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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.


 

Research Associate

Health Care Coverage and Access & Tracking Health System Performance

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 HEALTH CARE COVERAGE AND ACCESS & TRACKING HEALTH SYSTEM PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

The Affordable Care Act brought significant change to the U.S. health system, expanding comprehensive health insurance to millions of Americans and making it possible for anyone with health problems to get coverage by banning insurers from denying coverage or charging more because of pre-existing conditions.  As a result, the number of uninsured people has fallen by nearly half since the ACA became law.  There has also been a decline in the share of people reporting problems paying medical bills or not getting needed care because of cost. The large body of research on the ACA shows that the law’s overall impact on people’s ability to afford insurance and get health care has been positive.   However, three distinct, yet interrelated, problems remain: 29.7 million people remain uninsured, 44 million people with insurance have plans that are leaving them underinsured, and health care costs are growing faster than median income in most states.

In order to help meet these challenges, the Health Care Coverage and Access & Tracking Health System Performance Program conducts extramural and intramural 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.

The program seeks to educate and inform policy makers, the media, health system leaders and practitioners, community leaders, and the public.  We accomplish this by tracking and assessing health system performance in the areas of coverage and access, costs, quality of care, health outcomes, and equity at the national, state, and local levels. This includes developing and monitoring policies aimed at improving performance.  The team also collaborates with other Fund programs on publications and products that support the Funds priorities. 

POSITION DESCRIPTION

This position is an important member of the Fund’s Health Care Coverage and Access & Tracking Health System Performance Program which reports to the Vice President. The Research Associate is an integral member of the five-person team. The team maintains a growing state data center on the Fund’s website and conducts two ongoing population-based surveys on coverage and access.  These databases inform the Fund’s annual State Scorecard of state performance rankings and policy relevant reports, issue briefs, blog posts, and web-based interactive tools.  The publications are geared to produce a quantitative and qualitative evidence base to inform policy making at both the state and federal levels on timely issues.

The primary responsibility of the Research Associate is to carry out quantitative and qualitative research, data analysis, policy analysis, writing and editing to help the Health Care Coverage and Access & Tracking Health System Performance Program achieve its goals and deliverables. The Research Associate helps maintain the state data center and participates in writing and editing Fund publications including reports, issue briefs, blog posts, web-interactive tools, and journal articles based on the state data center and the Fund’s surveys. Responsibilities will include making presentations at public and professional meetings.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Actively participates in the selection/development, research, and analysis of national, state, local, and special-population-level health system performance measures for the state data center. 
  • Serves as co-author and sometimes first author on the program’s written products. Depending on the publication, this can involve collaborating closely with other Fund program staff, in addition to team members.
  • Both lead- and co-author roles entail drafting and editing text; creating charts, graphs and appendix tables; participating in the Fund’s publication review process and making revisions requested by internal and external reviewers and Fund Communications staff; and proofreading and checking for data accuracy.
  • Maintain and build knowledge base on the Affordable Care Act and other active and proposed major health policy legislation in the areas of program focus as well as emerging regulations and guidance, and legal challenges. This will help inform data center measure selection, survey questionnaire development, data analysis and presentation, focus of publications, and public releases.
  • Maintain and build knowledge-base and conduct research on the literature, policy environment, and industry trends related to health system performance on the key measures of program focus. Monitor journals, working papers, legislative developments, survey reports, and other information related to the program area.
  • Actively collaborates with co-authors and the Fund’s internal and external communications staff on activities related to the public release of the program’s publications. These typically include helping to: review state data profiles, shape and review the press release and e-alert and create presentations of key findings for the media. May be asked to present the key findings to the media and participate in interviews with journalists, particularly for those publications where s/he is the lead author.
  • Participates in the development of online versions of reports, data visualizations, and related interactives, with the Fund’s Vice President for Digital Information and Strategy.
  • Working closely with the Senior Scientist and Senior Researcher assists with complex data analysis using Excel spreadsheets, STATA, and other data analytic software.
  • Works with the Program Assistant on grant related matters as needed including the development of small grants/contracts related to data acquisition and measure development, and completed grant memoranda regarding grant achievements, issues in implementation, and lessons learned for Fund grantmaking.
  • Provides high level support to the VP in the development and writing of research and policy briefs and To the Point blog posts and journal articles for Fund or outside publication.
  • Develops slides and handouts for internal and external team presentations. Presents material as appropriate.
  • Helps to organize and support meetings and collaboration among advisory and affinity groups.

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 or departments if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Master’s degree or the equivalent in work experience. Preference will be given to applicants with prior research or journalism experience and/or formal education in economics or health policy. Demonstrated interest in health policy a plus.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with record of policy or journalism publication and/or presentation of research for policy or public audiences. An ability to convey complex technical issues to a lay policy audience.
  • Detail oriented with strong analytic skills. Demonstrated ability to gather, analyze, and synthesize data from various sources and produce graphics and tabular data presentations.
  • Highly organized and able to manage multiple tasks and production of deliverables in a fast- paced environment.
  • Dedicated team player with flexibility to work with and without supervision.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite of products. Familiarity with spreadsheet analysis and STATA, SAS, or similar statistical software a plus. Candidates must be willing to learn new computer skills as necessary.

The Fund has a relatively small staff so 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 “Research Associate – [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.


 

Program Assistant 

Federal and State Health Policy

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 POSITIOn

The program assistant, based in the Washington, D.C. office, reports to the Vice President of the Federal and State Health Policy (FSHP) Program. This position will support the FSHP Program as well as NY-based staff in DC as needed.  Duties fall into the following categories:

  • Administrative Support – responsible for support services for D.C. office staff, including:  maintaining accurate calendars and appointment schedules, managing and arranging travel plans. Reconciles D.C. office corporate Amex reports, and manages requisitions for payment for grantees, partners, and event participants. Provides support for NY-based Fund staff visiting DC office as needed.
  • Grants management - tracks deliverables and budgets for grants, manages grant proposal preparation and timetable, helps to prepare board proposal summaries and completed grant reports.
  • Policy support and outreach – executes logistics for internal meetings as well as external convenings, which includes annual retreats for congressional staff and members of Congress and briefings and other events for policymakers, influencers, and staff.
  • Policy tracking – Tracks Fund (staff and grantee) interactions with policymakers. Tracks impact of Fund products on policy decisions and deliberations.

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 political science, public policy, or public health is preferred
  • One to two years of work experience, preferably related to policy
  • Strong technical skills, including proficient use of databases (Salesforce is a plus) and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • Meeting management experience
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and follow through to effectively manage work and meet multiple tight deadlines
  • Ability to maintain a sense of humor and adventure in an unpredictable environment
  • Skilled at connecting with a variety of personalities both inside and outside of the organization
  • 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

CONTACT

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