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DEPUTY DIRECTOR

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IN HEALTH POLICY

AND PRACTICE INNOVATIONS


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 $34.5 million.

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IN HEALTH POLICY AND PRACTICE INNOVATIONS

Sponsoring activities ranging from high-level international policy forums to the Harkness Fellowships and an annual health policy survey, The Commonwealth Fund’s International Program in Health Policy and Innovation promotes cross-national learning by:

  • sparking high-level creative thinking about health policy among industrialized countries to inform health reform;
  • benchmarking U.S. health system performance against other industrialized countries
  • encouraging and supporting comparative research and collaboration among industrialized nations;
  • building an international network of health care researchers devoted to policy; and
  • fostering the transfer of international innovations in policy and practice that can to the U.S. health care system.

The program's key activities include high-level international policy forums, the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice, and an annual international survey on health policy issues.

THE POSITION

Reporting to the Vice President of the International Health Policy Program the Deputy Director is responsible for the day-to-day activities of IHP, supervises IHP staff, and stands in for the Vice President at key meetings or events on an as needed basis. These responsibilities include oversight of the annual IHP calendar, its budget, website content, marketing, communication, and events.

IHP Administration

Ensures smooth and efficient day-to-day management of the international program staff and projects, facilitates clear intra-department communication and flow of information, and coordination with other Fund senior staff, program directors, and departments, as they relate to IHP’s mission and activities.

  • Provides overall coordination for IHP, including overseeing its master calendar of events and deliverables.
  • Ensures that all major IHP program activities have detailed and up-to-date project management plans.
  • Provides daily supervision to the IHP program staff and identifies workflow issues, making temporary short-term adjustments to balance workflow, as needed.
  • Assists with special projects as needed.

Meeting Planning and Management

Has primary administrative responsibility for the program’s meetings, including the International Symposium in Washington, D.C.; bilateral international meetings; and all Fellowship meetings. The Deputy Director is responsible for the following activities:

  • Meeting logistics and vendor agreements.
  • Coordinating, with Fund Communications staff, logistics for media activities related to IHP events or publications. 
  • Travel and other arrangements for VIP meeting participants.
  • Meeting materials, including collecting and assembling materials for briefing books; e.g. commissioned papers, speaker slides, contact information and biographies, background readings, etc.
  • Supervising all staff on-site at meetings.
  • Summaries of major meetings and takeaway messages, notes, or minutes. 
  • Budgeting and expense tracking for the International Symposium, Harkness Fellowships meetings, and bi-lateral international meetings.

IHP Communications

With input from other key Commonwealth Fund staff, is responsible for the communications and marketing strategy for IHP, and ensures that the IHP website serves as a dynamic resource for policymakers, researchers and journalists.

  • Working with key Fund staff to ensure that the IHP website is content rich, interactive, and current.
  • An IHP-wide tracking system of all grantee, meeting, and fellowship products that are in process or moving through the publication pipeline.
  • The Harkness Fellowships section of the website, which profiles Fellows’ publications, careers, and the policy impact of their work.
  • The international marketing strategy for the Harkness Fellowships, including the production of promotional materials and advertising.
  • High-level Harkness promotional events for the Vice President in participating countries, eg. at major conferences, Health Ministries, universities and research centers, during each marketing round.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS

A Masters level education in Health or Public Policy, Public Administration or Business Administration along with several years of related work experience is required. A demonstrated knowledge, experience working with and an interest in health policy is essential.

Demonstrated strong administrative experience, project management skills, marketing, and high level meeting experience are an absolute necessity. The successful candidate will have an understanding of protocol and the proper method of dealing with senior level government officials, international experts and staff. The candidate must have superior organizational and administrative skills as well as strong writing and analytic skills. Candidate must also be able to manage and work on multiple tasks and under tight deadlines, to write and condense information for various audiences, to work with budgets, and to prepare PowerPoint graphics, charts and tabular data presentations. The position requires strong computer skills and an interest in expanding these skills as necessary to work with the Fund’s web site and surveys.

Since the Deputy Director will be expected to step in for the Vice President, s/he will need to become acquainted with major issues in international health policy, and with the major areas of work in IHP and the Fund.

