Planned Giving Coordinator
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 and is not conducive to telecommuting.
The Planned Giving Coordinator offers a unique opportunity for a highly organized, detail-oriented individual to support the Planned Giving Program at MJFF. Through involvement in a wide-range of strategic and operational activities – including both short-term and long-term project development. The Planned Giving Coordinator will ensure that prospects are cultivated in a timely and appropriate manner and work collaboratively with advancement colleagues, and interact effectively with staff and prospects. The Planned Giving Coordinator will provide both administrative support and project management. Areas of responsibility include: donor prospecting, event coordination (both webinar and live events), donor tracking and estate/trust distribution management.
Key qualities of an outstanding Planned Giving Coordinator include strong organization skills, nuanced written and oral communication skills, solid judgment, excellent time management and prioritization skills as well as an innate sense of pace and urgency. Equally important is the ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and within a team environment.
Key Responsibilities of a Successful Planned Giving Coordinator
- Bachelor’s degree
- Ability to prioritize work and manage multiple projects simultaneously required
- Excellent Microsoft Office skills required
- Strong inter-personal skills and excellent phone skills
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
- 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.
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.