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PROGRAM ASSISTANT
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 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 COVERAGE AND ACCESS

In the more than seven years since enactment of the most significant health reform legislation in half a century, it’s now clear that millions of Americans are benefiting from the insurance coverage expansions, premium and cost-sharing subsidies, consumer protections, and market reforms ushered in by the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During that time, The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Coverage and Access program, led by Vice President Sara Collins, has monitored the law's implementation and impact through its sponsorship of population-based survey research, analyses of insurance market trends, and tracking of state and federal approaches to the law’s coverage provisions. For example, the latest Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey -- the longest-running nonfederal survey of U.S. health coverage -- revealed that uninsured rates have declined to their lowest levels in more than a decade, and that the number of Americans unable to get needed care because of cost is the lowest since the survey was first fielded in 2003. While these gains have fundamentally changed the health insurance system, that doesn’t mean that the longstanding problems with the U.S. health insurance system are a thing of the past. Reaching the millions of adults who still remain without coverage and health care security is one big challenge; another is ensuring that those who are insured, particularly people with low and moderate incomes, can afford their health plans and their health care. The future of the Affordable Care Act is also unclear. Proposals to repeal and replace the law are expected to lead to a loss of coverage and higher costs for people with low and moderate incomes.

Program Goals

As the central coverage reforms go into effect, The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Coverage and Access program will furnish policymakers and key stakeholders with timely analysis to inform successful implementation. Activities will include:

  • Providing timely information about the ACA’s reforms and the status of their implementation.
  • Tracking enrollment and people’s experiences with the new insurance options.
  • Evaluating the effects of proposals to repeal and replace the ACA 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 key issues as they arise.
  • Identifying gaps in the ACA and replacement proposals that may leave some groups of people without coverage or adequate protection from costs.

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the Vice President and working closely with the Senior Research Associate, the Program Assistant is the staff member responsible for providing daily support for the Health Care Coverage and Access Program. The Program Assistant will be expected to perform a variety of duties ranging from daily administrative and grants management tasks to writing, editing and research responsibilities.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Grants Management (40%)

  • Provide support in the development of grants, including: conducting background research; working with potential grantees to refine proposals and ensure completion of all required documents; assisting in internal reviews of proposals; taking detailed notes and preparing summaries of review meetings for proposed Board-level and Small Grants. Draft correspondence to current and prospective grantees; assemble and provide materials on Fund programs, projects, and other activities.
  • Provide support for the program, including: drafting summaries of proposed Board-level and Small Grants, payment and reporting schedules and letters of agreement; monitoring timelines and tracking grantee products, including papers and conferences; scheduling grant payments accordingly; writing summaries of results of internal review of grantee products, including papers and reports; planning meetings, forums or conferences related to grantee work; and preparing memos analyzing completed projects.
  • Act as a liaison with Communications to ensure the dissemination of all grant products, including: coordinating the review of draft grantee publications by Fund staff and the promotion of grantee-published articles; tracking products are they progress in the publication process; fact checking language for the Fund website that publicizes grantee work; 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 and publicize the program.

General Administrative Responsibilities (20%)

  • Provide administrative support to the vice president: including the calendar, phone, travel, meetings, expense reports, correspondence, and distribution of program work.
  • Arrange appointments and schedule conference calls and some in-house meetings. Involved in the facilitation of discussion, content of materials for attendees and minutes/reports of the meeting/conference.
  • Prepare documents for internal meetings, including the annual program plan, budget meeting and proposal review meetings. This includes closely monitoring grantee work status and impact throughout the year, Internet and library research and assembling materials and detailed information about projects. Prepare materials, including PowerPoint slides, for public and internal presentations.
  • Prepare correspondence to current and prospective grantees, consultants, and experts reviewing proposed projects; assemble and provide materials on Fund programs, projects, and other activities as requested by grantees and other individuals.
  • Occasionally, the Assistant will travel to relevant meetings and conferences to represent and support the work of the program and its grantees.

Research (30%)

  • Provide research and writing support for Fund reports based on Fund commissioned surveys. This work may include survey development, statistical analyses (using computer statistical software), tables and chart preparation and report writing.
  • Provide research and writing support for Fund reports, fact sheets and issue briefs based on Fund commissioned surveys and congressional legislation. After a reasonable period of time, the Assistant will be expected to participate and otherwise assist in the analysis of Fund survey data. This includes statistical analysis using STATA or other software as appropriate. Draft tables and charts as well as summaries of grantee reports.
  • Under direction, track, evaluate and summarize federal legislation, regulations and guidance issued on health reform law as it regards health insurance coverage and related issues, as well as state implementation of health reform. Conduct background research, including literature reviews, Internet searches and track journals, working papers, legislative developments and public coverage of health policy issues related to health reform and the Health Care Coverage and Access program area.
  • Maintain up-to-date internal databases of literature and federal survey releases on the Program’s areas of interest and current health reform issues, authored by other researchers or research organizations as well as government reports including the Congressional Budget Office, Congressional Research Service, Department of Health and Human Services, Urban Institute, Kaiser Family Foundation, and others.

Additional Duties (10%)

  • The Program Assistant will support the Senior Research Associate and will back her up in her absence, so both are 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 in other program areas if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS

A college bachelor’s degree with a major in economics preferred and one to two years of related experience is required. Demonstrated experience and interest in health policy is essential and the successful candidate will be familiar with the Affordable Care Act. Preference will be given to applicants with some policy research or administrative experience. Demonstrated strong administrative skills are an absolute necessity, as are project management skills and meeting management experience.

Candidate must have strong writing and quantitative 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, including knowledge of the Windows Office Suite of products, Salesforces, Outlook and the Internet. Familiarity with Stata, SAS or similar statistical software a plus. Candidate must be willing to learn new computer skills as necessary to work with the Fund’s website and surveys.

Flexibility and skill in working as a team member are a must as the position requires working in a highly demanding, multiple task environment with changing priorities. Candidate must have the ability to work independently in an intellectually challenging environment as well as the willingness to handle the more routine tasks that keeps the office functioning. Candidate must be intellectually curious and able to gather, assess and synthesize information from various sources.

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
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.




RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
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 program 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 Assistant Vice President, Delivery System Reform (DSR) in the Fund’s Washington, DC Office, the Research Associate is an important part of a team supporting the Delivery System Reform Program. 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 Internet searches. Monitors journals, working papers, financial reports, surveys, and other information relevant to priorities of the Vulnerable Populations portfolio. 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.
  • 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), tables and chart preparation, report writing, and survey development as needed.
  • 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.
  • 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 DSR program as needed.

Grants Management (15%)

  • Assists in the development of grant proposals and budgets and in the preparation of project summaries for Fund board meetings which occur 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.
  • 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: 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.

General Administrative Support (15%)

  • The AVP and her team are supported by a part-time program associate. The RA provides back-up administrative support as needed for the Assistant Vice President and the DSR program which can include: calendaring, telephone, travel, meetings, expense reports, correspondence, and distribution of program work. Calendaring can include arranging appointments and scheduling meetings as needed, including 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 Assistant Vice President. This involves research and assembling materials and detailed information about projects in the program areas
  • 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.

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 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.

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. 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, 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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