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 its inception, MJFF has quickly grown into the largest global funder of Parkinson’s disease research outside the U. S. federal government, having funded over $1 billion in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.
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 155 full-time employees who are based in New York City and Washington, D.C.
Job Title: Director of State Government Relations and Public Policy
The Director of State Government Relations and Public Policy directs, oversees, and implements initiatives that support The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s (MJFF) state-level public policy priorities. Work will focus on legislative and regulatory policy across all 50 states involving investments in Parkinson’s research, ensuring research freedom, and retaining and expanding access to care, as well as makes diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority in policymaking.
The person in this role reports to the SVP of Public Policy and will represent the organization before state legislatures and administrations, build relationships and communicate with key legislative offices, collaborate with stakeholder organizations, and engage MJFF’s grassroots network of Parkinson’s advocates, as well as other patient-related committees and advisors, to support important policy asks.
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How to Apply
Interested candidates should submit a resume, writing samples, and links to previous work performed in state government relations and public policy. Candidates also must include a thoughtful story-driven cover letter describing their interest in the position, accomplishments that showcase their specific qualifications, and salary requirements. 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.