Do work that matters.

At the Davis Phinney Foundation, we help people with Parkinson’s live well today. We give them tools, resources, education, experiences, and anything else we can dig up. People living with Parkinson’s tell us we make their lives better. What more can you ask for? Join us!

Who We Are
A small but mighty crew united by a desire to do great work for a great community. People who come to the Foundation find more than a job. They find a home, a career, and a calling.

We value collaboration, creativity, fun, excellence, inclusion, and long-lasting relationships. We’re writers, cyclists, runners, bakers, dancers, philanthropists, outside enthusiasts, pet owners, painters, readers, parents, travelers, adventurers, true crime addicts, and corn-hole competitors.

We bring a wealth of diverse experiences to our roles, but we are united by a common set of values and goals: live well, inspire action, and connect the community.
Who You Are
Someone who would love a mission to get them out of bed in the morning.
Punching a clock, doing time, and going through the motions aren’t your cup of tea. You want to care about the work you do. You don’t just want a job, you want to believe that the hours you spend working make a tangible difference in the lives of others.

You might call yourself a manager of one. You’re someone who has just as many ideas as the next person, and you don’t want to get stopped at every turn by all the levels up the chain. You’re good at what you do, and you want a boss and a leadership team that gives you the reins to do it.

You’re also a kind human, are always ready to chip in, and love making other people’s lives better.
What it’s like to work here
You'll spend your days with people who not only understand that you have a life outside of work but want to hear about it.

We believe in giving people space to get their job done. Quiet time is just as valuable as collaboration time and we encourage breaks whether it's to get outside for some fresh air or chat with someone about a podcast you recently listened to. You can be the early bird or the night owl if that’s when you feel most productive. We care less about when we see you than we do about what you create that helps move our mission forward. Parkinson’s is a BIG issue, and we have a lot of work to do.

Here's What We Offer

Ever daydream about having that perfect job? Working for the Davis Phinney Foundation may fit the bill.

  • Work where you want– Most of our employees work at our office, but not all. If your role can be done remotely, we’re happy to consider it.
  • 40-hour work week– We regularly stick to 40 hours a week. Like we said, there’s a lot of work to be done for the Parkinson’s community, but we also know that if you don’t have time to enjoy the other 128 hours in the week, your work may suffer. We have even less time for that.
  • Insurance and retirement– The Foundation offers health, dental, vision, and supplemental plans for you and your family or domestic partner. We also offer a Simple IRA plan that’s funded by the Foundation.
  • Vacations and paid holidays– The Foundation offers three weeks of paid vacation, sick days, comp days, and a few national holidays every year.
  • 100% of hardware and software– Whatever hardware, software, or services you need to do your job are always on us.
  • Snacks – We have really good ones.
  • Holiday party– We know what you’re thinking, but our white elephant holiday party is a coveted invite. People who have long since left the Foundation still show up for the margs, food, and inevitable competitions.

POSITIONS

The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s is a dynamic, national nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado. Our mission is to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. We envision a world where Parkinson’s well-being is essential to the health of the community and where all people with Parkinson’s have access to resources and information needed to live well. We inform and inspire hundreds of thousands of people living with Parkinson’s around the world each year. Our working environment is fast-paced and fun. 

As a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of approximately $3 million, the Davis Phinney Foundation relies on private, philanthropic funding to make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by Parkinson’s.  

Location: Louisville, CO – This role can be performed in the office, hybrid, or fully remote
Hours of Work: Full Time
Reports to: Director of Development

About the Position 

As part of the Development team, the Development Manager–Donor Engagement will drive the effort to secure and sustain major gifts from individuals, family foundations, and other philanthropic sources to reach current annual goals. This role will develop and implement strategies for identifying major gift prospects, research donors and prospects, and support annual, planned, and estate giving. The person in this role will also develop and conduct donor-centered stewardship plans, donor meetings and gatherings (virtual and in-person) building relationships, soliciting feedback, creating connections with the community, and so much more.

This role is accountable foR
  • Revenue generation
  • Donor engagement
  • Estate and planned giving
  • Family Foundation and donor-advised fund giving
  • Grant seeking and management
  • Other sources of significant support
Day-to-day, this is what that looks like… 

Develop and manage formalized individual giving programs and campaigns, designed to generate charitable giving from assigned donor types and segments.  (40%)

  • Recruit, cultivate, and solicit donors with an interest in our mission
  • Track progress closely to ensure that targets are met, and strategies are re-examined when necessary to ensure the achievement of goals
  • Utilize the database to uncover prospects; review donor lists, and use other strategies and database resources to identify new potential major donors
  • Conduct prospect research sufficient to confirm major donor capacity
  • Analyze and segment the existing donor base to target communications and outreach 

