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Program Manager, International Health Policy - The Commonwealth Fund

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Location: New York, NY
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11619
Posted: July 18, 2017


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.


Across the industrialized world, health care policymakers face mounting pressure to “bend the cost curve” while at the same time maintaining access to the latest in medical technologies, improving the quality and safety of care, and making the health system more responsive to patients’ needs and preferences. How other advanced countries address these challenges should be of particular interest to the United States, which spends far more on health care―per person and as a percentage of the nation’s economic output―than any other nation and yet receives less in return than most.

The Commonwealth Fund’s International Health Policy and Practice Innovations program seeks to learn about successful approaches taken by other advanced countries to ensure access to high-quality, cost-effective health care, and then share those lessons among our peer nations. The program promotes cross-national learning by:

  • Annually surveying the public, patients, and physicians in 11 countries to compare health system performance.
  • Organizing an annual International Symposium on Health Care Policy, attended by health ministers and senior government officials, as well as other multinational forums.
  • Sponsoring the Harkness Fellowships in Health Policy and Practice, which enable promising health care policy researchers and practitioners in nine countries to spend up to 12 months in the U.S. conducting policy-oriented research, gaining firsthand exposure to innovative models of health care delivery, and working with leading policy experts. The fellowship has a number of international cosponsors.
  • Commissioning research on health policy reforms in other industrialized countries that can inform U.S. efforts to improve access, quality, and efficiency.
  • Identifying and disseminating information about health care delivery system innovations abroad that might also work in the U.S. and working with U.S. delivery systems to pilot the most promising models.


The Program Manager will report to the Vice President of the International Program and will support the VP in coordinating the work of the five-person department, including oversight of the annual IHP calendar, events, and communications.

Meeting Planning and Management (50%)

Has primary administrative responsibility for the program’s meetings, including the International Symposium in Washington, D.C.; bilateral international meetings; and all Harkness Fellowship meetings.   The Program Manager is responsible for the following activities:

IHP Communications (30%)

With input from other key Commonwealth Fund staff, is responsible for the communications and marketing strategy for IHP, and ensures that the IHP website serves as a dynamic resource for policymakers, researchers and journalists.

IHP Management (20%)

Ensures smooth and efficient day-to-day management of the international program staff and projects, facilitates clear intra-department communication and flow of information, and coordination with other Fund senior staff, program directors, and departments, as they relate to IHP’s mission and activities.

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.


Professional event planning experience is required, with preference given to candidates with experience in working with high level government officials and international audiences. Preference is for a master’s level education in health, public policy, public administration, or a related field.

The candidate must have superior organizational and administrative skills as well as strong writing and analytic skills. Candidate must also be able to manage and work on multiple tasks and under tight deadlines, to write and condense information for various audiences, to work with budgets, and to prepare PowerPoint presentations. The position requires strong computer skills and an interest in expanding these skills as necessary to work with the Fund’s website.

Flexibility and skill in working as a team member are a must as the position requires working in a very detailed, highly demanding, multiple-task environment with constantly changing priorities. Candidate must have the ability to work independently, supervise team members and support them in reaching their goals, as well as the willingness to take direct and detailed instructions in a high pressure setting. Because of the nature of the department and its activities, extended hours and weekend work at certain times of the year are a component of this position.

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.

How to Apply:


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).


Please send resume, cover letter, two writing samples and salary expectations via e-mail to:

Diana Davenport
Vice President, Administration
The Commonwealth Fund
One East 75th Street
New York, NY 10021-2692

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