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Job Opportunities

Do you have a desire to advance social change?  At the Commonwealth Fund, all employees make important contributions toward our goal of promoting 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, and people of color. We are serious about health care and conducting rigorous research, and we work in a setting that encourages collaboration and innovation. Our culture is intellectually stimulating, challenging and also fun.

We help our employees do their best work by providing an excellent benefits package (fully paid medical, dental insurance, disability, and life insurance; retirement contributions starting at 11.125% of your salary, 25 days of annual paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and daily lunch in our staff dining room).

The Commonwealth Fund values diversity and is committed to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities.

Available jobs: 


 

Vice President 

International Program in Health Policy & Innovations

THE ORGANIZATION

The Commonwealth Fund — among the first private foundations started by a woman philanthropist, Anna M. Harkness — was established in 1918 with the broad charge to enhance the common good. Today, the mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system in the United States that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, and people of color.

THE INTERNATIONAL PROGRAM

The primary goal of the Commonwealth Fund’s International Program is to support the organization’s mission of creating a high performing health system in the United States. Over the last two decades, the program has accomplished that goal by benchmarking the performance of the US healthcare system against that of other high-income countries; conducting international research and policy analysis that informs understanding of how the US healthcare system can improve its performance; and investing in international dialogue, exchange and education that enable US policy makers and health system leaders to learn from cross-national experiences. The International Program also honors the historical commitment of the organization to promoting cross-national learning and understanding that support improvements in health and health care worldwide.

GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Vice President of the Commonwealth Fund’s International Program (IP) is responsible for the organization’s international benchmarking activities, its international research and policy analysis, and the educational exchanges it conducts with key international partners. Critical to all activities is the continued cultivation of a robust international network of high-level policy makers and health system leaders. The Vice President works closely with staff leading the Fund’s other programs to bring international learnings to challenges facing the US healthcare system. As an integral part of the senior program staff and the ambassador for the International Program, the Vice President is responsible for ensuring the vision and mission of the Commonwealth Fund is met.   

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES:

Leadership and Management of the International Program

  • Shapes program strategy for the international program and is responsible for developing the annual international program plan and the proposals and budgets for all core program activities for review and approval by the Board.
  • Ensures effective performance and outcomes of the international health policy program and oversees a grants budget of approximately $2.5 million.
  • Leads in the efforts to develop synergies and collaborations with the Fund’s domestic program areas to ensure that IP’s work can contribute to promoting a high performing health care system in the U.S. aligning with the overall vision of the organization.
  • Leads the day-to-day activities of the IP program, directs a team of professional staff ensuring that the staff works effectively as a team, and that each staff member has the opportunity for professional development within their position.
  • Engages in activities and develops contacts that will contribute to building an international network of health policy experts that includes health ministers, senior government officials, academics, and journalists from high-income countries.

Research, Cross-National Collaborations, and Dissemination

  • Leads team efforts to work closely with survey research firms and international survey partners to develop the themes and questions for the annual international health policy survey and ensures its contribution to US policy thinking. Authors or co-authors publications memorializing survey work.
  • Contributes to a national dialogue about promising health care solutions from around the world, presents survey findings at conferences, and participates in media interviews to disseminate findings. 
  • Writes or oversees the writing of scholarly articles, reports, issue briefs, and blog posts, including international profiles of health care systems and an international newsletter.
  • Oversees the Harkness Fellows in Health Care Policy and has overall responsibility for program development and strategy and ensuring the quality of the fellowship program and its products.
  • Creates and implements effective strategies to disseminate content that informs the U.S health care debate that includes framing messages, packaging research findings and international content, and outreach to U.S. policy audiences, media, and healthcare decision-makers. 
  • Directs multi-lateral and bi-lateral learning opportunities. Historically these have included an international symposium for health ministers conducted regularly in Washington DC, and bi-lateral meetings in targeted areas of mutual interest – pharmaceutical spending or strategies for meeting the needs of complex patients, for example.  

