Job posted by: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
Posted on: January 28, 2014
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 $400 million in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.
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 or reserve. We instead start our fundraising from zero each year and seek to deploy funds raised as quickly and wisely as possible. MJFF raises over $60 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 90 full-time employees who are based in New York City.
Within MJFF, Research Partnerships helps support the Foundation's mission of developing new and improved PD therapies through its focus on three activities: 1) developing innovative partnerships and collaborations with pharma, biotech, insurance agencies and medical associations; 2) developing and implementing new strategies to engage patients in clinical research, including management of Fox Trial Finder an online tool that 'matches' volunteers to trials; and 3) overseeing and managing the Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) – a large-scale clinical study sponsored by MJFF.
The Associate Director, Research Partnerships will support the team's efforts related to engaging patients in clinical research. Finding new therapies is dependent on a ready and able patient population willing to engage in and provide data for research. The Foundation is particularly interested in leveraging technology to assemble a critical mass of individuals primed for research participation. Fox Trial Finder (FTF) is one example of this work. FTF is an online tool launched in 2011 to match individuals with the trials that need them. Learning from the success of FTF and the seeing the community's positive response to engaging in research , MJFF will be launching in 2014 a new online opportunity to conduct a virtual study to collect patient-reported data – a Patient Centered Research Tool (PCRT). Together PCRT and FTF represent exciting opportunities to further encourage patient engagement in Parkinson's research.
The Associate Director, Research Partnerships will work closely with internal colleagues from the digital strategy and marketing/communications teams to further develop both FTF and PCRT. The Associate Director will also play a crucial role in future priority team projects to continue to engage the Parkinson's community in research in new and innovative ways.
Primary roles and responsibilities include:
1.Support the development and execution of an integrated outreach plan around overall patient engagement initiatives including FTF and PCRT.
2.Develop a strategic action plan to retain and continually engage those registered on FTF and PCRT.
·Work with others at the foundation to audit the current level of user engagement with FTF.
·Determine and set FTF and PCRT engagement goals for 2014 (solicit input and opinions from a variety of advisors).
·Develop an FTF and PCRT retention plan to meet the engagement benchmarks; implement new activities around this key objective, including technology development and communications deliverables
3.Support management of the technology roadmap for FTF and PCRT in partnership with the digital strategy team with an eye toward continually optimizing the sites for volunteers and trial teams.
4.Lead the development and management of continued international roll-out for FTF.
·Solicit input from key advisors to develop next set of priority countries to support.
·Identify, train and manage international collaborators.
5.Support the CTS assistant to perform customer service for volunteers and trial teams. This includes the management of the import and submission of new trials on FTF and connection to trials teams to reach 75% connection rate by EOY. When launched, also support the CTS assistant to perform customer service for users of PCRT.
6.Refine and maintain a data reporting process for FTF and PCRT performance
The Foundation's patient engagement portfolio requires a sophisticated project manager with a keen ability to process new information and nimbly adjust accordingly. Strong candidates must have significant project management experience, excellent oral and written communication skills and experience developing and implementing new projects where an existing roadmap does not exist. Advanced degrees, such as an MA, MBA, MPA and relevant management or strategy experience are preferred. Experience in drug development or clinical trial setting is not required. An understanding of technology and basic website functionality is a plus. This is a fulltime onsite position located in New York City and is not conducive to telecommuting. The Associate Director, Research Partnerships must also be willing to travel as needed.
Ideal candidates will also possess:
-Ability to think big picture and strategically while maintaining excellent attention to detail
-Entrepreneurial approach; excellent decision-making, problem-solving and judgment skills; creative outside of the box thinking.
-Proactive and action-oriented personality; willingness to 'roll up your sleeves' to meet goals
-3-5 years of strong project management experience
-Strong interpersonal and people management skills; ability to manage and be managed
-Ability to prioritize work at hand and excellent time management skills required
-An innate sense of pace and urgency as well as the ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and as part of a team, are key
-Excellent computer skills, including Excel, Word, and Powerpoint
-Non-compensated leadership experience (community outreach, committee involvement)
-Experience and interest in working on a team
-Flexibility in approach and willingness to adapt when necessary
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Interested candidates should send resume and thoughtful cover letter to http://jobsco.re/1dwr2b5. We ask that you do not contact our staff directly and no phone inquiries please. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered.