously.

This is a full-time, onsite position located in New York City.


Primary roles and responsibilities:

  • Shaping of MJFF PD scientific “point of view” in critical areas of Parkinson’s disease research and drug development
  • Developing and rapidly executing strategic action plans to address critical field challenges that consider both internal team and external advisor input and creatively position MJFF to have clear impact.
  • Managing strategic plans at all stages from concept development, review process, grants contracting and milestone management, troubleshooting and problem solving as issues arise.
  • Developing strong relationships with research community and key opinion leaders.
  • Reporting to a Director, Research Programs, and regularly with senior management and other MJFF staff on programmatic activities and progress.

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess:

·         Graduate degree (PhD) in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or related discipline with ideally 1-4 years of postdoctoral or related experience.

·         Ability to work both independently and collaboratively across internal and external teams.

·         Excellent relationship management, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

·         Excellent attention to detail and ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex tasks while maintaining composure under demanding deadlines.

·         Flexibility in approach and willingness to adapt when necessary.

  • Strong passion for science and the therapeutic development process.
  • Excellent independent decision-making and judgment skills.
  • Creative, “out of the box” thinking.
  • Strong project and time management skills with an innate sense of pace and urgency to get the job done.
  • Ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and willingness to move from project to project based on Foundation and team needs
  • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to manage (often without authority) and be managed.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including ability and confidence in speaking to both profession/technical and lay audiences.
  • Excellent computer skills, including mastery of Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Travel (domestic and international) for meetings and conferences may be required.

Benefits:

Not Specified

Salary:

Commensurate with Experience

Posting Expiration Date:

10/24/2020

How to Apply:

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position to this link. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. 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 strongly encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to our efforts to build and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. Diversity may refer to characteristics including, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, geographic background, ability and disability, political ideology and age.


 

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