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Program Coordinator

Posted on June 29, 2022

Position: Program Coordinator
Location: Greater St. Louis Chapter
Reports to: Program Director, Greater St. Louis Chapter

Job Description

Brief Description

The Program Coordinator manages Health & Wellness programs and connects people with Parkinson disease and their care partners to information, resources and services, and provides education and support to further APDA’s goals and meet the objectives of APDA’s mission: Every day, we provide the support, education, and research that will help everyone impacted by Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest.

The ideal candidate is familiar with the chapter’s geography and culture, has knowledge of Parkinson disease, the healthcare, social service and fundraising environments; has relationship-building skills and communications strengths; is detailed focused; and possesses ability to multi-task, deliver exceptional customer service, and utilize keen problem solving and judgment skills.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES (other duties may be assigned):

  • Manage exercise programs including communicating with instructors and community partners, collecting and tracking attendance, providing resource materials, implement program evaluations, enter engagements in the CRM, ensuring contracts and documentation are up to date.
  • Triage the needs and requests of walk-in visitors.
  • Provide general information and referral to individuals impacted by Parkinson disease (PD).
  • Conduct PD101 sessions with people who are newly diagnosed and their families to answer questions and discuss how to live well with PD.
  • Facilitate the distribution of educational materials in the community, including the distribution and tracking of Welcome Packets.
  • Facilitate educational workshops and seminars when needed.
  • Serve as staff liaison to the Chapter Program Committee
  • Maintain a working knowledge of APDA, Parkinson disease, treatment options and health care trends impacting our constituents.
  • Maintain excellent relationships with people with PD, providers and stakeholders,
  • Ensures the confidentiality and security of all information.
  • Engage patients, caregivers, and health care providers to volunteer for campaigns, donor development and mission-related activities.

Other Key Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the chapter’s annual mission plan and budget consistent with the organizational priorities and the strategic plan.
  • In partnership with the Program Director, prepare and analyze database reports to inform service delivery improvement, enhance stakeholder relationships, assess community needs and identify strategies to expand service to underserved communities.
  • In conjunction with Program Director, facilitate signature programs, educational events and support groups, including the recruitment and education of program leaders/facilitators, establishment of appropriate sites for programs, and maintenance of on-going programs.
  • Work in collaboration with the Marketing and Communication, assist with newsletter articles and proofreading
  • In partnership with the Office Coordinator ensure referral lists are up to date and accessible.
  • Represent APDA by serving as spokesperson at meetings, conferences, the press/media
  • Serve as a community liaison at community events and meetings.
  • Assist colleagues to prepare for all events, meetings and activities, as needed.
  • Assist in securing speakers.
  • Recruit participants for programs.
Working Conditions, Physical Demands, Travel
General Working Conditions: Office environment. Physical Demands: primarily a sedentary work environment, along with the ability to stand, sit, feel, crawl, bend, reach; occasional need to lift or move up to twenty-five pounds. Machines, Tools, Equipment, Electronic Devices, Computer Software, etc. use:Ability to operate a motor vehicle in accordance with company policy. Ability to use common office equipment such as: telephone, scanner, computer, printer and copier. Computer programs including MS Office and Outlook, related industry and functional databases. Travel requirements: Up to 25% travel within area served by the chapter, and irregular hours including evening or weekend meetings, or events as needed.


  • Three years’ experience preferably in healthcare, health education, social service occupational or physical therapy, nursing or related field, and engagement with a variety of constituents.
  • Experience in volunteer management.
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a cross-functional team environment.


  • Bachelors, preferably in a healthcare, health education, social service, or related field, designing and delivering community-based patient and caregiver programs and services, preferably in a non-profit setting.

Related Skills and Knowledge:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills demonstrated ability to build relationships with all levels of volunteers and staff.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Ability to organize time, work independently, handle confidential material, and work well under pressure.
  • Willingness and ability to travel as required to perform job
  • Computer proficiency in database management, MS Office/Outlook, social media and marketing platforms.

Core Competencies:

  • Results Driven
  • Highly Organized
  • Stakeholder Focused
  • Strong Critical Thinking Skills
  • Takes Initiative
  • Managing Performance
  • Team Focused
  • Builds Collaborative Relationships
  • Trustworthy
  • Flexible

To apply, send cover letter, reference contact information, and resume to

Fundraising and Events Manager

Fundraising and Events Manager                                                                                 Chesterfield, MO 

Our client, American Parkinson Disease Association is currently seeking a Fundraising and Events Manager to join their growing organization. The position is office-based position, and candidates must live in the St. Louis/Chesterfield area to be in the office daily and travel to events/meetings.  The ideal candidate is passionate about fundraising in a mission-based organization, organized, energetic, and a self-starter with proven experience in achieving fundraising budgets and/or growing event revenues in a philanthropic environment.


Every day, the American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) provides the support, education, and research that will help everyone impacted by Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest. APDA is the largest grassroots network dedicated to fighting Parkinson’s disease, a chronic, neurological disorder, and works tirelessly to help the approximately one million people with Parkinson’s disease in the United States live life to the fullest.  Parkinson’s Disease Facts:

  • Every 9 minutes there is a new diagnosis
  • Parkinson’s disease affects 10 million people globally and growing, more than MS, ALS and Muscular Dystrophy combined, making it the second most common neurological disorder.
  • Parkinson’s is the world’s fastest growing neurological disease, surpassing the growth rate of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • From 1990 to 2015 the prevalence of Parkinson’s disease (PD) doubled.

