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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.

Currently available jobs:

 

Vice President, Outreach and Strategy

The Commonwealth Fund (based in New York City)

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.

Role of Communications

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

The Communications unit has two main operational units: 1) Content Creation and Strategy, and 2) Outreach and Strategy. The former is charged with publishing, in diverse formats and media, reports and other products that harvest the results of grantee research and the work of Fund staff. The latter is responsible for developing and implementing strategies for disseminating content and highlighting examples of high performance in the health system through media relations, as well as via e-mail, social media platforms and search engines.

Team members assist Fund executives in developing working relationships with key journalists to draw media attention to the Fund’s work. They use Fund-sponsored meetings and forums in which Fund staff participate as opportunities for distributing our research and publications. The annual Communications budget is $3 million, which includes a relatively small grants portfolio.

Over a typical 12-month period, the Fund Communications team produces more than 200 products — including reports and issue briefs, blog posts, interactive features, podcasts, infographics, newsletters, and more. Communications issues more than 150 e-alerts and press releases and conducts in-person and online forums for health policy audiences.

Position Description

The position of Vice President for Outreach and Strategy is a multifaceted one, with responsibility for planning and executing the Fund’s dissemination activities. It encompasses traditional media relations, strategic communications planning, social media integration, strategic positioning, staff media training, and more. The VP for Outreach and Dissemination Strategy reports to the Fund’s Senior Vice President for Communications and Publishing and works closely with all members of the Communications and Executive Management Teams, Senior Program Officers, and others to ensure that his/her responsibilities are effectively and consistently discharged. The three Communications Vice Presidents collaborate closely and form the leadership team for Communications.

Specific Responsibilities

Strategic Communications Planning

Manages the creation and execution of strategic communications plans for reaching key audiences and achieving program goals. As the person with direct, daily responsibility for managing the Fund’s dissemination strategies, the VP for Outreach and Strategy, in consultation with the Senior VP for Communications and Publishing, is actively involved from the outset in developing communication plans for Fund programs, initiatives, and individual grants and products. The VP participates in regular meetings with program staff to help create plans, monitor progress, and discuss follow-on strategies; presents plans and updates to the executive management team and other groups; and works closely with the Content team and the Fund’s DC-based staff to target all key audiences.

Media Relations

Develops and executes an aggressive, proactive media strategy in support of the Fund’s communications goals. While responsible at the highest level for media relations planning, the VP for Outreach and Strategy also manages hands-on responsibilities, including:

  • responding to media requests for interviews and information
  • developing and maintaining a regular schedule of reporter meetings for president and other senior staff
  • maintaining ongoing contact and personal relationships with key reporters through phone/email/social media and in-person meetings
  • drafting/managing press release process for critical Fund products
  • planning and managing new release and educational teleconferences
  • managing interactions with Fund’s external public relations vendor
  • developing strategies for reaching editorial boards of national publications
  • fielding incoming inquiries from journalists, coordinating media interviews with Fund spokespersons, preparing talking points and background materials, and briefing spokesperson for interviews
  • developing and implementing media pitches for releases of surveys and reports
  • updating staff on media placements and events
  • maintaining media lists
  • keeping the Fund’s website newsroom up to date.

Grants Management

In partnership with the Senior VP, manages Communications grants made to media organizations. These include: the Association of Health Care Journalists Reporting Fellowships on Health System Performance and International Fellowships; Society of American Business Editors and Writers seminars; USC Center for Health Journalism webinar series; and the journal Health Affairs.

Social Media and Search Strategy

In consultation with the Senior VP, Content VPs, and Director of Social Media, develop and execute creative strategies that integrate the use of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, GoogleAds, etc., into comprehensive dissemination plans. Grow subscribership on all platforms. Increase engagement and referrals to the Fund website. Develop partnerships with influencers.

Positioning of President and Other Senior Staff

Meet regularly with the President, Senior VP, and others to craft, hone, and implement a plan to enhance the visibility of the President (and other Fund leaders) as experts. Use op-eds, print, and broadcast media, social media, and other platforms to position the President as a thought leader.

Media Training for Staff

Manage regular media trainings and updates for new and current staff who do, or may, interact with media.

Media Tracking/Analytics

Produce regular reports on media placements and Fund activities for executive management team, Board, and staff.

External Advisory Group

Help staff occasional meetings and consultations with external experts who can bring outside perspective on communications strategy to the Fund’s work.

