Technical Project Manager
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 $700 million 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 raising the Foundation’s profile with a broader audience will help us more efficiently reach and mobilize highly engaged stakeholders who are more likely to feel personally vested in helping speed progress toward a cure.
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. 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 130 full-time employees who are based in New York City. This is an onsite position and is not conducive to telecommuting.
Finding new therapies is dependent on a ready and able patient population and trial teams that are innovative and strategic about how to reach their target population. The Foundation is particularly interested in leveraging technology to achieve these goals. The Technical Project Manager will support the team’s efforts related to engaging patients in clinical research, primarily around two projects: Fox Insight (FI) and Fox Trial Finder (FTF).
FTF is an online tool launched in 2011 to match individuals with the trials that need them. FI is a longitudinal observational study designed to collect data from patients online. Together these two projects represent exciting opportunities to encourage engagement in Parkinson’s research by people with Parkinson’s, their supporters and the Parkinson’s Research community.
This position will work most closely with internal colleagues from the Research Partnerships and Marketing & Digital Strategies teams as well as external parties including research sites, study sponsors and outside vendors in the spheres of technology, academia and industry. It will also play a crucial role in future priority projects to continue to engage the Parkinson’s community in new and innovative ways.
MJFF requires a sophisticated project manager, with strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills. The role requires a keen ability and desire to do both project management and operations/implementation to support aggressive team goals. Given the novelty of both FTF and FI, ideal candidates will be comfortable with flexibility and can adjust nimbly to changes in direction.
Candidates must have 2-4 years of technical project management experience, be comfortable working with data and presenting recommendations based on learnings, and demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills. An understanding of technology and basic website functionality is required. This is a fulltime onsite position located in New York City and is not conducive to telecommuting.
Ideal candidates possess a certification in Agile Scrum methodology, such as CSM or PSM.
Primary roles and responsibilities include:
• Set, update and maintain the technical development roadmap for two major digital initiatives at MJFF: Fox Insight and Fox Trial Finder.
• Align online development team’s delivery rate with MJFF leadership priorities and expectations, translating business requirements into workflows for the technical teams and ensuring that delivered software maps to these requirements. As part of this project management, keeping track of evolving requirements and cross-functional team needs will be a core component of this role.
• Manage projects using the Agile development methodology, working with internal and external MJFF stakeholders and external engineering teams. Lead and/or coordinate bi-weekly backlog meetings and other ceremonies, including but not limited to effort estimation, sprint planning and development status calls.
• Work with product owners in MJFF’s Research Partnerships departments to gather needs and set development priorities, forming them into a coherent and cross-functional roadmap.
• Communicate this information to engineering teams working to deliver project feature enhancements, maintenance and bug fixes. Report on scheduled maintenance and feature enhancements to internal stakeholders, and otherwise regularly communicate progress to stakeholders through facilitation of demos and sprint retrospectives.
• Serve as first point-of-contact for external partners (including overseas), vendors, online designers and software engineers. Liaise closely with teams both in-house and remote.
• Provide second-tier technical support to clinical trial teams and patients using FTF and FI and oversee primary support for these audiences.
• Consult with other team members on the management of other MJFF online projects, such as and the redesign/rebuild of michaeljfox.org (launching in 2018).
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 click on this link to apply. 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.
If you are interested in joining MJFF as a volunteer please send your resume and cover letter to:
Office Manager and Human Resources
The Michael J. Fox Foundation
Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 4777
New York, NY 10163-4777
Computer literacy and a minimum commitment of eight hours per month are required.