Careers

BrightFocus Foundation is a premier source of private research funding to defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Through investing in an ongoing research portfolio of more than 220 awards, we are working toward cures for the medical conditions we all fear most: loss of mind and loss of sight. Our public awareness efforts share the latest research findings and best practices with families impacted by these diseases.

Our talented, dedicated team brings together a wide range of talents and disciplines to advance our mission of ending diseases of mind and sight. We hope you will consider joining us at BrightFocus.


Join our Team


Department: Accounting

Position Title: Accounting Associate

Supervisor: Controller

Classification: Exempt

Date: April 28, 2021

Position Description:

The Accounting Associate reports to the Controller and will work closely with Staff Accountants to perform account reconciliations, analysis and various transactional entries. The candidate will also perform hands on month end and year end close transaction entries and help with the Annual audits. The position requires good communication skills, attention to details and some problem solving skills. This is a 30 hours a week job and it is based at our head office in Clarksburg, Maryland.

Duties, Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Create, process, maintain, review, and analyze various financial transactions affecting the general ledger in accordance with GAAP and other regulations.
  • Reconcile assigned accounts.
  • Assist with financial closing process monthly, quarterly, and at year end.
  • Support financial audits.
  • Assist in special projects as assigned.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Associate or bachelor’s degree is required; Accounting or Finance is preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft SL (Solomon)
  • Microsoft Excel skills
  • One-year relevant experience
  • Experience in General Ledger/Accounts Receivables/Accounts Payables
  • Strong communication, analytical, problem solving skills
  • Results oriented self-starter with strong initiative

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HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume, salary requirements, and cover letter to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Accounting Associate” in the Subject line for consideration. For a full position description, visit: http://www.brightfocus.org/careers.

ABOUT BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION:

BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) is at the forefront of brain and eye health by promoting awareness and driving innovative research worldwide to help eradicate diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. To learn more about BrightFocus, visit www.brightfocus.org.

BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.


Department: Public Affairs

Position Title: Digital Communications Specialist

Supervisor: Digital Director, Public Affairs

Classification: Exempt

Date: October 7, 2020

Position Description:

The Digital Communications Specialist plays an important role by providing support to the Digital Director and the entire BrightFocus team. The Digital Communications Specialist helps manage administrative support of digital tasks as it relates to the website, email, social and video production to ensure the delivery of projects and milestones efficiently.

Duties, Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Provide administrative support to the Digital Director on digital projects, including but not limited to scheduling and coordinating meetings supporting digital project deadlines/deliverables, and emailing internal/external communications.
  • Performing administrative tasks to ensure the efficiency of digital communications and fundraising activities and processes.
  • Ensure digital projects run smoothly by actively coordinating workflows, maintaining project schedules, monitoring assignments, evaluating project timelines, communicating new information, tracking project activities and reporting on project progress while handling issues as they arise.
  • Communicate with cross-functional teams to understand digital project objectives, requirements, scope, and deliverables and any adjustments to timelines, as needed.
  • Understand team member workstyles and coordinate project tasks and deliverables accordingly, among all levels within BrightFocus with confidence and possess ownership of deadlines to ensure all deadlines are met.
  • Maintain a quality control project tracking tool such as Trello, TeamUp Calendar, Microsoft Teams to effectively coordinate, monitor, and track team assignments, deliverables, deadlines, and other project-related activities.
  • Serve as a point of contact when multiple individuals are assigned to the same digital project to ensure team actions remain in synergy.
  • Serve as a “process champion,” by understanding and reinforcing processes among the team.
  • Understand and adhere to the internal reporting structure and formal escalation process.
  • Develop an in-depth understanding of project scope and particulars i.e. timeframes, financials, outcomes, processes, and flowcharts to effectively coordinate all team members, anticipate team needs, and keep the project on track and aligned with project goals.
  • Evaluate and communicate potential project delays, problems, and/or technical issues and offer solutions.
  • Review and prepare project correspondences, proposals, memos, meeting minutes and emails.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Associates degree from an accredited institution or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years administrative or related office experience.
  • Project management (concept to delivery) or team coordination experience a plus.
  • Ability to follow instructions and work independently on projects.
  • Nonprofit, digital experience a plus.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and masterful multi-tasking skills, in high pressure settings.
  • Professional demeanor with respectful assertiveness towards all levels (internal/external).
  • Exceptional organizational, time-management, and prioritization skills with the ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills including proofing and editing.
  • Stellar interpersonal, customer services skills that maintain strong relationships.
  • Strong analytical, follow through, and problem-solving abilities with minimal supervision.
  • Agile and able to adapt to the constantly changing environment of the digital technologies. Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume, salary requirements, and cover letter to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Digital Communications Specialist” in the Subject line for consideration. For a full position description, visit: http://www.brightfocus.org/careers.

