Job Opportunities

OPEN POSITIONS: 

  • Program Assistant for Grants Management and Administration, International Program in Health Policy and Innovation
  • Research Associate, Health Care Coverage and Access
  • Senior Program Officer, Cost Control and Medicare

PROGRAM ASSISTANT FOR GRANTS MANAGEMENT AND ADMINISTRATION

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IN HEALTH POLICY & INNOVATION

THE COMMONWEALTH FUND

THE ORGANIZATION

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for two groups of people: High-need and high-cost individuals – the sickest 5 percent of Americans who account for 50 percent of health care costs, and America’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, ethnic and racial minorities, and the elderly. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. In so doing, the Fund has become a national leader in investigation and policy development related to tracking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, reforming the health care delivery system, international health policy and practice, cost control and Medicare. The Fund has an endowment of over $700 million, and an annual budget of $34 million, approximately 60 percent if which is spent extramurally on grants and 40 percent intramurally on developing programs, conducting research, and communicating results to influential audiences.

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH POLICY AND PRACTICE INNOVATIONS

Across the industrialized world, health care policymakers face mounting pressure to “bend the cost curve” while at the same time maintaining access to the latest in medical technologies, improving the quality and safety of care, and making the health system more responsive to patients’ needs and preferences. How other industralized countries address these challenges should be of particular interest to the United States, which spends far more on health care―per person and as a percentage of the nation’s economic output―than any other nation and yet receives less in return than most.

The Commonwealth Fund’s International Health Policy and Practice Innovations (IHP) program seeks to learn about successful approaches taken by other OECD countries to ensure access to high-quality, cost-effective health care, and then share those lessons among our peer nations. IHP is also assessing the potential for “frugal innovations” that demonstrate expanded access, high quality, and lower costs in low income countries to be adopted in the U.S. The program promotes cross-national learning by: 

  • Annually surveying the public, patients, and physicians in 11 countries to compare health system performance; 
  • Organizing an annual International Symposium on Health Care Policy, attended by health ministers and senior government officials, as well as other multinational forums; 
  • Sponsoring the Harkness Fellowships in Health Policy and Practice, which enable promising health care policy researchers and practitioners in nine countries to spend up to 12 months in the U.S. conducting policy-oriented research, gaining firsthand exposure to innovative models of health care delivery, and working with leading policy experts. The fellowship has a number of international cosponsors; and, 
  • Identifying and evaluating front-line health care delivery system innovations from abroad that might also work in the U.S. and facilitating their transfer to the U.S. health care system.

THE POSITION

This position reports to the Vice President and Director (VP) of the International Health Policy Program. The Program Assistant has primary responsibility for management of Board and Small grants, all IHP budgets, and accounting functions. This position also has day to day administrative responsibility for the Harkness Fellowship programs, including Letters of Agreements, budgets, visas, and health insurance; and, lead administrative responsibility for coordinating nine Harkness Fellowships Selection Committees and organizing selection meetings in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden and the U.K. Another key responsibility is managing contractual and reporting requirements for 23 country co-funding partners on the International Survey and Harkness Fellowships. In addition, the Program Assistant provides administrative and research support to the Vice President, and supports all IHP meetings, including the International Symposium in Washington, D.C., the Commonwealth Fund-Nuffield Trust International Meeting on Health Care Quality Improvement in the U.K., and the Harkness Fellowship seminars.

This position requires someone with extensive administrative, organizational and budget experience. The International Program is significantly expanding its scope of work in the upcoming years and the Program Assistant is instrumental in managing what will be a budget of almost $7 million.

Administration of Partnerships:
The position has lead coordination and administrative role in managing and tracking contractual relationships with IHP’s 23 co-funding partners, including:

  • Preparation of letters of agreement with Health Ministries, government agencies, and international foundations that provide the International program with $2.2 million in co-funding for the Harkness Fellowships and International Survey; 
  • Tracking partner funding and accounts receivable;
  • Preparing Final Reports and final expense reconciliation reports, according to their guidelines, for each government, agency, or foundation that is a co-funder of the Harkness Fellowships; and
  • Preparing detailed reports to Auditors, if needed.

