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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.


 

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.


 

Intern

Research and Evaluation

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 intern will provide support related to foundation assessment and report to the Vice President of Survey Research and Evaluation who leads the Fund’s organizational performance and program impact assessment activities.  Specific tasks of this internship include:

  • Help manage and analyze data to assess organizational effectiveness and foundation impact.
  • Use various tools and data sources (Altmetric, media scans, policy document reviews), and compile examples of how the foundation’s work has contributed to policy and practice change.
  • Aggregate qualitative and quantitative data and create data visualizations for different audiences
  • Draft blogs, reports, and PowerPoint charts that summarize findings related to the impact of the Fund’s work.

QUALIFICATIONS

The Intern position requires demonstrated skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Advanced Excel and PowerPoint skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage up to help all team members remain on schedule.
  • Strong data visualization skills and experience with Tableau software is desirable.
  • Excellent writing skills for both research and policy audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to multi-task.
  • A self-starter and a collaborative team player.

The ideal candidate for this Intern position would be a second-year student in an MPA, MPP, or MPH program.

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.  

TIME

This position is anticipated to be 15-20 hours per week starting in September 2019. It will likely run through June 2020, although that could change depending on the work envisioned.

COMPENSATION

The internship is paid at $25 per hour. The Fund offers lunch in staff dining room.

CONTACT

Please send a cover letter, resume, and one writing sample with the subject line “Intern, Research and Evaluation – [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.