Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Search for Program Officer

The Commonwealth Fund is searching for a Program Officer to direct their new “Program on Vulnerable Populations” in their New York City office. This new program will seek to ensure that low-income, uninsured, and minority populations receive care from high performing health systems.

The program has two components:

• A grantmaking program on “High-Performing Health Systems Serving Vulnerable Populations” was created April 2011
• The Commonwealth Fund/Harvard Minority Health Policy Fellowships established in 1996 based at Harvard Medical School, seeks to develop physician leaders who will address the health needs of vulnerable populations

Working closely with the Executive Vice President for Programs, the program officer will be responsible for all aspects of the program, including grantmaking, intramural research, and dissemination strategy to include:

• Monitoring and Tracking—Documenting and tracking healthcare utilization and quality of healthcare for vulnerable populations at the state level
• Delivery System Reform—Encouraging state and regional/local-level planning for systems of care that can meet the healthcare and related needs of vulnerable populations
• Current Models and Future Opportunities—Identifying promising practices and delivery system models, and developing and disseminating policy recommendations to support innovations and improvements in care systems so they can better serve vulnerable populations
• Government Policy Levers—Working with CMS, state Medicaid programs, HRSA, and other agencies and payers to identify incentives and supportive federal and state policies to achieve equity in access and quality, and address concerns related to vulnerable populations across a continuum of care

The qualified candidate will have doctoral level training, although outstanding candidates with a combination of relevant experience and education will be considered. Ten years’ related work experience with healthcare delivery systems, public health, and vulnerable populations experience is required.

This experience should ideally include working with government and organizations at the state and national level, and/or in healthcare delivery systems serving vulnerable populations. The candidate should also have a strong background in health insurance coverage, particularly Medicaid, and policy, including health services financing and delivery system issues, quality improvement and efficiency, managed care, and availability of and access to care. Health policy and research analytical skills required to include the ability to summarize and present information from different sources, including quantitative sources.

A complete job description is available at A CV/resume, cover letter, and salary history should be emailed to Diana Davenport, VP for Administration at