Budget, Visa, and Administration of the Harkness Fellowships:
The position manages all Harkness budgets, grant agreements, visas, and Payment and Reporting schedules for 42 Harkness Fellows, (current class, newly selected incoming class, outgoing class) including preparing Final Reports for seven government and foundation funding partners. The position is also responsible for general day-to-day administration of the program, including fellowship correspondence, e.g. letters to current and prospective fellows, mentors, and external program experts, health insurance and travel questions, etc. This requires a high level of efficiency and experienced judgement to delegate or escalate issues, as needed. Specific job functions include:

Visa Preparation and Administration:

  • Acting as an Alternate Official for the Commonwealth Fund as a J-1 Institution, prepares Fellows’ visa forms for fellows and their family members;
  • Oversees Harkness Fellows’ visas process, ensuring that all visas are properly executed and meet State Department regulations;
  • Provides guidance and support for all fellows during the J-1 Visa application process and interviews in their home country;
  • Prepares timely Annual reports and Program Redesignation for the Department of State 

Letters of Agreements and Budgets:

  • Prepares Harkness Award letters and Letters of Agreements; 
  • Primary coordination for fellows budgets; works with VP and each fellow to design individual budgets based on placement, number of family members, and fellowship project plans; 
  • Monitors and tracks fellows expenditures, reconciles receipts for research-related expenses and travel, ensures compliant spending with Fellowship and partner guidelines, and manages all stipend payments and check requisitions for expense reimbursements; 
  • Coordinates with VP on budget extension requests; and
  • Responds to country partner financial queries or financial audits as necessary

Grants and Budget Management:
The positon has responsibility for all administrative work for over $4.6 million in new grants, which includes drafting Board write ups, revising budgets with grantees, preparing Board materials for Board review meetings, and, tracking all grant payments and deliverables, plus management of overlapping grants from previous years. The position is also primarily responsible for coordinating 14-20 Completed Grants Reports each year. Specific job functions include:

  • Working with VP and other IHP staff to develop department and project budgets;
  • Assists VP in preparing for Board and Small Grants internal meetings, drafts proposal summaries, and distributes needed materials;
  • Tracks and reconciles all departmental budgets versus expenses and processes all check requisitions for IHP departmental expenses, IHP meeting expenses, Board Grants, Small Grants, Harkness and Australia-American Policy Fellowships;
  • Monitors and tracks deliverables for all Board Grants, Small Grants, and Harkness Fellowships;
  • Works with potential grantees to confirm proposals and budgets are according to Fund guidelines;
  • Prepares Letters of Agreement and Payment and Reporting schedules for each grant project;
  • Liaises with grantees, ensures that projects are on schedule, alerts Vice President of any problems, identifies important findings that can contribute to IHP meetings or other Fund programs; and
  • Works with VP and IHP staff to prepare annual Completed Grants Report.

Harkness Fellowships Selection Committee Meetings:
This position is lead in organizing and coordinating all activities of nine Harkness Selection Committees in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. This includes all arrangements (scheduling meeting dates, travel, hotel, restaurants, meals, meeting rooms and staff, travel for applicants) for selection meetings in nine different countries (including non-English speaking countries), alumni dinners in each country (private dinners for 20 people, similar to Board dinners), putting together the Briefing Books, and handling travel and honorarium expenses for selection committee members and applicants as needed. Specific job functions include:

  • Scheduling Selection Committee Meetings and preliminary shortlisting calls; 
  • Preparing and sending out shortlisting and turn down letters to Harkness applicants; 
  • Plans and develops, with Vice President, the agendas for each of the nine Harkness Selection Committee meetings, and prepares materials for each selection meeting in advance; 
  • Organizes meeting logistics, including liaison with hotels, restaurants, transportation and other appropriate vendors; 
  • Arranging travel, hotels and other logistics for all 9 country meetings for the Vice President, and as needed, for Selection Committee members, Harkness applicants (4-10 per country), and Harkness alumni (about 10 per country);
  • Organizes the preparation of meeting materials for all selection meetings (e.g., briefing books, Bios, nametags, table tents, etc.) and works with IHP team to prepare background materials for the VP for each country visit; and
  • Prepares thank you letters, arranges honoraria, and processes check requisitions for travel expenses incurred for Harkness Selection Committee members and applicants.

