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PROGRAM MANAGER

INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM IN HEALTH POLICY AND PRACTICE INNOVATIONS

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 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.

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 advanced 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 program seeks to learn about successful approaches taken by other advanced countries to ensure access to high-quality, cost-effective health care, and then share those lessons among our peer nations. 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.
  • Commissioning research on health policy reforms in other industrialized countries that can inform U.S. efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency.
  • Identifying and disseminating information about health care delivery system innovations abroad that might also work in the U.S. and working with U.S. delivery systems to pilot the most promising models.

THE POSITION

The Program Manager will report to the Vice President of the International Program and will support the VP in coordinating the work of the five-person department, including oversight of the annual IHP calendar, events, and communications.

Meeting Planning and Management (50%)

Has primary administrative responsibility for the program’s meetings, including the International Symposium in Washington, D.C.; bilateral international meetings; and all Harkness Fellowship meetings. The Program Manager 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 and logistics 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 (30%)

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 IHP staff to ensure that the IHP website is content rich, interactive, and current with our work, and is a “go to source” for international innovations and cross-national comparisons.
  • An IHP-wide tracking system of all grantee, meeting, and fellowship products that are in process or moving through the publication pipeline.
  • Coordinate publication and promotion of all IHP products and papers with Communications staff to ensure maximum profile and impact; work with IHP authors to manage revisions and publication process; and be the key IHP liaison for the Publications Review Meetings (PRM).
  • 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, e.g. at major conferences, Health Ministries, universities and research centers, during each marketing round.
IHP Management (20%)

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. Tracks IHP deadlines to ensure that they are met.
  • Reviews external reports and project materials prepared by IHP staff to ensure quality and appropriate content.
  • Coordinates and/or drafts IHP management reports, e.g Completed Grant Memos, Board updates, etc.
  • Ensures that all major IHP program activities have detailed and up-to-date project management plans.
  • Holds weekly IHP staff meetings and provides daily supervision to the IHP program staff; identifies workflow issues, making temporary short-term adjustments to balance workflow, as needed.
  • Assists with special projects as needed.

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

Professional event planning experience is required, with preference given to candidates with experience in working with high level government officials and international audiences. Preference is for a master’s level education in health, public policy, public administration, or a related field.

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 presentations. The position requires strong computer skills and an interest in expanding these skills as necessary to work with the Fund’s website.

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. 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

Please send resume, cover letter, two writing samples and salary expectations 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 DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM

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 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 PROGRAM ON HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM

In the United States, two groups experience problems with their health care more intensely and more frequently than any other.

One group is people with high health care needs and high costs—the 5 percent of the population that accounts for 50 percent of all health spending. Many have multiple, serious chronic conditions, like congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. Some also have functional limitations that make it difficult to perform daily living activities. Others have behavioral health concerns that further complicate their care.

People with low income also experience our health system’s shortcomings more acutely. Disproportionately minority, this vulnerable population is more likely to lack health insurance and adequate social supports than more affluent Americans. Extensive research shows that people with socioeconomic disadvantages have greater difficulty obtaining health care, receive lower-quality care, and experience poorer health outcomes.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Delivery System Reform program believes rapid, meaningful change in well-being is possible for both groups. Moreover, we believe improvements in care for these patients can spur better performance across the entire health system.

To promote needed change, the program supports efforts to:

  • build an evidence base to better understand the needs of these two populations and to demonstrate the value of improving care for both
  • identify and assess promising models, programs, and practices to improve care
  • promote payment reform and policy improvements to facilitate delivery system reform.

Through the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy, the program also develops the physician leadership needed to address the health needs of vulnerable populations.

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Research Associate is the staff member responsible for providing program management and research support for the Health Care Delivery System Reform program and reports directly to the Vice President for Delivery System Reform. The Research Associate will be expected to perform a variety of duties including writing, editing and research responsibilities as well as general program-wide coordination and management. 

