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 global funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside the U. S. federal government, having funded over $800 million in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.
We believe that to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible, our capital needs to push research forward today—we therefore deliberately have no endowment or reserve. We instead start our fundraising from zero each year and seek to deploy funds raised as quickly and wisely as possible. MJFF raises over $90 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 145 full-time employees who are based in New York City.
Working as a member of a dynamic, fast-paced team, the Associate Director, Team Fox will act as co-lead for the Foundation’s grassroots community fundraising program. This position will report to the Director, Team Fox and will oversee a portfolio of significant relationships, events and partnerships across the western half of the U.S., also representing the Foundation as an on-the-ground ambassador when appropriate.
This is a unique opportunity for a dedicated, results-oriented, relationship builder to make a significant impact at an innovative not-for-profit. The Associate Director, Team Fox will help actively manage a portfolio of events, create a stewardship plan for constituents, work across departments to deepen engagement opportunities, and track forecasting and revenue. Located in Midtown Manhattan, MJFF is an international organization with a national funding base.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Fundraising and Event Management Efforts
- Serve as in office leader, mentor and coach to team of three employees.
- Manage a regional team of two (Officer and Coordinator) to guide, support and grow significant DIY fundraising event efforts, deepen engagement and increase retention across the Midwestern, Mountain and Western territories.
- Manage and develop significant relationships in respective territory with a focus on supporting third party events raising $50,000 - $100,000+
- Support development of Sponsored Athletics program—inclusive of ~10 proprietary marathons/races and growing “Climb for a Cure” series-- and manage Officer overseeing program.
- Oversee development of Team Fox Young Professionals chapters within region while coordinating on opportunities for programming at the national level
- Liaise across teams to conduct programmatic analytics, track revenue, coordinate marketing, develop communications and seek additional opportunities for broader community engagement within assigned territories
- Strengthen digital platforms and resources to optimize and enhance member experience
- Build and strengthen the Foundation’s presence through fundraising and community engagement efforts in the assigned territory
- Support Foundation’s Community Events programming including, but not limited to: Fox Trot 5K Series, Team Fox MVP Awards Dinner and Research Roundtables
- Travel required of about 30-40%
Qualifications and Skills: The ideal candidate will be a pro-active, self-directed and organized professional who possesses the following skills and attributes:
- 4 to 6 years of experience in the private sector or at a not-for-profit with a natural comfort and a strong track record of success in fundraising and relationship management
- Demonstrated experience within peer to peer fundraising space
- Bachelor’s degree
- Excellent Microsoft Office skills required
- Strong inter-personal skills and excellent phone skills
- Ability to work independently and balance priorities within a face-paced and high-demand work environment
- Strong interest in fostering collaboration within team and across departments
- Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
- Self-starter with sound judgment
- Familiarity with Salesforce CRM software or equivalent software is a plus
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position. 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 is an equal opportunity employer.