Research and conduct activities to engage donors and prospects to build relationships, retain donors, and have gift conversations to inspire higher levels of support (30%)

  • Run reports and analyses based on wealth ratings, gift capacity, giving history, and other criteria as needed.
  • Create donor stewardship plans and conduct or organize solicitation meetings
  • Coordinate moves management activities. Participate alongside directors and board members in building relationships and having gift conversations with major donors or high net worth individuals
  • Track all activities in Raiser’s Edge database

Manage the Foundation’s estate and planned giving program including outreach and stewardship of bequest donors and other planned giving vehicles. (10%)

  • Provide stewardship to Legacy Society members and develop strategies to increase planned giving.
  • Collaborate to tell donor stories and communicate the benefits of planned giving.
  • Work with planned giving vendor (Freewill) to form a strategy and implement best practices
  • Support the creation of content and stewardship plans that inspires planned gifts and donor engagement in their lifetime

Manage and grow relationships with family foundations and donors with donor-advised funds (10%)

  • Manage a portfolio of family foundation and DAF donors
  • Provide timely reports proposals or other cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation activities.
  • Collaborate to tell donor stories or support the creation of content and stewardship[ that drives and inspires foundation, DAF, and other major gifts.

Manage grant-seeking, grant writing, or other revenue generation activities (10%)

  • Be opportunistic to identify potential sources of funding through data mining, research, and collaboration across departments
  • Write Letters of Introduction and other cultivation/solicitation materials
  • Manage proposals or applications for invited grants or high potential grants
  • Collaborate with other program staff to develop proposals and align the Foundation’s program objectives with donors’ philanthropic or grant objectives.  

General Responsibilities

  • Some domestic travel with allowed travel expenses to be covered by the Foundation.
  • Support the improvement and innovation of all aspects of the Foundation’s development efforts
  • Support and build the Foundation’s reputation as a leading resource for living well with Parkinson’s
  • Support the Foundation’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative through thoughtful outreach, practices of cultural humility, and the inclusion of diverse leaders
  • Assist in other activities on behalf of the Foundation
Qualifications

Professional experience and the skill set of top candidates will include:

  • A minimum of 3 years of experience, including successful development efforts (bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required)
  • Experience with healthcare organizations and some knowledge of Parkinson’s are highly desired
  • Proven record of accomplishment in helping achieve over $1,000,000 in annual revenue
  • Experience with creating or managing major gift programs
  • Ability to prospect, cultivate, and manage donor relationships
  • Excellent verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly, persuasively, and accurately
  • Experience building trust and rapport with volunteer leaders and board members, effectively inspiring and supporting new levels of engagement with fundraising activities
  • A positive and authentic approach to relationship-building that is motivated by the Foundation’s mission and genuine investment in improving the lives of individuals impacted by Parkinson’s
  • A highly motivated individual with the proven ability to plan and execute fundraising initiatives independently
  • Willingness to abide by basic professional fundraising ethics and principles, as defined by the Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge or other donor management systems
  • Ability to travel up to 15% of the time
Compensation 

The salary range is between $46,000 – $58,000, commensurate with experience, plus paid vacation, sick time, retirement, and health insurance benefits.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@davisphinneyfoundation.org with your full name and “Development Manager-Donor Engagement” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please explain why you are interested in this specific role at the Davis Phinney Foundation and why you would be a great fit for the position. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Download the formal job description.

The Davis Phinney Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to building an organization representing a variety of perspectives, skills, and most importantly people. 

The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s is a dynamic, national nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado. Our mission is to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. We envision a world where Parkinson’s well-being is essential to the health of the community and where all people with Parkinson’s have access to resources and information needed to live well. We inform and inspire hundreds of thousands of people living with Parkinson’s around the world each year. Our working environment is fast-paced and fun. 

As a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of approximately $3 million, the Davis Phinney Foundation relies on private, philanthropic funding to make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by Parkinson’s.  

Location: This position is a hybrid of in-office and remote work. The employee must live in the local area.
Hours of Work: Full Time
Reports to: Director of Education

About the Position 

The Program Associate – Education supports the Director of Education and Education department in the creation, development, production, and delivery of all content. This position requires a professional who is an expert organizer of ideas and executor of plans. This is a fast-paced department that produces different types of content every day, and this position requires extreme attention to detail, fast response times, and excitement about the community we get to help.

About the Education Department at the Davis Phinney Foundation

The Education Department at the Foundation functions as a service to not just the Parkinson’s community but to all the other departments in the organization. We have a large and growing library of educational content that supports people with Parkinson’s, care partners, community leaders, and health professionals. We host events every week, we are always adding new programs to the mix, and we’re constantly working to uplevel our content and delivery. Our goal is to become the most trusted resource of education for those affected by Parkinson’s.

