Description and qualifications

Position Title: Director of Outreach and Education

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. Our mission can be summed up into four words, “Today’s Care. Tomorrow’s Cure.” which reflects the dual purpose set forth by Christopher and Dana to provide a continuum of hope for individuals living with paralysis worldwide.

This is a terrific opportunity to join an important organization at an exciting time in its history. In its 40th anniversary year, under the leadership of CEO Margaret Goldberg, the Foundation has a newly formed and passionate senior team focused on pursuing every opportunity to enhance the health and quality of life for individuals living with paralysis by translating scientific breakthroughs into vital new therapies.

Today, we seek a Director of Outreach and Education who is responsible for the development and implementation of innovative programs and initiatives that engage key audiences interested in the paralysis community. Specifically, they:

  • Oversee the Community Outreach and Education initiatives and provide input on innovative growth opportunities.
  • Assist with the Reeve Foundation’s Racial and health/disability equity initiatives.
  • Serve as the co-chair of the annual national summit.
  • Are responsible for performing job duties, interacting with community and coworkers, and managing self in a manner consistent with and supporting the organization’s mission and core values.

Job Responsibilities:

Program Development and Implementation:

  • Oversee and participate in the simultaneous implementation of a wide range of outreach and education initiatives with varying timelines, budgets, and funders. These initiatives are comprised of events, educational materials, programs, special projects, and collaborations.
  • Oversee the conferencing schedule, assign staff, and determine the materials, and equipment needed at each event. An estimated 20 events per year.
  • Provide communications and messaging to target audiences.
  • Seek to employ new and innovative tools and techniques as they become available.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships and resources needed to support community engagement efforts.
  • Oversee Caregiving initiatives.
  • Assist with developing program curriculum and materials.
  • Oversee the Outreach and Education’s work plan and budget.


  • Supervise a team of four Outreach and Education staff including interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning and assigning work; conducting performance appraisals; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Oversee the National Paralysis Resource Center (NPRC)’s Internship program and recruitment efforts.
  • Meet with the NPRC Directors regularly.


  • Represent the Reeve Foundation at public speaking engagements, workshops, and conferences to advance outreach partnerships and opportunities.
  • Attend NPRC sponsored events (Reeve Summit, Advocacy Summit, etc.).
  • Serve on internal and external committees and workgroups.
  • Manage the NPRC’s Community Education Program including the proposal review process and selection of speakers, topics, events, and oversight of speaker budgets.


  • Advise on the strategic direction for the NPRC using data analytics on current programming as well as their in-depth knowledge of the needs of the paralysis community and priorities of the Administration for Community Living (ACL).
  • Assist with developing monthly statistics and reporting for the federally funded grant.
  • Assist with the submission of the biannual and annual reports and budget.
  • Research statistics, trends, and data for grant proposals and program development.


  • Draft compelling reports, targeted program updates, and digital content (e.g., blog posts, press releases, social media posts) to funders and the paralysis community that fully capture programmatic success.
  • Coordinate with the communications department to develop NPRC content internally and externally.
  • Draft talking points and develop presentations.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree and 5 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination.
  • Experience managing committees and working with partners to implement projects/programs.
  • Prior financial, programmatic, and personnel management experience.
  • Strong financial skills and attention to detail for reviewing invoices and employee timesheet allocation and for the tracking of expenses against budgets.

Preferred Qualification:

  • Degree in Public Affairs, Communications, Business or a related field.
  • Advanced course work or other training, education, certification, or experience demonstrating in-depth knowledge of outreach and education strategies and tools.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of multi-cultural, diverse environments, and ethnic backgrounds.

Language Skills:

  • Excellent English verbal and written skills.

Computer/Technical Skills:

  • Advanced skills with Microsoft Office (Work, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Advanced email skills (mail merge, filters, folders, rules).
  • Intermediate level skills related to Virtual Platforms (Zoom, Teams, Google Meet, Slack).
  • Basic Social Media platform skills (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn).

Candidate should:

  • Demonstrate professional and diplomatic interpersonal skills with the ability to interact with a variety of work styles and environments.
  • Be able to multitask to accomplish goals with varying timelines, budgets, and staffing resources.
  • Utilize strong judgment and problem-solving skills when making decisions.
  • Be capable of setting priorities, attending to details, and providing follow-through to meet deadlines.
  • Be a team player with strong collaboration skills.

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.


Approximately 25% travel required

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]