Qualifications

  • College degree.
  • 10+ years in strategic communications, media relations, and social media, preferably for nonprofits and in the health care field. Strong relationships with journalists who cover health policy and delivery desirable.
  • Strong leadership and management skills.
  • Ability to convey and implement best practices and to think creatively.
  • Ability to work as a member of several teams and to collaborate with all levels of Fund staff.
  • Strong coordination, multitasking, and project management skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • High-level organizational skills and concern for details, accuracy, and deadlines.

Judgment, integrity, and an ability to listen with sensitivity to others are traits that are particularly important in a relatively small organization like the Fund, where teamwork is essential to effectiveness. The ability to work collegially with all Fund staff and an interest in, and strong commitment to, the Fund’s mission and grants programs are key qualifications.  

Location

The position is based in New York City at the Fund’s headquarters.

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 free lunch in staff dining room).

Contact

Send resume and cover letter to gw@cmwf.org

Gabrielle Wuolo

Director of Human Resources and Operations

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.

 

Assistant Vice President, Administration

The Commonwealth Fund (based in New York City)

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 OPPORTUNITY

The Assistant Vice President, Administration (Administrator) is a multifaceted position, with responsibility for providing overall direction for all activities related to administration, human resources: talent, benefits and training, for physical plant, information systems, office management, and security. The Administrator is responsible for oversight of performance to annual Fund operating budgets, as well as Fund policies and procedures. The Administrator reports to the Fund’s Executive Vice President and COO and works closely with all members of the Executive Management Team and other members of the senior administrative team, including the Senior Director of Finance and Vice President for Grants Management to ensure that his/her responsibilities are effectively and consistently discharged. This position involves supervision of the Director of Human Resources & Operations and direct supervision of the Director of Harkness House and the Building Manager. The Office Manager and the Director of Information Technology and the External Advisor for IT reporting to the Director of Human Resources and Operations.

The Assistant VP will be accountable for but not limited to the following key responsibilities:

Human Resources        

  • Recruitment and development of high quality staff
  • Oversee workplace operations and guidelines including the update and implementation the Fund’s Policy and Procedures Manual, maintenance of employee files and benefit records, and payroll operations
  • Organize and manage weekly staff meetings
  • Identify and provide development training and opportunities for all staff and direct reports
  • Develop and manage staff appraisals, review process, compensation surveys, salary reviews, and disciplinary actions
  • Provide oversight and management of the Fund’s defined retirement contribution plan for current and former employees
  • Flexibility and willingness to contribute in areas of need across the organization

Building Management

  • Direct oversight of maintaining Harkness House, a turn-of-the-century townhouse, as a historical building but also as a functional work environment
  • Oversee operations of the Director of Harkness House & Curator and Building Manager to ensure smooth day to day operations, systems, security, and contracts related to on-going projects
  • Manage and oversee large structural projects related to maintenance, refurbishing, or restoration in accordance with NYC permits and guidelines
  • Manage insurance related to the Fund including property & casualty, liability, and travel insurance
  • Oversee issues related to cyber security and regulatory compliance
  • Develop and implement annual operating budget in partnership with the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Qualifications

The position calls for a versatile senior staff leader with integrity, outstanding communication and interpersonal skills, exceptional financial acumen, and experience developing and implementing innovative approaches to finance, human resources, and IT strategies during periods of significant organizational growth and transitions.

Successful candidates must:

  • Have a minimum of seven years’ experience in a general management position;
  • Proven human resources experience including benefits administration, preparation of job descriptions, strong recruiting ability, and knowledge of employment regulations and requirements;
  • Experience recruiting and managing a diverse staff and in implementing training programs to advance institutional knowledge and cultural sensitivity around diversity and equity;
  • Experienced in managing and negotiating business and service contracts, and experience outsourcing a range of office systems and building services vendors;
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage operational budgets;
  • Strong leadership and management skills;
  • Ability to supervise staff, set priorities, and work with minimum supervision;
  • Strong organization and project management skills;
  • Willingness to collaborate with the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, and staff across the organization to foster organizational development and to achieve Fund goals;
  • Ability to listen with sensitivity, work collegially, and promote teamwork across the organization;
  • National HR certification is a plus; and
  • Have a college degree; MBA or MPP preferred.

Contact

The Commonwealth Fund has engaged Liz Lombard and Turner Delano of Koya Leadership Partners to help in this hire. Please submit a compelling cover letter and resume here.

The Commonwealth Fund is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and values a diverse workforce. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with disabilities, people of all gender identities, people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, veterans, and LGBTQI individuals.

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