About You

You are mission-driven and feel called to help the Parkinson’s community while building your skills at the same time.

You were born organized and have spent most of your life organizing everything around you from school projects to home systems, closets, friend’s parties, and junk drawers. Managing details and projects is not a hobby or a stepping stone to something else. It is what you love doing and what you look forward to doing. All the better if you can work with people who truly appreciate what it takes to manage a large calendar of projects, multiple and competing deadlines, and details that make most people’s eyes glaze over.

This role is accountable foR
  • Implementing project management processes
  • Online event support
  • Content production support
  • Sponsor support and sponsor content organization
  • Inbox management
Day-to-day, this is what that looks like… 

Implementing project management processes (30%)

  • Organize large content projects, using Monday.com, so that content is produced on time and ready to be published. This involves keeping a regular eye on all department project boards, building out dates for all boards, and raising flags when projects are not on track
  • Make sure all department boards align and sync with other departments
  • Propose plans to increase the overall efficiency of project management tools for the organization

Online event support (25%)

  • Contact speakers to organize required documents
  • Create transcripts from transcription software and manage media files for all event content, webinars, podcasts, etc.
  • Prepare templates and documents for tracking event-related resources
  • Evaluate current systems and propose plans to increase efficiency

Content production support (20%)

  • Work closely with the Program Manager – Video and Audio to organize all content files, create transcripts, upload videos, and ensure best practices are in place
  • Organize content contributions and requests from Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassadors and external contributors
  • Provide support to Program Managers on project tasks related to blog posts, course creation, Every Victory Counts manuals, and more

Sponsored content support (10%)

  • Work with program managers and external sponsors to track and organize content development by the department
  • Track and organize sponsor benefits and fulfillment needs
  • Communicate with sponsors and team members and ensure on-time delivery of intended benefits

General Support (15%)

  • Research physicians, allied health professionals, and other ideal targets for Parkinson’s educational materials and track deliverables and communication
  • Guide department actions by researching, developing, writing, and updating administrative policies, procedures, methods, and guidelines; communicating developments to management
  • Manage inbox for general department email accounts

General Responsibilities

  • Support and build the Foundation’s reputation as a leading resource for living well tools
  • Support the development and innovation of the Foundation’s community partnerships
  • Support Foundation’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative through thoughtful outreach, practices of cultural humility, and the inclusion of diverse leaders
  • Assist in other activities on the behalf of the Foundation
Qualifications

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

Qualifications

  • 3 or more years of relevant experience managing projects, implementing organizational systems, and/or other related activity

Skills

  • Strong level of expertise or desired expertise in digital project management tools, approaches, and workflows
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Office 365 application
  • WordPress experience preferred
  • Proven relationship management skills
  • Positive, outgoing personality, and demonstrated ability to collaborate with others in a respectful and empowering way
  • Strong analytical and project management skills
  • Detail-oriented and highly responsive
  • Able to manage multiple requests, deadlines, and projects simultaneously

High emotional intelligence and ability to listen, interpret and respond to information from others

Compensation 

This is an hourly position starting at $19-$22/hr commensurate with background and experience, plus paid vacation, sick time, retirement, and health insurance benefits.

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@davisphinneyfoundation.org with your full name and “Program Assistant – EDU” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please include answers to the following questions:

  • What do you love most about managing projects?
  • How did you become interested in managing projects, and organizing systems? What is your approach when you have a big project to organize?
  • How do you hope to use what you learn in this role to build your career?

Download the formal job description.

The Davis Phinney Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to building an organization representing a variety of perspectives, skills, and most importantly people. 

The Davis Phinney Foundation for Parkinson’s is a dynamic, national nonprofit organization headquartered in Colorado. Our mission is to help people with Parkinson’s live well today. We envision a world where Parkinson’s well-being is essential to the health of the community and where all people with Parkinson’s have access to resources and information needed to live well. We inform and inspire hundreds of thousands of people living with Parkinson’s around the world each year. Our working environment is fast-paced and fun. 

As a nonprofit organization with an annual budget of approximately $3 million, the Davis Phinney Foundation relies on private, philanthropic funding to make a difference in the lives of individuals affected by Parkinson’s.  

Location: This position may be done remotely. Slight preference will be given to individuals located on the west or east coast.
Hours of Work: Full Time
Reports to: Community Engagement Manager 

About the Position 

The Program Associate – Healthy Parkinson’s Communities (HPC) Network supports our community engagement work by providing direct support for participants in our HPC network. This role is the first line of contact and go-to resource for program participants and community members alike. The Program Associate plays an integral role in shaping the experience of participants, co-designing participant engagement, facilitating meetings, collecting feedback, creating connections, and much more.  

