Coordinator, Development Operations and Principal Giving

Michael J. Fox Foundation | New York, New York


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 140 full-time employees who are based in New York City. 

Job Summary

The Development Operations and Revenue Analytics (DORA) team is integral in helping the Michael J Fox Foundation scale. A strong DORA team drives revenue growth by reducing the time relationship managers spend on various administrative tasks, speeding up the stewardship process, and improving the experience for the donor. This is an entry level role that focuses on supporting general DORA team operations, new program implementation, and process improvements driven by the DORA team, and supporting stewardship of the Principal Giving (PG) portfolio composed of the Foundation’s largest donors.

Given the Foundation’s commitment to efficiency, it can be expected that the Coordinator’s learning curve and responsibilities will develop and deepen in a relatively short timeframe. An ideal candidate will be an approachable problem-solver who confers a sense of urgency and customer service with constituents, teammates, and colleagues.  The position will report to the Senior Associate Director, Stewardship Tools and Processes.


Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

Administrative point person for stewardship of Principal Giving (PG) donors

  • Maintain donor and prospect records including the recording of action items in the CRM and have a deep understanding of these often complex relationships and transactions within the PG portfolio. 
  • Assist with meeting preparation and note taking at Principal Giving donor meetings, coordinating directly with Co-Founder, CEO, and other senior leadership when necessary.
  • Help track needed follow up / outreach across the Principal Giving portfolio.
  • Support the creation of content and facilitate targeted interactions (pitches, updates and speaking activities) for principal donors and prospects.


 Administrative point person for fundraising team activities

  • Leverage CRM and other business intelligence tools to provide operation support for digital initiatives driven by the fundraising teams.
  • Assist in preparation of department mailings (gift acknowledgments, event invites, solicitation letters, and collateral pieces).
  • Track and distribute incoming mail for fundraising team.
  • Maintain stock of fundraising team supplies, tracking supply levels and submitting orders periodically.
  • Monitor data quality dashboards to maintain quality of data related to revenue and constituents.


Qualifications and Skills:

The ideal candidate will be a proactive, self-directed and approachable problem-solver who confers a sense of urgency and customer service with constituents, teammates, and colleagues.

We are looking for someone who exhibits the following qualifications and skills:

  • Must be comfortable with shifting roles and responsibilities – someone who does what it takes to get the job done.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with an ability to communicate confidently and with empathy, both within the Foundation and externally.
  • Extremely organized and able to think big picture while maintaining excellent attention to detail.
  • At home in a team environment, possessing a collaborative, interactive work style with an eagerness to learn from more experienced team members.
  • A self-starting mentality with sound judgment and an ability to anticipate needs without explicit direction.
  • A commitment to civility, customer service, entrepreneurial thinking, and work ethic.
  • A positive, “yes and…” mentality is a must.
  • Excellent Microsoft Office skills.
  • Familiarity with Salesforce CRM software or equivalent software, a strong plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree.
  • 0-2 years’ relevant experience.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. Please click on the following link . 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.

Michael J. Fox Foundation