Founded in 1961, American Parkinson Disease Association has raised and invested more than $226 million to provide outstanding patient services and educational programs, elevate public awareness about the disease, and support research designed to unlock the mysteries of Parkinson’s disease and ultimately put an end to this disease. To join us in the fight against Parkinson’s disease and to learn more about the support American Parkinson Disease Association provides nationally through our network of Chapters and Information & Referral Centers, as well as our national Research Program and Centers for Advanced Research, please visit us at

The organization’s 2022-2024 Strategic Plan outlines ambitious targets, including:

  1. Expand constituent-centric, evidence-based, and impactful programs, services, and research that improves quality of life throughout the disease continuum.
  2. Cultivate partnerships and collaborations to expand and elevate mission delivery to meet Parkinson community needs.
  3. Expand reach to under-served, under-studied and under-represented communities to promote health equality and access to care and provide education and support.  


The Fundraising and Events Manager is a key member of the Development Team responsible for executing event-based fundraising for the Great St. Louis Region Chapter of the American Parkinson Disease Association, by developing relationships with and securing financial contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations in support of APDA events, activities and programs, by raising public awareness to maximize service delivery and revenue generation potential, and delivering high- quality customer service.

The ideal candidate is passionate about fundraising in a mission-based organization, organized, energetic, and a self-starter with proven experience in achieving fundraising budgets and/or growing event revenues in a philanthropic environment. This position is ideal for someone with fundraising, marketing, and communications strengths, who can multi-task while prioritizing deadlines, deliver exceptional customer service, and utilize keen problem-solving and judgment skills.

They will provide strategy, leadership, and guidance to advance the strategic goals of the organization. Represent APDA to internal and external stakeholders, donors, prospects, and the public. Willing to ultimately help meet the objectives of American Parkinson Disease Association’s mission: “Every day, we provide the support, education, and research that will help everyone impacted by Parkinson’s disease live life to the fullest.”

You will have the ability to:

  • Lead the annual Optimism Walk and Golf event, handling planning, sponsorship, and fundraising logistics, with direct accountability for goals set forth in the annual budget.
  • Assist with planning and lead logistics for other fundraising events.
  • Assist in securing sponsorship support for annual educational events.
  • Grow third party fundraising events and personal donation campaigns by establishing guidelines, resources and outreach methods and assist donors in implementation.
  • Generate gift acknowledgements, notifications, tax receipts and other forms of donor acknowledgements as required.
  • Serve as a representative at community events, meetings, and networking activities.
  • Convert new event donors into committed supporters. Recruit and retain sponsorships to increase revenue goals each year.
  • Assist with developing a comprehensive donor and volunteer stewardship program, spearheading the activities designed for entry level donors.
  • Manage volunteers at all program and fundraising events.
  • Help maintain the chapter’s website, and place content on community calendars and fundraising websites.
  • Assist in the development of donor stories and spotlights for the Chapter newsletter and social media posts.
  • Responsible for accounts receivable (processing deposits) and generating reports, as well as tracking it in the appropriate database(s).


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 5+ years of prior experience, preferably in fundraising, event management, sales, and/or marketing. Previous experience with a nonprofit organization preferred.
  • Proven experience in achieving fundraising or sales budgets and/or growing event revenues.
  • Experience in volunteer and project management.
  • Ability to acquire funding and underwriting for patient-centered programs and services.
  • Demonstrated capability to use Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Outlook).
  • Experience in donor database management is desirable.
  • Outcomes-driven. Motivated to meet and exceed fundraising goals.
  • Excellent in managing deadlines. Prioritizes and manages multiple projects and priorities, with ability to adapt to changes in work environment, competing demands and unexpected events, and analyze information to make timely, appropriate decisions.
  • Leadership ability with highly developed verbal, written, organization, listening and presentation skills, including proofreading and public speaking.
  • Demonstrate ability to take initiative and work independently within a fast-paced environment.
  • Capable of directing and working effectively with donors, volunteers, board members, staff, and committees in a wide range of activities while under pressure and/or deadlines.
  • Strong interpersonal skills to communicate with constituents and colleagues with diplomacy and professionalism and foster a team-environment.
  • Goal oriented, self-starter that strives for optimum results, resolves conflict, and promotes cooperation, commitment, and pride. Understanding of business implications of decisions, and ability to align work with strategic goals.
  • Strong computer skills and ability to use existing technology to achieve desired results. Proficient in latest versions of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, Publisher, Power Point, Word Press and Adobe Creative Suite is preferred.
  • Experience with CRM, donor database and event software such as DonorPerfect, Donor Drive, EveryAction and email platforms such as Constant Contact.
  • Proficient in social media platforms.
  • Strong commitment to customer service and community relations.
  • Ability to network effectively and establish long-term relationships with donors, sponsors, and the Parkinson’s community. Comfortable with soliciting sponsorship and donations.
  • Maintain high level of integrity, diplomacy, and initiative.
  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a commitment to and passion for American Parkinson Disease Association mission.
  • Travel requirements: Up to 25% travel, nationally and locally, and irregular hours including evening or weekend meetings, or events as needed.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Annual salary based on background and experience.  Range starts at $60,000.
  • Medical, Dental and Vision on the first day of the month after start date.
  • 401K after three months of service (no company match).
  • Life Insurance.
  • Pension eligible after one year of service and fully vested after five years of service.
  • HSA & FSA spending accounts available.
  • Paid time off in addition to standard holidays.

Successful candidates are required to be fully vaccinated for Covid-19, absent medical or religious accommodations.

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American Parkinson Disease Association (APDA) provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, APDA complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leave of absence, compensation, and training. APDA expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of APDA’s employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge. APDA will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.

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