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. 

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 ASSOCIATE PROGRAM OFFICER: MEDICAID

FEDERAL AND STATE HEALTH POLICY

THE COMMONWEALTH FUND, Washington, D.C.

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 Federal and State Health Policy Initiative

If we as a nation are to achieve fundamental improvements in our health care system, federal and state policymakers need access to objective, evidence-based, actionable information. As the nation moves forward on health system transformation, both federal and state policy makers continue to play critical roles in expanding access to affordable insurance coverage, in designing, testing, and refining new ways to deliver and pay for health care, and in ensuring that health services are delivered efficiently and equitably to those that need it most. Continuing budgetary pressures, moreover, have forced federal and state officials alike to prioritize the search for ways to produce better health outcomes for beneficiaries at lower cost.

The Commonwealth Fund’s Federal and State Health Policy (FSHP) initiative provides independent analysis of health care issues tailored for those serving in state and federal government. The Fund’s team helps to inform and educate congressional members and staff, officials in the executive branch, state policymakers, and the broader policy community—across the political spectrum—on issues central to achieving a high-performance health system. The FSHP team serves as a bridge between the research and analysis carried out by Fund staff and grantees across all program areas and policymakers at the state and federal level. At the same time, insights and expertise from the FSHP team help to inform the Fund’s strategic thinking on publications, funding decisions, partnerships, and messaging.

Through the briefings, conferences, and retreats it sponsors, the Fund’s team also serves as a neutral convener, facilitating both state-to-state learning and communications between federal and state policymakers to inform policy deliberations and generate new solutions.

Medicaid

At the intersection point of federal and state policy, the Medicaid program and the populations it serves has been a key area of focus for the Fund for decades. Given the prominence of Medicaid in the national reform discussions and the range of Medicaid efforts underway at the state level, the Fund has developed a cross-programmatic initiative on Medicaid that will coordinate and build on work and expertise housed in three of the Fund’s programs: Health Care Coverage and Access, Delivery System Reform, and Federal and State Health Policy.  The goal of the initiative is to advance and improve Medicaid to ensure that all beneficiaries, and those potentially eligible, have timely access to affordable, high quality care.

There are five broad categories of activity:

  1. Tracking and analyzing federal and state Medicaid policy changes
  2. Increasing understanding of Medicaid beneficiaries needs and experiences
  3. Documenting variation in Medicaid eligibility, benefit design, financing, and delivery of care 4. Identifying, assessing and spreading innovative models and policy options
  4. Connecting state and federal policymakers with evidence-based analysis, information, and tools.

By the end of 2018, the expectation is that the Fund will have established its reputation as a key resource for tracking the impact of federal/state policies on Medicaid and documenting the implications of changes for beneficiaries.

Summary Position Description

The Commonwealth Fund has an office with seven staff members in Washington, D.C. The Associate Program Officer, Medicaid reports to the Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy and supports the Fund’s Federal and State Health Policy initiative.

The Associate Program Officer, Medicaid will help to lead the cross-program Medicaid initiative and will have responsibility for an approximately $1M annual grant portfolio focused on Medicaid and reaching state policy makers.

The position also serves as a key member of the Federal and State Health Policy team, helping to advise Fund leadership on policy strategy around federal and state policy, contributing to Fund research and publications and helping to execute projects to inform and educate policymakers at the state and federal level.

Specific Responsibilities

Grants Management: Medicaid and State Policy (40%)

Oversees all aspects of the Medicaid and State grant portfolio, including:

  • Development of grant proposals and budgets.
  • Works with experts in the field, communicates with potential grantees, stays fluent on Medicaid policy as well as conducts background research on proposal topics.
  • Prepares proposal materials and summaries for internal review and Board approval.
  • Drafts letters of agreement and payment and review schedules for approved grants.
  • Tracks, co-develops, reviews, and approves grantee deliverables and products.
  • Evaluates the grantee deliverables and writes final grant review documents.

Policy Strategy (60%)

  • Serves as the Fund’s Medicaid expert and coordinator of the Fund’s Medicaid Initiative Develops the agenda and background material for the Fund’s Medicaid workgroup meetings and facilitates the meetings.
  • Disseminates insights from the Federal and State Health Policy initiative’s grantees and policy tracking to other program areas and Fund leadership to inform project/product development, policy strategy, and messaging.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with state and federal policymakers. Ensures dissemination of Fund and grantee products to state and federal policymakers.
  • Supports the planning and execution of policy events targeting congressional staff, Members of Congress, state policymakers, stakeholders, and the press.
  • In support of the cross-program effort on Medicaid, coordinates the tracking of state and federal policy developments related to priorities areas in Medicaid.
  • Contributes to regular updates on state and federal policy action updates.
  • Provides research and writing support to ensure Fund and grantee products are relevant and timely for state and federal policymaker audiences.
  • Attends relevant hearings, briefings, conferences, and other events.
  • Prepares materials, slides, and charts for internal meetings, including annual program plan meetings, updates to the Board, and program staff meetings, reflecting Fund’s policy strategy and messaging.
  • Prepares materials, slides, and charts for external meetings and presentations by Vice President, Federal and State Health Policy, other senior Fund staff, and Fund leadership, reflecting Fund’s policy strategy and messaging.

The Commonwealth 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 departments if the need arises.

Qualifications

Masters level education and three to five years related work experience. Applicants must have Medicaid experience at the federal or state level. Demonstrated work experience in the field is expected.

Candidates must have strong writing and analytic skills, as well as organizational and administrative skills. Ability to manage and work on multiple tasks, work with budgets, and prepare graphics and tabular data presentations. Flexibility and skill in working as a team member are a must as the position requires working in a high demand, multiple task environment with changing priorities. Intellectually curious and able to gather, assess, and synthesize information from various sources.

