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.

See our open positions below.

Open Positions

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  • BrightFocus Foundation has a unique opportunity for a dedicated, results-oriented Director, Corporate and Foundation Relations (DCFR) with minimum 10 years of fundraising/relationship-building experience to make a significant impact in supporting scientific research to understand and treat Alzheimer’s disease, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. This new role is created to strengthen and expand the Foundation’s rapidly growing portfolio of corporations, foundations, and nonprofit partners that collaborate with us and provide funding for programs and initiatives including research, education, and DEI.

    Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, and supporting the Senior Vice President, Development, the successful candidate will be welcomed as a member of dynamic, fast-paced, and supportive teams and will be capable of managing multiple priorities while building and strengthening relationships with current and prospective corporate and foundation supporters to further BrightFocus’ impact. The DCFR will develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with colleagues in the Strategic Partnership and Development departments and across the Foundation. The successful candidate will be highly organized, will energize and motivate those around them, and will have sincere compassion for individuals and families suffering from diseases of mind and sight as well as for the scientific researchers working on new discoveries.

    REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships

    SUPPORTS: Senior Vice President, Development

    PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Support the SVP, Strategic Partnerships in the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of existing and new corporate and foundation partners in support of research, educational, DEI and other fundraising priorities and help build strong relationships with an expanding portfolio of key corporate and foundation stakeholders. 
    • Proactively lead all aspects of creating and submitting 6- to 8- figure corporate and foundation grant proposals, including writing, preparing support documentation and presentation materials, timely reporting progress, managing deliverables and maintaining professional relationships with corporate and foundation program officers before, during and after grant cycles for appropriate stewardship. 
    • Be aware of, and engaged in, conversations surrounding brain and eye health, brain health equity, current research developments and trends, and best practices in foundation and corporate giving; recommend new ideas as appropriate to enable BrightFocus to creatively secure new funding.
    • Work with BrightFocus’ Scientific Affairs and Integrated Marketing and Communications teams to craft proposals,  budgets, and various solicitation, marketing and stewardship materials. Contribute to tailored features for newsletter, website, press releases, social media and other outlets.
    • Perform administrative activities including, but not limited to, high-end stewardship and solicitation mailings, curated communications, revenue tracking, update donor and prospect records, track and record action items and update notes in CRM, internal strategic projects.
    • Travel expectations are approximately 20% - 30% of the year with the occasional weekend travel or work requirements.

    QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Graduate degree a plus
    • 10+ years development / relationship management experience with a proven track record of success working in corporate and foundation fundraising, securing 6-8 figure grants.  
    • Excellent Microsoft Office and Excel skills
    • Willingness to travel and work evenings and weekends as needed
    • Must have a valid Driver’s License

    REQUISITE SKILLS/CHARACTERISTICS:

    • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills
    • Excellent organizational, planning, tracking and follow-through skills, including time management to meet deadlines and attention to detail 
    • Highly collaborative, with ability to work well with and support colleagues, demonstrating respect and appreciation, and securing their involvement in achieving projects’ goals in a timely manner.
    • Maintains a balanced, positive outlook, demonstrates decorum when dealing with stakeholders, receives constructive feedback without getting defensive, and exhibits patience and an appropriate sense of humor
    • Can independently manage projects and relationship from start to finish

    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. Your cover letter should include an overview of your experience, your connection to our mission, and what you expect to accomplish in this position. For a full position description, visit: https://www.brightfocus.org/careers.

  • REPORTS TO:​ Senior Vice President, Development

    SUPPORTS: ​​Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships  

    SUPERVISES:​​ N/A

    POSITION DESCRIPTION:

    The Development Manager of Family Foundations and Special Gifts (Development Manager) is responsible for maintaining a portfolio of approximately 50 family foundation donors and prospectswho are making or who are capable of making grants in support of BrightFocus Foundation and itsdisease research programs. The Development Manager of Family Foundations ensures that grantproposals and follow-up reports are submitted in a timely and comprehensive manner consistent with the requirements of the foundation.  In addition, he/she is responsible for identifying opportunities for grant submissions to new family foundations.

