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

Available jobs: 


Vice President

Medicare

THE POSITION

The Commonwealth Fund seeks a senior-level policy expert with deep knowledge of and experience in Medicare to oversee the Fund’s Medicare portfolio and coordinate with other program areas and initiatives within the Fund that have implications for Medicare and its beneficiaries, providers, and participating plans.

THE INITIATIVE ON ADVANCING MEDICARE

For over five decades, Medicare has helped older adults and people with disabilities obtain the health care they need while protecting them from severe financial hardship. The Commonwealth Fund’s Advancing Medicare initiative identifies ways in which this crucial program―the largest single payer of health care services in the United States―can serve its beneficiaries more effectively and efficiently while helping to foster health system improvements nationwide.

Medicare has enormous capacity to leverage broader change in U.S. health care. Nearly 60 million people over 65 and disabled Americans access care through the program, which accounts for a large and growing share of the federal budget (the government spends $700 billion on Medicare benefits annually, accounting for over 18 percent of total federal non-interest spending). And with the creation of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Medicare plays a critical role in the development, implementation, evaluation, and spread of innovative models of health care organization, delivery, and payment—not only for Medicare, but for other federal and state health insurance programs as well as private payers. The Fund and its grantees will examine how Medicare can:

  • Improve access to affordable care needed by people over 65 and those with disabilities.
  • Increase simplicity to ensure that beneficiaries are able to navigate the choices and options available to them through Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D.
  • Restrain the growth of federal program costs.
  • Improve coordination between Medicare and other public programs, particularly Medicaid.
  • Drive improvements in other areas of the health system through innovations in care delivery and provider payment.

GENERAL SENIOR PROGRAM STAFF RESPONSIBILITIES

Within the Fund, the program staff originates and manages the individual projects for grants that are made by the Fund. Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Programs and working closely with other program staff across the Fund, the Vice President is responsible for:

  • Development of strategy and program plans for Advancing Medicare initiatives.
  • Maintaining a view of developments and policy initiatives within the Medicare program as well as a solid understanding of the current research literature as it relates to Medicare 
  • Development of new projects (some of which may be in partnership with other priority/focus areas of the Fund), including identifying prospective grantees and working with prospective grantees to improve project design.
  • Management of grants including drafting payment and reporting schedules, tracking the current status of projects through ongoing contact with grantee principal investigators; reviewing grantee interim and final deliverables, including papers/articles for publication.
  • Development of briefing materials, policy briefs and journal articles for Fund or outside publication.
  • Preparing talks and presentations to disseminate the Fund’s work in Advancing Medicare.
  • Supporting program staff in the planning of advisory committee meetings and policy roundtables.
  • Representing the Fund at meetings and conferences.
  • Working with the executive vice president for programs and other senior program staff on cross-cutting issues and other program areas as needed. This work may include participating in the internal review of reports for possible Fund publication in all Fund program areas.
  • Working with the Fund’s communications office in the presentation and dissemination of project findings to the media and other interested parties.

The Vice President is also a team member of the Fund’s other programs and initiatives. As such, the Vice President is expected to actively participate and contribute to the activities of these programs – and to coordinate with senior program staff on initiatives that cut across program areas.

QUALIFICATIONS

Ideal requirements include a doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., J.D. or M.D.) in a field related to health services research or health policy or health economics. Minimum of eight years related work experience with demonstrated senior health policy experience, involving knowledge of and experience working with government and organizations at the state and national level. Strong background in health insurance coverage and policy, health services financing and delivery issues, quality improvement and efficiency, managed care, availability of and access to care. Health policy and research analytical skills including ability to summarize and present information from different sources, including quantitative sources. Strong coordination and project management abilities as well as the ability to collaborate with other senior program staff on areas of joint program interests and priorities. Well organized with concern for details, accuracy and deadlines. Ability to set priorities and work with a minimum of supervision. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Excellent interpersonal skills: capable of being a team member as well as a team leader. Willingness to participate in general workflow of office.

The Fund has a relatively small staff, and collaboration, 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.  

LOCATION

This position can be based either in the Fund’s Washington, DC Office or at its headquarters in New York City.

COMPENSATION

Commensurate with background and experience. The Fund offers a generous benefits package (medical/dental insurance, life/disability insurance, pension plan, tuition reimbursement, and ample vacation).

CONTACT

Please send a cover letter (including salary expectations) and resume with the subject line “VP, Medicare – 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 orientation/affection preference, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, medical condition, disability, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.


 

Vice President 

International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovations

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 U.S. health care system against that of other high-income countries; conducting international research and policy analysis that informs understanding of how the U.S. health care system can improve its performance; and investing in international dialogue, exchange and education that enable U.S. policymakers 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 U.S. health care 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 U.S. policy thinking. Authors or coauthors 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 health care decision-makers.
  • Directs multilateral and bilateral learning opportunities. Historically these have included an international symposium for health ministers conducted regularly in Washington, D.C., and bilateral 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 U.S. 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, and ample vacation).

