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Associate Director, Clinical Development & Strategy

The Associate Director, Clinical Development & Strategy, plays a key role in executing the MJFF research agenda by developing and managing strategic research projects that accelerate and de-risk clinical stage therapeutic assets for Parkinson’s.

About Us:  
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 nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s disease research, having funded over $1.5 billion in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.

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 therapeutic strategies and tools in the hopes of building a robust pipeline of new treatments for patients. In order to achieve our mission of finding a cure for PD it is critical that we engage with, and bring together, members of the PD community including researchers, physicians, health professionals and most important, people with Parkinson's and their families. 

We believe that to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible, our capital needs to push research forward today—we therefore deliberately hold no endowment or excessive reserves. We instead seek to deploy funds raised as quickly and wisely as possible. MJFF raises over $100 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 200 full-time employees. We offer a collegial and collaborative environment where optimistic problem-solvers and entrepreneurial, resourceful individuals can thrive and make a tangible difference for millions of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Position Summary:
As the Associate Director, Clinical Development & Strategy, your core responsibilities will include identifying, reviewing, funding, and managing grants and grant programs; leading strategic initiatives; coordinating strategic program assessment sand workshops; engaging with key opinion leaders and stakeholders; and engaging with MJFF’s patient community. Reporting to the Senior VP, Clinical Research, you will actively contribute to realizing the Foundation’s mission through developing and managing high-impact funding and non-funding projects that enable us to advance a robust therapeutic pipeline addressing critical unmet needs and position MJFF’s de-risking investments to broadly incentivize continued institutional investment in late-stage therapeutic development for global patient value. You will have the option to work remotely full time, to work in MJFF’s office in midtown New York City full time, or to have a hybrid flex work schedule. Standard business hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. The Foundation supports flexible and remote work schedules.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Integrate cross-functional perspectives, ensuring that the Foundation’s strategy to fund clinical-stage assets is informed by the evolving pipeline for Parkinson’s therapeutics and MJFF’s unique role in de-risking the landscape.
  • Maintain intelligence on the clinical R&D pipeline across PD and related disorders to capture insightful trends and progress in therapeutics development and anticipate evolving field needs to inform prioritization and strategy for MJFF’s research funding and stakeholder engagement.
  • Develop and rapidly execute 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.
  • Scope and develop new initiatives to clarify the end-to-end clinical development path for novel Parkinson’s treatments and integrate those insights into MJFF’s funding programs.
  • Research, synthesize and action opportunities to leverage the voice of the patient and patient-reported data to inform Parkinson’s clinical development and regulatory decision making.
  • Pro-actively contribute to strategic evaluation of ever evolving opportunities for MJFF to inform and influence the ecosystem of Parkinson’s clinical research; long-term program portfolio may include support for patient registries and standards committees to advance innovative clinical trial design for Parkinson’s.
  • Build strong relationships with key stakeholders in the R&D, regulatory, payer, healthcare provider, advocacy, and patient communities.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • BA/BS degree required; advanced scientific, medical, or business degree strongly preferred.
  • 3-6 years of relevant work experience (e.g., biopharma, healthcare consulting) with measurable success and achievement.
  • Highly strategic and innovative thinker with exceptional healthcare acumen; proven track record of success operating at both strategic and tactical levels; able to seamlessly move between both perspectives.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills (written and oral), capable of synthesizing robust diligence on complex landscapes into clear opportunities and actionable recommendations for the business.
  • Self-starter capable of working independently.
  • Effective team player with a collaborative approach to problem-solving and comfort in navigating ambiguity.
  • Clear alignment with MJFF Core Values of Urgency, Optimism, Resourcefulness, Collaboration, Accountability and Persistence.
  • Motivated by patient focus and personal commitment to high performance and results.

Vaccination Statement:
At The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), the health and safety of our team and our community is a priority. MJFF has made the decision to require all staff receive the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Successful applicants for this position must be fully vaccinated by date of hire and proof of vaccine is required. Full vaccination is defined as two weeks after both doses of two-dose vaccine or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine has been administered. Anyone unable to be vaccinated, because of medical or religious reasons, can request a reasonable accommodation for consideration.

How to Apply:
Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position. Applicants who best match the position's needs will be contacted.

MJFF is an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage 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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