    The Development Manager of Family Foundations is also responsible for representing, managing, and growing BrightFocus’ participation in the Combined Federal Campaign/State & Local Giving Campaigns.  In addition, this position manages and grows BrightFocus’ ability to secure employer matching gifts through our “Double the Donation” program. And final, the Development Managerworks closely with those volunteer donors who self-select to lead third-party personal fundraisers for BrightFocus or one of its programs.

    Reporting to the Senior Vice President, Development, and supporting the Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships, the success candidate will be welcomed as a member of a dynamic, fast-paced, and supportive team and will be capable of managing multiple projects.  The Development Managerwill develop and maintain strong collaborative working relationships with colleagues in the Development and Strategic Partnerships departments and across the Foundation.

    DUTIES, RESPONSIBLITIES, AND FUNCTIONS:

    • Proactively lead all aspects of creating and submitting 5-6 figure grant proposals, including writing, preparing supportive documentation and presentation materials, timely progress reports, managing deliverables and maintain relationships with foundation principles, before during and after grant cycles for appropriate stewardship. 
    • Submit approximately 40-50 proposals and letters of inquiry annually to family foundations.
    • Work with Scientific Affairs and Public Affairs to craft proposals and budgets to support ongoing research and public awareness activities.
    • Ensure all information related to family foundation donors and prospects is up-to-date in BrightFocus’ data management system, (DMI).
    • Oversee and manage Alzheimer’s Disease Research’s application and participation in the Combined Federal Campaign/State & Local Giving Campaigns and Private Sector Employee Giving campaigns – representing BrightFocus in as many of these CFC events as is effective. (approximately 6-8 held during the fall).
    • 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.
    • Working closely with the direct response staff, manage and grow the fundraising revenue generated thought “Double the Donation,” BFF’s current employer matching gift program, including implementation, integration, communication schedule, etc.
    • Support volunteers who are planning and implementing third-party personal fundraisers on behalf of BrightFocus or one of its programs, serving as their point of contact with BFF - providing them with 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:

    • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal and communication skills
    • Excellent organizational, planning, tracking and follow-through skills, including time management to meet deadlines and attention to detail. 
    • Highly collaborative, with the ability to work well with and support colleagues, demonstrating respect and appreciation, and securing their involvement in achieving project goals. 
    • Understands and values established protocols and confidentiality associated with donorengagement.
    • 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.
    • Wants to be successful in the work they have undertaken and to that end exhibits an appropriate level of ownership and responsibility for getting the job done well.

    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 6-8 years of a proven track record of fundraising success. 
    • Excellent organizational, planning, tracking and follow-through skills, including time management to meet deadlines and attention to detail 
    • Willingness to travel and work weekends as needed.  

    HOW TO APPLY: Please submit your resume, salary requirements, and cover letter to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Development Manager of Family Foundations and Special Gifts” in the Subject line for consideration. Your cover letter should include an overview of your experience, your connection to our mission, and what you expect to accomplish in this position. 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.

  • BrightFocus Foundation is a global nonprofit funder of scientific research and provides expert information to increase awareness and defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. BrightFocus is currently supporting a more than $75 million global portfolio of 287 active scientific research projects in 17 countries. Earlier this year BrightFocus announced nearly $24 million in new grants to better prevent, treat, and end brain and vision diseases.

    The Foundation is seeking a highly deadline-driven, collaborative Research Communications Manager-Vision who will work closely with Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC)departmental leadership, the Scientific Affairs team and the director of Scientific Programs, Vision, and across departments to convey the impact of glaucoma and macular degeneration research advancements, news, and programs to external audiences and stakeholders.

    The Manager will “own” vision research communications for BrightFocus and its National Glaucoma Research and Macular Degeneration Research programs and will develop, produce, execute, evaluate, promote, and report on comprehensive strategic research communications. 