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Masters degree and minimum ten years experience in health research or policy.  
  • Experience working with both international and US health care systems, including current health care financing and delivery issues.
  • Must write and communicate well, including presentation skills on multiple platforms, and have a demonstrated commitment to international work and exchange.
  • Strong survey research experience with a keen ability to conduct high-level analysis.
  • Ability to travel extensively internationally and domestically.
  • Nationally recognized expert in the field with an established domestic and international presence that is both an influencer, collaborator, and innovator.
  • High level of diplomacy including the ability to relate well to a multicultural constituency and professionals at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate, maintain and leverage relationships with health care experts internationally and domestically.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects and a talented staff of analysts and program staff.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS

The Fund has a 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. A strong leader and agent for change with a high level of passion for the work of The Commonwealth Fund.  

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 a cover letter (including salary expectations), resume with the subject line “IHP Vice President – Your Name” to Tonya Woodland, Assistant Vice President of Administration at tw@cmwf.org

 

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.


 

Assistant Vice President 

Digital Information and Strategy

THE ORGANIZATION

The Commonwealth Fund — among the first private foundations started by a woman philanthropist, Anna M. Harkness — was established in 1918 with the broad charge to enhance the common good. Today, the mission of The Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing health care system in the United States that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including low-income people, the uninsured, and people of color.

ROLE OF COMMUNICATIONS

The Fund’s communications strategy is designed to position the foundation as a widely recognized leader in generating timely, authoritative information for health care industry leaders, policymakers, researchers, and the news media and to stimulate action to expand health care access and coverage and improve the quality of health care services. The Fund places a high priority on developing a public presence as an independent and nonpartisan information resource on health policy and health care issues.

The communications team has two operational areas: 1) producing content such as publications that harvest the results of grant-sponsored or Fund staff research, and 2) disseminating research and analysis through the foundation’s website, e-alerts, and social media presence, as well as by assisting Fund executives in developing working relationships with key journalists and drawing media attention to the Fund’s work. The Fund’s annual communications budget is $3 million.

Over a typical 12-month period, the Fund produces more than 200 publications and other products, including interactive tools and features, reports and issue briefs, blog posts, newsletters, infographics, videos and podcasts. The Fund’s communications department manages a robust dissemination effort to promote the research conducted by grantees and Fund staff through email marketing, media outreach, social media, and other vehicles and conducts some 60 forums for expert and health policy audiences, including an annual retreat for congressional health leaders.

SUMMARY DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the Vice President for Outreach and Strategy, in close consultation with the Senior Vice President for Communications, and in collaboration with the department’s other senior managers, the AVP, Digital Information and Strategy, directs the Fund’s online activities and  implements the Fund’s communications strategies through its web properties, email and social media. The AVP provides thought leadership on cutting edge information presentation tactics; evaluates and reacts to analytics as a means of shaping strategy; manages ongoing and day-to-day web maintenance and development, and serves as producer of digital content such as data visualizations, interactive tools and other web features. The AVP also oversees the Fund’s web properties, e-mail marketing and Google Ad grant, and social media presence, with the goal of sharing our messages and building our base of engaged subscribers and website visitors. S/he supervises the Director of Social Media and Senior Graphic Designer and works closely with the Vice President for Content and Strategy, the Communications Associate and Senior Production Editor, and independent contractors and web vendors. The AVP also interacts with Commonwealth Fund program staff, and the executive management team, and is committed to making the Fund’s digital content as compelling and useful as it can be – and dissemination as successful as possible.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Digital Strategy

  • Develops and manages the execution of innovative digital strategies to present information to key stakeholders in support of organizational priorities. 
  • Working closely with program staff and VPs for Content and Outreach, proposes, develops, and implements enhancements to the Fund’s web properties.
  • Manages a team of internal and external experts to drive the Fund’s digital initiatives.

Development and Oversight of Web Properties

  • Responsible for primary oversight of digital vendors (e.g., for web development, web hosting, email marketing, and analytics) and digital project management.
  • Works with SVP for Communications and Publishing and web vendors to ensure the site is as easy to navigate as possible and that organizational priorities are highlighted.
  • Oversees digital analytics reporting and provides recommendations to improve/enhance organizational performance and outcomes

Oversight of E-Mail Marketing and Social Media

  • Oversees the Fund’s e-mail marketing and subscriber list, insuring that the Fund takes all appropriate and necessary steps, within professional best practices, to maximize the utility of e-mail in meeting the Fund’s communications goals.
  • Manages the Director of Social Media and other web team personnel, and oversees social network promotion, e.g., the Fund’s presence on Twitter and Facebook, as well as the organization’s Google Ad grant.

