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Program Officer, Health Care Delivery System Reform

Senior Program Officer, Cost Control and Medicare

 


PROGRAM OFFICER

HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM

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 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. The Fund has become a national leader in research and policy development related to tracking the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, reforming the health care delivery system, analyzing international health policy and practice, controlling health care costs, advancing Medicare, and assessing U.S. health system performance. The Fund has an endowment of $750 million and an annual budget of $34.5 million.

THE PROGRAM ON HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM

Health care in the United States is often compromised by fragmentation in the delivery of services, patients’ limited access to care, and spiraling costs. Two groups of patients experience these problems more acutely than any other: those with complex, long-term health care needs and those with low incomes, including the remaining uninsured. The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Delivery System Reform program focuses on these two groups of individuals because they represent the greatest opportunity to achieve meaningful, rapid gains in the value of health care. Moreover, improvements in care and health for these patients can catalyze improvements throughout the entire health care delivery system.

The goal of the Health Care Delivery System Reform program is to improve outcomes and lower costs for high-need, high-cost patients as well as for vulnerable populations. Work supported by the program will be governed by five strategies:

  • Promoting care systems that coordinate medical care, long-term care services, and community-based resources.
  • Reforming how providers are paid for their services to encourage more coordination, better quality, and greater efficiency.
  • Strengthening primary care.
  • Partnering with public payers, such as Medicare and Medicaid, and with private payers to test and spread effective innovations.
  • Developing the physician leadership needed to address the health needs of vulnerable populations through the Mongan Commonwealth Fund Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy.

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 and working closely with the Vice President for Delivery System Reform and her team, the Program Officer will focus on the high-need, high-cost portfolio. The officer will be responsible for:

  • Development/writing of program plans for the Health Care Delivery System Reform program. This responsibility includes synthesizing findings from the past year from all projects across a program area, assessing other foundations’ contributions 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 summaries of proposed projects for review and approval by the Board of Directors, participation in internal proposal review meetings, and preparation of follow-up memoranda.
  • Management of grants including: 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 insuring that grantees follow payment and reporting schedules.
  • Preparing Completed Grant Memoranda on all assigned completed projects, which includes summarizing achievements, issues in implementation, and lessons learned for Fund grantmaking.
  • Development of briefing materials, policy briefs, and journal articles for publication by the Fund or outside publishers.
  • 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 Health Care Delivery System Reform, particularly related to the program’s high-need, high-cost portfolio.
  • Representing the Fund at meetings and conferences. • Working with 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 Fund’s communications department in the presentation and dissemination of project findings to the media and other interested parties.

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

Requirements: An advanced degree (e.g., M.D. or Ph.D.) or strong health care delivery, government, or other relevant experience backed up with appropriate degrees (e.g., M.P.H., M.B.A., R.N.). A minimum of 5 years related work experience and demonstrated senior health care services research or health care delivery experience. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as health care analytical skills including the ability to summarize and present information from different sources, including quantitative sources. Experience with grantmaking or grantwriting is a plus. This position requires strong coordination and project management abilities.

The Program Officer is expected to be well organized with concern for details, accuracy, and deadlines and will have the ability to set priorities and work with a minimum of supervision. Excellent interpersonal skills, working well on a team, and a willingness to participate in the general workflow of the office are all necessary attributes.

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. 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

Qualified candidates should send a C.V. or resume along with a cover letter, two writing samples, 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

 


 

SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER

COST CONTROL AND MEDICARE

 

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