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The National Parkinson Foundation is recruiting for the following positions:

Sr. Director, Research & Centers Programs
Sr. Major Gifts Officer
Columbus, OH: Programs Manager
Palm Beach, FL: Executive Director

Sr. Director, Research & Centers Programs

The Sr. Director, Research and Centers Programs will oversee, coordinate, and direct operations for two main programs: NPF's Centers of Excellence program, as well as a portfolio of research grants.

NPF's Centers of Excellence program is the leading program, world-wide, for recognition of the sub-specialty Parkinson's clinics. However, this program has the potential to be stronger, better, and deliver better results for people with Parkinson's with the right individual in the role.

In research, NPF has made the strategic decision to increase its investment in investigator-initiated projects supported by grant funding. We anticipate this portfolio to grow to roughly $3-4 million annually within two-three years. This is in addition to the Parkinson's Outcomes project, which is a clinical study/database of 7500 people directly managed by NPF.


  • Work with the Vice President, Research Programs to refine and implement the 2014 strategic recommendations.Craft the RFAs, manage grant review process/committees in conjunction with the scientific advisory Board, and track project milestones as well as funding impact.
  • Determine required grant-tracking software and implement.
  • Work with the Vice President, Research to manage the Center of Excellence program and help design and implement the evolution of the program to be a better, more collaborative network delivering results for people affected by Parkinson's.
  • Working with key leaders in the COE network, establish 3-5 year goals for the network.Develop working groups and work to study key issues in Parkinson's care and produce consensus papers with care recommendations (a minimum of one annually).
  • Responsible for planning the Centers Leadership Conference, creating a unique learning and networking experience, for both Center directors as well as nurses and care coordinators. Collaborate with the Director, Research Programs-QII to establish a mentoring program for care coordinators with specific learnings to help in their career progress.
  • Implement a process of continuous improvement in the program and NPF's understanding of the success of the program.
  • Have the ability to articulate the goals of the program, and communicate with NPF staff, patients, and professionals about these programs. Strong writing and presentation skills.
  • Strong management skills. This is the number two position in the department, which will be responsible for managing projects to timelines, and collaborating with other aspects of the Foundation, most notably fundraising and development.
  • Promote a collegial atmosphere within the organization through working cooperatively with all staff and recognizing the importance of every project to the foundation's mission.


  • An advanced degree in a scientific or quantitative field.
  • Experience in clinical research, or managing research grant portfolio a plus.
  • Minimum of five years of successful project management skills.
  • Ability, commitment, and interest to learn about and understand key aspects of the science and care of Parkinson's.
  • 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.
  • An ability to plan, budget, and execute cost-effective, high-impact programs is critical to success.
  • Ability to work independently but understand that many programs and development projects are interdependent and thus careful planning, communication of plans, and execution to the plan is critical.

The successful candidate will be a smart, enthusiastic person with an excellent education, a background in science, and a commitment to discover and propel cutting edge ideas forward.

Qualified applicants should review the responsibilities, requirements and application instructions for this position.

Sr. Major Gifts Officer

The Senior Major Gift Officer reports to the Vice President of Constituent Relations. In ordination with the development team, the Sr. Major Gift Officer is responsible for initiating and developing relationships with current and prospective donors to the National Parkinson Foundation (, work in conjunction with the VP of Constituent Relations to manage a portfolio of prospects, implement the major gifts strategy and meet the organization's fundraising goals.


  • Work with Fund raising 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, solicit prospects.
  • Maintain strong relationships with program staff to understand programs and anticipate funding needs.
  • Effectively communicate with VP of Constituent Relations regarding development activities and progress versus goals.
  • Utilize systems to optimize major gift fund raising activities. Keep up-to-date prospect activity records. NPF currently uses Raiser's Edge database.
  • Promote a collegial atmosphere within the fund raising department, and organization-wide, working cooperatively with all fundraising staff 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.


  • Excellent written communications skills, strong grammar skills, in English.
  • 7-10 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.
  • 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 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.

Qualified applicants should review the responsibilities, requirements and application instructions for this position.


The National Parkinson Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE M/F/D/V.

Opportunities with NPF Chapters

Columbus, OH: Programs Manager

Responsible for  planning, managing and assisting in seeking funding for NPFO professional outreach, wellness, and education programs in accordance with the organization’s strategic goals for the Chapter’s service area of Central & Southeast Ohio. 


  • Primary responsibility in training, developing, implementing and evaluating the new “Care Consultation Program” from the Benjamin Rose Institute.  Will serve as main point of contact for clients utilizing the program. 
  • Develop a new Peer-to-Peer program, training volunteers for community outreach.
  • Develop an annual plan for education and program initiatives including but not limited to: nationally developed programs within the NPFO service area, professional educational events, support group development/training, support groups led by NPFO Program Manager, wellness/exercise program evaluation, community presentations and community outreach.
  • Create and manage a timeline for each project, based on program goals and objectives for the successful completion of all education events, programs and activities.
  • Conduct planning and evaluative meetings and maintain accurate records for all educational events.
  • Conduct annual needs assessment.

Volunteer Management and Community Outreach

  • Provide leadership and guidance to volunteers assisting with programs.
  • Work in partnership with Staff and Board to establish and maintain strong relationships with a Chapter Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) and Patient & Caregiver Advisory Committee (PAC).  Attend Chapter MAC & PAC meetings and help facilitate ongoing communication and updates on chapter events.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with the medical community throughout the Chapter territory.  Educate on NPF and Chapter resources/programs, get materials placed in offices and places of business.  Form collaborative partnerships when possible. Develop and present informational sessions to hospital staffs, community agencies and professional organizations concerning National Parkinson Foundation programs and information.


