Director, Clinical Affairs at Parkinson's Disease Foundation - PDF

Parkinson's Disease Foundation - PDF

Director, Clinical Affairs

  • Reports to: Vice President, Clinical Affairs and Information & Resources
  • Position Status: Full Time, Exempt
  • Location: Miami, FL/New York, NY or Telecommute


The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community.

The Director, Clinical Affairs reports to the Vice President, Clinical Affairs and Information & Resources and will manage a portfolio of programs and projects aimed at improving the health and quality of life for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) through increased access to the highest standard of care and driving better health outcomes through improvements in care. This individual will analyze Center of Excellence (COE), Parkinson’s Outcomes Project and other clinical and outcomes data and execute a plan for dissemination and uptake of learnings and best practices among health professionals and the Parkinson’s community. The Director will identify and evaluate models of care and lead the creation of Foundation recommendations and/or designations that increase access to care and resources for people with PD. Additionally, this position is charged with identifying and implementing physician engagement strategies so that all people with PD have access to the care and resources needed to best manage their disease and lead the best quality of life.

It is essential that the Director demonstrates and upholds the Foundation values of collaboration, dedication, excellence, integrity, positivity, responsiveness and teamwork.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following. Other duties may be assigned, including serving as a resource to team members throughout the Foundation.

Strategy, Program Development and Management

  • Develop, implement and evaluate strategies and tactics aimed at reducing gaps and increasing access to clinical care for people with Parkinson’s (e.g., mental health, underserved communities).
  • Identify and evaluate models of care and lead the creation of Foundation recommendations and/or clinical designations that increase access to care and resources for people with PD.
  • Serve as the organizational lead, while working in collaboration with other team members, in the development and implementation of the Foundation’s engagement strategy for physicians and other health care professionals outside of the COE network.
  • Leverage clinical relationships within and outside of the U.S. to further the strategic priorities of the Foundation in improving quality of life for people with Parkinson’s.
  • Manage quality improvement and pilot projects.
  • Assess current policies targeting the delivery of Parkinson’s care and assist in the development of new strategies and public policy that can improve care.
  • Lead and collaborate with Foundation colleagues on cross-organization initiatives and programs to achieve Foundation strategic priorities.
  • Effectively and accurately communicate the mission and goals of the Foundation, its initiatives within the Parkinson’s community and the public at large.

Data Synthesis and Dissemination

  • Collect, analyze and disseminate data (e.g., COE annual reports, Parkinson’s Outcomes Project), learnings and best practices in a formal, ongoing and timely manner so as to inform Foundation strategy and care decisions among all stakeholders.
  • Develop and execute a plan for dissemination of findings through presentations, abstracts and publications.
  • Lead and complete projects on time and within budget; communicate changes and progress.
  • Design workflows and procedures and meet a high standard for accuracy and quality.
  • Lead project teams for the development and implementation of programs and manage projects to timelines.


  • Advanced degree in public health, nursing, or other healthcare field with a minimum of 8 years’ experience in health care or a health-related organization.
  • Previous disease-specific, non-profit experience preferred.
  • Experience working with international constituents/partners highly desirable.
  • Ability, commitment, and interest to learn about, understand and effectively communicate key scientific aspects and care of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Knowledge of community healthcare facilities, academic medical centers – operations, process improvement, and working knowledge of risk management, quality outcomes, models of care.
  • Highly collaborative; ability to work independently and as part of a larger geographically dispersed team.
  • Proven experience in program planning, development, implementation and management, as well as reporting out quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Able to take concepts and ideas and synthesize into action plans.
  • Ability to plan, budget, and execute cost-effective, high-impact programs.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to deliver presentations to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Bilingual Spanish-speaking a plus.
  • Self-motivated, positive, outgoing, and able to relate well with diverse populations and age groups.
  • Solution-oriented professional with refined problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Organized and detail-oriented, able to adhere to timelines and prioritize and adjust to current and emerging priorities; ability to effectively negotiate multiple complex activities.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and experience with simple databases, data management and analysis.
  • Ability to travel approximately 20 percent of the time on Foundation business, as required or requested, once travel resumes.


Salary for this position is competitive and depends on prior experience. In addition, a comprehensive benefits package is included.

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