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Research and Analysis (40%)
  • Provides research and writing support for Fund publications. This work includes: cleaning data and leading statistical analysis, preparing tables and charts as well as drafting summaries of grantee or Fund reports, outlining and co-authoring Fund briefs and reports, and helping to disseminate findings, as applicable.
  • Provides research support on an as-needed basis for other DSR program officers, the Executive Management Team, and outside experts.
  • Conducts data analysis and compiles information from the peer-reviewed literature, grantee reports, and other studies, in support of writing and speaking commitments by the Vice President. May be called upon to attend meetings and manage the presentation process, including drafting slide presentations.
  • Conducts background research in this Fund program area, including literature reviews, web searches, and tracking journals, working papers, legislative developments and public coverage of health policy issues. In addition, secures reports from federal and private sources.
  • Corresponds with current and prospective grantees, consultants, and experts reviewing proposed projects; assembles and provides materials on Fund programs, projects, and other activities as requested by grantees and other individuals.
  • Occasionally attends relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars in support of the Vice President.
Coordination of Delivery System Reform Team (30%)

The Research Associate supports the VP in management of the 6-person DSR team, including:

  • Tracking staff publications across the program;
  • Supporting the VP for DSR and the program officers in annual strategic planning for the program;
  • Developing and maintaining the work plan for the program;
  • Tracking program budgets and coordinating the program assistants in the proposal development activities;
  • Convening weekly program team meetings, developing the agenda and organizing materials;
  • Arranging 2-3 VIP meetings per year for the Delivery System Reform Advisory Group of fifteen people in collaboration with the DSR program assistants, including assisting with the development of the agenda; compiling background materials for attendees; reserving meeting rooms and hotel rooms; arranging for food, beverage, and audiovisual needs; and coordinating travel.
  • Facilitating communication and coordination across the program’s two portfolios (high-need, high-cost and vulnerable populations)
  • Facilitating communication and coordination across Fund programs (DSR, International Health Policy Program, Federal and State Engagement, etc.)
Grants Management (10%)
  • Manages all aspects of the grant process for cross-cutting grants or for research projects for which the RA is responsible: preparation of proposed Board-level Grants, proposed 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.
  • Drafts detailed project summaries at the conclusion of each grant’s active period
  • Assists in the development of grant proposals and budgets and in the preparation of project write-ups for board meetings three times a year. This involves communicating with potential grantees, conducting background research on the proposal topics, assisting in internal reviews of proposals, and preparing summaries of grant proposals for the Board.
General Administrative Support (15%)
  • Provides administrative support for the Vice President and the program including: telephone, meetings, correspondence, and distribution of program work.
  • Arranges appointments and scheduling of in-house program meetings (team meetings, DSR Advisory Committee meetings), which includes reserving meeting rooms and arranging for food, beverage, and audiovisual needs.
  • Prepares materials, slides, and charts for internal meetings, including the annual program plan meetings, communication updates to the board, project briefing meetings, and proposal review meetings.

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 master’s degree (MS, MPH, MPA) in a field related to 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 health care delivery and policy issues relevant to the care of vulnerable populations.  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, and graphical presentations.  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, retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, ample vacation and lunch in staff dining room).

CONTACT

Send cover letter with a cv or resume, two writing samples and salary expectations via e-mail to: dd@cmwf.org

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.


DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM PROGRAM - VULNERABLE POPULATIONS

The Commonwealth Fund, 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 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 PROGRAM ON HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM – VULNERABLE POPULATIONS PORTFOLIO

The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Delivery System program aims to improve outcomes and lower the overall costs of care for two populations: high-need, high-cost patients and vulnerable populations. To achieve a high-performance health system for this second group—defined as low-income individuals, including but not limited to, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured and undocumented immigrants—it is critical that the providers that serve them have the support necessary to deliver equitable, high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable patient care. The vulnerable populations portfolio seeks to achieve a high performance health system where people can obtain quality, equitable, and affordable care that meets their physical, behavioral, and nonmedical health needs. Strategies for pursuing this goal include:

