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www.mda.org
Chicago, IL
501 to 1000 employees
1950
Nonprofit Organization
Non-Profit
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
If you’re seeking to start or advance your career with a purpose, MDA is an employer that will enable you to #LiveUnlimited. MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with muscular ... Read more

Mission: MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help ... Read more

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Muscular Dystrophy Association – Why Work For Us?


Why just work?
Start making a difference today!

Our brand purpose defines why MDA exists and the role we play in the world. It briefly explains who we are, what we stand for and our reason for being. This is not a tagline or a slogan; rather, it’s a reflection of what we’re doing together in communities every day to achieve our mission and fulfill our promise to the countless families who are depending on us. This is why we’re here.

At MDA, we are fighting to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harmful effects of muscle-debilitating diseases so they can live longer and grow stronger.

You can change that.

Together, we can free families from the harm of these devastating diseases so they can live unlimited.  Join us to save and improve the lives of the courageous families we serve.

Discover Your Potential.

We are progress.
Together, we help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger.


The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) is the nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by funding worldwide research. The Association also provides comprehensive health care and support services, advocacy and education.

MDA was created in 1950 by a group of adults with muscular dystrophy, parents of children with muscular dystrophy and a physician-scientist studying the disorder.

MDA is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.
Learn how you can fund cures, find care or champion the cause at mda.org.

MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. With national headquarters in Chicago, IL. MDA has 120 local offices across the country, sponsors 150 Care Centers across the US. In 2015 there were nearly 50,000 visits to MDA's Care Centers. The Association's programs are funded almost entirely by the voluntary contributions of concerned individuals and cooperating organizations.

Some of MDA's special events and volunteer opportunities include:

  • MDA Lock-Up®
  • Shamrocks Against Dystrophy®
  • Fill the Boot®
  • Golf Tournaments
  • Muscle Walk®
  • Hop-a-Thon®
  • MDA Summer Camp

Our employees like working at MDA because of our career opportunities, inclusive environment, work-life balance, benefits and culture. By joining our dedicated team, you will experience the gratification of knowing your work impacts the well-being of millions of people — both directly and indirectly — affected by neuromuscular diseases.

Our commitment extends to our employees, and we recognize their need to balance work and personal responsibilities. Some of the comprehensive benefits we offer our employees include:

  • Unlimited internal career paths and opportunities
  • Medical comprehensive PPO plan
  • Dental Plan
  • Vision Plan
  • Flexible Spending Account (health and dependent care)
  • Life/disability/accident/travel insurance
  • Travel reimbursement
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan
  • Paid holiday, personal, birthday, anniversary, vacation and sick days

What is MDA?

Founded in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association today is one of the world’s leading nonprofit health organizations, funding research, health care and support services covering more than 43 neuromuscular diseases affecting more than 1 million Americans.

Active in local communities around the country, MDA is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, and to supporting the individuals and families affected by these diseases.

What does MDA cover?

The majority of diseases under MDA’s umbrella are caused by genetic factors. All result in progressive muscle weakness. Symptoms can range from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and swallowing. Among these diseases, the age of onset varies from birth to adulthood, and life span after diagnosis can be as short as a year or as long as several decades.

For detailed information about each of the neuromuscular diseases in MDA's program, visit the MDA Disease Directory.

What does MDA do?

Worldwide research

MDA is currently funding more than 150 research projects in 11 countries. Thanks to MDA-funded research:

  • disease-causing genetic mutations have been identified for most of the diseases in its program;
  • clinical trials of potential therapies are under way in Duchenne and Becker muscular dystrophies, spinal muscular atrophy, ALS and other diseases;
  • the largest drug discovery project for ALS to date is being conducted at the ALS Therapy Development Institute;
  • optimal care guidelines have been developed for several rare conditions; and
  • a lifesaving enzyme replacement therapy has been developed for Pompe disease.

Health care and support services

MDA’s comprehensive services program helps individuals and their families meet the challenges imposed by chronic, progressive muscle diseases through:

  • a national network of some 150 Care Centers staffed by experts in neuromuscular diseases, including 42 clinics designated as MDA/ALS centers;
  • local support groups and events for individuals and families;
  • assistance locating, obtaining and repairing needed durable medical equipment; and
  • online opportunities to connect, share and learn through online communities, care coordination tools and webinars.

Summer camps

Each year, MDA hosts nearly 75 summer camps across the country. In 2015, more than 3,800 kids received teh best week of the year at no charge to their families by attending this camp. Youngsters ages 6 to 17 attend a free weeklong accessible summer camp session where they get to be “just kids.”

Public and professional health education

Online and in print, MDA offers a vast library of information about research, clinical trials, health care and daily living strategies. MDA also regularly convenes international scientific meetings and conferences for researchers and MDA clinic directors.

Advocacy

MDA represents the needs of the neuromuscular disease community in matters of public policy and research advancement, and facilitates involvement in these areas by the people it serves.

Community programs

Public awareness programs such as the MDA Art Collection and Personal Achievement Award demonstrate that disability is no barrier to creativity and service.

Who supports MDA?

Designated a “Top-Rated Charity” by the American Institute of Philanthropy, MDA is the first nonprofit to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Medical Association “for significant and lasting contributions to the health and welfare of humanity.” MDA spends 77 cents of every dollar on its research, services and information programs.

MDA’s programs are supported nationally and in local communities by businesses, associations, organizations, and the care and dedication of countless individual volunteers.

If you’re seeking to start or advance your career with a purpose, MDA is an employer that will enable you to #LiveUnlimited.  MDA (Muscular Dystrophy Association) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that weaken muscle strength and mobility.   Join us on this journey that defies daily limitations and enables the MDA families we serve to live life to the fullest.  How do you #LiveUnlimited? Apply now!

 

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    I have been working at Muscular Dystrophy Association full-time (More than 3 years)

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    Mission driven, lots of flexibility and great relationships. The families and sponsors are amazing. The company continues to make changes that are beneficial to its employees.

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    National employees don't always have a good sense of what it's like in the field. Sometimes the cart is ahead of the horse.

    Advice to Management

    Continue in the direction you are going and add additional opportunities for growth within the organization.

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