Development and Posting of Content

  • Works with the Senior Communications Associate and Senior Production Editor to post and update all content in a timely fashion.
  • Oversees the development of select digital content, e.g., data visualizations, interactives, and social graphics.
  • Manages the Senior Graphic Designer and oversees design for the Fund’s digital platforms and products.
  • Oversees quality assurance on the website.

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

Minimum bachelor’s degree and at least 10 years of professional experience in managing websites, digital publishing, or web marketing, with a focus on successful implementation of digital strategies.

  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and experience and interest in dealing with authors, editors and reviewers.
  • Must have a familiarity with web development and management, as well as editing and digital analytics software. Knowledge of basic HTML preferred. Strong computer skills are expected and required.
  • Experience with social media management and strategy required.
  • Must be able to balance competing priorities and deadlines, with demonstrated ability to set priorities and work in a steady, self-motivated fashion making optimal use of time, having the flexibility to work both with and without supervision.
  • Must be detail oriented with strong organizational and project management skills.
  • An interest in health and social policy issues is preferred, as is media experience in health policy or related fields. Must either have a strong interest in the Fund’s work or the ability to come up to speed quickly.

The Fund has a relatively small staff to initiate, develop, and implement projects that will best fulfill its mission of helping Americans lead healthy and productive lives. Judgment, integrity, and the ability to listen with sensitivity to others are traits that are particularly important in an organization of this size, where teamwork is essential to effectiveness. The ability to work collegially with a variety of Fund staff and to assure appropriate professional and management review procedures for publication 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 a cover letter (including salary expectations), resume with the subject line “AVP–Your Name” to Tonya Woodland, Assistant Vice President of Administration at tw@cmwf.org

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 

Health Care Coverage and Access

THE ORGANIZATION

The Commonwealth Fund — among the first private foundations started by a woman philanthropist, Anna M. Harkness — was established in 1918 with the broad charge to enhance the common good. Today, the mission of The Commonwealth Fund is 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, and people of color. 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 PROGRAM ON HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND ACCESS

In order to help meet these challenges, the coverage program and the tracking initiative conduct research on the extent and quality of insurance, health care access and financial problems stemming from inadequate coverage, and health system performance at the national, state, and local levels, including examining and developing policy options aimed at improving performance.

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the Vice President and working closely with the Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, and Senior Scientist, 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 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 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 as 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, fact sheets, and issue briefs based on Fund commissioned surveys and congressional legislation. This work may include survey development, statistical analyses (using computer statistical software), tables and chart preparation, and report writing. After a reasonable period of time, the Assistant will be expected to participate and otherwise assist in the analysis of Fund survey and other 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 and issues, authored by other researchers or research organizations as well as government reports including the Census Bureau, CDC, Congressional Budget Office, Department of Health and Human Services, Urban Institute, RAND Corporation, Kaiser Family Foundation, and others.

Additional Duties (10%)

  • The Program Assistant will support the Research Associate, Senior Research Associate, and Senior Scientist.

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, public policy, or public health is preferred
  • One to two years of work experience, preferably in health policy or policy research
  • Strong technical skills, including proficient use of databases (Salesforce is a plus) and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint). Familiarity with STATA, SAS, or similar statistical software is a plus.
  • Experience in analyzing and interpreting data
  • Meeting management experience
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and follow through to effectively manage work and meet multiple tight deadlines
  • Exceptional attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good judgment and the ability to act independently within standard guidelines
  • Flexibility and skill in working as a team member

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. We also provide an excellent benefits package including:

  • Employer-paid health, dental, disability, and life insurance
  • Employer retirement contributions starting at 11.125% of employee’s annual salary
  • 25 days of paid time off (30 once you reach your 3rd year anniversary) and 1:00 p.m. closings on summer Fridays
  • Tuition reimbursement of up to $8,000 annually
  • Free daily lunch in staff dining room

CONTACT

Please send a cover letter (including salary expectations), resume, and one writing sample with the subject line “Program Assistant, HCCA – [Your Name]” to Gabrielle Wuolo, Director of Human Resources and Operations, at gw@cmwf.org.

 

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.