Manager, Health, US, New York, United States 221 views

Position Overview

The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission—unchanged since 1913—is to promote the well-being of humanity throughout the world. Together with partners and grantees, The Rockefeller Foundation strives to catalyze and scale transformative innovations, create unlikely partnerships that span sectors, and take risks others cannot.

In the United States, The Rockefeller Foundation has committed to expanding access to testing in vulnerable communities, advocating for the deployment of a community health corps to support testing and tracing initiatives, as well as enabling a comprehensive view of COVID-19-related data for the United States. To do this, the Foundation has supported the development of a peer-to-peer action network for state, city, and tribal officials, fostered the development of a state procurement alliance, and has co-developed a national strategy to help reopen K12 schools and keep them open.

Reporting to the Managing Director of COVID-19 Response and Recovery for the Health team, the Manager will help develop and shape grants, contracts and partnerships that are in support of the Foundation’s COVID-19 response and recovery strategy in the United States. The Manager will bring to the role, knowledge and experience with: public health program development, management and evaluation at local, national and/or international levels; health systems strengthening, and partnership development. The role will support and strengthen relationships with grantees, contractors and partners, while sharing knowledge, promoting innovation and facilitating collaboration.

The Manager will work closely within the Health team to ensure program strategy alignment between global partners and country implementation.

Some travel may be required domestically when it is safe and organization policies allow.

This is a 2 year fixed-term position. We are currently fully remote, but once restrictions ease, this role will be based in a Foundation office location.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Support the MD, COVID-19 Response and Recovery in the management of a portfolio of grants, contracts and partnerships within the Health initiative with processes related to work planning, relationship management, knowledge management as well as monitoring and reporting.

Manage relationships with grantees and partners to ensure timely and regular engagement by setting agendas for check-in meetings, documenting progress and lessons learned, and providing analytical assessments to elevate opportunities for adaptive management and course correction.

Partner and collaborate with grantees to ensure on-time, quality delivery of key deliverables and commitments throughout the life-course of the grant.

Contribute to strategy development and execution by review scientific literature, policy documents, reports from governmental and nongovernmental agencies, and other resources to inform decision-making on the team.

Monitor and research trends and new developments in global health including, but not limited to country policy movements, global dialogues in primary and community health, new research related to digital health and frontline technologies, COVID-19 diagnostics and vaccines, important upcoming key events, etc.

Liaise with the Communications, Policy & Advocacy team to support communications and influence efforts, including planning of program-related convenings through the development of event agendas, briefing reports, talking points, input into speeches, as required.

Coordinate activities with and across grantees to plan and manage program related meetings.

Support the MD, COVID-19 Response and Recovery in the preparation of internal documents including program inputs for board meetings and quarterly reviews, as well as other internal communications.

Research potential grantees and experts, write concept notes and grant memos, conduct due diligence, and review grantees’ proposal and budget documents.

Where appropriate, represent the Health team on working groups, committees and external events or conferences.

K -12 research, policy or practice experience is ideal.

Education, Experience and Skills

Minimum of a bachelor’s degree; master’s in Public Health or Public Policy preferred.

Generally expected to have a minimum of 7-10 years’ related experience.

A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the U.S. public health space, preferred.

A minimum of 5 years of professional experience in public health with at least 2 years of experience in either philanthropy, diagnostics, epidemiology, or US government, preferred.


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Familiarity with disease surveillance, community based health services, digital health systems and/or health systems strengthening.

Experience working with governments (local and/or national) and nongovernmental organizations.

Fluency in the English language required.

Excellent communication skills (verbal and written) to effectively partner with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders to deliver novel insights and practical solutions.

Strong relationship building and management skills and comfort working in a dynamic environment.

Strategic thinker with strong analytic and project management skills.

Demonstrated ability to be agile, flexible and innovative in rapidly-changing environments.

Commitment to The Rockefeller Foundation’s mission and core values – effectiveness, equity, integrity, innovation and leadership.

Excellent judgement and professional standards, with a proven ability to handle sensitive or confidential organizational issues, and to apply appropriate judgement in complex situations.

The ability to travel when it is safe to do so again.

Qualifications and Competencies

Execution: Strong project management skills, upward management, sense of responsibility and accountability and the ability to effectively multi-task.

Partnership and Relationship Building: Strong professional representation of the Foundation, interpersonal relationship abilities, intercultural knowledge and appreciation, strategic partnership building.

Strategic Ability: Ability to see opportunities, design innovative approaches backed by strong analysis and planning. Experience in system thinking and adaptive strategic planning.

Leadership: Vision, innovation, thought leadership, collaboration, integrity, accountability and emotional intelligence.

Integration: Ability to demonstrate inclusiveness, collaboration, respect and broad organizational interests.

Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication abilities; exceptional listening, written and verbal skills.

Presentation: Comfort producing leadership-level slide decks and presenting them adeptly in large meetings; interest in public speaking for larger audiences in convenings and webinars.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: You’re committed to the mission of the Foundation, to inclusion, equity and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.

As an organization, we focus on six values to advance our culture and to continue our success. We are dedicated to being Transparent, Optimistic, Accountable, Collaborative, Trusted and Equitable. We operate from a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in everything that we do. It’s not only the right thing to do – we couldn’t make an impact without the diverse perspectives and experiences of our team members. We expect all employees at the Foundation to contribute by developing their unique perspective and talent, and to challenge conventional wisdom through evidence and reason, and by amplifying marginalized voices.

The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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