ABOUT BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION:

BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) is at the forefront of brain and eye health by promoting awareness and driving innovative research worldwide to help eradicate diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. To learn more about BrightFocus, visit www.brightfocus.org.

BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.


POSTION TITLE: Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations

REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Development

SUPPORTS: Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

SUPERVISES: N/A

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of approximately 80-100 corporate and foundation prospects and donors who are making or are capable of making grants in support of BrightFocus Foundation and its programs. The Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations ensures that grant proposals and follow-up reports are submitted, after review by Senior Vice President, Development and when appropriate, the Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, in a timely and comprehensive manner consistent with the requirements of the organization. In addition, he/she is responsible for identifying opportunities for grant submissions to new foundations and corporations.

The Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations works closely in support of the Senior Vice President, Strategic Relations and the Director of Strategic Partnerships to provide them the material and proposals they need in the course of managing their portfolios.

The Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations is responsible for representing and managing BrightFocus’ involvement with the Combined Federal Campaign/State & Local Giving Campaigns, and Private Sector Employee Giving. This position oversees and implements the Employer Matching Gift program with Double the Donation. Additionally, the Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations supports individuals in creating third-party personal fundraisers for BrightFocus or one of its programs.

DUTIES, RESPONSIBLITIES, AND FUNCTIONS:

  • Prepare proposals as needed for the Senior Vice President, Development and the Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, and their respective gift officers.  
  • Submit approximately 80-100 proposals and letters of inquiry annually to foundations and corporations and as many annual reports and other cultivation/stewardship material to these same foundations and corporations as required by funder.
  • Work with Scientific Affairs and Public Affairs to craft proposals and budgets to support ongoing research and public awareness activities.
  • In consultation with the Senior Vice President, Development, the Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, and the Development Research Associate, identifies new corporate and foundation suspects – and develops effective cultivation and solicitation strategies in concert with the appropriate SVP’s.    
  • In cooperation with the Development Team, plan and implement communication schedules with corporate and foundation funders.
  • Ensure all information is up-to-date in BrightFocus’ data management system, (DMI).
  • Lead all aspects of creating and submitting 6- to 8- figure corporate and foundation grant proposals, including writing, preparing support documentation, timely reporting progress, managing deliverables and maintaining professional relationships with corporate and foundation program officers before, during and after grant cycles.
  • Manage Alzheimer’s Disease Research’s application and participation in the Combined Federal Campaign/State & Local Giving Campaigns and Private Sector Employee Giving campaigns – attending at least five (5) CFC events during the fall campaign.
  • Maintain relationships with America’s Charities representatives and submit complete applications for federal, state, local, and private giving campaigns to America’s Charities by their strict deadlines.
  • Supervise a new CFC advertising campaign each year and collaborate with Public Affairs for charity fair giveaways, new social media content, digital and print imaging, and blog post.
  • Manage the Employer Matching Gift Program, including implementation, integration, communication schedule, etc.
  • Support individuals in planning and implementing third-party personal fundraisers on behalf of BrightFocus or one of its programs, including the creation of marketing materials, shipping public awareness publications, producing acknowledgements, and cultivation and stewardship of individuals pre- and post-event.
  • Perform other similar and related duties as assigned.

