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Openings

Advancement Coordinator

Under the supervision of the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Development Operations Coordinator will provide administrative and program support to the Advancement Team. Learn more about the position and our benefits.

Chief Marketing Officer

The Chief Marketing Officer (“CMO”) will report to the Chief Executive Officer, Andy Betts, and manage a team of four. Learn more about the position and our benefits.

Operations Coordinator

Serving as the Operations Coordinator for PKD Foundation provides administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer to optimize efficiency of the PKDF operations functions as well as the Community Engagement program. Learn more.

Database Coordinator

Under the direction of departmental management, responsible for processing daily receipts, reports, and mailings. Learn more.

About

The PKD Foundation is the only organization in the U.S. solely dedicated to finding treatments and a cure for polycystic kidney disease (PKD) and to improving the lives of those it affects. Since 1982, we have proudly funded more than 1,300 research projects and leveraged $1.5B in research funds, while serving our local communities across the country. We are inspired by our mission. And driven by our vision to #endPKD.

Our employment strategy

Achieving our vision to #endPKD requires great people. We work to maintain the best possible environment for our team and strive to provide a collaborative, creative atmosphere where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, planning, and culture. Our staff models our culture by demonstrating our core values:

  • Mission-centric: Respect the mission and those we serve.
  • Professionalism: Commit to the highest standards.
  • Authenticity: Communicate with candor and transparency
  • Teamwork: Advance the Foundation together.

Benefits*

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation (commensurate with experience), in addition to a benefits package including:

  • Full medical benefits including healthcare, dental, and vision
  • Life insurance and disability insurance
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with 10.5% employer contribution, no match required
  • 11+ paid Holidays and 20 PTO days per year
  • Remote work environment, with collaborative business center available to employees local to the Kansas City metro area as needed.

*Benefits are subject to board review annually and may change.

Physical demands

Unless stated otherwise, all positions require the following:

  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Use hands and arms, read, stoop, crouch, talk, hear, see objects clearly at 20 inches or less
  • Lift and move items weighing up to 20 pounds

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of organization jobs. The PKD Foundation is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

EEO/Disability/Veteran Employer

Minorities are encouraged to apply.

The PKD Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a work environment free of discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. 

All employment decisions at the PKD Foundation are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

We thank all respondents for their interest in the PKD Foundation.

These job descriptions are not intended to be all inclusive. PKD Foundation reserves the right to add, delete, or modify job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. Job descriptions do not constitute a written or implied contract of employment. 

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the PKD Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. 

Advancement Coordinator

Category: Non-exempt; Full-time
Reports to: Chief Philanthropy Officer
Location: Hybrid (Remote / Headquarters in Kansas City MO)

Summary

Under the supervision of the Chief Philanthropy Officer, the Advancement Coordinator will provide administrative and program support to the Advancement Team.

Core Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Coordinating of staff portfolios, by managing records such as updating (adding/removing) portfolios, creating notes from staff visits, establishing action items and creating funding opportunity steps within the CRM. Check for accuracy of records, and change donor preferences as noted by portfolio owners.
  • Coordination for CPO directed projects to help manage timelines (CYE/FYE emails, letters, donation page.
  • Implement advancement SOPs and other processes as determined by CPO.
  • Create list pulls for any CPO-directed and segmented mailings (e.g., tributes, planned giving).
  • Other duties and projects as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Two years’ experience in not-for-profit field or minimum of three years of professional experience.
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills and excellent computer skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Advanced problem solving skills.
  • Be self-motivated and punctual.
  • Experience with donor software preferred.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • Prior experience with Salesforce preferred.
  • Familiarity with basic office equipment.

Travel Requirements

Outside of Kansas City, as assigned (less than 10%)

To Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to: careers@pkdcure.org. Please reference “Advancement Coordinator” in the subject line.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the PKD Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. As of October 1, 2021 the PKD Foundation has a policy requiring all employees either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit a Request for Accommodation if in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief.

Chief Marketing Officer

Category: Full-time
Reports to: Chief Executive Officer
Location: Remote | Headquarters in Kansas City, MO

Summary

The Chief Marketing Officer (“CMO”) will report to the Chief Executive Officer, Andy Betts, and manage a team of four. The number of direct reports may expand according natural evolution of the organization. Peers to this position consist of the Chief Research Officer, Chief Operations Officer and the Chief Philanthropy Officer. The CMO will
serve as the lead for marketing and branding strategies, oversee audience engagement, content distribution, and user experience.

