Community Engagement Officer
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinsonís Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with one clear objective: accelerating meaningful therapeutic advances and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinsonís disease (PD). The Foundation applies extraordinary scientific, business and media assets to this singular focusóthus creating a unique and dynamic organization. Since inception, MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinsonís 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 Foundationís 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 todayówe 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 135 full-time employees who are based in New York City. This is an onsite position and is not conducive to telecommuting.
Officer, Community Engagement (Portfolio Manager Ė US East)
Working as a member of a dynamic, fast-paced team, the Officer, Community Engagement will work to build and strengthen the Foundationís relationships and engagement with the patient, family and supporter community.† †
Your primary responsibility will be to manage a portfolio of our most engaged community members who contribute to the Foundationís mission through participation in clinical trials, advocacy, or community activities. You will identify new members and design stewardship strategies to inspire existing ambassadors. This is a travel role, responsible for in person outreach in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States.
Additionally, this role works closely with and supports the Associate Director of Community Engagement responsible for designing strategies for the grassroots advocacy program. Working together and with the Public Policy team, you and the AD you support will focus on engagement in calls-to-action related to advocacy.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Manage a territory portfolio of community members and execute stewardship strategies to engage them in the Foundationís mission. Identify new and steward existing members through in person outreach.
- Travel responsibility for in person outreach in the community may be up to 30% of your time.
- Work closely with advocacy program manager to support and help create strategies that foster community participation in advocacy and measures of success for these efforts.
- Help grow advocacy and ambassador programs in numbers of participants and levels of engagement.
- Develop excellent content knowledge and public speaking skills. Become expert in MJFF message that encompasses the scope of the Foundationís mission, research priorities, and CTAs.
This is a unique opportunity for a dedicated, results-oriented, strategic thinker and relationship builder to make a significant impact at an innovative not-for-profit. The job requires the ability to work across departments with internal colleagues and externally with members of the Parkinsonís community. The role currently reports to the Vice President of Community Engagement. This reporting structure could change as the team grows. Located in Midtown Manhattan, MJFF is an international organization with a national funding base.
Key qualities of an outstanding Officer, Community Engagement include excellent verbal and written communication skills, organizational skills, problem-solving acumen, interpersonal skills, self-confidence, positive disposition and solid judgment. The Community Engagement Officer must also possess sound time management skills as well as an innate sense of curiosity, pace and urgency. Equally important is the ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and within a team environment.
Qualifications and skills:
- Bachelorís degree; advanced degrees a plus
- Minimum 2 years of relevant experience
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (writing, verbal and presentation), and ease in† communicating effectively both internally and externally
- Proactive and action-oriented personality; solutions focused and willingness to pitch-in
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to manage and meet deadlines
- Experience in a demanding fast-paced work environment
- Flexibility in approach and willingness to adapt when necessary due to changing business dynamics and priorities
- Commitment to teamwork; ability to collaborate and manage projects with others, as well as working independently.
- Domestic travel required for out of town mid-week and weekend activities
- Excellent Microsoft Office skills required
- Familiarity with Salesforce CRM 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.
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.