  • Actively seek opportunities to address community needs and positively impact local region while advancing NPFO’s mission, goals and values.
  • Keep abreast of National Office activities and properly utilize the resources available.
  • Be knowledgeable about Parkinson’s disease and the foundation’s strategic plan and operations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of BA/BS in social work, nursing, public health, or health related discipline, professional licensure (LSW, RN, CHES) preferred. 
  • At least two years experience in program development and training preferably within a health-related organization, not-for-profit experience a plus.
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with healthcare facilities, community organizations and volunteers.
  • Applicable skills in planning and budgeting, project management, volunteer development and supervision.
  • Self-motivated, results oriented professional with strong organization skills.
  • An effective communicator, both written and oral.
  • Able to multitask.
  • Strong computer skills including word processing, PowerPoint, Excel and database applications preferred – Convio knowledge/proficiency is a plus.
  • Ability to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends) required.


Please send cover letter and resume by February 27, 2015 to Dan Davis via email:

Palm Beach, FL: Executive Director

The Executive Director is responsible for the creation and implementation of all fundraising strategies including: major gifts, planned giving, foundation/corporate cultivation, grant proposals, fundraising events, planned gifts and direct mail, while managing the operations of the Chapter, supporting the President, and the Board of Directors.


All fund development activities are carried out with the Chapter’s Board, staff and volunteers.

  • Seek and acquire funding to support the Chapter so that resources are sufficient to ensure the financial health of the Chapter.
  • Cultivate current relationships with donors and sponsors and forge new relationships with prospective donors and sponsors, whether individuals, corporations, organizations or foundations.
  • Solicit and obtain gifts and grants.
  • Define target projects, identify potential grant opportunities and implement all appropriate procedures to apply for grants within defined deadlines.


  • Support the implementation of the Chapter’s Five Year Strategic Plan (Priorities: Increase  Awareness, Increase Collaboration, Enhance Fundraising, Fiscal Management). 
  • Monitor, evaluate and report the results of new strategic initiatives.
  • Working with the Board, create a Five Year Strategic Plan.

The Executive Director ensures that all policies and procedures are in place and adhered to and that all activities related to the operation of a 501c3 organization are implemented in a timely, efficient and effective manner. 

  • Prepare annual operating and program budgets.
  • Negotiate and manage all contracts.
  • Meet all federal, state and local legal requirements of the Chapter.
  • Maintain strict confidence relating to donors and files of the Chapter.
  • Supervise Chapter staff and volunteers.
  • In conjunction with the Board of Directors establish annual goals for the Chapter.
    Generate consistent, effective communications to the President, Board of Directors, and to the general public.
  • Actively serve as the primary spokesperson for the Chapter to the community.
  • Oversee the maintenance of accurate financial and donor records and ensure that all information and processing related to donors and donor history is kept up to date. 
  • Maintain donor data base of individuals, corporations, organizations and private foundations. 
  • Oversee grants from various funders so that fiscal and other reporting requirements related to all grants are fulfilled.
  • Oversee all accounting functions including those necessary for auditing, budgeting, financial analysis, and payroll in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
  • Assist in development of policies and procedures and implement policies and procedures established by the Board of Directors.
  • Prepare all Chapter development reports as requested and required.


  • Reports directly to the President of the Board of Directors.
  • Work closely with the Board of Directors and its committees.
  • Work to sustain an engaged, effective, and informed Board and serve ex-officio on Board committees.
  • Will fully engage the Board of Directors in fund development processes.
  • Initiate appropriate fund development educational opportunities for Chapter Board of Directors staff that ensures that all receive training and support needed to be successful fundraisers.
  • Assist in identifying and recruiting new Board members to create a diverse and effective group.
  • Monitor Chapter’s investment accounts in conjunction with the Treasure.

In order to successfully perform duties of this position, applicant should have the following:

  • 5 or more years of progressively responsible and successful fundraising experience in a non-profit, academic, or government environment.
  • Knowledge in fundraising techniques including planned giving and major gifts.
  • Have track record of developing and sustaining strong benefactor relationships with organizations and individuals. 
  • Will have or secure working knowledge of all Chapter programs and resources.
  • Possess strong research and writing/communication skills, grant writing experience, organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation, transparent and high integrity leadership and superior interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to meet with potential donors, make presentations, and articulate program needs requiring various levels of funding support that are linked to the donors' philanthropic values.
  • Be responsible in maintaining strict confidence relating to donors and files of the Chapter. 
  • Hold a valid Florida driver's license and insurable driving record.


  • Respond promptly to donors and Board Member's needs.
  • Respond to requests for information and assistance and meets commitments.
  • Ability to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to carry out timely follow up on Chapter initiatives.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Treat people with respect.
  • Work with integrity and ethically.
  • Uphold organizational values.
  • Implement and follow policies and procedures.
  • Leadership and organizational skills.
  • React well under pressure and accepts responsibility.
  • Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite word processing software and database software.
    Belief in the Chapter’s mission and goals.
  • Strong working knowledge of nonprofit operations.

Please send resumes to Paul Kelly at