    The Manager is responsible for proactively developing and promoting research content that supports BrightFocus’ overall strategic objectives, with an emphasis on researching and writing comprehensive short-and-long form content—including, but not limited to, news stories, position statements, backgrounders, presentations, scripts, programs, interview questions, thought leadership content, talking points, media alerts, and press releases—that translate complex scientific concepts into useful and compelling information for stakeholders, including the scientific community, donors, the public, and news media, that inspires them to take action.

    The Manager must have a detailed working knowledge of issues and trends in the areas of research, technology, science, and health. In addition to initiatives related to these areas, the Manager is expected to provide support for BrightFocus vision programs, events, and partnership or other activities as needed.

    Duties, Responsibilities, and Functions

    • Under direction from the VP, Integrated Marketing and Communications, and Director, Marketing and Communications, the Manager will work closely with the Director of Scientific Programs, Vision, to support BrightFocus’ short- and long-term objectives and strategic initiatives through audience-appropriate integrated research communications content production and management. 
    • Write and edit short-and-long form cross-channel research news content for brightfocus.org and other mediums; work with Scientific Affairs and IMC colleagues to identify sources and review content, as needed; fact check and obtain full approvals before publication; interview medical experts and grantees for article content. 
    • Ensure scientific communications and content calendar for vision programs is up to date across channels; ensure all reviews and approvals are followed before content is shared for distribution. 
    • Summarize and synthesize the work of MDR and NGR research for use in fundraising, digital, and promotional projects; ensure fact sheets, disease information, and impact stats are current and used properly.
    • Manage and proactively report on external communications related to scientific collaborations, publications, educational programs, white papers, scientific conferences, BrightFocus scientific leadership, scientific speaking engagements/panels, and educational research communications programs, including Fast Tracks and virtual and in-person Alzheimer’s events. 
    • Produce profiles and interviews of scientists and medical experts for use in a wide range of public-facing capacities across multiple mediums as required, including the annual report and annual research portfolios.
    • Ensure scientific content database multimedia assets for external communications are up-to-date; work with external institutions and partners on shared communications as needed; liaise with freelance writers and editors.
    • Write press releases; monitor and shape content and new developments that connect BrightFocus-funded research to important progress being made in each of our focal diseases and research fields, including external communications related to scientific papers produced by the Foundation as well as its scientific journal, MolecularNeurodegeneration.
    • Draft scripts and talking points for informational and scientific events, including the free audio BrightFocus Chats for macular degeneration and glaucoma, and for donor audiences, the public, and science community; report on discussions and correspond with speakers and internal stakeholders. 
    • Work with Marketing and Communications Coordinator to develop and obtain targeted research news media lists and consistently report on media coverage; build relationships with scientific and research news outlets/journalists and proactively share news and story ideas. 
    • Ensure that scientific content gets delivered in accordance with defined goals across all mediums, including the website, email communications, and publications; deliver approved and edited content on time for external print and digital publishing. 
    • Provide integrated levels of support and interaction with donors and partners in collaboration with Development and Strategic Partnership departments. 
    • Ensure web stories and press releases about research news are accompanied by images and/or video assets as determined.
    • Provide in-person and virtual support for BrightFocus programs, events, and partnership activities other activities as needed.

