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The National Parkinson Foundation is recruiting for the following positions:

Communications Intern
Constituent Relations Project Manager
Senior Major Gifts Officer
Writer & Content Marketing Specialist

Communications Intern

The National Parkinson Foundation is looking for an exceptional undergraduate /graduate student intern to work directly with the communications team on an array of marketing and web projects.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in building a non-profit resume and learning from a great team.  You will work with passionate professionals, learn first-hand how to apply best practices in communications, and enjoy a real opportunity to make an impact on a debilitating disease.  We need a commitment of a minimum of 20-25 hours a week.  Start and end dates are somewhat flexible but we ask that you commit to at least a 3 month internship timeframe.

REQUIREMENTS:

We are looking for a high-caliber intern to support our Communications department. We need an individual who is committed to a high standard of excellence and can thrive in a small organization with an ambitious agenda. The ideal candidate will have these attributes:

  • Current college student (junior/senior level) or graduate student
  • Self-starter who takes initiative, comfortable wearing many hats, can solve problems self-sufficiently, but takes direction well.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Graphic Design & HTML skills
  • Detail-oriented; can be counted on to produce high-quality work
  • Interested in the non-profit sector
  • Prior work and/or intern experience a plus

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Intern’s responsibilities may include:

  • Migration of website content to a new platform
  • Beta testing of new website
  • Conducting research and communications audits
  • Media monitoring, social media listening and reporting
  • Development of the Foundation’s secondary social media networks
  • Various marketing activities
  • An array of administrative duties

Interested candidates should email their resume and cover letter to Cathy Whitlock, Director of Online Communications, at cwhitlock@parkinson.org. Please be advised that a resume without a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Constituent Relations Project Manager

The primary role of the Corporate and Foundations Relations Project Manageris to coordinate the business operations, activities and processes related to Corporate Development. The person in this role will assume a wide range of responsibilities, many of which will require exceptional organizational skills and ingenuity. By applying strong communication skills and multi-tasking abilities, to l effectively support the Foundation's priorities by providing additional support to NPF stakeholders. The Corporate Relations Project Managerwill report to the VP of Constituent & Corporate Relations.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • The ability to multi-task and prioritize pending projects appropriately.
  • The ability to use logic and critical thinking to resolve problems or prevent problems as well as maintaining flexibility to construct and/or consider alternate solutions.
  • The ability to work with and maintain positive relationshipswith NPF's corporate and foundation relationships in an effort to most effectively benefit the organization.
  • The ability to communicate in both written and verbal form in a clear, concise manner.
  • The ability to establish relationships and strengthen corporate partnerships by building trust and managing stewardship of accounts.
  • The ability to manage multiple projects, maintain project goals and deadlines, as well as reporting milestones. Tracking all project objectives while ensuring deliverables are met and researching new prospects.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Prepare and update proposal reports with current grant requests using word processing, spreadsheet, database, or presentation software.
  • Coordinate logistics and prepare materials for meetings, conferences and events.
  • Make and coordinate extensive travel arrangements and meeting scheduling for Sr. Director, Corporate Relations & Signature Events.
  • Work with NPF staff to coordinate support operations, goals and objectives
  • Ensure continuous and timely phone and message coverage during business hours.
  • Set-up and assist in coordinating conference calls and meetings
  • Maintain department files and update contact database and e-mail address lists.
  • Assist with planning and budgeting related to corporate strategy goals
  • Conduct research, compile data, and prepare reports as needed on prospects.
  • Attend meetings to record discussion points, action items and minutes as needed.
  • File and retrieve corporate documents, records, and reports.
  • Manage and monitor the use of grant funds
  • Create and manage the grant process to include submitting grants and tracking them in Raisers Edge database
  • Create regular tracking reports and
  • Other clerical duties as assigned by management.

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Outlook, Microsoft Word, and Excel, & PowerPoint.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and multi-task in a fast-paced environment.
  • Positive, can-do attitude – professional at all levels.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.
  • Experience in coordinating meetings, conferences, events.
  • Excellent proofreading skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Two-year degree or minimum of five years of experience preferred.
  • Prefer experience working with nonprofit organization.
  • Must be extremely organized.

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

Senior Major Gifts Officer

The Sr. Major Gift Officer reports to the Vice President of Constituent & Corporate 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 (www.parkinson.org), work in conjunction with the VP of Constituent & Corporate Relations to manage a portfolio of prospects, implement the major gifts strategy and meet the organization's fundraising goals.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • 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 & Corporate 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.

EXPERIENCE/SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • 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.

Writer & Content Marketing Specialist

The National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) seeks a digital-savvy Content Marketing Specialist who will write and edit content, for web and print, on topics related to Parkinson’s disease (PD) and NPF programs for the PD community and the general public.  Under the supervision of the Vice President, Marketing and Communications, the Content Marketing Specialist will work with the Communications team to maintain the accuracy, accessibility and consistency of content across all related channels.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with Vice President, Marketing and Communications to implement and integrate critical messaging necessary to achieve strategic plan objectives and articulate NPF’s mission.
  • Lead and collaborate with Director of Online Communications on content marketing strategy.
  • Collaborate with internal and external Parkinson’s experts to write original content that generates interest in NPF and positions the foundation as a thought leader.
  • Assist in the writing, editing and production of NPF’s print newsletter, The Parkinson Report.
  • Assist in the writing, editing and production of NPF’s print annual report.
  • Produce digital content for Parkinson.org (original and content updates), e-mail copy, blog posts, infographics, video scripts, social media posts and other content.
  • Develop written content for key programs and marketing collateral.
  • Oversee the content of direct mail initiatives in collaboration with Constituent Relations department, print and digital, to maintain message consistency.
  • Develop or assist in messaging for marketing of signature events (Moving Day® and Team Hope™).
  • Write in a style that is SEO-friendly with compelling headlines and calls-to-action.
  • Keep up-to-date with news and current best practices within the nonprofit health care arena.
  • Work across departments to maintain brand integrity, style guide and messaging consistency.
  • Provide editing quality assurance for entire organization to ensure written text is free of errors.
  • Assist with national events, public awareness campaigns and media outreach as needed.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in English, Marketing, Communications, Journalism, or related field.
  • 3-5 years or more of experience writing and editing health care related content for digital and print; Non-profit experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience overseeing the design and production of quality collateral materials and publications.
  • Proven track record of taking complex scientific concepts and simplifying into easy to read and compelling content for patient and family audiences.
  • Pristine grammar, copywriting and written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong proofreading and editing skills.
  • Excellent project management skill with ability to work on multiple detail-oriented projects.
  • Working knowledge of website content management systems.
  • Fluent in social media platforms with an understanding of best practices across digital channels.
  • Understanding of basic SEO best practices.
  • Ability to collaborate with people in a variety of roles, functions and leadership levels.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet tight deadlines.

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.

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