Supporting the VP and IHP Program Activates:
The position is responsible for supporting the daily calendar and administration of the VP, handling the VP’s expenses, check requisitions, and over $1 million in AMEX bills, and coordinating the VP’s travel which are often complicated trips that may include 4-5 countries on one trip. Specific job functions include:

  • Maintains the Vice President’s daily calendar, schedules meetings and conference calls; 
  • Arranges all VP travel, including international, hotel accommodation, prepares background materials, and handles cash expense reports;
  • Prepares the VP Amex expense reports and tracks receipts;
  • Prepares general correspondence and responds to telephone inquiries;
  • Conducts research and literature reviews on the Internet and uses other resources to respond to questions from the program staff; obtains reports and other material from libraries, government, and private sources; assists the department staff with Fund website materials and updates; and assists in preparing reports and PowerPoint presentations;
  • Assists in preparing IHP program–related reports for the Fund and Board, such as annual IHP Program Plan, Board Updates, etc.;
  • Cross trains with other IHP staff to create a flexible and fluid team; and
  • Assists with special projects as needed.

Provides meeting support as part of the IHP team:

  • Assists with meeting logistics, including the International Symposium and Harkness Seminars; 
  • Assists in the preparation of meeting materials (e.g., briefing books, Bios, nametags, table tents, etc.).

The Fund’s philosophy on successful performance in the job includes the willingness on the part of all staff members to handle any assignment necessary to further the goals of the institution. This may include taking on responsibility for other program areas or departments if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS

College degree and two years of related work experience. Candidates must have demonstrated organizational and administrative skills and must be able to demonstrate the ability to manage and work on multiple tasks, work with budgets and work under tight deadlines. Candidate must have good judgment and the ability to act independently within standard guidelines. Flexibility and skill in working as a team member are a must as this is a highly demanding, multiple task environment with changing priorities. Excellent written communication skills and an interest in creating marketing material are essential as are strong computer skills, including knowledge of the Microsoft Office XP, Gifts for Windows, Outlook Exchange, and the Internet. Due to the nature of the department and its workload, the willingness to work overtime during peak times to meet the department’s goals is necessary to be successful in this position.

The Fund has a relatively small staff, and judgment, integrity, and the ability to listen with sensitivity to others are traits that are particularly important in an organization of the Fund’s size, where teamwork is essential to effectiveness. The ability to work collegially with a variety of Fund staff and interest in and strong commitment to the Fund’s mission and grants programs are key qualifications. .

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with background and experience. We offer an excellent benefits package (medical/dental insurance, life/disability insurance, pension plan, tuition reimbursement, ample vacation and lunch in staff dining room).

CONTACT

Send resume and cover letter via e-mail to:

dd@cmwf.org 

Diana Davenport 

Vice President, Administration 

The Commonwealth Fund 

One East 75th Street 

New York, NY 10021-2692

 


 

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE 

HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND ACCESS

The Commonwealth Fund 

THE ORGANIZATION 

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for two groups of people: High-need and high-cost inpiduals – the sickest 5 percent of Americans who account for 50 percent of health care costs, and America’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, ethnic and racial minorities, and the elderly. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. In so doing, the Fund has become a national leader in investigation and policy development related to tracking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, reforming the health care delivery system, international health policy and practice, cost control and Medicare. The Fund has an endowment of $700 million, and an annual budget of $32 million, approximately 60 percent if which is spent extramurally on grants and 40 percent intramurally on developing programs, conducting research, and communicating results to influential audiences. 

THE PROGRAM ON HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND ACCESS 

The number of people without health insurance in the United States climbed steadily over the past decade, rising from 37 million in 2000 to 50 million in 2010. By 2014, the coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act had lowered the number of uninsured Americans by 10 million people. Over the next ten years, 27 million people are projected to gain health insurance through private plans sold through the marketplaces, Medicaid, and sweeping insurance market reforms. More than 30 million people now have health insurance coverage through the law’s provisions. 

Program Goals 

The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Coverage and Access program will furnish policymakers and key stakeholders with timely analysis to inform successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the years to come. Activities will include: 

  • Providing timely information about the Affordable Care Act’s reforms and the status of their implementation.
  • Tracking enrollment and people’s experiences with the new insurance options.
  • Evaluating the effects of insurance reforms and state and federal innovation on the extent and quality of health coverage, access to health care, changes in employer-based coverage, affordability of premiums and out-of-pocket costs, health plan competition, innovation in insurance markets, and sustainability of the insurance marketplaces.
  • Analyzing and developing national and state short-term policy solutions to address implementation issues as they arise.
  • Identifying gaps in the law and its implementation that may leave some groups of people without coverage or adequate protection from costs. 

