The New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) is a private, independent foundation dedicated to improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially people of color and others who have been historically marginalized. NYHealth began operations in 2006; today, it has approximately $300 million in assets, as well as a $15 million annual grants and operations budget.
The Foundation is committed to making grants, but also to making a difference beyond grant dollars: informing health care policy and practice; spreading effective programs to improve the health system and make it more equitable; serving as a convener of health leaders across the State; and providing technical assistance to grantees and partners. Today, the Foundation concentrates its initiatives in three strategic priority areas: Primary Care; Healthy Food, Healthy Lives; and Veterans’ Health. NYHealth also engages in responsive grantmaking through a Special Projects Fund.
NYHealth launched a new priority area focused on Primary Care in 2023. Primary care improves individual and community health, enhances health equity, and saves money. Yet, we underinvest in primary care, and too many New Yorkers—especially New Yorkers of color— have difficulty getting care when and where they need it. The priority area has three core strategies: (1) expanding primary care access, (2) advancing racial health equity through primary care, and (3) strengthening the primary care workforce.
If you want to make a meaningful difference in the health and lives of New Yorkers, the New York Health Foundation (NYHealth) may be the right place for you. The Program Officer position is an ideal fit for a candidate who is mission-oriented, strategic, creative, and collaborative and who cares deeply about making the health care system work better for patients, their families, and their communities. In this role, you will join our dedicated staff in a collegial atmosphere and work with grantees and partners to advance and strengthen primary care across New York State.
Supporting and reporting to the Vice President of Programs, the Program Officer will work in close partnership with another Program Officer and a Program Assistant to shape, refine, and manage the Primary Care priority area. A successful candidate will bring an understanding of and experience in one or more of NYHealth’s primary care strategy areas.
The Program Officer will be responsible for co-designing program strategies and initiatives; reviewing grant proposals; making grants recommendations to the Vice President of Programs and other senior staff; managing grants and relationships with grantees; assessing and communicating the impact of grant-supported projects; and generating ideas for communications and advocacy efforts, public events, technical assistance opportunities, and partnerships. They will work collaboratively across the Foundation’s other priority areas and its communications, policy and research, and grants management teams to advance shared goals.
As part of the Foundation’s activist philanthropy model, the Program Officer will represent the Foundation at meetings and conferences throughout New York State and nationally; organize and facilitate convenings; and contribute to external publications. The Program Officer will also help develop relationships that advance the portfolio’s work with thought leaders, key stakeholders, funding partners, and policymakers.
A graduate degree in public health, public policy, or a relevant discipline is preferred. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree and equivalent experience will be considered. Successful candidates will have:
Salary and Benefits
The salary range for this position is $100,000–$125,000 depending on experience and qualifications. NYHealth offers a generous package of benefits, including employer-paid health insurance; dental, vision, and life insurance; employer contribution to a 403(b) retirement account; professional development and tuition assistance; flexible spending account (FSA); and wellness and commuting benefits, among others. NYHealth is committed to mentoring and providing learning opportunities. This position is hybrid remote/in-person at the Foundation’s New York City office, currently with two days per week (Mondays and Tuesdays) expected in the office.
Note: Full COVID-19 vaccination is strongly encouraged.
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