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Grant Assistant

Research | New York, NY | Full Time

Job Description

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 $300 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 approximately 70 full-time employees who are based in New York City.



Over the past 12 years, MJFF has developed an effective process to identify the most promising scientific leads, understand the translational obstacles and implement strategies to overcome the challenges and advance new therapies to patients. Creative thinking about optimal fund allocation and proactive grant management are two core responsibilities of the team.


The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has an exciting learning opportunity available as a Grants Assistant. This is a chance to work within a non-profit organization to support and gain firsthand knowledge in grant administration that make research necessary to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease possible. We are seeking someone for this position who is high-energy, detailed oriented and a self starter with strong inter-personal and communication skills. The individual for this role should also be able to work under pressure in a fast paced environment as there will be many deadlines to meet. The Grants Assistant’s main responsibility is to support the Grants Administration team in their day to day functions. This position will report to the Grants Manager.


Position description:

  • Data entry in MicroEdge GIFTS & IGAM database including updating information.
  • Lead administrative contact and management of the Rapid Response Innovation Award (RRIA).
  • Manage two of the Research departments email boxes ensuring timely and effective response as needed to potential and current researchers as well as other individual inquiries
  • Ensure timely follow up by email and/or telephone to gather information as needed.
  • Conference call registration
  • Assist Grant Administrators with contracting of awarded grants.
  • Server clean up and short cut creation
  • Organization of Data received from MJFF sponsored projects
  • Process and send out grant payments via FedEx
  • Administrative duties such as filing, coping, correspondence, mailings
  • Special projects as assigned



  • Microsoft Office skills are required, especially excel.
  • Must be a professional who is pro-active, self-directed, detail-oriented and organized.
  • Must possess strong inter-personal skills.
  • Must possess capacity to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Must possess excellent oral and written communication skill


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.