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Research Partnerships Officer (Sponsored Studies)

The Michael J. Fox Foundation
New York, New York 10001
  • Job Type
  • Job Status
    Full Time

About Us:
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 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 $800 million 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 therapeutic 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.

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, nonprofits 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 PD 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 the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), MJFF’s landmark natural history study focused on validating biomarkers of Parkinson’s progression to support clinical trials. PPMI evaluates cohorts of interest at over 30 clinical sites across the world, enabling the development of a comprehensive database and biorepository which is made available to the scientific community. While the Research Partnerships Officer will work primarily on PPMI, it is expected that this position will also afford opportunities to improve project & grants management efficiencies on other MJFF sponsored studies, such as Fox Insight. This position will report to the Associate Director, Research Partnerships.

Primary roles and responsibilities include:
Project Management
• Leverage experience in project management tools & best practices to support ongoing management of complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives
• Relationship management of external partners, which include key opinion leaders, researchers, the patient community, clinical site teams, and study leadership
• Ensure MJFF ‘best practices’ and methods are applied and utilized in 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 excellent decision-making and ability to make judgment calls on tough issues related to project administration
• Coordinate with domestic and international clinical site teams to plan annual study update events for participants, including communicating and negotiating with venues, managing event supplies, and ensuring adherence to a budget
• Support planning and logistics of annual meetings for PPMI stakeholders, including coordinating with internal Digital Strategies team and external travel agent to manage invitation and registration processes, supporting development of awards to recognize high-performing clinical sites, and organizing transfer of meeting materials to off-site venue
• Actively evaluate the efficiency, progress, and goals of the project and proactively make suggestions and solicit buy-in for improvements

Grants Management
• Serve as primary grants manager of PPMI
• Manage complicated payments process for studies, working closely with multiple external institutions and MJFF accounting department to issue payments in a timely manner
• Create and execute award agreements and amendments for grants related to 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 project management experience, excellent communication skills and experience developing and implementing new projects 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 onsite 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, ideally with 2-3 years’ experience supporting complex projects; knowledge of and experience in project management tools and methodologies
• Ability to prioritize work at hand, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and excellent time management skills required
• Ability to maintain excellent 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
• Proactive and solutions-focused attitude
• 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 study design and 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.

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


Posted: 2019-05-13 Expires: 2019-06-27

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