REQUISITE SKILLS/CHARACTERISTICS:

  • The Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills – written and verbal – which exhibits a high level of organization, clear articulation, compelling persuasion, and overall strategy for internal and external audiences.
  • He/she will be proactive and demonstrate the ability to manage a project from start to completion.
  • Understands and values established protocols associated with prospect engagement.
  • Has the ability to work well with others, demonstrating respect and appreciation, and securing their involvement in achieving the projects goal’s in a timely manner.
  • He/she does not take solicitation rejection personally.
  • Has the ability to quickly zero-in on relevant details and is capable of explaining complicated issues in a comprehensible fashion.
  • Maintains a balanced, positive outlook, demonstrates decorum when dealing with stakeholders, receives constructive feedback without getting defensive, and exhibits an appropriate sense of humor.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides proficiency in the areas of responsibility may be substituted for the academic degree requirement.  
  • A minimum of 7-10 years of a proven track record of success working in corporate and foundation fundraising, securing 6-8 figure grants.  
  • Excellent organizational, planning, tracking and follow-through skills, including time management to meet deadlines and attention to detail
  • Ability to travel locally and nationally as required.

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HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume, salary requirements, and cover letter to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations” in the Subject line for consideration. For a full position description, visit: http://www.brightfocus.org/careers.

ABOUT BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION:

BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) is at the forefront of brain and eye health by promoting awareness and driving innovative research worldwide to help eradicate diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. To learn more about BrightFocus, visit www.brightfocus.org.

BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.


Position Title: Direct Response Marketing Associate/Coordinator

Supervisor:  N/A

Classification:  Exempt

Date: February 25, 2021

Position Description:

The Direct Marketing Coordinator is responsible for day-to-day administration of an integrated direct response communication and fundraising program for BrightFocus Foundation, including timeline management, copy and art review for accuracy, organization of working and final project files and schedules The Coordinator plays an important role in the planning and execution of communications, fundraising and special projects as it relates to direct response audiences. Most projects are multi-channel efforts encompassing some combination of email, SEM, multiple social media platforms, direct mail, etc

Duties, Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Create and manage project schedules, track tasks and activities through completion. Assign tasks and due dates to keep projects running smoothly and on time. Work with project owners to set the project objectives/goals, requirements, deliverables and timelines.
  • Review all copy for accuracy; research and document all statistics and reference materials. Circulate copy/art through internal approval process including Scientific Affairs and Public Affairs to confirm accuracy of content/brand messaging.
  • Maintain quality control with project tracking tools such as Trello, TeamUp Calendar, and Microsoft Teams to effectively coordinate, monitor, and track team assignments, deliverables, deadlines, and other project-related activities.
  • Maintain annual calendar of digital communications to donors and constituents by segment and program.
  • Serve as a point of contact as it relates to the digital project schedule and deliverables. Communicate potential project delays, problems, and/or technical issues to supervisor and/or project owner as they arise.
  • Participate in weekly/monthly departmental and vendor meetings as required.
  • Assist in the review of audience selections for digital communications to ensure accuracy.
  • Assist in establishing metrics/reporting for projects and the fulfillment of them. Review and/or prepare project correspondences, proposals, memos, meeting minutes and emails.
  • Performing administrative tasks to ensure the efficiency of communications and fundraising activities and processes.
  • Provide administrative support, including but not limited to scheduling and coordinating meetings supporting project deadlines/deliverables, and emailing internal/external communications.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Associates degree from an accredited institution or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 3 years administrative or related office experience.
  • Project/ team coordination experience.
  • Nonprofit direct response and communications experience a plus.
  • Detail oriented, excellent organizational skills, strong time management and solid written and verbal communications.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, meeting timelines and ensuring successful implementation.
  • Excellent interpersonal, customer services skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities.
  • Agile and able to adapt to the constantly changing environment of digital technologies.
  • CRM database experience preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

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HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume, salary requirements, and cover letter to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Direct Marketing Coordinator” in the Subject line for consideration. For a full position description, visit: http://www.brightfocus.org/careers.

ABOUT BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION:

BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) is at the forefront of brain and eye health by promoting awareness and driving innovative research worldwide to help eradicate diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. To learn more about BrightFocus, visit www.brightfocus.org.

BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.


Position Title: Senior Website Developer

Supervisor:  Digital Director, Public Affairs

Classification:  Exempt

Date: February 2, 2021

Position Description:

The Senior Website Developer will support BrightFocus with the design, creation, deployment, and maintenance of its web properties. The Senior Website Developer is primarily responsible for the daily and long-term management of the BrightFocus website, and the production and coordination of constituent emails. The Senior Website Developer will also establish and maintain an effective and collaborative relationship with vendors, end users, and other team members to ensure the upkeep of BrightFocus main website to deliver the next generation CMS for BrightFocus.org.

Duties, Responsibilities and Functions:

  • Lead web development and reconstruction projects to including build, migration, functionality, navigation, taxonomy, metadata, landing pages, responsive design and search.
  • Maintain all aspects of the BrightFocus website and coordinate with the technical and support staff to ensure smooth and continuous functioning of all web platforms.
  • Support the migration of the BrightFocus website from the existing Drupal 7 to the new Drupal 8.
  • Design, edit and code content for the website and intranet, including new sections as needed, such as:
    • Reusable components, templates, code and libraries as needed.
    • Adherence to strict WCAG implementation with site improve.
    • GDPR compliance on the website for data security and privacy.
    • Responsive design throughout the website including third party widgets.
    • Content workflow process to improve quality and turnaround times for website copy updates.
    • Review vendor code to drive best practices and robustness
  • Implement SEO best practices to optimize organic search traffic to the website content.
  • Schedule email sends through Zoho Campaigns, deploy event management with Zoho Backstage with the integration to the website and ensure appropriate website metric tracking in Zoho Analytics, Sales IQ, and Google Analytics 4.
  • Perform quality control testing for web and email deliverables.
  • Work collaboratively with BrightFocus’ departments to fully develop and implement online components of communication and marketing initiatives.
  • Manage vendor relations for web development and digital payments systems and ensure that web projects are delivered on time within agreed budgets.
  • Maintain job knowledge by researching new internet/intranet technologies and software products, participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, participating in professional organizations.
  • Perform other similar and related duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology or a related field from an accredited institution or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum of 6 years of related experience; or a Master’s degree with 4 years of experience.
    • At least 2-5 years’ experience with Drupal 8, including custom module and plugin development using configuration management, entities and dependency injection and professional consumer facing applications.
  • Solid experience in building dynamic, responsive web pages using programming languages and scripting methods including: Python, PHP, Java, Bash, HTML5, CSS#, JavaScript, and jQuery.
  • Solid understanding of fundamental web technologies such as HTTP, REST APIs, AJAX and JSON.
  • Knowledge of popular hosting companies such as Pantheon, Acquia, WPEngine, as well as cloud hosting companies such as AWS a plus.
  • Solid understanding of the software development lifecycle and familiarity with modern agile development methodologies.
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills including proofing and editing.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and masterful multi-tasking skills, in high pressure settings.
  • Agility to quickly adapt a constantly changing digital technology environment.
  • Ability to write quality, efficient code that is readable, testable, and maintainable.
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, problem-solve with minimal supervision, learn rapidly, and master diverse web technologies and techniques.
  • Exceptional organizational, time-management, and prioritization skills with the ability to meet deadlines.

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HOW TO APPLY:

Please submit your resume, salary requirements, and cover letter to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Senior Website Developer” in the Subject line for consideration. For a full position description, visit: http://www.brightfocus.org/careers.

ABOUT BRIGHTFOCUS FOUNDATION:

BrightFocus Foundation (BrightFocus) is at the forefront of brain and eye health by promoting awareness and driving innovative research worldwide to help eradicate diseases including Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. To learn more about BrightFocus, visit www.brightfocus.org.

BrightFocus is committed to the full utilization of all human resources and to a policy of equal opportunity. In accordance with applicable laws, it is our policy to recruit, hire, train and promote individuals, as well as administer any and all personnel actions, without regard to any legally-protected characteristic including, but not limited to, race, age, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

 

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