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of 5 years’ communications, public relations, content marketing, or other scientific, medical, or health communications experience; proven experience communicating scientific, medical, or health content related to vision for multiple audiences or comparable journalism experience preferred; non-profit experience preferred. 
    • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, journalism, or related field in science communications. Background in science writing for lay audiences preferred; proven track record of successful vision research communications preferred.
    • Ability to grasp and communicate complex topics and subject matters to multiple audiences, including donors, partners, the public, and the scientific community. 
    • Exceptional writing, editing, fact-checking, and proofreading skills.
    • Adherence to the AP Stylebook for research news releases and to BrightFocus editorial guidelines.
    • Media relations experience. 
    • Strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills; ability to effectively interact with cross-departmental colleagues and researchers to produce content. 
    • Working knowledge of SEO principles and best practices and ability to implement them. 
    • Knowledge of content marketing best practices and ability to write for multiple platforms, including print and digital, experience with video marketing and best practices in communication across platforms.
    • Comfort working with colleagues across departments and external stakeholders to obtain information for stories and ability to communicate required deadlines effectively. 
    • Strong project management skills with the ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects against deadlines and deliver approved content on time. Working knowledge of Asana a plus.
    • Strong news judgment and ability to produce and prioritize the timeliest content as identified with leadership. 
    • Commitment to the mission and values of BrightFocus with specific knowledge of its distinguished research programs, characteristics, goals, and accomplishments.
    • Exemplify best practices in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility 
    • communications, ensuring that materials are formatted to meet ADA and low vision requirements.   
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a part of a hybrid/remote team in a professional and collegial manner.
    • In-person meetings and events are required. 
    • Travel required (approx. 25% or less). 


    HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are required to submit a resume, salary requirements, cover letter, and writing samples to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Research Communications Manager-Vision” in the Subject line for consideration. Applicants without required documents submitted will not be considered. Your cover letter should include an overview of your experience, your connection to our mission, and what you expect to accomplish in this position. Writing samples are required. Selected candidates will be required to complete a timed writing exercise as part of their candidate review process. 

    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.

    BENEFITS: BrightFocus offers a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, paid time off, holidays, life, accidental death and dismemberment, and a retirement plan.

  • BrightFocus Foundation is a global nonprofit funder of scientific research and provides expert information to increase awareness and defeat Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. BrightFocus is currently supporting a more than $75 million global portfolio of 287 active scientific research projects in 17 countries. Earlier this year BrightFocus announced nearly $24 million in new grants to better prevent, treat, and end brain and vision diseases.  

    BrightFocus Foundation is seeking a highly deadline-driven, collaborative Research Communications Manager-Neuroscience who will work closely with Integrated Marketing and Communications (IMC) departmental leadership, the Scientific Affairs team and the Director of Scientific Programs, Neuroscience, and across departments to convey the global impact of scientific Alzheimer’s and dementia research advancements, news, and programs to external audiences and stakeholders. 

    The Manager will “own” scientific neuroscience research communications for BrightFocusand its Alzheimer’s Disease Research program and will develop, produce, execute, evaluate, promote, and report on comprehensive strategic research communications. 

    The Manager is responsible for proactively developing and promoting research content that supports BrightFocus’ overall strategic objectives, with an emphasis on researching and writing comprehensive short-and-long form content—including, but not limited to, news stories, position statements, backgrounders, presentations, scripts, programs, interview questions, thought leadership content, talking points, media alerts, and press releases—that translate complex scientific concepts into useful and compelling information for stakeholders, including the scientific community, donors, the public, and news media, that inspires them to take action.

    The Manager must have a detailed working knowledge of issues and trends in the areas of research, technology, science, and health. In addition to initiatives related to these areas, the Manager is expected to provide support for BrightFocus programs, events, and partnership or other activities as needed.

