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A listing of current job opportunities at the Commonwealth Fund’s New York City and Washington, D.C., offices.

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.

Open Positions:

 


Senior Vice President for Research/Chief Science Officer

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, greater equity, and increased 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 Commonwealth Fund has made a commitment to become an antiracist organization. That commitment extends not only to our research agenda, our grantmaking, and our communications, but also to all aspects of our internal operations. 

THE POSITION

The Senior Vice President for Research and Chief Science Officer (SVP/CSO) reports to the President, supervises a Senior Research Associate, and serves as a member of the Fund’s Executive Management Team (EMT). In this inherently cross-cutting role, the SVP/CSO adds value to the organization’s work in all its core areas. This includes working with other Fund staff to develop the research design of grant proposals and future publications, as well as reviewing those proposals or publications.  The SVP/CSO participates in deliberations about the Fund’s strategic direction, leads initiatives that are critical to the mission of the Fund, and contributes to Fund publications and journal articles as co-author or lead author with analyses based on findings from Fund surveys or external databases. As a spokesperson for The Fund, the SVP/CSO promotes Fund work on social media, through media inquiries, and with public presentations. As the senior research leader at the Fund the CSO participates in external advisory roles in areas consistent with the Fund’s goals and priorities.  

  • The SVP/CSO advises the President and works closely with the EVP for Programs on all foundation-wide analytic and research activities. The SVP/CSO creates his/her/their own research agenda that aligns with the Fund’s mission and cuts across multiple programs. A few recent examples are here and here.
  • The SVP/CSO is responsible for directing key cross-cutting Commonwealth Fund research initiatives. Most recently this has included leading the Fund’s COVID research agenda; contributing to the Fund’s new Race Equity Scorecard; advising on the development of the Advancing Health Equity program; and reimagining the Fund’s international Mirror, Mirror triennial publication (and the surveys that support it).
  • The SVP/CSO is a core member of the Proposal Review Committee and therefore participates in all grant review meetings. As projects are under development, the CSO serves as a sounding board for all program officers on methodological issues and vetting research designs for projects in advance of review and approval. The SVP/CSO will bring to bear a wide range of experience on health equity, health insurance, payment and delivery system reform, and health care policy.
  • The SVP/CSO participates in the Fund’s Publications Review Committee. In this capacity, the SVP/CSO serves as a crucial quality control officer for Fund reports and publications, ensuring that the information is accurate and timely and that the key issues are communicated effectively.
  • The SVP/CSO serves in an advisory capacity on all Fund-initiated surveys and works with senior Fund staff to develop Fund surveys. The position has traditionally provided thought leadership in identifying key trends and messages in Fund surveys. 
  • The SVP/CSO is a highly visible ambassador for the Fund, contributing to Fund publications and journal articles as co-author or lead author. The SVP/CSO actively promotes Fund work through social media, presentations, and by responding to requests from journalists. The CSO serves on various external advisory committees on topics of interest to the Fund.
  • As a member of the Fund’s Executive Management Team, the SVP/CSO participates in annual review and discussion of each program’s strategic plans and the assessment of completed projects and grants. 
  • Equity is a central and cross-cutting priority for the Fund. The SVP/CSO advises on all research related to health equity across the foundation, both intramural and through our grantmaking, to help dismantle systemic racism in health care policy and practice.

The Fund’s philosophy regarding 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 or specific projects if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS

Successful candidates must have extensive experience as a researcher or policy analyst and must have demonstrated an ability to manage complex qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation projects and to produce high quality analytic work.

Specific job qualifications include extensive experience managing a research or evaluation team, a PhD or equivalent research training, and at least ten years of experience in health policy research. Formal economics and statistics training at the graduate school level or the equivalent in job experience is necessary. This training should include demonstrated skill and experience in managing and analyzing databases.

This person will have demonstrated communication skills, including writing for policy audiences, strong social media presence, and peer-reviewed publishing record as a policy analyst and researcher. The ability to work independently and creatively across a range of social and health policy issues is required, along with the expertise and familiarity with health services research and economics literature related to health and social policy issues, and racial equity.  This person must have experience leading or participating in DEI efforts. This person must have the ability to lead and manage team efforts, strong interpersonal and communication skills, and the ability to work constructively and collaboratively with both senior and junior research staff.

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 is a key qualification. So too are an interest in, and strong commitment to, the Fund’s mission and grants programs. 

LOCATION

This position is based out of our NYC office. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please send a letter of interest and resume with the subject line: “SVP for Research/CSO” to: [email protected]

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

ADVANCING MEDICARE PROGRAM

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.