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

Cost Control and Medicare

THE INITIATIVE ON CONTROLLING HEALTH CARE COSTS

The U.S. health care system is by far the most expensive in the world, consuming 18 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. That’s 50 percent higher than the share of GDP devoted to health care in the second-most-expensive country and double that in many other high-income countries.

Despite all that spending, health outcomes for Americans are often worse than in those other countries. The U.S. health care system is fraught with wasteful and inefficient spending and prices are higher than those that other developed nations pay for the same medical services, devices, and pharmaceuticals ― even those produced in the United States and sold on global markets. The inefficiency of U.S. health care is putting a strain on businesses, governments, and household budgets ― diverting resources away from investments in jobs, education, and other social and economic needs. The Commonwealth Fund’s Controlling Health Care Costs initiative monitors and analyzes spending in both the public and private health care sectors. It seeks answers to two central questions:

  • What is driving cost and spending trends in health care markets across the country?
  • What policy reforms, innovations in care delivery, or changes in provider payment have the potential to reduce costs while improving health outcomes in all regions?

Patients with the highest and costliest health care needs, such as people with multiple chronic conditions, are a particular emphasis of the initiative. Research efforts also focus on the cost impact of new medical technologies and changing demographics, as well as the role of prices, treatment patterns, and resource use.

It is hoped that findings from these and other analyses will inform new approaches to controlling costs that yield far better value for our health care dollars.

THE INITIATIVE ON ADVANCING MEDICARE

For nearly five decades, Medicare has helped older adults and disabled people of all ages obtain the health care they need while protecting them from severe financial hardship. The Commonwealth Fund’s Advancing Medicare initiative identifies ways in which this crucial program ― the largest single payer of health care services in the United States ― can serve its beneficiaries more effectively and efficiently while helping to foster health system improvements nationwide. Medicare has enormous capacity to leverage broader change in U.S. health care. Approximately 60 million aged and disabled Americans access care through the program, which accounts for a large and growing share of the federal budget (the government spends $700 billion on Medicare benefits annually, accounting for 18 percent of total federal non-interest spending). And with the creation of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, Medicare has a key role in the development, implementation, evaluation, and spread of innovative models of health care organization, delivery, and payment — not only for Medicare, but for other federal and state health insurance programs and private payers, too. The Fund and its grantees examine how Medicare can:

  • Improve access to care needed by aged and disabled beneficiaries.
  • Restrain the growth of program costs.
  • Assess and disseminate innovations in care delivery and provider payment throughout the program and the entire health system.
  • Improve coordination between Medicare and other public programs, like Medicaid.
  • Drive improvements in other areas of the health system, such as employer-funded, private health insurance.

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the assistant vice president, the program assistant is the staff member responsible for providing daily support for the Cost Control and Medicare programs. 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 (30%)

  • Provide administrative support to the assistant 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.

Research and Analysis (30%)

  • Conducts background research in Fund program area as needed by the assistant vice president, including literature reviews, Internet searches and tracking journals, working papers, legislative developments and public coverage of health policy issues. In addition, summarizes reports from Federal and private sources.
  • Occasionally attends relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars in support of the programs.
  • 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.
  • Provides research and writing support to assistant vice president for Fund publications. This work includes: preparing tables and charts as well as drafting summaries of grantee or Fund reports.

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 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)
  • 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

CONTACT

Please send a cover letter (including salary expectations), resume, and one writing sample with the subject line “Program Assistant, Cost Control – [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 Associate

Washington, D.C.

THE POSITION

The program associate, 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 the Fund’s cross-cutting Medicaid team as needed.  Duties fall into the following categories:

  • Grants management (30%) – Interacts with current and potential FSHP grantees, 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 (30%) – Supports the FSHP team in outreach and engagement with policymakers & influencers. Executes logistics for internal meetings as well as high-profile events targeted to policymakers and influencers at the federal and state level.
  • Policy tracking (20%) –Tracks Fund (staff and grantee) interactions with policymakers. Tracks impact of Fund products on policy decisions and deliberations. Also assists in tracking key developments at the federal and state level to assist in determining Fund response.
  • General support (20%) – responsible for support services for FSHP team as needed. Duties include assistance with presentations, scheduling, and other logistical support as needed.

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. The FSHP program is cross-cutting in nature. The expectation is that a successful candidate will be able to work successfully with other Fund programs and will excel in identifying connections between policy opportunities and Fund areas of expertise and products.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • A college bachelor’s degree with a major in political science, public policy, or public health; a master’s degree is preferred.
  • Three to five years of work experience, preferably in a Congressional office or a policy setting.
  • Strong organizational and technical skills, including proficient use of databases (Salesforce is a plus) and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint).
  • 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
  • Experience in executing high-profile events
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Good judgment and the ability to act independently within standard guidelines
  • Flexibility and skill in taking the lead and working as part of a team

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 Associate, D.C. – [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.