July 6, 2017 | Job Opportunities

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POSITION: PROGRAM ASSOCIATE, HEALTH CARE DELIVERY SYSTEM REFORM

ORGANIZATION: THE COMMONWEALTH FUND

POSTING DATE: June 29, 2017

SUMMARY:

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 Associate is the staff member responsible for providing program management for the Health Care Delivery System Reform program and reports directly to the Vice President for Delivery System Reform. The Program Associate will be expected to perform a variety of duties including writing, editing and research responsibilities as well as general program-wide coordination and management.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Research and Analysis (40%)

  • Provides research and writing support for Fund publications. This work includes: cleaning data and leading statistical analysis, preparing tables and charts as well as drafting summaries of grantee or Fund reports, outlining and co-authoring Fund briefs and reports, and helping to disseminate findings, as applicable.
  • Provides research support on an as-needed basis for other DSR program officers, the Executive Management Team, and outside experts.
  • Conducts data analysis and compiles information from the peer-reviewed literature, grantee reports, and other studies, in support of writing and speaking commitments by the Vice President. May be called upon to attend meetings and manage the presentation process, including drafting slide presentations.
  • Conducts background research in this Fund program area, including literature reviews, web searches, and tracking journals, working papers, legislative developments and public coverage of health policy issues. In addition, secures reports from federal and private sources.
  • Corresponds with current and prospective grantees, consultants, and experts reviewing proposed projects; assembles and provides materials on Fund programs, projects, and other activities as requested by grantees and other individuals.
  • Occasionally attends relevant meetings, conferences, and webinars in support of the Vice President.

Coordination of Delivery System Reform Team (30%)

The Program Associate supports the VP in management of the 6-person DSR team, including:

  • Tracking staff publications across the program;
  • Supporting the VP for DSR and the program officers in annual strategic planning for the program;
  • Developing and maintaining the work plan for the program;
  • Tracking program budgets and coordinating the program assistants in the proposal development activities;
  • Convening weekly program team meetings, developing the agenda and organizing materials;
  • Arranging 2-3 VIP meetings per year for the Delivery System Reform Advisory Group of fifteen people in collaboration with the DSR program assistants, including assisting with the development of the agenda; compiling background materials for attendees; reserving meeting rooms and hotel rooms; arranging for food, beverage, and audiovisual needs; and coordinating travel.
  • Facilitating communication and coordination across the program’s two portfolios (high-need, high-cost and vulnerable populations)
  • Facilitating communication and coordination across Fund programs (DSR, International Health Policy Program, Federal and State Engagement, etc.)

Grants Management (10%)

  • Manages all aspects of the grant process for cross-cutting grants or for research projects for which the RA is responsible: preparation of proposed Board-level Grants, proposed 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.
  • Drafts detailed project summaries at the conclusion of each grant’s active period
  • Assists in the development of grant proposals and budgets and in the preparation of project write-ups for board meetings three times a year. This involves communicating with potential grantees, conducting background research on the proposal topics, assisting in internal reviews of proposals, and preparing summaries of grant proposals for the Board.

General Administrative Support (15%)

  • Provides administrative support for the Vice President and the program including: telephone, meetings, correspondence, and distribution of program work.
  • Arranges appointments and scheduling of in-house program meetings (team meetings, DSR Advisory Committee meetings), which includes reserving meeting rooms and arranging for food, beverage, and audiovisual needs.
  • Prepares materials, slides, and charts for internal meetings, including the annual program plan meetings, communication updates to the board, project briefing meetings, and proposal review meetings.

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.

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate for this policy focused position will have a master’s 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.

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 collegiality 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, retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, ample vacation and lunch in staff dining room).

HOW TO APPLY: Send cover letter with a cv or resume, two writing samples and salary expectations via e-mail to: dd@cmwf.org

Diana Davenport

Vice President, Administration

The Commonwealth Fund

One East 75th Street

New York, NY 10021-2692

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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POSITION: Lead Educator/Nutritionist – Seasonal Part-time Position

ORGANIZATION: BronxWorks

POSTING DATE: June 29, 2017

SUMMARY: BronxWorks helps individuals and families improve their economic and social well-being. From toddlers to seniors, we feed, shelter, teach, and support our neighbors to build a stronger community. We are seeking a Lead Educator/ Nutritionist to implement interactive nutrition education workshops alongside cooking demonstrations using the Stellar Farmers’ Market curriculum and recipes that feature seasonal produce from our Mott Haven Farmers’ Market. The nutrition education workshops will be implemented outside at our farmers’ market and will target a range of audiences (adults, seniors, parents, and youth). The Lead Educator/Nutritionist will also work directly with the Lead Culinary Food Educator in the preparation and delivery of nutrition education and cooking demonstrations at the farmers’ market. This position is part-time and seasonal to coincide with farmers’ market season (June through November). The selected candidate will be required to attend a 1 day training and commit to working on Mondays, 9am to 5pm (8 hours) from August 7th to November 13th, 2017. Attendance to periodic team meetings at our main office will also be required.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Lead Educator/Nutritionist will:

  • Lead and organize the implementation of interactive nutrition education workshops that feature seasonal and local produce at the Mott Haven Farmers’ Market
  • Incorporate key messages and themes from the Stellar Farmers’ Market nutrition education curriculum into the workshop lessons coinciding with the cooking demonstrations
  • Conduct background research necessary to supplement workshop curriculum and topics
  • Educate audiences about the importance and benefits of cooking with seasonal produce
  • Ensure all staff at the farmers’ market maintain food safety standards and integrity of the program
  • Help clean and sanitize all cooking equipment used in cooking demonstrations
  • Promote nutrition education workshop sessions to ensure participation is achieved
  • Collect demographic and evaluation data from participants and upload to evaluation database
  • Provide regular feedback to BronxWorks Nutrition Program Coordinator
  • Participate in training’s and meetings with other program staff

 QUALIFICATIONS:

Preferred skills/qualifications:

  • Minimum 15 college credit hours in nutrition courses (RD/RD eligible preferred)
  • Knowledge of NYC farmers’ markets, regional foods, and community food issues in the Bronx
  • Experience leading nutrition education workshops in multi-cultural settings with diverse populations
  • Excellent presentation, interpersonal and communication skills
  • Willingness to work standing for long periods of time outdoors in a variety of weather conditions
  • ServSafe certification or successful completion of the NYC Food Protection course

Compensation: Dependent upon experience, skills/qualifications

 HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants, please send a resume and cover letter with “Lead Educator/Nutritionist” in the subject line to Kim Wong (Program Director) at kwong@bronxworks.org and cc Carolina Espinosa (Nutrition Program Coordinator) at cespinosa@bronxworks.org.