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 nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s disease research, having funded over $850 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 150 full-time employees who are based in New York City. We offer a collegial and collaborative environment where problem-solvers and entrepreneurial, resourceful individuals can thrive and make a tangible difference for millions of people living with Parkinson’s disease.
The Senior Associate Director, Creative Content Management will be a centralized go-to for the concepting, design and production of creative assets that educate, inspire and engage Foundation stakeholders. Working in close partnership with the Foundation’s Marketing and Communications groups, the Senior Associate Director, Creative Content Management will serve as the first point of contact for creative content development serving brand marketing assets as well as content development for programmatic and fundraising initiatives. Reporting to the Vice President, Communications, who leads creative and brand oversight, this position is right for a collaborative professional with a well-rounded point of view on assigning and using graphic design, photography, illustration, video and copy to reflect and evolve the Foundation’s story with core audiences.
The Senior Associate Director, Creative Content Management will manage full-time staff as well as direct the contributions of a wide range of freelance contributors including graphic designers and video producers, serving as a partner, sounding board and confident leader of these activities and ensuring that materials adhere to brand and graphic standards. The successful candidate must be comfortable in print and digital formats.
Create/evolve on-brand marketing and communications materials including print and digital collateral publications, web properties (in partnership with UX designer and web development team) and videos/multimedia
Assign and art-direct photography, illustrations and iconography; coordinate photo shoots
Partner with subject-matter experts on the development of creative content for effective storytelling around complex subject matter
Lead the hiring, scoping, onboarding and briefing of agency teams and freelance creative contributors; direct creative contributions and shepherd through approval process
Define scope and manage creative process for agency and internal creative projects
Build strong, collaborative relationships with internal groups (Marketing, Web Dev, Operations, PR) as well as external agencies and freelancers to ensure clear communication and coordination and maximize strategic planning and asset development
Perform other duties as assigned
Applicants must hold a Bachelor’s degree in fine art, graphics or visual communications (or equivalent work experience) and a minimum of 8 to 10 years of relevant professional experience. Must also possess:
Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite
Strong visual and interactive design skills — a clear grasp of typography, layout, color, and consistent branding principles
Experience assigning and directing the use of photography and other art
Attention to detail and excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to meet deadlines and to adapt to change in a daily, unpredictable production environment.
Proven track record of managing multiple projects at once and meeting tight/competing deadlines
Willingness to work a flexible schedule that may occasionally include nights and weekends
Experience managing direct reports
Experience managing agency teams as well as independent graphic designers, copy writers, video producers and the like; fluidity in pulling together ad hoc teams consisting of internal and external contributors to meet specific project needs
Excellent project/time management
A keen interest in, knowledge of and enthusiasm for the neuroscience/life sciences space
life sciences experience a plus, but not required
This is an onsite position in our New York City (Midtown West) office. While the Foundation offers work flexibility, this position is not conducive to full-time telecommuting.
How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit resume, links to a portfolio or relevant work samples, and thoughtful cover letter describing specific qualifications and interest in the position. Please click on the following link. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. 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.
About Michael J Fox Foundation
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. Our aggressively funded research agenda is a core part of our strategy towards achieving this mission, and the development of this agenda and management of our research portfolio is driven by a team and advisors with both scientific and business expertise. Since inception, MJFF has quickly grown into the largest funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside the U.S. federal government, having funded over $275 million in research projects globally in both academic and industry labs. In 2011, MJFF had a $60 million annual revenue budget and 60 full-time employees. The Foundation funds research globally and works with donor constituents primarily in the United States