ADVANCING MEDICARE PROGRAM

For almost 60 years, Medicare has helped older adults and disabled people of all ages obtain the health care they need while protecting them from the financial burden of excessive medical bills. The Commonwealth Fund’s Advancing Medicare program identifies ways in which this crucial program can serve its beneficiaries more effectively, efficiently, and equitably while promoting improvement throughout the health care system.
Medicare has enormous capacity to leverage change in U.S. health care. More than 64 million older adults and disabled Americans access care through the program, many in private health plans that contract with Medicare to offer covered benefits. In all, the program accounts for a large and growing share of the federal budget. 

The Fund and its grantees examine how Medicare can:

  • Improve the affordability of care for beneficiaries and the federal government.
  • Assess whether private plans, including Medicare Advantage, Part D, and Medigap, are providing efficient, effective, and equitable care to Medicare beneficiaries. 
  • Examine how Medicare can reduce rather than perpetuate inequities in care.  

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the Vice President, the program associate is the staff member responsible for providing high-level daily programmatic and research support for the Advancing Medicare program. The program associate will be expected to perform a variety of duties ranging from research, writing, and editing blogs, issue briefs, and journal articles to daily administrative and grants management tasks.

SPECIFIC RESPONSIBILITIES

Research and Analysis
  • Contributes regularly and occasionally leads the research and writing for research publications pertinent to the program. This work includes conceptualizing and drafting Fund reports with minimal oversight, analyzing data, preparing tables and charts, and editing grantee publications for content and style.
  • Track policy developments in the Medicare landscape. This work includes attending relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars in support and as a representative of the program, as well as tracking journals, working papers, legislative developments, literature reviews, and public coverage of health policy issues.
Grants Management
  • Provide a leadership role in the development of grants, including working with potential grantees to refine proposals and ensure completion of all required documents, working closely with the VP in internal reviews of proposals, and managing all aspects of the grant portfolio independently. 

  • Manage the drafting of proposed grants summaries, payment and reporting schedules, and letters of agreement; monitor timelines and track grantee products; track grant payments and program budgets; plan meetings, forums or conferences related to grantee work; and prepare memos analyzing completed projects.

  • Maintain consistent and regular communication with grantees, including relaying information on the Fund’s goals and strategies, how the awarded grant fits into the Fund’s broader efforts, and how the Fund’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion fits into its work.

  • Act as a liaison with the Fund’s Communications staff to ensure the dissemination of all grant products, including: managing 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; 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
  • 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.
  • 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. Produce and prepare materials, including PowerPoint slides, for public and internal presentations. 
  • Occasionally provide administrative support to the vice president: including the calendar, phone, travel, meetings, expense reports, correspondence, and distribution of program work 

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 other job duties if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in public health or public policy preferred.  
  • Three to five years minimum of relevant work experience, preferably in health policy or policy research, and subject expertise in Medicare 
  • Adept at data visualization
  • Strong technical skills, including proficient use of databases 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 

LOCATION

This position can be based out of our NYC or DC locations. The Commonwealth Fund offers flexible working arrangements. As of May 2022, The Commonwealth Fund Staff are free to work from home up to 3 days per workweek.

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. 

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and a letter of interest with subject line “Program Associate – [Your Name]” to [email protected]

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.


 

 


Content Writer/Editor

Seeking Talented Full-Time Editor-Writer to Work on Health Care Issues

Are you a talented editor and wordsmith? Would you like to use your skills to work for positive social change? If so, the Commonwealth Fund, an independent foundation seeking a more equitable and affordable health care system, has the job for you. 

We’re looking for diverse candidates with an uncanny ability to translate dense, technical, material into concise, engaging, and reader-friendly pieces. As a key member of the Commonwealth Fund’s Communications team — a vibrant group of editors, social media writers, designers, and communications specialists — you will collaborate with health policy researchers, health care advocates, and other experts to develop, write and/or edit a wide range of publications for a broad audience, from blog posts and issue briefs to explainers, feature articles, and email alerts.

The Commonwealth Fund works on a variety of important health care issues, including: universal health coverage, maternal health, racism and bias in health care, behavioral health, affordability concerns, innovations for controlling costs and taming high drug prices, international comparisons, public health infrastructure, and climate change and health.

This position will report to the Vice President for Content & Strategy within the Commonwealth Fund’s Communications team.

What you bring to the position:

  •  Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of five years’ writing and editing experience. Journalism or communications background a plus.
  • Ability to explain complex concepts and translate research findings for a broad audience. 
  • Strong line editing skills.
  • Excellent communication and project management skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team.
  • Interest in health care and social policy issues.

