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Thinking about Working in Health Philanthropy? Seeking funding? Job Openings and RFPs to Consider.



June 21st, 2012

It’s time for GrantWatch Blog’s periodic listing of job openings at foundations and other grant makers around the country that have come to our attention. This time I am adding a couple of requests for proposals (RFPs) for those who have a job but are looking for grant funding.

Please make sure to verify that the positions listed are still open and read the job description before taking the time to apply.

Director of Health Policy and Advocacy, Nemours, Washington, DC. Nemours is a “foundation that operates one of the nation’s premier integrated pediatric health systems,” according to the online job description. The person chosen for this position “will develop a proactive health policy agenda across Nemours” and lead and direct the Office of Health Policy and Advocacy in Washington. The successful applicant will oversee a small staff who convene meetings, briefings, and other events; educate and lobby policy makers on Capitol Hill and in the executive branch; and prepare reports, issue briefs, opinion pieces, and other written materials related to Nemours’ policy agenda. Among the requirements for the job are at least fifteen years of experience (including eight to ten years of leadership and management experience, preferably), a master’s degree, and the “ability to think strategically and programmatically.” Nemours is using its “expertise to contribute to the advancement of national health policies to improve the health of all children, not just the 250,000 children” that it directly serves annually through its clinical system. Read more here.

Senior Program Officer–Global Policy and Advocacy, Global Health, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Washington, DC, office. The person in this position, posted June 8, helps to develop and execute the foundation’s overall government relations strategy. The successful applicant will be the lead person on issues related to the maternal, neonatal, and child health; family planning; nutrition; HIV/AIDS; tuberculosis; and malaria teams at the foundation. Among the responsibilities of this job are representing the Gates Foundation’s global health priorities to members of Congress, government officials, and others. The foundation prefers to hire someone with an advanced degree in global health, public policy, or a related field. The applicant should have a minimum of ten years of experience, “preferably in an advocacy or policy-making capacity, in a related field.” For the list of additional qualifications needed, click here.

Program Officer, Archstone Foundation, Long Beach, CA. This private foundation, with a mission of contributing “toward the preparation of society in meeting the needs of an aging population,” concentrates exclusively on aging issues. The program officer position involves such duties as critically reviewing proposals submitted to the foundation, conducting site visits, monitoring the progress of grants, and representing Archstone on committees and at public meetings. Among the qualifications sought are at least five years of experience “as a practitioner, funder, or policy expert” in the aging and/or health field and at least a master’s degree in a field related to health and aging (such as public health, gerontology, or social work). Go here for the full job description. Hurry, because interviews start next week, according to a foundation spokesperson.

Health Policy Fellow, Missouri Foundation for Health, St. Louis, MO. This fellowship, which runs from late September 2012 through August 2013, “is an experiential learning opportunity,” according to this statewide foundation. Responsibilities include research, editing, reviewing grant proposals, conducting outreach, helping with trainings and workshops that are focused on health advocacy, and building relationships with advocates. Requirements include being currently enrolled in, or a recent graduate of, a master’s degree program. In addition to a resume, the foundation requests a personal statement addressing three questions. The pay is $16.82 per hour, and the deadline for applications is July 1. More information is available here. Questions? Send e-mail to Anita Morton, amorton@mffh.org

RFPs

Environmental Health and Justice initiative, Kresge Foundation (national funder located in Troy, MI). “Low-income communities often are located in areas with higher exposure to environmental hazards due to the condition and proximity of their homes, schools, and workplaces to polluting industries and aging urban centers,” the foundation’s website says. Through strategic partnerships, the foundation supports efforts to improve homes, surroundings, and quality of life for families living in poor communities. Specifically, the environmental health and justice initiative “funds both community engagement efforts and effective partnerships among scientific, legal, and government organizations to address imminent environmental health hazards affecting vulnerable populations and communities.” The foundation seeks to fund regional and statewide efforts and lists five characteristics it is looking for in proposals. Kresge accepts applications for this initiative on an ongoing basis. Applicants may request a grant ranging from $100,000 to $750,000 for up to three years or may apply for a one-year planning grant. For details, click here.

Investigator-Initiated Funding Opportunity, National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Research and Educational Foundation, Washington, DC. The foundation will award up to $100,000 in new funding to support one to three “studies related to health care financing, delivery, management, and/or policy.” Also, “projects must have high potential to inform improvements to the U.S. health care system” in a timely way, the NIHCM Foundation says. For example, a study might aim to reduce health care spending growth, enhance health care quality, and/or expand access to health insurance and health care services. Interested? The first step is to submit a brief letter of inquiry, which is due August 15. The foundation will later invite a small number of applicants to submit full proposals. Grants will be awarded by early 2013.

The board of NIHCM Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research group, “recognized that other sources of research funding were declining, [and it] is very interested in supporting investigator-initiated work,” Julie Schoenman, director of research and quality at NIHCM Foundation, explained to me in an e-mail. “The opportunity would be ideal for researchers who already have data in-house for other work and would like to receive [grant] support that would enable them to explore additional research questions” using the same data, she added. Details about the grant program are available here: http://www.nihcm.org/grants. Questions? Contact Julie Schoenman, jschoenman@nihcm.org.

Please note that the NIHCM Foundation is not a private foundation. The foundation itself receives grants and other support from the federal government, health plans, and private philanthropy.

Reducing Health Disparities between Native Hawaiians and Other Racial/Ethnic Groups in Hawai’i, HMSA Foundation, Honolulu, Hawaii. “Overall health in Hawai’i is very good compared to other states,” with the Aloha State having the highest average life expectancy of any state, the foundation’s RFP says. But “aggregate averages mask vast disparities in health status,” the foundation, citing Health Trends Hawai’i data, notes. The foundation is attempting to reduce disparities through school-based projects, community-based projects, and health care–setting approaches. Proposals, which must be for Hawaii-based programs, should promote good health and encourage Native Hawaiians to make sustainable, healthy choices. The foundation is interested, for example, in projects related to healthy eating, smoking cessation, and increased physical activity. It has set aside at least $100,000 a year for the next five years (or more) to fund worthy proposals, HMSA’s executive director told me. Please read the full RFP, attached to the foundation’s Apply for a Grant web page, for details. Proposals received or postmarked by July 1 will be reviewed in September; those received or postmarked by October 1 will be reviewed in December.

 

 

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