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the Vice President, Health Care Coverage and Access, the Research Associate is an important part of a three-member team responsible for the Fund’s Program on Health Care Coverage and Access. The primary responsibility of the Research Associate is to provide research and analytic support for the Health Care Coverage and Access program, with specific responsibility in the area of the program’s extensive survey research agenda. With guidance from the Vice President, the Research Associate is responsible for managing the day to day activities of the program’s surveys including organizing and providing input to questionnaire development, insuring data integrity, communicating with the survey research firms, using statistical software to analyze data, and displaying data in tables and charts. The Research Associate will participate as part of Fund staff research teams in writing reports, issue briefs, blogs, and journal articles based on survey findings. As experience deepens, responsibilities will include making presentations at public and professional meetings. 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES 

Specific responsibilities for the Research Associate include: 

  • Managing the day to day activities of the Health Care Coverage and Access program’s surveys including organizing and providing input to questionnaire development, insuring data integrity, communicating with the survey research firms, and responding to external requests for data. 
  • Conducting statistical analysis of the program’s surveys, displaying data in tables and charts.
  • Developing and implementing procedures for insuring data integrity in survey data sets and program publications. 
  • Collaborating with other members of the research team to write reports, issue briefs, journal articles, and blogs based on survey findings. 
  • Maintain and build knowledge-base on the provisions of the Affordable Care Act and emerging regulations and guidance implementing the law, to both inform questionnaire development, data analysis and presentation, and focus of publications. 
  • Maintain and build knowledge-base on the literature, policy environment, and industry trends related to public and private health insurance coverage and access issues. Conduct background research on current health coverage and access issues, including literature reviews and Internet searches. Monitor journals, working papers, legislative developments, survey reports, and other information related to the program area.
  • Prepare charts and tables for public presentations and presenting findings to professional and policy audiences. May also be asked to prepare presentations for other members of senior management. 
  • As needed, assist in the development of policy relevant and methodologically sound Board-level and Small Grants Fund projects for the Health Care Coverage and Access program. Conduct background research and literature reviews; review proposals for design and methodology; prepare summaries for review and approval by the Board of Directors. 
  • As needed support the Program Associate in managing grants; maintain knowledge of work related to grants, including publications. 
  • Assure high quality, policy relevant Fund publications based on grantee and staff work. Critique grantee and staff papers submitted for Fund publication; participate in the final review; prepare executive summaries and issue briefs based on grantee work. 
  • Participate in Fund supported health policy work beyond the program on Health Care Coverage and Access as needed. 
  • The Research Associate may also support the Vice President who serves as the Team Coordinator for the Health Care Coverage and Access Program, with additional responsibility for: coordinating all program officer activities within this program, developing and maintaining the work plan for the program, convening program team meetings and representing the program internally to the executive management team. 
  • The Program Associate and the Senior Research Associate will back each other up in the other’s absence, so each is expected to cross-train and ultimately know the other’s responsibilities at a level that provides for reasonable back-up. 

The Fund’s philosophy on successful performance in the job includes the willingness on the part of all staff members to handle any assignment necessary to further the goals of the institution. This may include taking on responsibility for other program areas or departments if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS 

The ideal candidate for this policy focused position will have a masters degree (MS, MPH, MPA) in a field related to health economics, health services research or health policy. The position requires a strong background in statistical data analysis using STATA, SAS or other statistical software. Candidates must also have a working knowledge of the insurance coverage provisions of the Affordable Care Act and a background in health insurance coverage and insurance markets. Experience in survey design and methodology is preferable. 

Applicants should demonstrate strong health policy, economic and research analytical skills, including competence in the use of quantitative data. Excellent oral and written communication skills will include the ability to write about and discuss complex issues. Will have coordination and project management skills, be well organized with concern for details, accuracy and deadlines and have the ability to set priorities and work with a minimum of supervision. Computer skills: experience with statistical software analysis, facility with Internet searches, word processing, spreadsheets, graphical presentations and. Excellent interpersonal skills: capable of being a team member as well as a team leader and a willingness to participate in general workflow of office. 

