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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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Major Gifts Development Officer

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is seeking an experienced, goal-oriented and committed professional for the position of Major Gifts Development Officer. In coordination with the development team, the person in this role is responsible for initiating and developing relationships with current and prospective donors to PDF. The Major Gifts Development Officer will work in conjunction with the development team to manage a portfolio of prospects, implement the major gifts strategy and meet the organization’s fundraising goals. This position reports to the CEO.

Responsibilities and Principal Functions

Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Work with the development team to identify appropriate donor prospects (individual, corporate and philanthropic foundations). Create and execute plans for identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of these prospects.
  • Develop ‘moves plan’ for all assigned prospects, write major gift proposals when appropriate, ask for the donation and close the gift.
  • Personally develop relationships with prospects, and solicit prospects.
  • Maintain strong relationships with program staff to understand programs and anticipate funding needs.
  • Effectively communicate with the CEO regarding development activities and progress versus goals.
  • Utilize systems to optimize major gift fundraising activities. Keep up-to-date prospect activity records. PDF currently uses Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Work with all development team to help them and the department attain its overall financial and advancement goals.
  • Able to meet goals on a consistent basis.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Five to seven years of previous and successful experience in fundraising and donor development for non-profit organization.
  • Bachelor's degree required, or equivalent in business or related field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated successful experience and ability to plan and personally implement fundraising efforts with a primary focus on major gifts.
  • Demonstrated results-oriented implementation skills.
  • Ability and commitment to learn about and communicate effectively (both written and verbal) the key scientific aspects of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Excellent public speaking, oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including negotiating, coaching, consulting and influencing others.
  • Refined problem-solving and analytical skills; the ability to establish and adjust current and emerging priorities; ability to effectively negotiate multiple complex activities.
  • Strong ability to develop relationships with major donors locally and nationally. Existing relationships and connections strongly preferred.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

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 is filled. Please indicate, “Major Gifts Development Officer” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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

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 CEO 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 Raisers 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 acknowledgment 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 is 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 Program Assistant 

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

Responsibilities and Principal Functions

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • 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 and departmental staff.
  • Maintain and update information in Raiser's Edge and other databases.
  • Provide other administrative support to the 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, “Part-time Program Assistant” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

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