The Research Programs team, made up of Ph.D. and MD neuroscientists paired with business-trained project managers, manages the Foundation's research portfolio of approximately 250 active grants.
As a Grants Assistant on the Research Programs team, you will be providing support to the Program Officers team in the management of grant-related activities. It is a fast-paced position and one that requires you be meticulous, organized, flexible, and willing to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. This position must ensure that the activities are well coordinated across the team, other departments, and external stakeholders.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Pull together templates/documentation such as contracts, memos, etc. pertinent to processing grants.
Process grant payments. Activities include but are not limited to: Confirming and entering banking information in grants database, preparing and reviewing payment request documentation for cross-departmental signoff, managing sign-off process, entering payment confirmations, troubleshooting payment issues.
Engage cross-departmentally with multiple stakeholders to ensure grant payments are processed in an efficient and timely manner.
Ensure digital record keeping, file path organization, and management of grant-related documents.
Perform data-entry such as file path, affiliations, banking information, payment related information and others in grants database.
Assist with additional Research Programs team initiatives, meeting needs, and special projects as required.
Qualifications and Skills:
Bachelor’s degree with demonstrated experience and interest in providing administrative support.
Experience with database software required. Experience with Blackbaud Grantmaking a plus.
Strong computer skills with excellent command of Microsoft Office.
Must be a professional who is proactive, self-directed, detail-oriented, and organized.
Ability to prioritize and multitask
Must possess strong interpersonal skills
Must possess the capacity to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
Must possess excellent oral and written communication skills
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 (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.
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 140 full-time employees who are based in New York City. This is an onsite position and is not conducive to telecommuting.