The Fund has a relatively small staff, and judgment, integrity, and the ability to listen with sensitivity to others are traits that are particularly important in an organization of the Fund’s size, where teamwork is essential to effectiveness. The ability to work collegially with a variety of Fund staff and interest in and strong commitment to the Fund’s mission and grants programs are key qualifications. 

COMPENSATION 

Commensurate with background and experience. The Fund offers an excellent benefits package (medical/dental insurance, life/disability insurance, pension plan, tuition reimbursement, ample vacation and lunch in staff dining room). 

CONTACT 

Send cv or resume cover letter, salary history and two writing samples via e-mail to: 

dd@cmwf.org 

Diana Davenport 

Vice President, Administration 

The Commonwealth Fund 

One East 75th Street 

New York, NY 10021-2692


 

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

COST CONTROL AND MEDICARE

THE COMMONWEALTH FUND

THE POSITION

The Commonwealth Fund is looking for an experienced executive with a strong background in health economics and policy, health services financing and delivery and access to care issues to oversee two programs in areas critical to the overall mission of the Commonwealth Fund: cost control and Medicare. The successful candidate will work with many of the best health economists and policy thought leaders in the country, and will be responsible for a combined budget of approximately $2 million.

THE ORGANIZATION

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims to promote a high performing health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for two groups of people: High-need and high-cost individuals – the sickest 5 percent of Americans who account for 50 percent of health care costs, and America’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, ethnic and racial minorities, and the elderly. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. In so doing, the Fund has become a national leader in investigation and policy development related to tracking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, reforming the health care delivery system, international health policy and practice, cost control and Medicare. The Fund has an endowment of $750 million, and an annual budget of $32 million, approximately 60 percent if which is spent extramurally on grants and 40 percent intramurally on developing programs, conducting research, and communicating results to influential audiences.

THE INITIATIVE ON CONTROLLING HEALTH COSTS

The U.S. health care system is by far the most expensive in the world, consuming 18 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. That’s 50 percent higher than the share of GDP devoted to health care in the second-most-expensive country and double that in many other high-income countries.

Despite all that spending, health outcomes for Americans are often worse than in those other countries.  The U.S. health care system is fraught with wasteful and inefficient spending and prices are higher than those that other developed nations pay for the same medical services, devices, and pharmaceuticals―even those produced in the United States and sold on global markets. The inefficiency of U.S. health care is putting a strain on businesses, governments, and household budgets―diverting resources away from investments in jobs, education, and other social and economic needs.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Controlling Health Costs initiative monitors and analyzes spending in both the public and private health care sectors. It seeks answers to two central questions:

  • What is driving cost and spending trends in health care markets across the country?
  • What policy reforms, innovations in care delivery, or changes in provider payment have the potential to reduce costs while improving health outcomes in all regions?

Patients with the highest and costliest health care needs, such as people with multiple chronic conditions, are a particular emphasis of the initiative. Research efforts also focus on the cost impact of new medical technologies and changing demographics, as well as the role of prices, treatment patterns, and resource use.

It is hoped that findings from these and other analyses will inform new approaches to controlling costs that yield far better value for our health care dollars.

THE INITIATIVE ON ADVANCING MEDICARE

For nearly five decades, Medicare has helped older adults and disabled people of all ages obtain the health care they need while protecting them from severe financial hardship. The Commonwealth Fund’s Advancing Medicare initiative identifies ways in which this crucial program―the largest single payer of health care services in the United States―can serve its beneficiaries more effectively and efficiently while helping to foster health system improvements nationwide. Medicare has enormous capacity to leverage broader change in U.S. health care. More than 50 million aged and disabled Americans access care through the program, which accounts for a large and growing share of the federal budget (the government spends nearly $600 billion on Medicare benefits annually, accounting for 18 percent of total federal non-interest spending). And with the creation of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Medicare has a key role in the development, implementation, evaluation, and spread of innovative models of health care organization, delivery, and payment—not only for Medicare, but for other federal and state health insurance programs and private payers, too. The Fund and its grantees will examine how Medicare can:

  • Improve access to care needed by aged and disabled beneficiaries.
  • Restrain the growth of program costs.
  • Assess and disseminate innovations in care delivery and provider payment throughout the program and the entire health system.
  • Improve coordination between Medicare and other public programs, like Medicaid.
  • Drive improvements in other areas of the health system, such as employer-funded, private health insurance.

