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Associate Director, Open Science

The Associate Director, Open Science will influence the strategic direction of the Foundation’s Open Science program and be a change leader responsible for driving successful initiatives that create organizational value and mission impact.

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:
The Michael J Fox Foundation (MJFF) is seeking an Associate Director (AD), Open Science to cultivate the Foundation’s Open Science Program. Open science encompasses unhindered access to scientific articles, access to data from public research and collaborative research enabled by tools and resources. The program’s goal is to make MJFF-funded resources open, findable and reusable to accelerate scientific discoveries. 

The AD will be responsible for developing and operationalizing the strategic and tactical goals of the Open Science Program and aligning the activities with the overall vision of the Research Business Unit in service of the Foundation’s goal of developing better treatments and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Research Operations, the Open Science AD will influence the strategic direction of the Foundation’s Open Science program. This position is a change leader responsible for driving successful initiatives that create organizational value and mission impact.  The Open Science AD will lead a small team of MJFF staff members who may directly or indirectly report to this position in the following functions: open science policy implementation, compliance monitoring, research output tracking, data analysis, grantee communications, and publication funding support.

The ideal candidate will bring deep knowledge of the open science landscape, experience in research funding & scientific project oversight and a background in neuroscience research (or a closely related biomedical field) with understanding of scientific publication processes. The candidate must be a passionate advocate for open science practices with a commitment to promoting open access to all research outputs resulting from MJFF funding investments. The candidate will also be comfortable managing relationships with the various stakeholders that are needed to ensure the successful implementation of open science practices, including MJFF Research department leads, collaborating personnel within the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) Initiative, MJFF and ASAP grantees and project managers and external providers such as publishers, preprint & data repositories and other partnering organizations. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Establish a vision for the MJFF Open Science Program that accelerates the MJFF mission and responds to the Research Unit’s business needs.
  • Identify long-term open science objectives based on MJFF and ASAP strategic goals and sets strategies, operational milestones and tactics to systematically.
  • Partner with department leaders across MJFF’s Research Business Unit and ASAP to understand their programmatic goals and identifies opportunities for the Open Science Team to support their vision.
  • Interact and collaborate with MJFF senior team and project owners to understand their business and identify opportunities for collaboration and alignment that inform and improve open science activities.
  • Align open science practices across MJFF departments and with external partners at Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP).
  • Lead the Open Science team tasked with monitoring open access policy compliance and supporting open access publication funding for MJFF and ASAP grantees, in collaboration with external partners.
  • Transform tracked output & resource metrics into open science summary reports to highlight achievements in service of the MJFF and ASAP mission.
  • Serve as the primary MJFF liaison with publishers, journals and repositories to streamline MJFF interactions with these external stakeholders.
  • Promote MJFF and ASAP open science outcomes via internal and external communications channels, in collaboration with MJFF Marketing & Communications team.
  • Serve as the primary MJFF open science advocate with external organizations, including Open Research Funders Group, Center for Open Science, Health Research Alliance, etc.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • 3-6 years of relevant work experience (open science program; scientific research publishing, open science advocacy) with measurable success and achievement.
  • Highly strategic and innovative thinker with exceptional neuroscience research acumen; proven track record of success operating at both strategic and tactical levels; able to seamlessly move between both perspectives.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively across internal and external teams.
  • Excellent independent decision-making and judgment skills.
  • Demonstrated business-partner mentality with a track record of building strong, trusting, and collaborative relationships.
  • Ability to maintain a calm and competent demeanor amid changing demands and priorities.
  • Excellent analytical and communication skills; able to communicate easily and effectively with technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Strong project and time management skills with an innate sense of pace and urgency to get the job done; able to prioritize and manage multiple complex tasks.
  • Strong interpersonal skills: ability to manage (often without authority) and be managed.
  • Embodies the MJFF Core Values of Optimism, Urgency, Resourcefulness, Collaboration, Accountability and Persistence

Vaccine 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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