Communications Content Manager ( Web/Digital)

New York City, New York (US)
Apr 16, 2018
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

Position Description: Communications Content Manager (Web/Digital)

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 $750 million in research projects in both academic and industry labs worldwide.

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 therapeutic strategies and tools in the hopes of building a robust pipeline of new treatments for patients.  In order to achieve our mission of finding a cure for PD it is critical that we engage with, and bring together, members of the PD community including researchers, physicians, health professionals and most important, people with Parkinson's and their families. We believe that raising the Foundation’s profile with a broader audience will help us more efficiently reach and mobilize highly engaged stakeholders who are more likely to feel personally vested in helping speed progress toward a cure.

We believe that to find a cure for PD as quickly as possible, our capital needs to push research forward today—we therefore deliberately have no endowment. We instead start our fundraising from zero each year and seek to deploy funds raised as quickly and wisely as possible. MJFF raises over $90 million annually. Today, the Foundation has approximately 130 full-time employees who are based in New York City. We offer a collegiate and collaborative environment where problem-solvers and entrepreneurial, resourceful individuals can thrive and make a tangible difference for millions of people living with Parkinson’s disease.

Position Description:

A key responsibility of this role will be the establishment of a web content lifecycle, defining and managing the various stages of website content presentation from breaking updates to archives. The Communications Content Manager will be responsible for writing, editing and proofreading website and digital content and ensuring all online copy adheres to brand and content guidelines. This role also will coordinate with the Creative/Production group and Marketing/Digital Strategies team to ensure the seamless integration and maintenance of creative content (illustrations, infographics, videos, etc.). The Communications Content Manager also will work closely with the Web Development group to maintain site standards with regard to new development.

The successful candidate will bring 3 to 5 years’ relevant experience, preferably working on websites serving life sciences or other complex subject matter. A proven ability to write and develop language and content serving multiple audiences and purposes is required.

Every member of the Communications team at MJFF must demonstrate a track record of hard work, impeccable attention to detail, excellent project management and the ability to meet competing deadlines and manage multiple projects at once.

Responsibilities include:

  • Work with Communications, Marketing and Digital staff to create, edit and post new website content
  • Maintain day-to-day oversight of existing website content, ensuring the information available on remains current, accurate and up-to-date
  • Collaborate with editorial team to implement calendar for regular updating of evergreen content and edits on as-needed basis in response to new initiatives and breaking news
  • Write and edit web pages, blog posts, emails, and other as needed
  • Work with Communications, Marketing and Digital staff (including writers, designers and web developers — both internal and agency) to create, edit and post new website content for audience development, engagement and conversions to various research calls to action
  • Contribute to department support including processing of invoices and expense reports, tracking/maintaining media files, managing vendor relationships and contracts, and other as needed.

Finalist candidates will be asked to complete a writing/editing test.

Qualification and Experience needed

  • B.A. degree and a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ relevant web content management experience, preferably in a research institute or other life sciences setting
  • Knowledge of Drupal CMS, Jira, ON24 and Exact Target
  • Experience contributing to and executing communications plans aligned with business objectives
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Broad experience with various online content modalities and a robust content mix
  • Curiosity and inquisitiveness about science and the research enterprise
  • Ability to translate complex scientific concepts into compelling writing and visuals (please be prepared to share writing samples)
  • Ability to work with colleagues and partners at all levels; diplomatic personality
  • Sense of humor and ability to remain calm and professional under pressure

The ideal candidate also will bring experience with:

  • Optimizing content for the web, including basic SEO principles
  • Taxonomy development and content tagging

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is known for its optimistic, problem-solving approach to Parkinson’s drug development, and has an established organizational voice — a tone of excellence (high-quality journalistic inquiry that is authoritative but never arrogant), simplicity (while avoiding oversimplification of technical material), directness (speaking plainly and never sugar-coating) and authenticity (never overpromising, never biased). The Communications Content Manager, will be expected to work to absorb this voice and quickly incorporate it in their writing.

This is an onsite position in our New York City (Midtown West) office and is not conducive to telecommuting. Some travel may be required.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a resume, up to three relevant writing samples, and thoughtful cover letter describing their specific qualifications and interest in the position. Submissions without cover letters will not be considered. Please, no telephone inquiries and do not contact our staff directly. Only applicants who best match the position needs will be contacted. 

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.


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