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Job Hunters: Ever Consider Working for a Foundation? Check Out These Openings.



April 21st, 2011

For those who want to change jobs or find a job, here is a selected sampling of positions that appear to be still open. Please note that I am only mentioning here a few pertinent details. I have put links to URLs for fuller descriptions of the positions, with all of the caveats, limitations, etc.! Make sure to read the full job descriptions to confirm all information I have listed.

I found at least one of the job descriptions to be a bit unclear, but I wanted to at least notify GrantWatch readers and others about these openings. Happy hunting!

Communications Manager

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation is looking for someone with a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field (communications, English, journalism, or marketing) and “five to seven years of internal/external communications experience” obtained through work at, for example, an agency, a corporation, and/or a large nonprofit. The job description notes that “high tolerance for ambiguity and ability to adapt quickly to change” are required. As far as I can tell, the position is based in Battle Creek, Michigan. Read about the other requirements for the job here.

Deputy Director—Developing Country Immunization Programs

This position is in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program and is based in the funder’s Seattle office. “Deep knowledge of immunization programs in the developing world” is required. Among the qualifications requested are an M.D., Ph.D., or M.P.H. in public health, health policy, or a related field and “a minimum of 10+ years of experience working in developing world immunization programs and a total of 15 years overall experience in public health.” The foundation says that the job involves up to 30 percent travel. Find a full position description here.

There are many other Global Health Program jobs listed today on the Gates Foundation Web site. Most are based in Seattle, but I saw two jobs based in India. You just need to do a search under “Global Health Program” and specify whether you prefer a certain geographic location.

Evaluation Officer

The Missouri Foundation for Health seeks someone “to conduct and communicate evaluation activities in support of organizational learning and the achievement of impact.” The position description says that “a master’s degree in [an] appropriate discipline or profession” is preferred, “plus six to nine years of successful evaluation research and analysis in health care, [a] community-based setting, academia or other applied social research environments.” Read about other qualifications here. The position is based in St. Louis. Up to 25 percent of the job involves travel.

Federal–State Health Policy Officer

This position is at the Commonwealth Fund’s Washington, D.C., office. The foundation seeks someone with a master’s degree in a field related to health services research, health policy, or health economics and “five years’ related work experience, with demonstrated health policy experience, involving knowledge of and experience working with government and organizations at the state and national level.” Read about other desired qualifications for this new position here.

Program Officer—Health Care Coverage and Cost

This opening is in New York City at the New York State Health Foundation. The foundation seeks someone with “a strong knowledge of health insurance coverage and cost issues and policies.” Requirements for this job include a graduate degree in health, public health, public policy, education, nonprofit management, or a relevant discipline and six or more years of experience “in developing and managing programs to improve health or health care.” A candidate for this position must be able to travel. Read more here.

Program Officer or Senior Program Officer

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has an opening at either of these levels in its Research and Evaluation department. The person selected will work with the RWJF’s Health Insurance Coverage Team. The deadline to apply is May 2, and the foundation notes that this “is a three-year, renewable term appointment.” Read about qualifications for the position here.

The RWJF also has an opening for a Social Media Manager in its Communications department. This job also involves working with the foundation’s innovative Pioneer program team. The deadline to apply is April 29. The foundation notes that this is “a three-year, renewable term appointment.” Read the job description here.

Senior Associate, Food Safety Campaign

The Pew Health Group, part of the Pew Charitable Trusts, posted this position, based in Washington, D.C., on March 30. Read about Pew’s work in food safety (reducing health threats from food-borne pathogens) here. Among the requirements listed for this job are the following:

• “Advanced degree (at least a Master’s Degree) strongly preferred.”

• “Four to eight years of relevant professional experience, and/or a Ph.D. plus comparable experience, including demonstrated research, analytical and writing skills. Experience in food safety, nutrition, or agricultural policy preferred.”

• Occasional overnight travel.

Please note that, as of now, this position is only funded through April 2014, so read the caveats. Position details are here.

Senior Associate, Pew Children’s Dental Campaign

The campaign “seeks to improve access to dental health care for disadvantaged children.” This position, based in Washington, D.C., is at the Pew Center on the States, a Pew Charitable Trusts division. Among the requirements is a bachelor’s degree (however, “a graduate degree in public policy, public health, political communications, and/or a closely related discipline [is] strongly preferred”). Also, a candidate needs to have at least four years of “relevant professional experience.” The candidate should understand “the importance of policy-relevant research behind issue campaigns” and be familiar with the oral health field’s current trends, top thinkers, and major concerns. This job involves domestic travel, including trips to Pew’s Philadelphia office “as needed.” Please note that as of now, the dental campaign initiative is funded through June 2013. Read more about the job here.

Senior Program Officer—Health Care Financing and Efficiency

This position is with the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program and is based in the foundation’s Seattle office. Among the qualifications for this job are the following:

• “Advanced degree in Health Economics, Public Policy, Health Policy or [a] related field—or equivalent combination of education and experience (PhD preferred).”

• At least eight years experience in development finance and policy.

Having foreign language skills is a plus (French preferred). A candidate must be able to travel domestically and internationally; the job is up to 40 percent travel. Read the full position description here.

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