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Associate Director, Advancement


Manhattan, New York, NY, USA

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 $750 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 $100 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 130 full-time employees who are based in New York City.


Position Summary:


Working as a member of a dynamic, fast-paced team, the Associate Director of Advancement will be responsible for building and strengthening the Foundation’s presence through fundraising and community engagement efforts in a specified U.S. territory. This position will report to the Lead for their assigned territory, representing the Foundation as an on-the-ground ambassador when appropriate.

This is a unique opportunity for a dedicated, results-oriented, relationship builder to make a significant impact at an innovative not-for-profit. The Associate Director, Advancement will manage and support a portfolio of donors in the specified U.S. territory, be part of a team that creates a stewardship plan for constituents, work with the territory team across development to deepen engagement opportunities, seek additional funding opportunities and track territory forecasting and revenue. Located in Midtown Manhattan, MJFF is an international organization with a national funding base.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:


Fundraising and Donor Outreach Efforts

  • Steward key constituents in respective territory with a focus on donors giving above $1,000
  • Identify and compile relevant, timely updates and articles of interest to share with key constituents
  • Work as a member of a territory team
    • Conduct in-depth prospect research
  • Update donor and prospect records, track and record action items and update notes in CRM
  • Manage relationships with other MJFF teams to coordinate travel/exposure and promote cross-pollination
    • Coordinate with team to plan, direct and support significant donor stewardship efforts
    • Travel required of about 30% to 40%

Community Engagement

  • Build and strengthen the Foundation’s presence through fundraising and community engagement efforts in the assigned territory
  • Coordinate outreach, conduct research, track revenue, manage stewardship, and seek additional opportunities for broader community engagement within assigned territories
  • Increase MJFF presence at research, patient and community events; Research Roundtables, Hosted Events/Friendraisers/Salons, Support Groups, TEAM FOX events, Symposiums, Conferences, Fox Trial Finder Events, Clinical Trial Fairs

Qualifications and Skills: The ideal candidate will be a pro-active, self-directed and organized professional who possesses the following skills and attributes:

  • 4-6 years of experience in the private sector or in an entrepreneurial setting, a natural comfort and experience in soliciting major gifts and a demonstrated track record of success in fundraising or relationship management
  • Bachelor’s degree, advanced degree preferred
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills required
  • Strong inter-personal skills and excellent phone skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Excellent written, verbal and presentation skills
  • 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. 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.


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