POSITION: RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
ORGANIZATION: DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM PROGRAM – VULNERABLE POPULATIONS
POSTING DATE: February 23, 2017
SUMMARY: Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, Delivery System Reform (DSR) in the Fund’s Washington, DC Office, the Research Associate is an important part of a team supporting the Delivery System Reform Program. The primary responsibility of the Research Associate is to research and track health care policy developments relevant to the delivery of care for low-income, minority, and other vulnerable populations—in particular related to Medicaid and safety net providers—and provide analytic support for the Vulnerable Populations portfolio of the DSR program. The Research Associate will participate as part of Fund staff research teams in writing reports, issue briefs, blogs, and journal articles to support the capacity of the Delivery System Reform Program to be a resource for policymakers, providers, academics, and journalists.
Research and Analysis (70%)
- Provides research, data analysis and writing assistance. Provides background research including literature reviews and Internet searches. Monitors journals, working papers, financial reports, surveys, and other information relevant to priorities of the Vulnerable Populations portfolio. Obtains and organizes data from various national/state data surveillance systems, published sources, online databases, and commissioned data runs. Compile and analyze data; create report exhibits and presentations; draft and edit briefs, reports, and publications.
- Drafts and assists with revisions to Fund reports, issue/data briefs, and blog posts; creates graphics to pair with text; proofreads and checks for data accuracy. May serve as lead author or co-author on Fund publications.
- Provides research support in the analysis of data from Fund-supported surveys. Assists in, statistical analyses (using Excel, STATA, SAS, or equivalent statistical software), tables and chart preparation, report writing, and survey development as needed.
- Prepare charts and tables for public presentations and presenting findings to professional and policy audiences. May also be asked to prepare presentations for other members of senior management.
- Assure high quality, policy relevant Fund publications based on grantee and staff work. Critique grantee and staff papers submitted for Fund publication; participate in the final review; prepare executive summaries and issue briefs based on grantee work.
- Participate in Fund supported health policy work beyond the DSR program as needed.
Grants Management (15%)
- Assists in the development of grant proposals and budgets and in the preparation of project summaries for Fund board meetings which occur three times a year. This involves communicating with potential grantees, conducting background research on the proposal topics, compiling and distributing proposal review materials to the executive management team and assisting in internal reviews of proposals.
- Corresponds with current and prospective grantees, consultants, and experts reviewing proposed projects; assembles and provides materials on Fund program, projects, and other activities as requested by grantees and other individuals.
- Manages all aspects of the grant process: preparation of summaries and materials to support Board-level Grants and Small Grants, payment and review 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.
General Administrative Support (15%)
- The AVP and her team are supported by a part-time program associate. The RA provides back-up administrative support as needed for the Assistant Vice President and the DSR program which can include: calendaring, telephone, travel, meetings, expense reports, correspondence, and distribution of program work. Calendaring can include arranging appointments and scheduling meetings as needed, including reserving meeting rooms and arranging for food, beverage, and audiovisual needs.
- Prepares materials, slides, and charts for internal meetings, including project briefing meetings, and proposal review meetings.
- Prepares materials, slides, and charts for external meetings and presentations on behalf of the Assistant Vice President. This involves research and assembling materials and detailed information about projects in the program areas
- 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.
- 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 for other program areas or departments if the need arises.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Strategies for pursuing this goal include:
- Building an evidence base to increase understanding of vulnerable populations’ needs and the health system’s capacity to serve them.
- Assessing and propagating promising models and strategies to improve care for low-income individuals.
- Investigating payment and policy reforms that support delivery system reform for vulnerable populations.
- Training physician leaders committed to improving health care for minority, low-income, and other vulnerable populations through the Commonwealth Fund Mongan Fellowship in Minority Health Policy.
QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate for this policy focused position will have a masters degree (MS, MPH, MPA) in a field related to health services research or health policy. The position requires a strong background in statistical data analysis using STATA, SAS or other statistical software. Candidates must also have a working knowledge of health care delivery and policy issues relevant to the care of vulnerable populations. Experience in survey design and methodology is preferable.
We would also consider candidates who are interested in a part-time position with an exclusive focus on the research components of this position. Applicants should demonstrate strong health policy, economic and research analytical skills, including competence in the use of quantitative data. Excellent oral and written communication skills will include the ability to write about and discuss complex issues. Will have coordination and project management skills, be well organized with concern for details, accuracy and deadlines and have the ability to set priorities and work with a minimum of supervision. Computer skills: experience with statistical software analysis, facility with Internet searches, word processing, spreadsheets, and graphical presentations. Excellent interpersonal skills: capable of being a team member as well as a team leader and a willingness to participate in general workflow of office.
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, pension plan, tuition reimbursement, ample vacation and lunch in staff dining room).
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 – VULNERABLE POPULATIONS PORTFOLIO: The Commonwealth Fund’s Health Care Delivery System program aims to improve outcomes and lower the overall costs of care for two populations: high-need, high-cost patients and vulnerable populations. To achieve a high-performance health system for this second group—defined as low-income individuals, including but not limited to, racial and ethnic minorities, the uninsured and undocumented immigrants—it is critical that the providers that serve them have the support necessary to deliver equitable, high-quality, comprehensive, and affordable patient care. The vulnerable populations program seeks to achieve a high performance health system where people can obtain quality, equitable, and affordable care that meets their physical, behavioral, and nonmedical health needs.
HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter with a cv or resume, two writing samples and salary expectations via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Diana Davenport
- Vice President, Administration
- The Commonwealth Fund
- One East 75th Street
- New York, NY 10021-2692
POSITION: Professional Researcher
ORGANIZATION: Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health
POSTING DATE: March 1st, 2017
SUMMARY: Advancing New Standards in Reproductive Health (ANSIRH), part of the Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco, is seeking a Professional Researcher to conduct research and data analysis on several contraceptive and unintended pregnancy-related studies. ANSIRH is a multidisciplinary team dedicated to rigorous, innovative research on complex issues that affect people’s reproductive lives.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The researcher will work on several data analyses and scientific publications on unintended pregnancy and social inequities. Studies include a contraceptive attitude measure development study, a randomized trial on contraceptive education, a national survey of abortion attitudes, and the Attitudes and Decision-Making After Pregnancy Testing (ADAPT) study, which examines how unintended pregnancy affects women’s and infants’ health and well-being. The researcher will work directly with Dr. Corinne Rocca, Assistant Professor and epidemiologist, and other members of the team to design and conduct research on unintended pregnancy. Responsibilities will include conducting literature reviews, data analyses, presenting at scientific conferences and publishing papers in the peer-reviewed literature.
QUALIFICATIONS: For this position, we are looking for a quantitatively-trained researcher with a Ph.D. in demography, sociology, epidemiology, public health, health services research or health economics, although researchers from other disciplines will be considered. We are interested in researchers with expertise in the following areas: unintended pregnancy, contraceptive and/or abortion access, or reproductive health inequities. Candidates must have outstanding academic writing skills and a strong background in epidemiologic study design and quantitative data analysis.
HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should apply online through AP Recruit (https://aprecruit.ucsf.edu/apply/JPF01285): current curriculum vitae, diversity statement, a writing sample on which you were first author for a paper or a report, and a cover letter describing qualifications, interests and availability. Applicants are also asked to provide the contact information for three references. Screening of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents at the time of application. Salary and rank will be commensurate with the applicant’s experience and training.
UC San Francisco seeks candidates whose experience, teaching, research, or community service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.
POSITION: Program Manager (ASH Fellow)
About Ambassadors for Sustained Health:
Ambassadors for Sustained Health (ASH) is a non-profit that partners with communities to break the cycle of poor health. We holistically address the root causes of poor health in the community that extend beyond access to medical services. Our focus includes provision of vital health services and investment in the community through education, clean water, and economic development.
Since 2010, we have provided nearly 50,000 services out of our Wamuini, Kenya community center. Looking ahead, our vision is ambitious. We aim to increase the reach and services provided from our current community center, as well as launch new community centers in neighboring areas.
The Fellow will be based in Wamuini, Kenya and will work closely with the local ASH staff on the ground to ensure sustainability and program growth. S/he will work on a range of health and development-related program initiatives related to ASH’s in-country work. The work will include both short- and long-term projects.
This fellowship requires a 12-month commitment, with the possibility of an extension. While the focus will be on health, there will be opportunities to support ASH’s work in other related thematic areas, including education and economic opportunity.
- Co-manage staff – including leading weekly check-ins, conducting field visits, and guiding professional development
- Ensure quality delivery of existing ASH initiatives from the Wamuini community center
- Build and maintain effective working relationships and engagement with internal and external stakeholders, including local community leaders and government officials at all levels
- Develop, utilize and maintain new and existing monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools; participate in data collection, entry and analysis
- Provide updates on weekly calls with the US-based management
Development and scale of program
- Support program design, implementation, monitoring, evaluation, and/or management of selected projects
- Identify and develop new in-country partnerships and opportunities with local nonprofit organizations and health/poverty alleviation programs
- Collaborate on, and where appropriate lead, special health and poverty-related initiatives
- Assess programmatic and geographic areas for future growth
- Provide updates, success stories, and photos for the Communications team
Career Growth and Development:
This position is ideal for junior-level public health or international development professionals who have some relevant experience, but are looking for field-based and leadership positions to advance their careers. By working closely with both US- and Kenya-based teams, the Fellow will rapidly gain program management and leadership experience. We will encourage and collaborate with the Fellow on his/her personal and professional goals to create a mutually beneficial experience.
Required Skills and Experience:
- Strong 2 years minimum professional experience and demonstrated track record of success, preferably related to global health, international development, or in an entrepreneurial environment (e.g. launching a startup, leading a conference, Peace Corps accomplishments)
- Experience in a rural developing country setting, preferably 1 year minimum
- Bachelor’s degree in a related field
- Ability to manage a multi-faceted project and keep numerous channels of communication going at once
- Self-directed and comfortable working independently
- Adaptable and flexible to local customs and etiquette
- Excellent written and verbal English communication skills, Swahili is a bonus
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Willingness and ability to live in a rural and low-resource area
- Passion for ASH’s mission and values
QUALIFICATIONS: Preferred Skills and Experience:
- MPH, MSc or equivalent qualification in a related field
- Robust understanding of program design and evaluation for low-resource settings
- Knowledge and/or experience in data management, analytics, and statistics
- Field-based knowledge of technical issues related to international health delivery and M&E
Compensation and Benefits:
The Fellow will be provided with housing, health insurance and a generous living stipend. Flights to and from the placement site and all other costs associated with ASH programming are included. Housing will be basic – Wamuini is a rural community in Western Kenya, where the average person makes less than $2 per day.
HOW TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Ramos at email@example.com with the subject line: PROGRAM MANAGER – Last Name, First Name. In your cover letter, please highlight your experience in a developing country setting, your professional goals, and your availability to start in Summer 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.