What you get working with the Fund:

  • Flexible working arrangements, ability to work remotely up to 3 days a week.
  • Salary range: $90,000–$110,000, depending on experience.
  • Generous benefits package designed to support your health, financial, and lifestyle well-being. Benefits include:
    • Health insurance coverage for employees, their spouses/domestic partners, and qualified dependents, with extensive national network access and minimal to no employee contribution 
    • Dental insurance coverage for employees, their spouses, and qualified dependents 
    • Medical/Dependent and Transit Flexible Savings Account 
    • Employer-Funded Health Reimbursement Account to help cover out-of-pocket medical costs
    • Vision insurance plan
    • 403b retirement plan with generous employer contributions 
    • Life/AD&D and Disability insurance coverage
    • Up to 12 weeks of salary continuance for the birth or adoption of a child
    • Tuition reimbursement for up to $8,000 per year ($32,000 lifetime maximum)
    • Employee Assistance Program with a variety of resources to support every stage of life
    • Matching gift program for employee charitable contributions
    • Paid time off to support employee work/life balance
    • Half-Day Summer Fridays between Memorial Day and Labor Day

Location

This position is based in our NYC office. 

How to Apply

Please submit your resume and a letter of interest with subject line “Content Writer/Editor” – [Your Name]” to [email protected]

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

CONTROLLING HEALTH CARE COSTS

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 CONTROLLING HEALTH CARE COSTS PROGRAM

The United States spends far more per person on its health care system compared to the rest of the world. Eighteen percent of the nation’s economy is devoted to health care — 50 percent higher than Switzerland, the country that spends the next-highest share, and nearly double what many other high-income countries spend.

Despite all this spending, Americans’ health outcomes are often worse than those in other advanced nations, and there is ample evidence of waste and inefficiency. Evidence also shows that U.S. prices are out of line with what people elsewhere pay for the same medical services, devices, and pharmaceuticals. This is true even for products made in the U.S. and sold on global markets.

This level of spending puts a strain on businesses, governments, and household budgets. It also diverts resources away from wage growth, job creation, education, and other social and economic needs.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Cost Control program seeks to slow health spending by:

  1. Identifying and explaining cost-drivers.
  2. Developing and evaluating promising regulatory and market-based approaches to address the drivers of health care spending.
  3. Increasing adoption of evidence-based approaches by federal and state governments, employers, and insurers.

Pharmaceutical spending and commercial health services prices are specific areas of research and policy development. Additional projects investigate the role of government and private sector payers in lowering health care prices through public policy and market-based reforms. 

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.

SUMMARY POSITION DESCRIPTION

Reporting to the Vice President, the Program Assistant is the staff member responsible for providing daily support for the Controlling Health Care Costs Program. 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 (50%)
  • 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; planning meetings or webinars related to grantee work; and preparing memos analyzing completed projects.
  • Act as a liaison with Communications to ensure the effective dissemination of all grant products, including: obtaining feedback from Communications staff on the communications plans for proposals; 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; 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 vice president: including the calendar, phone, correspondence, and distribution of program work. Rarely, provide assistance regarding travel and expense reports.
  • Arrange appointments, 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 correspondence to current and prospective grantees, review proposed projects; assemble and provide materials on Fund programs, projects, and other activities as requested by grantees and other individuals.
Research and Analysis (20%)
  • Conduct background research in Fund program area as needed by the vice president, including literature reviews, Internet searches and tracking journals, working papers, legislative developments and public coverage of health policy issues. 
  • Occasionally attend relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars in support of the programs.
  • Prepare documents for internal meetings, including the annual program plan meeting. Prepare materials, including PowerPoint slides, for public and internal presentations.
  • Provide research and writing support to vice president for Fund publications.  Assist with editing grantee work for publication on the Fund website.

In addition to serving the above roles for the Controlling Health Care Costs Program, the Program Assistant will provide administrative and grants management support for the Fund’s Climate and Health Initiative also under the vice president’s direction.

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 in health policy, policy research, or the health care industry
  • Strong interest in the Controlling Health Care Costs Program’s topics of study
  • Strong technical skills, including proficient use of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, and in particular PowerPoint)
  • Highly skilled at project management, including multi-tasking, prioritizing, and meeting multiple tight and competing 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.

LOCATION

This position can be based out of our NYC or DC locations. The Commonwealth Fund offers flexible working arrangements. As of May 2022, The Commonwealth Fund Staff are free to work from home up to 3 days per workweek.

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit your resume and a letter of interest with subject line “Program Assistant, Controlling Health Care Costs” – [Your Name]” to [email protected]

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.