Senior Associate Director, Research Partnerships

Job Type

Full Time

Published

08/10/2018

Address

Grand Central Station
P.O. Box 4777
New York
NY
10163
United States

Description

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 $800 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 145 full-time employees who are based in New York City. This is an onsite position and is not conducive to telecommuting.

 

Within MJFF, Research Partnerships helps support the Foundation’s mission of developing new and improved Parkinson’s therapies through its focus on four key activities: 1) increasing engagement and developing partnerships with various stakeholders, including biopharma, government, nonprofits and patients; 2) developing and managing clinical studies that inform drug development and disease understanding; 3) promoting data accessibility and sharing across the Parkinson’s and broad neuroscience community; and 4) integrating the patient experience and viewpoint across the research spectrum. This position is focused on supporting our efforts to integrate patients and volunteers in clinical research.

 

Position Description: 

Finding new therapies is dependent on an informed, mobilized patient population and trial teams that are innovative and diligent about how to reach their target population. The Senior Associate Director, Research Partnerships will focus on developing and executing integrated strategies to engage patients in clinical research. The Foundation seeks a leader to pioneer innovation in research participation by combining traditional, on-the ground approaches with technology solutions and integrated marketing strategies to accelerate field-wide advancements in Parkinson’s trial recruitment. The Senior Associate Director will lead a team and portfolio of projects in this arena, including:

  • Development and execution of integrated strategies to support recruitment and retention for MJFF-sponsored studies including Fox Insight – the largest global study of people with Parkinson’s
  • Management of Fox Trial Finder – an online tool to connect participants with actively recruiting trials
  • Designing, launching and managing novel initiatives that support further optimization of recruitment practices in Parkinson’s disease
  • Development and execution of community education initiatives focused on the value of research participation and trial opportunities
  • Consulting and partnership management with biopharma research sponsors and clinical trial sites to enhance effectiveness of recruitment and retention

As Senior Associate Director, you will manage a team that includes two Associate Directors and will work closely with internal colleagues across the organization to oversee MJFF’s pioneering work in this space. Success in this position requires close collaboration with MJFF’s marketing and communications teams, as well as management of diverse external players such as technology vendors, academic research centers, biopharma trial sponsors, patients and other collaborators. This role reports to the Director of Research Partnerships.

 

Job Requirements:

The Senior Associate Director role requires a strategic thinker and team player who is excited to be hands-on in supporting aggressive goals in this field. The ideal candidate will be flexible and solutions-oriented with a proven track record of managing multiple complex projects and important relationships simultaneously. Excellent oral and written communication skills and presentation skills are a must. An understanding of drug development and/or clinical research is not required. In fact, some of our most successful team members come from backgrounds in other industries with a strong functional skill set. 

This is a fulltime onsite position located in New York City and is not conducive to telecommuting. The Senior Associate Director must also be willing to travel as needed.

 

Ideal candidates will also possess:

  • Sophisticated project management skills, ideally with 5 – 7 years’ experience managing complex projects; knowledge of and experience in integrated marketing preferred
  • Ability to think big picture and strategically, while maintaining excellent attention to detail
  • Comfort taking a new idea, formulating an execution plan, implementing and then on-going management of a project
  • Internal and external relationship management focus with strong networking capabilities and integration with individuals from all levels of an organization; ability to understand individual stakeholder goals and objectives 
  • Managerial experience including coaching and mentoring
  • Commitment to teamwork; ability to collaborate and manage projects with and through others; ability to influence action without direct authority
  • Ability to balance multiple initiatives and prioritize activities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Willingness to adapt when necessary; comfortable with ambiguity and flexible to changing business dynamics and priorities


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.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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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.


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