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Working at the Fund

Learn about our culture and explore career opportunities at the Commonwealth Fund’s New York City and Washington, D.C., offices.

The Commonwealth Fund was established in 1918 with the broad charge to enhance the common good. Its founder, Anna M. Harkness, is among the first women to start a private foundation.

Today, the mission of the Commonwealth Fund is to promote a high-performing, equitable health care system that achieves better access, improved quality, and greater efficiency, particularly for society’s most vulnerable, including people of color, people with low income, and those who are uninsured.

We take great pride in our team and strive to create a collegial, inclusive environment. We look for talented people with curious minds who are inspired by the Fund’s mission.

As a community of individuals seeking to improve health care policy and practice through evidence-based research, we encourage all our staff to contribute to this work, regardless of title or tenure. We consider diversity of experience and perspective essential to our success. And while we take our work seriously, we also like to spend time getting to know one another on a personal and social level, too.

Where We Work

The Commonwealth Fund has offices in New York City and Washington, D.C. Our headquarters are located in the historic home of the Harkness family, Harkness House, a landmark building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Recent renovations make our home office more accessible, inviting, and inclusive.

Our Washington, D.C., office, near the White House, is home to our Federal and State Health Policy, Medicaid, and Medicare program teams, as well as other staff.

As of July 2022, the Commonwealth Fund has a hybrid work policy that allows staff the flexibility to work from home while providing ample opportunities for valuable in-person collaboration and convening.

How We Recruit

The Commonwealth Fund values diversity, believing it to be an essential quality of an effective organization. As part of our commitment to becoming an antiracist organization, we seek to recruit and retain people from underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds.

We continue to evaluate our recruiting and hiring practices to ensure we honor our commitments to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Our Benefits

Commonwealth Fund employees receive competitive salaries and a generous benefit package designed to support their overall well-being. We also strive to create a diverse and inclusive workplace in line with our values and goals. The Fund conducts annual benchmarking studies to ensure we continue to meet these goals.

Employee benefits include:

  • Best-in-class health care plan with comprehensive medical, hospital, and prescription drug coverage, along with a health reimbursement account, provided at no cost to employees and their dependents; vision coverage provided at nominal cost
  • 403(b) retirement plan featuring generous employer contributions that range from 11 percent to 20 percent of annual salary
  • Retiree health benefits
  • Tuition reimbursement and professional development support
  • Generous time off to support employee work–life balance
  • Flexible hybrid work policy, with staff eligible to work remotely up to three days per week
  • Half-day summer Fridays
  • Comprehensive parental leave policies, with up to 12 weeks’ salary continuance
  • Generous matching gifts program for charitable donations
  • Disability and life insurance coverage at no cost
  • Employee assistance and referral programs

Open Positions:


Administrative Assistant


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.


Reporting to the Fund’s Vice President, Administration, the Administrative Assistant provides high-quality, confidential operational and administrative support and reports directly to the VP Administration. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Provides quality administrative assistant support to the VP, Administration which includes:
  • Scheduling appointments, telephone, and travel; managing a year-round schedule of internal and external meetings, arranging travel plans, 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 HR and Administrative department.
  • Budgeting and expense reconciliation; reconciles VP’s Amex expenses; provides administrative support to the VP with the annual budgeting process.
  • Assists HR Specialist with full cycle HR responsibilities including recruitment efforts, onboarding, and terminations.
  • Supports the HR team with administrative responsibilities including maintaining HR files for active and inactive employees; supporting the annual performance appraisal process; assisting with preparation for meetings, and providing support for annual audits, planning, and assisting with other special projects.
  • Tracks and manages professional development, staff training and opportunities.
  • Support HR and VP, Administration with Open Enrollment, Handling scheduling, enrollment collection and employee reminders.
  • Provides coverage and support for the HR Specialist, Manager, Office and Building Services, and office of the COO, as requested.


  • Minimum of two (2) years related experience. A combination of education and/or experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree.
  • Commitment to the Fund’s mission and vision.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Self-motivated and highly organized professional with excellent project management skills.
  • Effective communicator who can build trusted relationships and work effectively with individuals at all levels from diverse cultural, social, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Works independently as well as collaboratively as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Functions well with minimal supervision and delivers quality outcomes under pressure and deadlines.
  • Intellectually curious, finding solutions through internet research, and applies learnings to work.
  • Self-aware professional who conveys a reliably calm demeanor, handling confidential information with discretion and sound judgement.
  • Strong technology skills; able to quickly learn and operate various software, apps, and programs. Must have strong Microsoft Office skills. An elevated level of competence with PowerPoint and Excel is essential.
  • A talent for providing outstanding customer service and a good sense of humor.
  • Strong communicator with excellent written and verbal skills.

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 is an essential qualification.


This position will be based out of our New York City office. This position will be expected to work on location Monday–Thursday and remotely on Fridays.


Please apply using this link.

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.