June 9, 2017 | Job Opportunities

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POSITION: Project Coordinator

ORGANIZATION: City University of New York Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

POSTING DATE: June 5, 2017

SUMMARY: CUNY Graduate school of Public Health and Health Policy, in partnership with NYC Parks, is undertaking an ambitious, NIH-funded project to examine the association of community design with physical activity, mental health and community wellbeing in a large sample of New Yorker across all five boroughs. Data collection occurs once a year (mid-May through mid-December) for five years (2016-20).

RESPONSIBILITIES: The study is currently recruiting project coordinators to assist with study recruitment and data collection in underserved and diverse communities.

QUALIFICATIONS: An interest and ability to assist faculty at the CUNY School of Public Health faculty in research study coordination and field data collection. Ideal candidate would possess skills and experience in marketing, sales, grassroots canvassing, communications, customer relations, and/or community engagement. Undergraduate and graduate students in business, marketing, advertising, journalism, public relations, and related fields are especially encouraged to apply. Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish is required.

HOURS: Flexible work schedule, up to 19 hours/week.

REMUNERATION: $15-$17/hour. This position does not confer fringe benefits.

HOW TO APPLY: Interested candidates should submit a resume and brief cover e-mail to:

Terry Huang, PhD, MPH, CPH

Professor and Principal Investigator

CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy

Terry.huang@sph.cuny.edu

 

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POSITION: Research Associate to the President and Communications Associate

ORGANIZATION: The Commonwealth Fund

POSTING DATE: June 7, 2017

SUMMARY: In this dual role position reporting to the President and the Senior Vice President for Communications and Publishing,  in the primary role the Research Associate provides research support to the president of the Commonwealth Fund. These responsibilities include researching literature, analyzing data, creating quantitative models, and drafting material for presentations and publications. As part of this process, the Research Associate prepares written drafts of Fund publications and journal articles; assists in analysis of Fund supported surveys; and creates slides, graphs, and tables for presentations.  This position also handles special projects on an as needed basis.  In the Communications Associate role, , the position provides support to the Communications department in translating health policy information into language suitable for both professional and lay audiences, and producing various written materials for publication in the media and on the Fund website.

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.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provides research support to the Commonwealth Fund’s president. Conducts data analysis and compiles information from the peer-reviewed literature, other foundations and organizations, grantees, and government agencies in support of the many and varied writing and speaking commitments by the president. Creates slides for president’s speaking engagements and packages materials into cohesive and complete presentations using PowerPoint. May be called upon to attend meetings, prepare handouts, and manage the presentation process.
  • Frequently called upon to serve as co-author and occasionally lead-author on research reports, issue briefs, blog posts and journal articles in collaboration with the Commonwealth Fund’s president, senior staff, and/or external health policy experts.
  • Provides background research for the president and other senior staff on current health coverage and access issues, including literature reviews and Internet searches. Monitors journals, working papers, legislative developments, survey reports, and other information related to Fund program areas.
  • Provides research support to analyze Fund supported surveys. Reads statistical output, formats tables and charts, and compiles information to present data in a clear and meaningful fashion. Conducts statistical analyses of Fund surveys using statistical software (STATA). This work will also include use of PowerPoint, Excel, and other presentation software.
  • Assists with revisions to the president’s publications, professional journal articles and book chapters, and president’s message in the Annual Report; drafts revision notes requested by reviewers and editors including references and clarifying information; consolidates edits and comments from multiple parties into a single document; checks for accuracy of data and endnotes; formats journal article submissions to adhere to journal guidelines; proof reads galleys of manuscripts and Congressional testimony and hearing transcripts.
  • Work closely with the president and his co-author on a possible new book related to the creation of the Affordable Care Act and the current revisions. This will involve researching the key points along the way to its implementation, creating a chronology, pulling together material and identifying key players for possible interviews. As the project progresses, this position may be called upon to conduct detailed fact checking.
  • Collaborates with the president’s executive assistant to manage the president’s research priorities, daily commitments, to-do list, and CV. As needed, provides administrative support. May be called upon to provide support to the president in the absence of the president’s executive assistant. For the research and evaluation staff, in addition to work related to survey projects, this work may include drafting correspondence and coordinating meetings; assembling materials in support of Fund events; phone back up; expense reports; and duplication and distribution of department work.

Communications Associate specific responsibilities include:

  • Supports the Fund website by preparing materials for posting on the web, including drafts of President’s blogs and other topical and feature articles.
  • Drafts op-eds and other pieces, for publication in print media outlets under the President’s byline or that of other Fund staff.
  • As experience deepens, will prepare and/or deliver talks to local interest groups and/or national policy researchers.
  • Reviews press releases and responds to requests for information from the national news media. May also be called upon to provide information to congressional staff members and policymakers in collaboration with senior policy staff

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 in other program areas or departments if the need arises.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Master’s degree in Public Health, Public Policy, Health Policy or Public Administration, plus five years of health policy and/or journalism or communications work experience and some formal education in economics is required. (A combination of related work experience and education will also be considered.) Demonstrated interest in, and a deep understanding of, health policy is essential. This position requires strong PowerPoint skills, the ability to conduct thorough research on varying health policy issues and refining the information for review. This position will canvass the health policy world and develop possible ideas for papers and blogs. Preference will be given to applicants with prior research assistant and/or administrative experience and to those with experience writing for public audiences and working with statistical software (SAS or STATA).
  • The ability to manage and work on multiple tasks and prepare written drafts, graphics and tabular data presentations in a fast-paced environment is essential. Flexibility and skill in working as a team member as well as independently is a must, as the position requires working in a high-demand, multiple-task environment with changing priorities. The successful candidate will be intellectually curious and able to gather, assess and synthesize information from various sources.
  • 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).

HOW TO APPLY: Candidates should send a resume/cv and cover letter, two writing samples which best demonstrate writing and analytical skills, transcripts from college and graduate school via e-mail to:  dd@cmwf.org

Diana Davenport

Vice President, Administration

The Commonwealth Fund

One East 75th Street

New York, NY 10021-2692