    Duties, Responsibilities, and Functions

    • Under direction from the VP, Integrated Marketing and Communications, and Director, Marketing and Communications, and in close collaboration with the Director of Scientific Programs, Neuroscience, the Manager will work closely with the Scientific Affairs team to support BrightFocus’ short- and long-term objectives and strategic initiatives through audience-appropriate integrated research communications content production and management. 
    • Write and edit short-and-long form cross-channel research news content for brightfocus.org and other mediums; work with Scientific Affairs and IMC colleagues to identify sources and review content, as needed; fact check and obtain full approvals before publication; interview medical experts and grantees for article content.
    • Ensure scientific communications and content calendar is up to date across channels; ensure all reviews and approvals are followed before content is shared for distribution. 
    • Summarize and synthesize the work of BrightFocus research for use in fundraising, digital, and promotional projects; ensure fact sheets, disease information, and impact stats are current and used properly.
    • Manage and proactively report on external communications related to scientific collaborations, publications, educational programs, white papers, scientific conferences, BrightFocus scientific leadership, scientific speaking engagements/panels, and educational research communications programs, including Fast Tracks and virtual and in-person Alzheimer’s events. 
    • Produce profiles and interviews of scientists and medical experts for use in a wide range of public-facing capacities across multiple mediums as required, including the annual report and annual research portfolios.
    • Ensure scientific content database is current with assets for external communications; work with external institutions and partners on shared communications as needed; liaise with freelance writers and editors.
    • Write press releases; monitor and shape content and new developments that connect BrightFocus-funded research to important progress being made in each of our focal diseases and research fields, including external communications related to scientific papers produced by the Foundation as well as its scientific journal, MolecularNeurodegeneration.
    • Draft scripts and talking points for informational and scientific events for Alzheimer’s Disease Research donor audiences, the public, and science community; report on discussions and correspond with speakers and internal stakeholders. 
    • Work with Marketing and Communications Coordinator to develop and obtain targeted research news media lists and consistently report on media coverage; build relationships with scientific and research news outlets/journalists and proactively share news and story ideas. 
    • Ensure that scientific content gets delivered in accordance with defined goals across all mediums, including the website, email communications, and publications; deliver approved and edited content on time for external print and digital publishing. 
    • Provide integrated levels of support and interaction with donors and partners in collaboration with Development and Strategic Partnership departments. 
    • Ensure web stories and press releases about research news are accompanied by images and/or video assets as determined.
    • Provide in-person and virtual support for BrightFocus programs, events, and partnership activities other activities as needed.

    Qualifications

    • Minimum of 5 years in communications, public relations, content marketing, or other scientific, medical, or health communications experience; proven experience communicating scientific, medical, or health content related to neuroscience for multiple audiences or comparable journalism experience preferred; non-profit experience preferred. 
    • Bachelor’s degree in public relations, communications, journalism, science, or related field in science communications. Background in science writing for lay audiences preferred; proven track record of successful neuroscience communications preferred.
    • Ability to grasp and communicate complex topics and subject matters to multiple audiences, including donors, partners, the public, and the scientific community. 
    • Exceptional writing, editing, fact-checking, and proofreading skills.
    • Adherence to the AP Stylebook for research news releases and to BrightFocus editorial guidelines.
    • Media relations experience. 
    • Strong interpersonal communication and organizational skills; ability to effectively interact with cross-departmental colleagues and researchers to produce content. 
    • Working knowledge of SEO principles and best practices and ability to implement them. 
    • Knowledge of content marketing best practices and ability to write for multiple platforms, including print and digital; experience with video marketing and best practices in communication across platforms.
    • Comfort working with colleagues across departments and external stakeholders to obtain information for stories and ability to communicate required deadlines effectively. 
    • Strong project management skills with the ability to organize, prioritize, and coordinate multiple projects against deadlines and deliver approved content on time. Working knowledge of Asana a plus.
    • Strong news judgment and ability to produce and prioritize the timeliest content as identified with leadership. 
    • Commitment to the mission and values of BrightFocus with specific knowledge of its distinguished research programs, characteristics, goals, and accomplishments.
    • Exemplify best practices in diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility 
    • communications, ensuring that materials are formatted to meet ADA and low vision requirements.  
    • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects simultaneously.
    • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as a part of a hybrid/remote team in a professional and collegial manner.
    • In-person meetings and events are required. 
    • Travel required (approx. 25% or less). 

    HOW TO APPLY: All applicants are required to submit a resume, salary requirements, cover letter, and writing samples to hrjobs@marcumllp.com with “Research Communications Manager-Neuroscience” in the Subject line for consideration. Applicants without required documents submitted will not be considered. Your cover letter should include an overview of your experience, your connection to our mission, and what you expect to accomplish in this position. Writing samples are required. Selected candidates will be required to complete a timed writing exercise as part of their candidate review process.

    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.

    BENEFITS: BrightFocus offers a generous benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, paid time off, holidays, life, accidental death and dismemberment, and a retirement plan.

 

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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