The successful candidate will be a strategic and creative thinker, constantly listening, and with a curiosity to evolve the way PKD presents itself by integrating programs and
initiatives, and creating user experiences that make sense to the “patient journey.” In
addition, the PKD Foundation facilitates a larger community, called the PKD ecosystem. These are researchers, health care professional, industry and patient advocates, event walkers, and care givers. Understanding the ‘who’ and ‘why’ are instrumental in moving us to our next stage of growth. The successful candidate will be able to listen, learn and create based on understanding the needs, segment, and target for all these audiences.

Responsibilities 

Category of responsibilities

  • Maintain a working knowledge of the PKD Foundation policies and procedures specifically related to his/her/their area of responsibility.
  • Cooperate with and assist the Chief Executive Officer in advancing the mission of the PKD Foundation through the oversight of all marketing activities.
  • Prepare Strategic Development and Annual Marketing Plans.
  • Develop annual budget and long-term forecast accounting for promotional expenses, revenue goals, and marketing operational needs.
  • Establish realistic, inspiring, and challenging goals and objectives with staff and present same to the Chief Executive Officer to review and reach agreement on proposed goals and objectives and provide regular updates on achieved results.
  • Serve as a member of the PKD Foundation executive management team and maintain an effective liaison with PKD Foundation personnel to promote clear understanding
    of programs and responsibilities.

Immediate objectives of the role – beyond normal assimilation into the organization – will include: (1) understanding all stakeholders and optimizing the user experience based on data and an ever-changing health and need; (2) working with departments to identify and meet product and program KPIs, increasing resource use and Foundation awareness in new markets; (3) decluttering the noise, create a clear, consistent, elevated brand based on promoting people and relationships first, not programs or projects; (4) establishing and executing the communications plan to rollout the “Centers of Excellence” network; and (5) developing and enhancing marketing platforms – accountable for accessible, relevant, multichannel content and strategies.

Preferred Skills and Competencies

Requirements

  • Minimum BS/BA degree (Master’s preferred) plus 15+ years of marketing or communications experience and ideally 7+ years of increasingly responsible leadership experience, to function as an executive leader.
  • Proven track record related to marketing & public awareness, volunteerism, financial
    management and planning preferred.
  • Unquestioned knowledge and successful application of modern marketing techniques
    and platforms tied to social channels, SEO, lead generation, website management, collateral development, public relations, etc.
  • Must be able to meet deadlines, work independently and as a team player, and act in a professional and positive manner when dealing with internal and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated background combined with a strong ability to manage direct reports, ideally in a remote work setting, and create meaningful annual performance plans.
  • Strong vendor management expertise is a given – to effectively supervise third-party vendors such as agencies and marketing collaborators.
  • Provide effective leadership; exhibit passion and the will to do what it takes to achieve
    the organization’s mission.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively among highly diverse (geographically & professionally) team.

Personal Characteristics

  • Must be passionate about the mission, vision and values of the PKD Foundation.
  • An innovator and visionary – but able to operationalize such items through an entrepreneurial orientation.
  • Flexible and adaptable personality and style – someone who is agile and deals well with ambiguity while promoting organization-wide comradery beyond direct staff
    report.
  • Solid interpersonal and communication abilities (excellent verbal and written skills) enabling effective interaction and rapport building with a wide range of team
    members, external partners/vendors and funders.
  • Ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • A skilled and confident decision maker in order to participate in the leadership, management, and growth of the organization. Can make the tough decisions while understanding and respecting the chain of command.
  • Excellent planning and organization skills with ability to effectively implement the organization’s overall objectives.
  • Be a self-starter and be able to prioritize workflow.
  • Must be a good listener, model integrity and ethical behavior.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to: jgalbraith@eflassociates.com. Please reference job title in the subject line.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the PKD Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. As of October 1, 2021 the PKD Foundation has a policy requiring all employees either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit a Request for Accommodation if in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief.

Operations Coordinator

Category: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Chief Operating Officer
Location: Kansas City, MO; hybrid work-from-home/in-person as needed. Headquarters in Kansas City MO

Summary

Serving as the Operations Coordinator for PKD Foundation provides administrative support to the Chief Operating Officer to optimize efficiency of the PKDF operations functions as well as the Community Engagement program.

Responsibilities 

Category of responsibilities

  • Handle incoming phone calls and general email to Foundation.
  • Handle incoming and outgoing mail as needed.
  • Schedule and coordinate agendas, slides, and other resources for staff meetings.
  • Assist with administrative needs supporting the PKDF Board of Directors.
  • Provide administrative support to the Community Engagement/Volunteer program.
  • Manage print material collateral inventory.
  • Other administrative and special projects as assigned.