GENERAL SENIOR PROGRAM STAFF DUTIES

Within the Fund, the program staff originates and manages the individual projects for grants that are made by the Fund. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Programs and working closely with the Senior Vice President for Policy and Research, the Senior Program Officer is responsible for:

  • Development/writing of program plans for Controlling Health Costs and Advancing Medicare initiatives. This responsibility includes synthesizing findings from the past year from all projects across a program area, assessing other foundation contribution to the program area and assisting in the development of strategic options for the program for the year ahead.
  • Development of new projects, including identifying prospective grantees, working with prospective grantees to improve project design, collecting background information/research and conducting literature reviews, developing knowledge on specific topics to program areas, participation in meetings regarding projects and preparation of follow-up memoranda on meetings.
  • Development of proposed Small Grants Fund projects, including identifying prospective grantees, working with prospective grantees to improve project design, and preparing description of project for review.
  • Management of grants including: drafting payment and reporting schedules and contract language, tracking the current status of projects through ongoing contact with grantee principal investigators; reviewing grantee interim and final deliverables (e.g., interview protocols, survey instruments, preliminary data analysis and papers/articles for publication); maintaining knowledge of work related to grants; and maintaining files on assigned grants; and insuring that grantees follow payment and reporting schedules.
  • Preparing Completed Grant Memoranda on all assigned completed projects, summarizing achievements, issues in implementation, and lessons learned for Fund grantmaking.
  • Development of briefing materials, policy briefs and journal articles for Fund or outside publication.
  • Development of survey instruments, analysis of survey data, and the dissemination of survey results.
  • Preparing talks and presentations to disseminate the Fund’s work in Advancing Medicare and in Controlling Health Costs.
  • Supervising program support staff in the planning of advisory committee meetings and policy roundtables.
  • Representing the Fund at meetings and conferences.
  • Working with the executive vice president for programs and other senior program staff on cross-cutting issues and other program areas as needed. This work may include participating in the internal review of reports for possible Fund publication in all Fund program areas.
  • Working with the Fund’s communications office in the presentation and dissemination of project findings to the media and other interested parties.

ADDITIONAL DUTIES

The Senior Program Officer also leads the Advancing Medicare Initiative, with additional responsibility for:

  • Coordinating all program officer activities within this program
  • Developing and maintaining the work plan for the program
  • Convening program team meetings
  • Representing the program internally to the executive management team

The Senior Program Officer is also assigned as a team member of the Fund’s other programs and initiatives. As such, the Senior Program Officer is expected to actively participate and contribute to the activities of these programs.

The Fund’s philosophy on successful performance in the job includes the willingness on the part of all senior staff members to handle any assignment necessary to further the goals of the institution. This may include taking on responsibility for other program areas or departments if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS

Ideal requirements include an advanced degree in economics or a related field. A doctorate level degree is preferred. Strong background in health insurance coverage and policy, health services financing and delivery and access to care issues. Minimum of eight to ten years related work experience. Health policy, economic and research analytical skills, including use of quantitative data and a grounding in qualitative research methods. Coordination and project management skills. Well organized with concern for details, accuracy and deadlines. Ability to set priorities and work with a minimum of supervision. Computer skills: facility with Internet searches, word processing, spreadsheets, and graphical presentations. Experience with statistical software analysis preferred. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills: capable of being a team member as well as a team leader. Willingness to participate in general workflow of office.

The Fund has a relatively small staff, and judgment, integrity, and the ability to listen with sensitivity to others are traits that are particularly important in an organization of the Fund’s size, where teamwork is essential to effectiveness. The ability to work collegially with a variety of Fund staff and interest in and strong commitment to the Fund’s mission and grants programs are key qualifications.  

LOCATION AND START DATE:

This position could be based in either the Fund’s New York City headquarters or its Washington DC Office. The job will commence July 1, 2015.

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with background and experience. The Fund offers an excellent benefits package (medical/dental insurance, life/disability insurance, pension plan, tuition reimbursement, ample vacation and lunch in staff dining room).

CONTACT

Send resume, cover letter and salary history via e-mail to: dd@cmwf.org

Diana Davenport 
Vice President, Administration 
The Commonwealth Fund 
One East 75th Street New York, NY 
10021-2692