Job Opportunities


The Commonwealth Fund


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 society's most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. The Fund carries out this mandate by supporting independent research on health care issues and making grants to improve health care practice and policy. An international program in health policy is designed to stimulate innovative policies and practices in the United States and other industrialized countries. The Fund has an endowment of $750 million, and an annual budget of $35 million.


The U.S. health care system faces formidable challenges in meeting the challenge of providing to high quality and affordable care for everyone. The breakthrough opportunities program aims to tackle these and other challenges by identifying ideas and approaches with the potential to produce dramatic improvements in quality of care and health outcomes while reducing the costs of care. The program will offer a vision of a future in which the applicable change is implemented, describe the potential impacts on health and spending, and explore pathways to broad implementation. The special focus of this program is to identify and to incubate high-risk, high-reward ideas that may not be ready to implement in the short term, but could have very substantial impact on quality and cost if more favorable policies, organizational models, and financing structures are in place. In its initial phase, the program surfaced two promising ideas:

  • The potential for digital technologies to change the ways people engage in health care; and
  • The potential for significantly changing provider incentives based on concepts from behavioral economics, cognitive psychology and organizational innovation


A successful Breakthrough Opportunities Program Officer will be responsible for developing and managing all aspects of the breakthrough opportunities program and budget. He or she will help to identify new breakthrough opportunities and develop a strategy to build on the two current initiatives already underway. The Program Officer will also work effectively with the Fund’s senior leadership team and collaboratively with the Fund’s other programs to identify and share breakthrough ideas that may impact other Fund program areas. He or she will have access to the Fund’s network of health care leaders and will need to communicate effectively, be comfortable developing new relationships with senior professionals and provide analytical and open feedback on proposed ideas. A successful candidate will network with innovative people from many backgrounds, have the ability to think across the boundaries of current industry sectors and institutions and encourage collaboration among principals from many disciplines both within and outside of health care. Imagination, creativity, curiosity, a passion for transforming health care delivery, a strong interest in innovation and a commitment to improving the health care consumers are requirements of the position. Familiarity with innovation frameworks and methods, strong writing and analytical skills, critical thinking, and knowledge and experience of the U.S. health care system and its achievements and challenges will characterize a successful candidate.


  • Identify potential breakthrough ideas and opportunities through expert sourcing, networking, environmental scanning, and observations from industries and settings both in and outside of healthcare.
  • Manage and develop the current portfolio of grants and assess next steps for the program’s current focus areas.
  • Set goals for the program and each grant and measure progress and achievements against those goals.
  • Lead communication and dissemination strategy discussions for the program’s products and develop and review grantee products.
  • Identify opportunities to convene expert advisors and stakeholders, oversee these meetings, and produce relevant synthesis or summary.
  • Represent the Fund at external conferences and meetings on the topic of breakthroughs and innovation and present the Fund’s work, when appropriate.
  • Develop a strategic plan for next steps, as well as opportunities for funding in the breakthrough program. These could include potential new initiatives, collaborations to pilot projects, and opportunities for implementation and scaling.
  • Develop and present a program development plan and budget for the program, including additional resources required, potential co-funding partners and intermediate goals.


Candidates will hold an advanced degree, preferably in business, health services research, health administration, engineering or economics, together with experience working within a large health system, health insurer, healthcare consulting firm or venture capital firm. A clinical degree (MD, RN, etc.) is beneficial, but not required. Demonstrated research and analytical skills, strong communication and writing abilities, and a history of coordinating and leading team based work is required. Ability to think creatively and to question accepted wisdom and a credible commitment to creating change are strong personal characteristics. Knowledge of the fields of innovation and improvement is a strong plus. A passion for the mission of the Commonwealth Fund, a strong sense of personal integrity and professionalism are key qualifications.


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).


Qualified candidates should send a cv or resume, cover letter and salary history via e-mail to:

Diana Davenport

Vice President, Administration

The Commonwealth Fund

One East 75th Street

New York, NY 10021-2692

Employment at The Commonwealth Fund is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, medical condition, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.