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Director of Research

The PKD Foundation is currently seeking a Director of Research. The successful candidate will report to the Chief Scientific Officer and be responsible for providing direction and management of ongoing and new initiatives of the Research Department. Among these responsibilities are the management of the Foundation’s Research Grant and Fellowship program, the centerpiece of the Foundation’s commitment to ADPKD and ARPKD basic, translational, and clinical research. Responsibilities also include attendance, setting up the PKD Foundation Booth and interaction at key meetings such as ASN’s Kidney Week, and facilitation of the Science Advisory Committee meetings. The Director will have the opportunity to grow the Foundation’s Research efforts in the coming years and to interact with the increasing number of pharmaceutical and biotech companies with PKD therapeutics programs.

The successful candidate will oversee the design and implementation of a patient registry as a clinical research tool and facilitate the enrollment of PKD patients in clinical trials of new therapeutic candidates. The Research Director will facilitate the development of criteria by which nephrology groups, academic and private, may be designated as PKD Centers of Excellence. The successful candidate will have an advanced degree in the biological sciences, e.g., M.A., M.S. or Ph.D. and familiarity with the biomedical aspects of PKD. Pertinent experience with academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and/or grants administration, particularly in the renal space, will be considered in lieu of an advanced degree. The Director of Research will interact with most other Departments to facilitate the goals of the Foundation, which are to give hope and facilitate the development of novel treatments for PKD.

Benefits:

We offer highly competitive compensation in addition to an extensive benefits package including:

  • Paid time off – 20 days
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • 403(b) 9.5% of salary, no match required
  • Generous HSA Contribution

We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, and strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should forward their cover letter, resume and salary requirement to careers@pkdcure.org. Please reference “Director of Research” in the subject line.

EOE


Regional Community Fundraising Specialist (Full-time, exempt)

Supervisor: Community Fundraising Strategist

Primary Function:

  1. Manage a region of fundraising events; implementing a strategy for revenue growth and acquisition goals for team captains, sponsors and events.
  2. Manage a strategic coaching and cultivation calendar to span all events, participants and sponsors in defined region.
  3. Live and work remotely within assigned region (Dallas).

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Retain, recruit and coach volunteer leaders to achieve participation and revenue goals for each assigned location.
  2. Develop and distribute resources to facilitate volunteer performance.
  3. Identify and assist local volunteer leadership in recruiting a committee while maintaining a strong working relationship with local volunteers.
  4. Facilitate event logistics and assist with local promotion of assigned fundraising events.
  5. Monitor and measure the fundraising progress of Team Captains. Analyze, review and report on trends, new acquisition and retention.
  6. Utilize team captain resources to increase overall number of team captains per event and increase team fundraising.
  7. Promote and implement the sponsor retention and recognition program.
  8. Participate in sponsorship prospecting and solicitation.
  9. Corporate sponsorship acquisition in the defined region.
  10. Identify a new viable fundraising event in the defined region.
  11. Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all Volunteer Leadership staff.
  12. Stay up-to-date in peer to peer fundraising and volunteer management.
  13. Provide excellent customer service.
  14. Other duties as assigned.

Education/Training:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. A minimum of 3 years of experience in volunteer and event management, program development and implementation or customer/donor cultivation.

Knowledge/Judgment:

  1. Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  2. Organizational and project management skills required.
  3. Proficiency in managing multiple projects at one time.

Technical Skills:

  1. Knowledge of peer to peer fundraising platforms.
  2. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

Physical Demands:

  1. Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  2. Use hands and arms, read, stoop, crouch, talk, hear, see objects clearly at 20 inches or less.
  3. 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.

Travel: Travel as needed. Occasional after-hours volunteer training/coaching.

Other: This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. PKD Foundation reserves the right to add, delete, or modify job duties and responsibilities as the need arises. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

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 an extensive benefits package including:

  • Paid time off – 20 days
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • 403(b) 9.5% of salary, no match required
  • Generous HSA Contribution

We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, and strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

To Apply: Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, resume and salary requirement to: careers@pkdcure.org. Please reference “Regional Community Fundraising Specialist” in the subject line. For more information about the PKD Foundation, visit our website at pkdcure.org. EOE


Administrative Support Coordinator (Full time, non-exempt)

Primary Function:

  1. Provide administrative support to all science, education, advocacy, and government affairs functions as directed by Executive Assistant.
  2. Provide administrative support to all areas of the office, as directed by Executive Assistant.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Provide grant administration support including maintaining records, coordinating report reminders and check requests.
    1. Assist in organizing annual SAC meeting
    2. Assist in compiling grant and fellowship interim and final reports
  2. Provide general R&D support in the areas of:
    1. Answering phones, fielding questions about R&D program.
    2. Support Accelerating Treatments to Patients programs.
    3. Support tissue donation program.
    4. Coordinate staff travel.
  3. Coordinate the Discarded Tissue Donation program.
  4. Maintain clinical studies portion of the website.
  5. Prepare department check requests and expenses for payment.
  6. Answer incoming calls; greet callers/visitors.  Seek to assist callers/visitors and serve as a referral bridge when necessary.
  7. Distribute daily mail.
  8. Process outgoing shipments (UPS, FedEx, USPS, etc).
  9. Process daily donations.
  10. Perform office facility non-janitorial tasks as assigned.
  11. Other administrative and clerical duties as assigned.

