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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, minority Americans, young children, and the elderly. 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:


Program Officer


Health Care Delivery System Reform

Vulnerable Populations Portfolio

The Commonwealth Fund (based in New York City)

The Organization

The Commonwealth Fund is a private foundation that aims 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, minority Americans, young children, and elderly adults. 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 Fund has an endowment of $750 million, and an annual budget of $35 million.

The Program On Health Care Delivery System Reform

In the United States, two groups experience problems with their health care more intensely and more frequently than any other.

One group is people with high health care needs and high costs—the 5 percent of the population that accounts for 50 percent of all health spending. Many have multiple, serious chronic conditions, like congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. Some also have functional limitations that make it difficult to perform daily living activities. Others have behavioral health concerns that further complicate their care.

People with low income also experience our health system’s shortcomings more acutely. Disproportionately minority, this vulnerable population is more likely to lack health insurance and adequate social supports than more affluent Americans. Extensive research shows that people with socioeconomic disadvantages have greater difficulty obtaining health care, receive lower-quality care, and experience poorer health outcomes.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Delivery System Reform program believes rapid, meaningful change in well-being is possible for both groups. Moreover, we believe improvements in care for these patients can spur better performance across the entire health system.

To promote needed change, the program supports efforts to:

  • build an evidence base to better understand the needs of these two populations and to demonstrate the value of improving care for both;
  • identify and assess promising models, programs, and practices to improve care;
  • promote payment reform and policy improvements to facilitate delivery system reform; and
  • Develop leadership needed to address the health needs of vulnerable populations through The Commonwealth Fund’s fellowship programs.

Vulnerable Populations Program Officer Duties

Within the Fund, the program staff originates and manages the individual projects for grants that are made by the Fund. Reporting to and working closely with the vice president and director of the Health Care Delivery System Reform (DSR) program, the program officer will be responsible for the vulnerable populations’ portfolio. The officer will be responsible for:

  • Developing new grants or projects, including identifying prospective grantees, working with prospective grantees to improve project design, collecting background information/research and conducting literature reviews, developing knowledge on specific topics to program areas, participation in meetings regarding projects and preparation of follow-up memoranda on meetings. Preparing the description of proposed projects for review and approval by the Board of Directors.
  • Development and writing of program plans for the vulnerable populations’ portfolio of the DSR program. This responsibility includes synthesizing findings from the past year from all projects across a program area, assessing other foundations’ contribution to the program area, and assisting in the development of strategic options for the program for the year ahead.
  • Refining and implementing the programmatic strategy and priorities for the vulnerable populations’ portfolio. Current priorities focus on creating high performance primary care for low-income populations, especially Medicaid beneficiaries covered by Medicaid managed care plans; and successful implementation of The Commonwealth Fund’s fellowship programs.
  • Working with other senior program staff on cross-cutting issues and other program areas as needed. In particular, the program officer will work with the vice president and director of the DSR program to support the Fund’s new program on Medicaid, which seeks to help all current and eligible Medicaid beneficiaries have timely access to affordable, high quality care. Additionally, the program officer will work closely with the assistant vice president for the High-Need, High-Cost portfolio in the DSR program on topics that cut-across both portfolios, such as social determinants of health or behavioral health integration.
  • Managing grants including: drafting payment and reporting schedules and contract language, tracking the current status of projects through ongoing contact with grantee principal investigators; reviewing grantee interim and final deliverables (e.g., interview protocols, survey instruments, preliminary data analysis and papers/articles for publication); maintaining knowledge of work related to grants; and maintaining files on assigned grants; and ensuring that grantees follow payment and reporting schedules.
  • Ensuring the continued success of the Commonwealth Fund minority health leadership fellowships and the Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships in Health Policy by working closely with host institutions in fellow selection, curriculum planning, and ongoing improvements.
  • Preparing Completed Grant Memoranda on all assigned completed projects, summarizing achievements, issues in implementation, and lessons learned for Fund grantmaking.
  • Developing briefing materials, blog posts, policy briefs, and journal articles for Fund or outside publication.
  • Developing or managing the development of survey instruments, analysis of survey data, and the dissemination of survey results.
  • In coordination with the Fund’s Communications team, prepare presentations to disseminate the Fund’s work in Health Care Delivery System Reform to the media and other interested parties. Will be expected to represent the Fund at high-level meetings and conferences.
  • Managing and mentoring a program assistant. 

The Fund’s philosophy on successful performance in the job includes the willingness on the part of all senior 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.


Requirements: An advanced degree (e.g., M.D. or Ph.D.) or strong health care delivery, government, or other relevant experience backed up with appropriate degrees (e.g., M.P.H., M.B.A., R.N.). A minimum of ten years health care services research or delivery experience, with at least five years in a senior role. Experience must include extensive knowledge of Medicaid and primary care. The successful candidate will have excellent written and oral communication skills, as well as health care analytical skills including the ability to summarize and present information from different sources, including quantitative sources. Experience with grantmaking or grantwriting is a plus.

The program officer is expected to be well organized with concern for details, accuracy, and deadlines and will have the ability to set priorities and work with a minimum of supervision. Excellent interpersonal skills, working well on a team, and a willingness to participate in the general workflow of the office are all necessary attributes.

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. 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.  


Commensurate with background and experience. The Fund offers an excellent benefits package (medical/dental insurance, life/disability insurance, 403(b) retirement plan, tuition reimbursement and ample paid time off).


Send resume and cover letter to

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.