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Employment Opportunities

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) staff is a dedicated team working to serve the Parkinson's community through research, education and advocacy programs.

Our open positions are listed below. If you have queries about employment opportunities, please direct your questions to jobs@pdf.org. Due to the volume of inquiries that we receive, you may not receive a response.

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Donor Relations Coordinator 

The Donor Relations Coordinator plays an important role by providing support to the Development Department and participating in all fundraising activities including donor relations, special events, annual campaigns and the major gifts program. This position is focused on helping PDF to coordinate Moves Management System for Major Donors; Process and track acknowledgments and correspondence for Major Donors; Process Matching Gifts & Workplace Giving. This position reports to the Manager of Development and Data Systems, and provides support to the Vice President of Development and to the President in regards to all Major Donor Activities.  

Responsibilities and Principal Functions

Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Process Major Gifts and add appropriate actions regarding these gifts.
  • Generate acknowledgement letters to Major Donors.
  • Track all Major Gift Actions, enter specific notes on actions in Raiser's Edge and assign follow up actions as appropriate.
  • File and scan all correspondence with Major Donors and maintain electronic files of scanned documents of letters and notes sent to Major Donors.
  • Research prospects who have made a Major Gift to PDF, or new prospects identified as potential Major Donors.
  • Assist Manager, Development & Data Systems with processing online donations and other departmental projects.
  • Assist with coordination of special Major Donor events and cultivation programs as needed.
  • Process Matching Gift forms and Workplace Giving program gifts, maintain files of matching gift forms submitted. Process acknowledgement letters as appropriate (when donor address info is provided), acknowledge Car donation and Estate/Bequest.
  • Manage and track major donor campaigns.
  • Perform other tasks as needed.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with three to five years of related experience.
  • Raiser's Edge or similar database system experience preferred.
  • Flexible, with ability to meet deadlines, juggle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to complete tasks with accuracy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work as part of a team.
  • Must be resourceful, self-starter and problem solver.

Compensation:

  • Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, benefits are included.

How to Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@pdf.org. Applicant review will continue until the position in filled. Please indicate, "Donor Relations Coordinator" in the subject line. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Part-time Visual Communications Specialist 

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation (PDF) has an exciting part-time opportunity for a Visual Communications Specialist (approximately 20 hours per week) who is eager to help PDF tell our story and better serve the Parkinson's community through multimedia design. This position reports to the Director of Communications. The position is housed in the organization's headquarters in New York, NY, with the possibility of telecommuting for qualified applicants in the Greater New York City area.  

Responsibilities and Principal Functions

An integral team member, the Visual Communications Specialist is focused on helping PDF to communicate about its investments in scientific research and its educational programs and services, primarily through design and production of multimedia materials. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Design a wide range of print and digital communications in accordance with brand guidelines. These include but are not limited to: marketing materials and brochures, educational materials, advertisements, presentations, event invitations and collaterals, and web and social media assets.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Communications and other team members to develop materials that communicate information clearly, accurately and in a manner that is most effective for the target audience -- e.g., people with Parkinson's, care partners, volunteers, scientists, health professionals, staff or the general public.
  • Follow projects from concept to pre-press and post-production, helping to maintain quality standards, interact with printers and review proofs.
  • Collaborate with team members to identify the most effective ways of communicating visually -- helping to identify the best mediums, enhance community photos, prepare files that are suitable for print or digital distribution. This includes awareness of web usability standards.
  • Assist PDF in its efforts to apply a consistent brand identity.
  • Serve as videographer and handle video production.
  • Assist with maintenance of the Creativity and Parkinson's gallery.
  • Organize and maintain the digital assets of the organization.
  • Participate in other tasks and special projects as needed related to visual communications.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree with three to five years of related experience.
  • High level of expertise in Adobe Creative Suite, MS Office and Final Cut Pro.
  • Talent for translating complex and technical information into clear and concise graphics.
  • Solid knowledge of print production process.
  • Flexible, with ability to meet deadlines, juggle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and produce material of exceptional quality.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to complete tasks with accuracy.
  • Ability to adapt and innovate as technologies and standards change.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work as part of a team and translate technical knowledge to staff and volunteers.
  • Must be resourceful, self-starter and problem solver.
  • A proven interest in nonprofit work, and a commitment to being part of the PDF mission to end Parkinson's disease.

Compensation:

  • Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, benefits are included.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should send a resume, a cover letter describing their specific qualifications, interest in the position and where they saw the job posting, and a sample of past design work to jobs@pdf.org. Please note: if a candidate seeks to telecommute, he or she must be located in the Greater New York City area and will be required to work from the PDF offices two days per month -- this preference must be indicated in the application. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Full-time Program Assistant 

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is seeking a goal-oriented and self-motivated professional for the position of Program Assistant (Full-time). The Program Assistant plays an important role by providing administrative and operational support to the Research and National Programs departments. This position reports to Karlin Schroeder, Associate Director of National Programs.  

Responsibilities and Principal Functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Respond to and track requests for information and materials.
  • Collect, track and disseminate departmental activity tracking and reporting.
  • Maintain and distribute PDF organizational calendar of events and conferences.
  • Take and distribute minutes for relevant internal and external meetings.
  • Coordinate meeting and travel logistics for volunteers, researchers and departmental staff.
  • Maintain and update information in Raiser's Edge and other databases.
  • Provide other administrative support to the research and national programs efforts.
  • Assist with event logistics, including audio/visual and PowerPoint presentations, registrations and materials for the event.
  • Perform other administrative tasks as assigned.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree preferred.
  • Up to two years of prior experience, preferably in a non-profit setting.
  • Raiser's Edge or similar database system experience preferred.
  • Able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment with competing priorities.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills.
  • Strong Microsoft Office proficiency required.
  • Ability to take initiative, and be self-directed.
  • Extremely organized and detail oriented.
  • Comfortable speaking with and working with diverse team of individuals, some of whom may live with Parkinson's disease.

Compensation:

  • Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

How to Apply:

Please email resume and cover letter to jobs@pdf.org. Applicant review will continue until the position is filled. Please indicate, “Program Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

The Parkinson's Disease Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.