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The Campaign Strategist amplifies fundraising strategy across development, optimizes audience activations and enhances tactical approach with data-driven recommendations.

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 $2 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 250 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 is seeking top talent for its Campaign Strategist position. The Campaign Strategy team is newly initiated within the Development Business Unit to amplify fundraising strategy across development, optimize audience activations and enhance tactical approach with data-driven recommendations. The Campaign Strategist will report to the Campaign Strategy Director. This position is perfect for a highly motivated, strategic thinker who can synthesize several goals and provide solutions for complex and matrixed constituencies. This position requires a broad knowledge of fundraising including digital fundraising, direct response, peer-to-peer, planned giving, major gifts, annual fund and special events.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Partner with Program and Portfolio Managers in the planning, development and evaluation of integrated multichannel fundraising strategies to drive key audience objectives.
  • Work closely with Program and Portfolio Managers to understand their respective goals and develop time-bound fundraising and engagement campaigns that help meet objectives.
  • Help align Annual Plans for all Development Departments into a cohesive, united year-long cadence of campaigns that amplify programmatic strategies.
  • Develop documentation to convey messaging priorities, strategic tactics, audience details and channel-specific goals to share across Development, Marketing and Communications to bring uniformity, clear direction and data-driven targets to constituent touchpoints.
  • Coordinate with Dev Project Management group to manage a Development engagement calendar of events, communications, direct marketing and multi-channel campaigns for transparency and coordination between development teams and audiences.
  • Offer creative solutions to optimize audience touch points to deliver best-in-class constituent experiences.
  • Regularly prepare analysis on fundraising campaigns to determine effectiveness and present analysis to DBM, Program and Portfolio Managers.
  • Partner with vendors to implement tent-pole campaigns and testing opportunities for multi-channel direct marketing initiatives for broad revenue impact.
  • Stay current on direct response, peer-to-peer and major giving trends to assist with maximizing opportunities for MJFF’s fundraising efforts.
  • Work closely with the Development Project Management team to incorporate feasibility, timeline and processes into strategic campaign planning.
  • Be present at key cross-functional meetings to help activate, translate and facilitate project strategies.
  • Be a vocal, thoughtful and collaborative strategic expert and partner to align Development goals, audience optimization and strategic implementation.

Qualifications and Skills:

  • History of proven experience in creating fundraising strategies for a variety of audiences that are highly creative and incorporate analytical thinking skills.
  • Solutions oriented with demonstrated success in converting challenges into opportunities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Word).
  • Strong writing, editing and presenting skills and the ability to translate programmatic ideas into strategic communications.
  • Innovative and continuous improvement mindset.
  • A demonstrated strong working knowledge of audience planning and integrated multi-channel fundraising.
  • Highly motivated and organized; self-starter with ability to take direction and participate effectively in a team environment.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary range for this position is $80,000 - $95,000. In addition to salary, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) offers a comprehensive benefits package, including:

  • 15+ options for medical insurance (with MJFF paying 90 percent of the premiums).
  • Competitive dental and vision plans.
  • 401(k) plan with 6 percent employer contribution.
  • Flexible spending accounts.
  • Employer paid life and disability insurance.
  • 18 days Paid Time Off (PTO); 12 Well-Being (Sick) Days; 2 Personal Days; summer Fridays (office closure at 2pm) and a summer holiday week over July 4.
  • Two ways of working: hybrid-flex, or remote work. We trust all employees to work closely with their manager and colleagues to determine when, where and how programs and projects get done.

Employees are also eligible for a discretionary bonus on an annual basis. MJFF provides staff and leadership cultivation through regular training courses and events.

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.

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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