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.
- Vice President, Medicare (NYC or DC)
- Vice President, International Program in Health Policy and Practice Innovations (NYC)
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.
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.
This position can be based either in the Fund’s Washington, DC Office or at its headquarters in New York City.
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).
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 [email protected].
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
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, and ample vacation).
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 [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.