Flexibility and skill in working as a team member are a must as the position requires working in a very detailed, highly demanding, multiple-task environment with constantly changing priorities. Candidate must have the ability to work independently, supervise team members and support them in reaching their goals, as well as the willingness to take direct and detailed instructions in a high pressure setting. Candidate must have an understanding of formal business standards and, ideally, international protocol as this is a major component of the position. Because of the nature of the department and its activities, extended hours and weekend work at certain times of the year are a component of 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. 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 and cover letter via e-mail to:

dd@cmwf.org

Diana Davenport

Vice President, Administration

The Commonwealth Fund

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.

 


 

PROGRAM ASSISTANT

COST CONTROL & MEDICARE 

WASHINGTON, D.C., OFFICE 
 


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 $34.5 million.

THE INITIATIVE ON CONTROLLING HEALTH CARE 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 Care 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 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.

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Program Assistant reports to the Vice President, Cost Control & Medicare and provides daily support for these two programs. This position has responsibility for a variety of duties including issue monitoring and research, writing, editing, data analysis and presentation for internal research projects, and administrative tasks related to proposal development and external grants management.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Grants Management (40%)

  • Manages all aspects of the grant process: preparation of summaries and materials to support Board-level Grants and Small Grants, payment and review schedules, and letters of agreement; tracking of program and grantee products, including papers and conferences, and scheduling grant payments accordingly; helps plan meetings, forums or conferences related to grantee work, and helps to maintain overall Fund-grantee relationships. Responsible for streamlining grant tracking methods and communication between the program and grantees to ensure timeliness of reports and products.
  • Assists in the development of grant proposals and budgets and in the preparation of project summaries for board meetings three times a year. This involves communicating with potential grantees, conducting background research on the proposal topics, compiling and distributing proposal review materials to the executive management team and assisting in internal reviews of proposals.
  • Acts as a liaison with Communications to ensure the dissemination of grant products, including: coordinating the review of draft grantee publications by Fund staff and the promotion of grantee-published articles; drafting language for the Fund website that publicizes grantee work; developing web-based grant products for placement or promotion on the Fund website; reviewing and providing program updates to the Fund website as needed; coordinating with grantees and Communications staff to produce webinars, podcasts, and other multimedia to promote grantee work.

Research and Analysis (30%)

  • Conducts background research in this Fund program area as needed by the vice president, including literature reviews, Internet searches and tracking journals, working papers, legislative developments and public coverage of health policy issues. In addition, summarizes reports from Federal and private sources.
  • Occasionally attends relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars in support of the programs.
  • Corresponds with current and prospective grantees, consultants, and experts reviewing proposed projects; assembles and provides materials on Fund program, projects, and other activities as requested by grantees and other individuals.
  • Provides research and writing support to vice president for Fund publications. This work includes: preparing tables and charts as well as drafting summaries of grantee or Fund reports.

General Support (20%)

  • Provides general administrative support for the vice president and the program including: calendar, telephone, travel, meetings, expense reports, correspondence, and distribution of program work.
  • Arranges appointments and scheduling of meetings for the vice president, which includes reserving meeting rooms and arranging for food, beverage, and audiovisual needs.
  • Prepares materials, slides, and charts for internal meetings, including project briefing meetings, and proposal review meetings.
  • Prepares materials, slides, and charts for external meetings and presentations on behalf of the vice president. This involves research and assembling materials and detailed information about projects in the program areas.

Washington DC Office Team Support (10%)

  • As part of the DC Office team, works closely with the other staff to ensure that all meetings and other functions are well-managed. Helps out as needed.
  • Ensures that NY based Fund staff and visitors to the Fund’s DC office are supported when necessary.

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 program and of the institution. This may include taking on responsibility for other program areas or departments if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree and two or more years of demonstrated research and analytic work experience. Masters level education preferred and a preference will be given to applicants with research experience and/or formal education in economics, statistics, mathematics or public policy. Demonstrated interest and experience in health care policy or health services research a plus.

Detail oriented with strong writing and analytic skills. Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize data from various sources and produce graphics and tabular data presentations. Excellent communication skills. Organized and self-motivated. Ability to manage multiple tasks and meet demands of a fast-paced environment with changing priorities. Dedicated team player with flexibility to work with and without supervision. Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite of products. Familiarity with spreadsheet analysis and SAS, STATA or similar statistical software a plus. And ability to prepare charts and exhibits for presentations. Candidates must be willing to learn new computer skills as necessary.

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, retirement 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

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.