The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

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.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research New York, NY, USA
Nov 29, 2018
Full time
Coordinator, Community Events   About Us: 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 $100 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 130 full-time employees who are based in New York City. Position Summary: The Community Events Coordinator will report to the Director, Community Events. This position plays an integral role in producing the Foundation’s new educational event series including two 500-1,000 person events in 2019 with 3-5 additional events in 2020. The Coordinator will also play a role, when needed, in assisting with MJFF’s other Community Events including our Tour de Fox cycling series and Fox Trot 5K Run/Walk series. Candidate must be a self-starter with experience in event execution. Key qualities of an outstanding Events Coordinator include excellent organizational skills, interpersonal skills, a positive disposition and solid judgment. The Events Coordinator 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. Responsibilities • Assist in planning, implementing, and managing all aspects of community events • Lead/Manage and coordinate on-site operations for community events • Work closely across internal teams at MJFF on all aspects of event planning • Track event expenses to keep within budgets • Initiate contact, develop and maintain vendor relationships • Improve the planning and implementation of current events • Conduct research, site visits and source resources to select to execute events • Manage, motivate and empower staff day of events • Work closely with staff, volunteers, and others to optimize event participation and success • 25-35% Travel Required Qualifications and Skills: The ideal candidate will be a pro-active, self-directed and organized professional who possesses the following skills and attributes: • Bachelor’s degree • Excellent Microsoft Office skills • Strong inter-personal skills and excellent phone skills • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team • Excellent verbal and written skills • Willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends • Familiarity with Salesforce CRM software or equivalent software, a plus • Experience with grassroots or community fundraising, a plus How to Apply Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter online describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position. Submissions without cover letters will not be considere. 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