Public Policy Associate
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 $750 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 in Washington DC and is not conducive to telecommuting.
About This Position:
MJFF takes a holistic approach to investing in PD research, providing both intellectual and financial capital to accelerate drug development. As part of this strategy, MJFF is seeking to build its activities in the public policy arena supporting efforts to increase funding to Parkinson’s research and drug development as well as initiatives to support optimal access to care for patients and caregivers. The Public Policy Associate will play a critical role in supporting the Senior Vice President and the Associate Directors with the strategic development and implementation of MJFF’s policy agenda at the federal level. The position requires the ability to work closely with internal colleagues and members of the Parkinson’s community as well as stakeholders and coalitions.
Specific Responsibilities include:
Legislative Affairs: Work with the Associate Directors to build and maintain relationships with members of Congress and their staffs on legislative priorities, including, but not limited to research funding and quality of life/access to care issues. Monitor relevant health care legislation and brief the Associate Directors; create initial drafts of testimony, letters, and comments as necessary.
Regulatory Affairs: Monitor action by federal agencies on issues affecting those impacted by Parkinson’s and recommend MJFF’s engagement on issues as appropriate; create initial drafts of comments as necessary.
Coalition Engagement: Create and maintain strong relationships with other health care and patient organizations and advocacy coalitions. As assigned, serve as MJFF’s representative in various coalitions and work groups.
Occasional overnight or day travel to NYC office, local events, and events around the country; occasional evening/weekend work is required.
- Bachelor's degree
- 1-3 years of experience in government relations and public policy with a focus on health care preferred; practical knowledge of the legislative process
- Experience working for a member of Congress or a relevant federal agency preferred
- Analytical skills – ability to assess strengths/weaknesses of proposals and legislation
- Ability to register as a federal lobbyist
- Ability to coordinate with other disease-related organizations to build collaborative efforts
- Enthusiastic, detail oriented team player able to take initiative and work efficiently with supervision; ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
- Outstanding organizational skills and attention to detail, including the ability to handle multiple priorities and complete multiple projects in a timely manner
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills; strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office
Ideal Candidates will also possess:
- Disease-specific policy experience
- Grassroots lobby day (“hill day / fly in”) experience
- Ability to work with people at all levels; openly engaging, energetic and diplomatic personality
- High level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
- Sense of humor and ability to remain calm and professional under pressure
- Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
Other important qualities required; a "can-do" attitude; reasonable and enthusiastic; encourages a team environment; high level of accountability and takes responsibility.
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.