Description and qualifications

Date: May, 2022

Position Title: Administrative Assistant Coordinator, National Paralysis Resource Center

Reports to: Chief Program and Policy Officer

Organization and Position Summary:

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by advancing innovative research and improving quality of life for individuals and families impacted by paralysis.

Today, we seek an Administrative Assistant who will provide support to the Chief Program and Policy Officer and the seven NPRC programs (Advocacy/Policy, Peer & Family Support, Underserved Populations Outreach, Quality of Life Grants Program, Military & Veterans, Information Specialists, and Communications). This position will be based in New Jersey.

The National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC) is the support side of the Reeve Foundation’s twin missions to provide “Today’s Care” and to strive for “Tomorrow’s Cure”. We are a free, comprehensive, national source of informational support for people living with paralysis and their caregivers. Our primary goals are to foster involvement in the community, promote health and improve quality of life.

The NPRC offers a constellation of services, communities, and programs, including:

  • Information Specialists provide help to anyone – from newly paralyzed individuals and their family members, to persons who have lived with disabilities for quite some time – as they attempt to navigate their changing world and the services available to them.
  • Quality of Life grants for non-profit programs and projects geared towards improving the quality of life for individuals with paralysis.
  • Peer & Family Support Program, which fosters peer-to-peer support, via trained and certified mentors.
  • Advocacy/Policy programs designed to not only help individuals advocate for themselves, but also to advance important issues for the greater community of individuals with paralysis.
  • Military & Veterans Program (MVP), designed to support the unique needs of current service members and veterans, regardless of when they served or how their injury was obtained.
  • Underserved Populations Outreach and Community Education Program dedicated to serving and promoting improved quality of life for members of multicultural and underserved communities.

Job Responsibilities: (Essential Functions)

Primary responsibilities:

  • Provide front desk and telephone support.
  • Provide assistance to Chief Program and Policy Officer and NPRC directors in the day to day and project specific activities of various programs.
  • Work to ensure that all NPRC documents, such as survey forms etc., are accessible (outsourcing Braille, reviewing color contrast, editable pdfs, 508 compliance, etc.)
  • Provide administrative support for events including the Reeve Summit
  • Process Data collection and administer & update infographics
  • Assist with proofreading, formatting, updating of resources (e.g., fact sheets)
  • Update Reeve Resource Map
  • Provide ad hoc reporting as needed
  • Collaborate well with others and build partnerships
  • Have strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Possess good listening and communications skills,
  • Work well under pressure and with tight deadlines
  • Be able to prioritize and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining confidentiality, integrity and ethical behavior
  • Be self-motivated, and skilled at problem solving

Additionally, the individual will be responsible for performing job duties, interacting with the community and coworkers and managing themselves in a manner consistent with and in support of the organization’s mission and core values.


Required: Four-year college (Bachelor’s Degree) with 1-3 years’ work experience.

Language Skills: English reading, writing and verbal communication skills.

Computer/Technical Skills: MS Office Suite, Google docs and databases; Internet research.

Candidate should:

Physical Demands/Office Environment:

This position is primarily a sedentary role but will have periods of physical activity. The person in this position may need to occasionally move about inside the office to liaise with internal staff, access files, office machinery and a copy machine/printer. As stated above, the position involves moderate travel.In addition, this person will need to be able to set up live events, including exhibit booths, stages for presenters and displays.They will need to be able to lift up to 10 lbs.

The Foundation is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily, with or without a reasonable accommodation. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

The Foundation is committed to providing a work environment free of harassment and discrimination that supports individual dignity and respect. Accordingly, the Foundation maintains a strict policy prohibiting sexual harassment, unlawful harassment and any type of discriminatory treatment because of any “Protected Characteristic”.

Send a cover letter and resume to [email protected]