Education/Training:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in business or related field preferred.
  2. 1 to 3 years of relevant experience and/or training or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge/Judgment:

  1. Demonstrated proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  2. Familiarity with basic office equipment and inventory maintenance preferred.
  3. Knowledge of shipping and mailing procedures preferred.
  4. Able to work independently on assigned tasks as well as accept direction on given assignments.
  5.  Ability to provide superior customer service to internal and external clients.
  6. Be detailed and accurate in work methods.

Technical Skills:

  1. Use of Microsoft Office software or equivalent.
  2. Experience with donor software preferred.

Physical Demands:

  1. Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  2. Use hands and arms, read, stoop, crouch, talk, hear, see objects clearly at 20 inches or less.
  3. 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.

Travel: None.

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 an extensive benefits package including:

  • Paid time off – 20 days
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • 403(b) 9.5% of salary, no match required
  • Generous HSA Contribution

We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, and strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

To Apply: Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, resume and salary requirement to: careers@pkdcure.org. Please reference “Administrative Support Coordinator – Science” in the subject line. For more information about the PKD Foundation, visit our website at pkdcure.org. EOE


Database Administrative Coordinator (Full Time, non-exempt)

Supervisor: Director of Integrated Information Systems

Primary Function:

  1. Provide excellent customer service.
  2. Anticipate and exceed the needs of all stakeholders.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Handle in-bound and out-bound donor communications in a professional and courteous manner.
  2. Manage all necessary onsite donor files.
  3. Manage the donor email inbox.
  4. Manage daily thank you letters and monthly pledge reminders.
  5. Maintain database manual.
  6. Handle incoming mailings from donors regarding address changes and record updates.
  7. Other administrative and clerical duties as assigned.

Data Entry:

  1. Create new donor records in database for first time donors or contacts.
  2. Maintain database records by updating any new donor information, relationships, actions, notes, and prospect proposals.
  3. Process offline credit card donations.
  4. Perform other administrative and clerical duties as assigned.

Education/Training:

  1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Two to three years of progressive experience and achievement in the nonprofit fundraising field.
  3. Experience with Constituent Relationship Management donor software.

Knowledge/Judgment:

  1. Must have excellent telephone, verbal, written communication and computer skills.
  2. Ability to work in a team environment.
  3. Advanced problem solving skills.
  4. Be self motivated and punctual.
  5. Ability to provide superior customer service to internal and external clients.
  6. Be detailed and accurate in work methods.
  7. Exercise good judgment with professionalism.

Technical Skills:

  1. Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  2. Prior experience with fundraising databases preferred.
  3. Familiarity with office equipment preferred.

Physical Demands:

  1. Must be able to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
  2. Use hands and arms, read, stoop, crouch, talk, hear and see objects clearly at 20 inches or less.
  3. 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

Travel: None

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 an extensive benefits package including:

  • Paid time off – 20 days
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • 403(b) 9.5% of salary, no match required
  • Generous HSA Contribution

We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees, and strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning and culture.

To Apply: Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward their cover letter, resume and salary requirement to: careers@pkdcure.org. Please reference “Database Administrative Coordinator” in the subject line. For more information about the PKD Foundation, visit our website at pkdcure.org.


Chief Advancement Officer

Strengthening the Mission of PKD Foundation through Enhanced Fundraising

PKD Foundation has benefitted from a successful fundraising program, and provides individuals, foundations and corporations with the opportunity to support a number of programs and projects. It seeks financial support through annual giving, major gift giving, grants and planned giving and by staging a number of unique special events across the country. Fiscal Year 2018 (7/1/17 – 6/31/18) has been a banner year for fundraising, as it is projected that total giving to the Foundation will be above $9,500,000 – an increase of 53%, with an average gift of $278 (the highest average over the past ten years). Much of the increase over FY 2017 can be directly attributed to the significant growth experienced in the Major Gifts sector ($5,000 and above).

