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Ever Thought about Working in Health Philanthropy? More Openings to Check Out.



April 5th, 2012
by Lee-Lee Prina

If you are taking some time off this week for Easter or Passover, you may want to dust off that resumé and apply for one of these positions. I have included a few interesting points about each position, but read the full position description for many more details.

These jobs were posted on foundation websites in early April. You may want to verify that the positions are still open before applying, as websites can quickly change or become outdated.

Senior Program Officer (Human Capital), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Princeton, NJ. The Human Capital team at the RWJF “focuses on the people who lead and work in our health and health care systems.” Its aim is to attract, develop, and engage a diverse and well-trained workforce. Those applying for this position must write a brief essay and, if hired, must be able to travel. Please read the education and experience requirements carefully. The deadline for applying is Monday, April 16. Click on this link for more info.

Senior Program Officer, Better Chronic Disease Care (program), California HealthCare Foundation, which is based in Oakland, CA. This program focuses on better care delivery models for people with complex chronic disease. The first job responsibility listed is to “play a major role [along with the program director] in leading the foundation’s work in developing and promoting more effective care delivery” for people eligible for both Medicare and California Medicaid (dual eligibles). Read the education and experience requirements carefully. (The job is in Oakland, and the funder says “no relocations, please.”) Click on this link for more info.

Program Officer–Food and Community, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, MI. Here is a bit of background. This position is in the foundation’s Food and Community program, which is “dedicated to ensuring that all children have healthy first food experiences and ongoing access to nutritious, high-quality food.” The program is “designed to drive social change through a combined community/food systems approach.” The ideal candidate for this position will have a master’s degree and eight to ten years of relevant experience (see the summary). A person with “deep expertise in sustainable food systems,” along with an “informed understanding of related public health implications” is sought. Also, the ideal candidate must be willing and able to travel for this job. The deadline to apply is Monday, April 30. Click on this link for more info.

Program Director, the California Wellness Foundation. (This position will be in either the Woodland Hills [near Los Angeles] or San Francisco office of the foundation.) The person in this position will manage two of the foundation’s grant portfolios—women’s health and diversity in the health professions. The foundation would prefer to hire someone with a master’s degree in public health, but a bachelor’s degree in public health or a related area, “with the equivalent knowledge and experience in the public health sector,” is acceptable. At least five years of senior-level experience working in the nonprofit sector, with at least two years in a grant-making setting, is preferred. “Ability and willingness to travel frequently” are among the other qualifications listed. Click on this link for more info.

Program Officer, Blue Shield Against Violence, Blue Shield of California Foundation, San Francisco, CA. One of this foundation’s three goals is to “build a strong, coordinated network of domestic violence service providers in California.” Read about the foundation’s Blue Shield Against Violence program. Populations assisted range from teenagers to military families. The requirements for this program officer position include having a master’s degree or equivalent experience, at least five years of experience in program management, and strong professional integrity. Click on this link for more info.

Senior Program Associate, Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, Morristown, NJ. This position has programmatic and administrative aspects. A master’s degree is preferred. A bachelor’s degree is required, as is at least four years of experience working in an office. A writing sample is also required. Salary range is stated. (If you are not familiar with the Rippel Foundation, read about its ReThink Health initiative.) Click on this link for more info.

Intern for Veterans Affairs, New York State Health Foundation, New York City. A portion of the work of this forward-thinking foundation focuses on meeting “the needs of returning veterans and their families.” For this position, the foundation seeks a second-year student in a graduate social work program. The internship could last up to a year and would start in summer or fall 2012. The pay is by the hour. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 13. Click on this link for more info.

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