Strong computer skills, including knowledge of the Windows Office Suite of products, Outlook Exchange, and the Internet, are required. Must be well trained in PowerPoint, Excel, and/or other presentation software. Must also have a working knowledge of statistical analysis methods and statistical software (STATA and/or SAS). Familiarity with Salesforce is a plus. Candidates must be willing to learn new computer skills as necessary to work with the Fund’s website and surveys. Must have an interest in and strong commitment to the Fund's mission and current grants programs.

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.  

Compensation

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

Contact

Send resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to gw@cmwf.org

Gabrielle Wuolo

Director of Administration

The Commonwealth Fund

One East 75th Street

New York, NY 10021-2692

 

Please note that this position is based in Washington, D.C.

 

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

HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM, Vulnerable Populations Portfolio

THE COMMONWEALTH FUND, Washington, D.C.

 

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.

Through the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship Program in Minority Health Policy, the program also develops the physician leadership needed to address the health needs of vulnerable populations.

Summary Position Description

The Program Assistant is the staff member responsible for providing daily support for the Vulnerable Populations portfolio in the Health Care Delivery System Reform program and its officers. The Program Assistant will be expected to perform a variety of duties including grants management, daily administrative tasks, proposal development, writing, editing, and the occasional research project.

Specific Responsibilities

Grants Management (50%)

  • Manages all aspects of the grant process: preparation of summaries and materials to support Board-level Grants and Small Grants, payment and reporting schedules, and letters of agreement; tracking of program and grantee products, including papers and conferences, and scheduling grant payments accordingly; helps plan meetings, forums or conferences related to grantee work, and helps to maintain overall Fund-grantee relationships. Responsible for streamlining grant tracking methods and communication between the program and grantees to ensure timeliness of reports and products.
  • Assists in the development of grant proposals and budgets and in the preparation of project summaries for board meetings which are held three times a year. This involves communicating with current and prospective grantees, consultants and other experts reviewing proposed projects; assembles and provides materials on the Fund’s vulnerable populations portfolio, projects, and other activities as requested by grantees and other individuals. Conducts background research on the proposal topics, compiles and distributes proposal review materials to the Fund’s executive management team, and assists in internal reviews of proposals.
  • Acts as a liaison with Communications to ensure the dissemination of grant products, including: coordinating the review of draft grantee publications by Fund staff and the promotion of grantee-published articles; drafting language for the Fund website that publicizes grantee work; developing web-based grant products for placement or promotion on the Fund website; 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.
  • Manages and coordinates all grants, events, and activities associated with the Mongan Fellowships in Minority Health Policy and the Margaret E. Mahoney Fellowships. This includes working closely with fellowship host institutions to facilitate application review processes, arrange fellowship functions in New York and Washington DC, written and verbal correspondence with  fellowship host institution office staff, and general project management support. Acts as the primary liaison between the Vice President and fellowship host institution.

General Administrative Support (40%)

  • Provides administrative support for the vice president including: calendar, telephone, travel, meetings, expense reports, correspondence, and distribution of program work.
  • Arranges appointments and scheduling of meetings for the vice president, which includes reserving meeting rooms and arranging for food, beverage, and audiovisual needs.
  • Prepares materials, slides, and charts for internal meetings, including project briefing meetings, proposal review meetings, and program updates.
  • Prepares materials, slides, and charts for external meetings and presentations on behalf of the vice president. This involves research and assembling material and detailed information about projects in the program areas.
  • As part of the DC Office team, works closely with the other staff to ensure that all meetings and other functions are well-managed. Helps out as needed.
  • Ensures that NY based Fund staff and visitors to the Fund’s DC office are supported when necessary.

Research and Analysis (10%)

  • Conducts background research in this 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. In addition, secures reports from Federal and private sources.
  • Occasionally (1-2 times/year) attends relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars in support of the Delivery System Reform Program.
  • Occasionally provides research and writing support for Fund publications. This work includes: preparing tables and charts, analyzing Fund data with the DSR research associate and/or the vice president, and drafting summaries of grantee or Fund reports.
  • As experience deepens, will become more involved in research and analysis work for the program.

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 program and of the institution. This may include taking on responsibility for other program areas or departments if the need arises.

Qualifications

College bachelor’s degree and at least one year of work experience preferred. Candidates must have demonstrated organizational, administrative, and relationship management skills along with strong writing and analytic skills. Candidate must be detail-oriented and have the ability to manage and work on multiple tasks and under deadlines. Experience scheduling meetings, travel, teleconference calls and assembling material within very tight time frames is required. Strong computer skills are required, including knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of products. Familiarity with the SalesForce.com platform (Foundation Connect) is a plus. Candidates must be willing to learn new technological skills as necessary to work with the Fund’s website and surveys.

Ability to write and condense information for various audiences, to prepare and analyze budgets, and prepare PowerPoint presentations, graphics, charts and tabular data presentations is necessary. Interest in health policy and public health is essential. Preference will be given to those with undergraduate coursework or major in a healthcare related or public policy field.

This candidate will be intellectually curious and able to gather, assess and synthesize information from various sources. The candidate must have an interest in and strong commitment to the Fund's mission and current grants program. Flexibility and skill in working as a team member are a must as the position requires working in a highly demanding, multiple task environment with changing priorities and deadlines. The successful candidate will be proactive, will take initiative, and will be able to work independently.

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.  

Compensation

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).

Contact

Send resume and cover letter to gw@cmwf.org

Gabrielle Wuolo

Director of Administration

The Commonwealth Fund

One East 75th Street

New York, NY 10021-2692

Please note that this position is based in Washington, D.C.

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.


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