Accounts Payable Specialist

Job Type

Full Time




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


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


  • Coordinate the accounting functions related to accounts payable, by:
  • Developing, implementing and maintaining systems, procedures and policies, relative to accounts payable functions to ensure adherence to the Foundation’s guidelines. This includes identifying and managing the implementation of payables operational improvements to streamline and improve the efficiencies of current processes while realizing increased productivity
  • Coordinating and managing invoice processing, including invoice entry and payment processing, while ensuring proper coding and timely payments
  • Managing vendor files and relations, including maintaining W-9 information and filing annual 1099’s
  • Managing monthly closing of financial records and posting of month end journal entries; ensuring an accurate routine reconciliation of the accounts payable sub-ledger to the general ledger
  • Reviewing Accounts Payable aging reports and payment requests from vendors and to ensure timely approval of invoices and payments
  • Research and identify corrective actions for problem invoices
  • Prepare ad hoc reports as needed
  • Processing employee travel and expense reporting, using the Concur software application, including integration into the core accounting ERP solution.
  • Other duties such as copying, faxing and scanning
  • Other projects as assigned


  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in Accounting/Finance
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of relevant accounting experience.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as strong inter-personal skills
  • Intermediate Microsoft Excel and Word experience required as well as experience with Microsoft Outlook
  • Proficiency in MS Great Plains is required
  • Experience using Concur Expense Reporting system is required
  • Technical/software skills, including MS Excel and a paperless AP automation system is preferred
  • Must be a professional who is pro-active, self-motivated and organized.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with all levels of employees, management, and external parties to maximize performance, creativity, and results
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Excellent time management skills

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing your specific qualifications and interest in the position. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. Please, no telephone inquiries. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. To apply please click on the following link.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.