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Research Partnerships Officer (Project Management)


New York, NY, USA

Research Partnerships Officer (Project Management)

new york, NY, US

4 days agoRequisition ID : 1094



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 $90 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 145 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 Parkinson’s therapies through its focus on four key activities: 1) increasing engagement and developing partnerships with various stakeholders, including biopharma, government, non-profits and patients; 2) developing and managing clinical studies that inform therapeutic 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.


Position Description:

MJFF takes a holistic approach to investing in Parkinson’s research, providing both intellectual and financial capital to accelerate therapeutic development. As part of this strategy, MJFF sponsors, implements, and manages large-scale, observational clinical research studies that address therapeutic development challenges. The Research Partnerships Officer position offers a unique opportunity for an experienced, highly organized project manager to support MJFF’s efforts to develop and sponsor a new study focused on identifying a large cohort of individuals at increased risk for Parkinson’s and assessing risk over time. While the Research Partnerships Officer will work primarily on supporting the development of this new initiative, it is expected that this position will also afford opportunities to improve project & grants management efficiencies on other MJFF sponsored studies, such as the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) and Fox Insight. This position will report to the Director of Research Partnerships. 


Primary roles and responsibilities include


Project management 

  • Leverage experience in project management tools & best practices to support successful development and ongoing management of complex, multi-stakeholder initiative
  • Relationship management of external partners, which include key opinion leaders, researchers, the patient community, and study leadership
  • Apply and ensure MJFF ‘best practices’ and methods are applied and utilized in developing and managing projects
  • Coordinate and manage study committees and task forces, working closely with external collaborators to develop the agenda, coordinate logistics, prepare materials for discussion, circulate minutes, and support execution of next steps
  • Troubleshoot and problem-solve as issues arise; demonstrate ability to make judgment calls on tough issues related to project administration 

Grants Management

  • Serve as primary grants manager of new MJFF sponsored study
  • Manage complicated payments process for studies, working collaboratively with multiple external institutions and MJFF Finance department to issue payments in a timely manner 
  • Create and execute award agreements and amendments for grants related to MJFF sponsored studies
  • Actively manage grant award budgets, milestones & deliverables, and expenses 
  • Collaborate with grants management team to improve efficiencies across MJFF-sponsored studies grants portfolio

Job Requirements:


MJFF-sponsored clinical studies are complex, involving diverse stakeholders from non-profit, government, academic, industry, and patient sectors, each with their own perspectives. A proactive and flexible project manager is required for this role, and successful applicants will have a keen ability to connect dots, process new information, and adjust accordingly. 


Strong candidates must have demonstrated project management experience, excellent communication skills, and experience developing and implementing new processes where there is no existing roadmap. Work experience within clinical research or the healthcare sector is preferred, but not required. This is a full-time on-site position located in New York City. The Research Partnerships Officer must also be willing to travel as needed.


Ideal candidates will also possess:

  • Demonstrated project management skills, with 2-3 years’ experience supporting complex projects; knowledge of and experience in project management tools and methodologies strongly preferred
  • Excellent time management skill required; demonstrated ability to prioritize work at hand and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Ability to maintain exceptional attention to detail while considering how those details impact ‘the big picture’
  • Strong interpersonal and people management skills; ability to work productively both independently and as part of team
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills required, including proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Willingness to adapt when necessary; comfortable with ambiguity and flexible to changing business dynamics and priorities 

Preferred but not required:

  • Knowledge of clinical research study operations 
  • Experience with GIFTS grants management tool 


How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter. 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.

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