Although the PKD Foundation is pleased with the recent growth in financial support, it is aware that generations of families devastated by unending loss from PKD are looking more to the PKD Foundation for answers, treatment and eventually a cure. Therefore, the Foundation has made the commitment to launch a five-year $70,000,000 campaign, one which will alter the course of PKD through increasing the Foundation’s investment in research as well as providing the best resources for its patient community. The campaign will provide the Foundation with the resources to attack PKD on several fronts including: Propelling Research, Supporting Patients, Securing Future Research and Amplifying Voice.

Background

While PKD Foundation has a team of fully-committed staff who all share the vision of one day finding a cure for this devastating disease, key positions will be added to the Development Department to increase its fundraising capacity, in light of the $70,000,000 campaign.

This begins with recruiting and hiring an experienced Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) – a position that will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Board of Directors, while providing a high level of leadership and guidance to other members of the Development Department. The CAO will not only have an impact on the campaign, but on the success of the Development Department for many years to come.

Responsibilities

The CAO reports directly to and collaborates closely with the CEO of PKD Foundation. The following list of responsibilities does not restrict the work of this position, but rather, sets forth specific guidelines to be followed in a prompt and efficient manner.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of PKD Foundation policies and procedures specifically related to his/her area of responsibility
  • Cooperate with and assist the CEO in advancing the mission of PKD Foundation through the coordination of all development activities
  • Identify and coordinate appropriate opportunities to utilize the strengths of the CEO in his participation in the cultivation and solicitation of high-end donors and prospects
  • Prepare a Strategic Development Plan and department budget prior to the beginning of each fiscal year showing goals, action steps and outcome measures for each fundraising discipline and individual for the ensuing year
  • Establish realistic, inspiring and challenging development goals and objectives with staff and present same to the CEO to review and reach agreement on proposed development goals and objectives; provide regular updates on results
  • Study and recommend changes/new policies to the CEO, related to development functions
  • Encourage, train and support staff reporting to him/her and monitor accountabilities for results and outcomes of all development initiatives
  • Effectively and efficiently administer the affairs of the department, especially to the creation and monitoring of the budget to ensure compliance with PKD Foundation standards, policies and expectations
  • Provide oversight of Directors of Leadership Giving to ensure best practices in the strategic identification, cultivation and solicitation of donors and prospects
  • Work closely with Planned Giving staff in overseeing all aspects of the Planned Giving program to ensure the appropriate promotion of the various Planned Giving vehicles to current and prospective donors
  • Remain personally active in the pursuit of major and planned gifts, maintaining a portfolio of high-end donors and prospects
  • Collaborate with the Database Administrator to ensure all information is current and relevant
  • Oversee the development of all Direct Mail appeals, closely evaluating the productivity and efficiency of mail service vendors to ensure generation of an acceptable return on investment
  • Work closely with the Director of Marketing and Communications to ensure all PKD Foundation promotional materials are current and appropriate for use in advancing fundraising initiatives of all types
  • Direct the oversight and development of all aspects of capital campaigns to include assessing needs, strategic planning and participation of volunteers and appropriate staff
  • Work closely with the Walk for PKD staff to enhance current walks and special events and to identify opportunities for greater activity in areas currently not being served
  • Develop educational materials and training for volunteers to ensure best practices and outcomes; assist volunteers in their role as ambassadors within their communities
  • Oversee the pursuit of an appropriate level of identification and solicitation of foundation grantors and engage PKD Foundation scientific staff in such activities as appropriate
  • 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 development programs and responsibilities
  • Attend and participate in educational initiatives in the interest of advancing the well-being of the PKD Foundation

The CAO will likely devote 80% of his/her time to overseeing Leadership Giving (major gifts) and Planned Giving. He/she will work closely with the Directors of Leadership Giving and also work closely with the CEO in utilizing his time connecting with PKD Foundation prospects with the highest level of giving capacity. The CAO will also be expected to handle his/her own portfolio of Leadership level prospects and manage the other division of the Development Department.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) from an accredited college or university in fundraising, communications or related field
  • A minimum of 15 years of fundraising experience and 7 to 10 years of increasingly responsible leadership experience within a fully-integrated development program
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, and strong interpersonal skills

 

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and three professional references. Please send materials to: PKDFoundationExecSearch@FundraisingJBA.com.

PKD Foundation works to maintain the best possible environment for its employees, and strives to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to its processes, decisions, planning and culture. PKD Foundation offers highly competitive compensation in addition to an extensive benefits package including:

  • Paid time off – 20 days
  • 11 Paid Holidays
  • Medical, Dental and Vision benefits
  • 403(b) 9.5% of salary, no match required
  • Generous HSA Contributions

To learn more about this exciting opportunity, contact JB+A President and CEO Jeffrey D. Byrne at 816-237-1999 or at PKDFoundationExecSearch@FundraisingJBA.com.

To learn more about PKD Foundation, visit www.pkdcure.org.

EOE