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Associate Director, Business Operations – Research Partnerships

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 $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 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 and patients; 2) developing and managing studies that inform therapeutic 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 develop and manage studies that inform therapeutic development & disease understanding.

Position Description:
MJFF takes a holistic approach to investing in PD research, providing both intellectual and financial capital to accelerate patient-centered therapeutic development. As part of this strategy, MJFF sponsors, implements and manages large-scale, global clinical research studies that address therapeutic development challenges. The Associate Director position will primarily support the business operations of MJFF sponsored global cohort studies, developing efficient processes to forecast and track financials, coordinating across relevant departments, and ensuring that key metrics are measured and evaluated systematically. This position will report to the Senior Associate Director, Research Partnerships.

The Associate Director will work closely with internal colleagues from several teams, members of the research community, and external stakeholders as the primary business liaison for MJFF global cohort studies. S/he will oversee and manage a portfolio of awards, ranging from one-year to multi-year projects, with individual researchers and investigators, universities, private-public partnerships, and multi-partner consortia. The Associate Director will also play a crucial role in priority team projects, inserting strategic input and oversight.

Primary roles and responsibilities include:

Business Operations:
• Leverage grants management and business-intelligence applications to track & visualize financial data, and design appropriate dashboards for effective team collaboration. 
• Manage annual budget allocations & effectively monitor and communicate pacing across team.
• Facilitate the process of legal review and/or setup of dynamic, multi-year award contracting.
• Actively contribute to strategic planning discussions and process around funding priorities and planning.
• Routinely review and drive continual process improvement initiatives to improve workflow and system efficiencies.
• Propose solutions & execute decision-making related to awards administration.

Relationship Management: 
• 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.
• Act as liaison between internal departments to ensure productive operational management of MJFF sponsored cohorts.
• Serve as the business lead between MJFF and business partner organizations to design and manage the operational lifecycle of awards.

Job Requirements:
• 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

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. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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