About Healthy Parkinson’s Communities 

Healthy Parkinson’s Communities is an initiative led by the Davis Phinney Foundation to help support community leaders, volunteers, and advocates in the pursuit of making the places where we live, work and play more inclusive and supportive for those living with Parkinson’s. 

Through this work, we aim to: 

  • Ensure Parkinson’s community leaders have the knowledge and resources they need to make a positive and sustainable change in their community 
  • Encourage and support data-informed initiatives aimed at increasing access to and engagement with resources that improve the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s at a grassroots level 
  • Work with communities towards increased awareness of and health literacy about Parkinson’s in their areas 
This role is accountable foR
  • Primary Participant Support and Network Management  
  • Participant Meeting Coordination and Facilitation
    Resource Management, Creation, and Shipping 
  • Relationship and Data Management  
  • Monitoring and Evaluation Support  
Day-to-day, this is what that looks like… 

Primary Participant Support and Network Management (30% of the time)

  • Respond to inquiries and requests from program participants and community members 
  • Provide expertise around the tools and resources the Foundation provides to community leaders including Parkinson’s education materials, the Healthy Parkinson’s Communities Getting Started Guide, and more 
  • Act as a primary network coordinator on the Healthy Parkinson’s Communities Hub and via other tools 
  • Support growth of the program through networking and Parkinson’s event attendance 

Participant Meeting Coordination and Facilitation (30% of the time)

  • Help create and execute the participant engagement and support strategy in partnership with the Program Manager 
  • Plan and facilitate meetings, professional development opportunities, planning sessions, and more for program participants (meetings are primarily digital but occasionally may require travel for in-person gatherings) 
  • Send invitations, reminders, and follow-up communications related to meetings and manage recordings or other content generated in the meeting 

Resource Management, Creation, and Shipping (20%)

  • In collaboration with local leaders, seek, collect, coordinate, and help disseminate relevant resources  
  • Contribute to strategy and creation of tools, resources, and materials for the program 
  • Manage and fulfill collateral shipping requests from program participants 

Relationship and Data Management (15%)

  • Build trusting relationships within the Parkinson’s community and with key stakeholders  
  • Maintain key relationship data using Raisers Edge, Monday.com, and other Foundation tools  
  • Contribute to relationship building and growth strategy to support program and department goals through community research and outreach, travel, networking, etc. 

Monitoring and Evaluation Support (5%)

  • Support program evaluation by distributing surveys and conducting other assessments within the assigned program  
  • Support the interpretation of data and feedback toward program improvements 

General Responsibilities

  • Ability to travel and work evenings and weekends if necessary (travel expenses reimbursed) 
  • Support and build the Foundation’s reputation as a leading resource for living well tools  
  • Support the development and innovation of the Foundation’s community partnerships 
  • Support Foundation’s Diversity & Inclusion initiative through thoughtful outreach, practices of cultural humility, and the inclusion of diverse leaders  
  • Assist in other activities on the behalf of the Foundation  
Qualifications

Our ideal candidate will have the following:   

  • 3 or more years of relevant experience in volunteer program coordination, program execution, education, and/or other related activity 
  • Proven relationship management skills 
  • Positive, outgoing personality, and demonstrated ability to collaborate with others in a respectful and empowering way 
  • Ability to create meaningful connections and experiences over primarily digital channels 
  • Experience with meeting and/or learning facilitation preferred 
  • High emotional intelligence and ability to listen, interpret and respond to information from others 
  • Detail-oriented, highly responsive, and able to manage multiple requests or projects simultaneously  
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to write clearly, persuasively, and accurately 
  • Proficient in Excel, Word, Powerpoint, and Office 365 application 
  • Proficient in data management (experience with Blackbaud products preferred) 
Compensation 

This is an hourly position starting at $19-$22/hr commensurate with background and experience, plus paid vacation, sick time, retirement, and health insurance benefits. 

To Apply

Please submit your resume and cover letter to jobs@davisphinneyfoundation.org with your full name and “Program Associate – Healthy Parkinson’s Communities” in the subject line. In your cover letter, please include answers to the following questions: 

  • How do you define “community building” and why are you passionate about it? 
  • What is your approach to building trusting relationships? 

Download the formal job description.

The Davis Phinney Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.  We are committed to building an organization representing a variety of perspectives, skills, and most importantly people. 

How to Apply

Each position has different application requirements, so please follow the instructions in the job description when applying.

If you have general questions about careers and internships, please email: jobs@dpf.org.