  • Building an evidence base to increase understanding of vulnerable populations’ needs and the health system’s capacity to serve them.
  • Assessing and propagating promising models and strategies to improve care for low-income individuals.
  • Investigating payment and policy reforms that support delivery system reform for vulnerable populations.
  • Training physician leaders committed to improving health care for minority, low-income, and other vulnerable populations through the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the Vice President, Delivery System Reform in the Fund’s Washington, DC Office (VP,DSR-DC), the Research Associate is an important part of a team supporting the Delivery System Reform Program under the direction of the Vice President for Delivery System Reform (VP-DSR) who is responsible for the DSR program and is located in the Fund’s New York office. The primary responsibility of the Research Associate is to research and track health care policy developments relevant to the delivery of care for low-income, minority, and other vulnerable populations—in particular, related to Medicaid and safety net providers—and provide analytic support for the Vulnerable Populations portfolio of the DSR program. The Research Associate will participate as part of Fund staff research teams in writing reports, issue briefs, blogs, and journal articles to support the capacity of the Delivery System Reform Program to be a resource for policymakers, providers, academics, and journalists.

Research and Analysis (70%)
  • Provides research, data analysis and writing assistance. Provides background research including literature reviews and environmental scans. Monitors journals, working papers, financial reports, surveys, and other information relevant to priorities of the Vulnerable Populations portfolio. Monitors and analyzes legislative and administrative actions relating to Medicaid at the federal and state levels.
  • Obtains and organizes data from various national/state data surveillance systems, published sources, online databases, and commissioned data runs. Compile and analyze data; create report exhibits and presentations; draft and edit briefs, reports, and publications.
  • Works with the VP,DSR-DC and the VP-DSR to develop and refine the Fund’s Medicaid research agenda related to payment and delivery system reform.
  • Drafts and assists with revisions to Fund reports, issue/data briefs, and blog posts; creates graphics to pair with text; proofreads and checks for data accuracy. May serve as lead author or co-author on Fund publications.
  • Provides research support in the analysis of data from Fund-supported surveys. Assists in statistical analyses (using Excel, STATA, SAS, or equivalent statistical software), table and chart preparation, report writing, and survey development as needed.
  • Prepare charts and tables for public presentations to professional and policy audiences. May also be asked to prepare presentations for other members of senior management. As experience deepens, may be asked to present these finding to local interest groups or national policy audiences.
  • 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 on Medicaid beyond the DSR program, as needed.
Grants Management (15%)
  • Assists in the development of grant proposals and budgets for a subset of grants that are consistent with the Medicaid strategy in the Vulnerable Populations portfolio. 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.
  • 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.
  • Manages all aspects of the grant process for a subset of Medicaid-related grants in the Vulnerable Populations portfolio for which the Research Associate is responsible, including: 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, and helps to maintain overall Fund-grantee relationships.
General Administrative Support (15%)
  • The VP,DSR-DC and her team are supported by a part-time program associate. This position provides back-up administrative support when the program associate is out of office for the VP,DSR-DC and the DSR program. This may include: calendaring, telephone, travel, meetings, expense reports, correspondence, and distribution of program work. Calendaring includes arranging appointments and scheduling meetings, reserving meeting rooms and arranging for food, beverage, and audiovisual needs. 

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 master’s degree (MS, MPH, MPA) in a field related to health services research or health policy. The position requires a proficiency in statistical data analysis using STATA, SAS or other statistical software.  Candidates must have a working knowledge of health care delivery and policy issues relevant to the care of vulnerable populations and a working knowledge of the Medicaid structure.  Experience in policy analysis is preferable.

We would also consider candidates who are interested in a part-time position with an exclusive focus on the research components of this position.

Applicants should demonstrate strong health policy, economic, and research analytical skills, including competence in the use of quantitative data and a familiarity with the legislative process. 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 be able to set priorities and work with a minimum of supervision. Must be both a self-starter and a team player. Experience with statistical software analysis, spreadsheets, and graphical presentations. 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, as well as an 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 cover letter with a cv or resume, two writing samples and salary expectations via e-mail to: 

dd@cmwf.org

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.



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