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Associate Director, HR Training & Development

Administration | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) was founded in 2000 with one clear objective: finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD) in our lifetime.  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 $325 million in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.  Our portfolio has grown commensurate with our fundraising success and we made over $56 million in new grants in 2012. 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 treatment ideas and tools in the hopes of building a robust pipeline of new treatments for patients. Today, the Foundation has over 80 full-time employees.  This is an onsite and hands-on position in our New York (Midtown West) office and is not conducive to telecommuting.


Position Description:

Reporting to the Chief Financial & Administrative Officer (CFAO), the Associate Director, Human Resources will be focused on employee training and development initiatives. As a member of the Human Resources team, the AD HR will work closely with the CFAO in developing, implementing and evaluating ongoing HR training and development initiatives. This includes but is not limited to; identifying topics, leading and presenting training sessions, sourcing internal staff to lead and present training sessions, sourcing external support resources, preparing materials as needed, communicating with staff and management team, implementing and coordinating organizational training and development initiatives, and evaluating outcomes. Additional responsibilities include providing support and strategic insight to the Foundation’s human resources function including, orientation and benefit enrollment, recruitment & staffing, employee relations and coordinating and provide support to the Foundation-wide performance review process.


The ideal candidate will lead by example and proactively provide support and guidance to employees and support the CFAO on Foundation-wide human resources functions and activities. This position requires creativity and resourcefulness to apply concepts, plans and strategies and accomplish goals and objectives. The AD Human Resources is expected to exercise judgment and defining work objectives and determining methods and systems to meet a high level of excellence in performance and in achieving goals. The Foundation’s fast-paced and entrepreneurial environment. The Associate Director, Human Resources will be expected to be a collaborative and engaged member of the HR team and will be expected to continually keep apprised of opportunities and compelling new reasons to take action and get involved. We are seeking an individual who would enjoy immersing him or herself in the Foundation’s culture and mission focused practices toward a cure for Parkinson’s disease.


Qualifications and Experience Needed:

  • B.A. degree and a minimum of 3-5 years demonstrated successful experience in developing and executing Human Resources training & employee presentations, employee orientations as well as providing performance evaluation support.
  • Excellent communication skills and highly engaging in presentations, oral and written communications.
  • Excellent computer skills, including PowerPoint & presentation tools, Excel, Word, and HR database user experience.


Ideal Candidates will also possess:

  • Ability to work with people at all levels; openly engaging, energetic and diplomatic personality
  • Have a very high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness
  • Sense of humor and ability to remain calm and professional under pressure
  • Thrives and enjoys working in a fast-paced and fun environment
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities simultaneously and take initiative
  • Organizational savvy skill set, outstanding negotiation skills and ability to influence others
  • Other important qualities required; a "can-do" attitude; reasonable and enthusiastic; encourages a team environment; visionary, problem solver and decision maker; high level of accountability and takes responsibility.


How to Apply:

  • Interested candidates should send a resume and thoughtful cover letter describing your specific qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Please, no telephone inquiries. Applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted.
  • The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.