The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with one clear objective: finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD) in our lifetime. 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 nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s disease research worldwide, having funded more than $1 billion in research projects in academic and industry labs worldwide. We exist to put ourselves out of business, so we deliberately hold no endowment but instead spend what we raise quickly and efficiently; 88 cents of every dollar spent goes directly to research programs. 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 treatment ideas and tools in the hopes of building a robust pipeline of new treatments for patients. Today, the Foundation has about 150 full-time employees.
Located in Midtown Manhattan, MJFF is an international organization with a national funding base. This role is based in New York City; however, we expect to continue working remotely through Labor Day. To learn more please visit michaeljfox.org.
The Development team at The Michael J. Fox Foundation works to ensure that the Foundation raises sufficient dollars to fund its ambitious research agenda. Our team is determined, collaborative and nimble. The Special Events team contributes to the Significant Giving program which sits within the larger Development team. A small but mighty team of two, Special Events leads the Foundation’s signature events program—a revenue line that generates over $7M annually. The Foundation typically hosts 3-5 high-quality events a year ranging from our Breaking PAR Golf Outing for 150 guests to our Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s Gala for 1,000 people.
Reporting to the Director of Special Events, the Associate Director of Special Events will play a vital role in contributing to the high-quality production and fundraising efforts of the Foundation’s signature events program.
The successful candidate must be a self-starter with incredible attention to detail and a strong interest in fundraising through special events. It will be important for this individual to have strong interpersonal skills, positive disposition, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
The ideal candidate will exhibit excellent organizational skills, comfort with data and analytics, decision-making deftness, and the ability to problem-solve in a dynamic and fast-paced environment. The Associate Director must also possess sound time management skills as well as an innate sense of curiosity and urgency. Equally important is the ability to work productively and proactively, both independently and within a team and be able to contribute to a collaborative team working environment and have a positive roll-up-your sleeves attitude. The successful candidate will energize and motivate those around them and will regularly demonstrate the Foundation’s core values of Optimism, Urgency, Resourcefulness, Collaboration, Accountability and Persistence.
Event Promotion, Production and Execution:
Event Revenue/Budget Management and Reporting:
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume. 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 strongly encourages applications from individuals who will contribute to our efforts to build and support a diverse, equitable and inclusive workforce. Diversity may refer to characteristics including, but not limited to, race, religion, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic circumstance, geographic background, ability and disability, political ideology and age.