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.
- Vice President, International Program in Health Policy & Practice Innovations (NYC)
- Program Assistant, International Program in Health Policy & Practice Innovations (NYC)
International Program in Health Policy & Innovations
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.
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.
- Masters degree and minimum ten years experience in health research or policy or a Ph.D. and equivalent work experience in health policy research.
- 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.
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.
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
International Program in Health Policy & Innovations
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.
INTERNATIONAL HEALTH POLICY AND PRACTICE INNOVATIONS
The Commonwealth Fund’s International Health Policy and Practice Innovations (IHP) program seeks to learn about successful approaches taken by other OECD countries to ensure access to high-quality, cost-effective health care, and then share those lessons among our peer nations. The program promotes cross-national learning by:
- Annually surveying the public, patients, and physicians in 11 countries to compare health system performance;
- Organizing an annual International Symposium on Health Care Policy, attended by health ministers and senior government officials, as well as other multinational forums;
- Sponsoring the Harkness Fellowships in Health Policy and Practice, which enable promising health care policy researchers and practitioners in eight countries to spend up to 12 months in the U.S. conducting policy-oriented research, gaining firsthand exposure to innovative models of health care delivery, and working with leading policy experts. The fellowship has a number of international cosponsors; and,
- Identifying and evaluating front-line health care delivery system innovations from abroad that might also work in the U.S. and facilitating their transfer to the U.S. health care system.
This position reports directly to the Vice President and Director (VP) of the International Health Policy and Practice Innovations program. Duties fall into the following categories:
- Appointments, telephone, and travel– responsible for all support services for the VP, including: managing a year-round schedule of internal and external meetings, arranging travel plans (including multi-country trips), fielding telephone calls, maintaining accurate calendars and appointment schedules, and anticipating and coordinating all briefing materials for VP.
- Documents and correspondence management - responsible for understanding and managing a large flow of documents within the department. Prepares letters of agreements for Harkness Fellows (10 to 16 annually), country co-funding partners (including health ministries, government agencies, and international foundations), and grantees. Drafts progress and final reports for country funding partners. Tracks deliverables and budgets for all grants, manages grant proposal preparation and timetable, helps to prepare board proposal summaries and completed grant reports. Is expected to develop expertise on all IHP grants and to be able to make substantive recommendations that shape current and future grantmaking.
- Budgeting and expense reconciliation – assists in drafting budgets for Harkness Fellows and grantees; reconciles VP’s and Program Manager’s Amex expenses (over $1 million annually); tracks partner funding and accounts receivable ($2.2 million annually); manages all IHP requisitions for payment (for Fellows, grantees, partners, and event participants)
- Meeting coordination and support
- Organizes all logistics for up to eight Harkness selection meetings each year (held in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, and/or the UK), including scheduling; finding and contracting with hotels, restaurants, and transportation; arranging travel for the VP, selection committee members, Harkness applicants, and Harkness alumni to attend the meeting; and prepares materials (briefing books, nametags, etc.) for each meeting.
- Executes logistics (e.g. travel arrangements, collecting and assembling materials, name badges and table tents, printing briefing books, etc.) for the International Symposium, bilateral international meetings, and all Harkness Fellowship meetings.
- As part of the IHP team, is expected to attend and provide onsite support for annual international symposium and Harkness seminars (which requires overnight travel to Washington, D.C. and other cities).
- Visa preparation and administration for the Harkness Fellows - acting as an Alternate Official for the Commonwealth Fund as a J-1 Institution, prepares visa forms for fellows and their family members; oversees Harkness Fellows’ visas process, ensuring that all visas are properly executed and meet State Department regulations; provides guidance and support for all fellows during the J-1 Visa application process and interviews in their home country; prepares timely annual reports and program redesignation for the Department of State.
- Assists with special projects as needed
This position requires someone with extensive administrative, organizational, and budget experience. Candidate must have good judgment and the ability to act independently within standard guidelines. Flexibility and skill in working as a team member are a must as this is a highly demanding, multiple task environment with changing priorities. Due to the nature of the department and its workload, the willingness to work overtime during peak times to meet the department’s goals is necessary to be successful in this position.
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.
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
Please send a cover letter (including salary expectations), resume, and one writing sample with the subject line “IHP Program Assistant – [Name]” to Gabrielle Wuolo, Director of Human Resources and Operations, at email@example.com.
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.