Preferred Skills and Competencies

Ideal Qualifications

  • One to three years’ experience supporting executives or two to four years in general administrative role.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills; willingness to accept supervisory coaching.
  • Strong degree of professionalism.
  • Demonstrable track record of initiative, resourcefulness and willingness to learn.
  • A demonstrated ability to work independently in a remote environment, meet concurrent deadlines, organize time and priorities, and work well as a dedicated member of a team while assisting executive(s) in professional setting.
  • Proven writing/editing, filing, organizational, and administrative skills.
  • Strong client service skills, with the ability to provide superior customer service to internal and external clients.

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrated proficiency of all Microsoft Office applications, especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with ZOOM.

Knowledge/Judgment

  • Ability to practice a high level of confidentiality.
  • Knowledge of shipping and mailing procedures preferred.
  • Be detailed and accurate in work methods.
  • Exercise good judgment with professionalism.

Travel Requirements

  • As a hybrid position, this individual will be expected to travel to the KC office for business as needed.
  • Outside of Kansas City, as assigned, <10%.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Use hands and arms, read, stoop, crouch, talk, hear, see objects clearly at 20 inches or less.
  • Lift and move items weighing up to 20 lbs.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Benefits*

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation (commensurate with experience), in addition to a benefits package including:

  • Full medical benefits including healthcare, dental, and vision
  • Employer funded HSA
  • Life insurance and disability insurance
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with 12% employer contribution, no match required
  • 11+ paid Holidays and 20 PTO days per year
  • Remote work environment, with collaborative business center available to employees local to the Kansas City metro area as needed.

*Benefits are subject to board review annually and may change.

The PKD Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a work environment where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, veteran status, cultures, beliefs or any other status protected by law.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to: careers@pkdcure.org. Please reference “Operations Coordinator” in the subject line.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the PKD Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. As of October 1, 2021 the PKD Foundation has a policy requiring all employees either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit a Request for Accommodation if in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief.

For more information about the PKD Foundation, visit our website at pkdcure.org.

Database Coordinator

Category: Full-time, Non-Exempt
Reports to: Director of Integrated Information Systems
Location: Remote; US Based. Headquarters in Kansas City MO

Summary

Under the direction of departmental management, responsible for processing daily receipts, reports, and mailings.

Preferred Skills and Competencies: 

  • Proficient in utilizing databases, word processing, and office equipment to perform clerical data entry tasks.
  • Maintain accurate contact data and documents within the CRM.
  • Reconcile data and revenue.
  • Ability to exercise judgement in maintaining donor confidentiality and database integrity.
  • Self-direction; proven ability to prioritize work and manage deadlines independently.
  • Ability to identify problems and review related information to develop recommendations and implement solutions.
  • Collaborate with team members to improve overall workflow processes and achieve goals by adhering to efficiency/productivity and process standards.
  • Excellent customer service, interpersonal, and written communication skills required.
  • Accurate with great attention to detail.

Qualifications

  • High school diploma or GED
  • A minimum of 1+ years directly equivalent work experience
  • Strong computer skills in Windows and proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, & Word
  • Basic math skills
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Windows OS/MS office proficient
  • Self-starter with the ability to balance multiple competing projects, priorities and manage multiple deadlines efficiently and independently
  • Excel in dynamic, fast-paced work environment
  • Strong in verbal and written communication skills

Travel Requirements

  • Occasional (<10%) travel to headquarters in Kansas City will be required for meetings.

Physical Demands

  • Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  • Use hands and arms, read, stoop, crouch, talk, hear, see objects clearly at 20 inches or less.
  • Lift and move items weighing up to 20 lbs.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Benefits

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation (commensurate with experience), in addition to a benefits package including:

  • Full medical benefits including healthcare, dental, and vision
  • Employer funded HSA
  • Life insurance and disability insurance
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan with 12% employer contribution, no match required
  • 11+ paid Holidays and 20 PTO days per year
  • Remote work environment, with collaborative business center available to employees local to the Kansas City metro area as needed.

*Benefits are subject to board review annually and may change.

The PKD Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and dedicated to the belief that all lives have equal value. We’re committed to creating a work environment where employees thrive both personally and professionally. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy status, veteran status, cultures, beliefs or any other status protected by law.

To Apply

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements to: careers@pkdcure.org. Please reference “Database Coordinator” in the subject line.

As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the PKD Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check. As of October 1, 2021 the PKD Foundation has a policy requiring all employees either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or submit a Request for Accommodation if in need of an exemption from this policy due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief.

For more information about the PKD Foundation, visit our website at pkdcure.org.

Page last updated March 2022

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