Grants Manager

Michael J. Fox Foundation | New York, New York


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.

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 130 full-time employees who are based in New York City. This is an onsite position and is not conducive to telecommuting.

Job Summary

Within MJFF, Research Partnerships helps support the Foundation’s mission of developing new and improved PD therapies through its focus on three key activities: 1) business strategy, project management and operations of MJFF’s research activities; 2) developing and managing large-scale research projects, including public-private partnerships; and 3) increasing engagement and developing partnerships with various stakeholders, including industry (pharma and biotech)


Position description:

  • Manage the workflow and effectiveness of the grant administration process, including RFA launches, web-based grant submissions, administrative evaluation of grant applications, contracting, and administration of projects once contracted
  • Serve as the center point for grant administration questions from MJFF staff and external community members
  • Monitor and improve MJFF’s use of the GIFTS grants management database (streamline coding structures and communications templates, create and implement reports for tracking grant workflow and quality assurance, perform due diligence on and implement new GIFTS modules)
  • Oversee the integrity of the GIFTS grants management database
  • Directly manage Grants Assistant team- set the tone for a solutions-focused team oriented in professionalism and responsiveness
  • Develop and maintain grants process training materials and  train staff on grants process and use of the GIFTS system
  • Liaise with Finance department to ensure that cross-departmental grants payment and payment reporting processes are optimized
  • Maintain and update research contracting templates
  • Report grant metrics to internal and external constituents


  • Bachelor’s degree or graduate degree
  • A minimum of three-year’s experience using sophisticated Grants management software.  Experience with MicroEdge GIFTS Online & IGAM a plus
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively A minimum of three-year’s experience supervising non-profit or grant administration staff; demonstrated ability to select, train, motivate, and inspire staff while holding them accountable for their performance
  • as part of a team
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail, strong project management skills, and ability to prioritize and manage multiple complex tasks while maintaining composure under demanding deadlines
  • Flexibility in approach and willingness to adapt when necessary
  • Strong computer skills, including Excel, Word, and PowerPoint

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing your specific qualifications and interest in the position to this Link. Submissions without a cover letter will not be considered. Please, no telephone inquiries. Applicants who best match the position’s needs will be contacted.

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

Michael J. Fox Foundation


Organization: Grantmaking Public Charities