Associate Program Officer/Senior Research Associate

About the Peterson Center on Healthcare

The Peterson Center on Healthcare is a non-profit organization dedicated to making higher quality, more affordable healthcare a reality for all Americans. The organization is working to transform U.S. healthcare into a high-performance system by finding innovative solutions that improve quality and lower costs, and accelerating their adoption on a national scale. Established by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the Center collaborates with stakeholders across the healthcare system and engages in grant-making, partnerships, and research.

The Position

Reporting to the Manager of Research and Identification, the Associate Program Officer/Senior Research Associate will manage a portion of the organization’s grant portfolio as well as support research efforts that result in new grants, partnerships and learning opportunities. This is a full-time position located in New York, N.Y.

This position will manage day-to-day grant administration and oversight of projects across the Center’s grant portfolio, requiring active relationship and project management of highly engaged grantees working to improve care delivery for high-need patients, facilitate better conditions for adoption of proven innovations, and measure the performance of the healthcare system.

In addition, the Associate Program Officer/Senior Research Associate will build relationships, attend events, conduct research and otherwise become a subject matter expert on topics relevant to the grant portfolio. She/he will contribute to new ideas for grants as well as identification of new partnerships and learning opportunities to help guide internal research projects and deepen the Center’s expertise in scaling innovations in healthcare. The Associate Program Officer/Senior Research Associate will also review grant proposals and manage the grant approval process. This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic, highly collaborative, growing organization that embraces critical thinking, problem solving and innovative ideas.

The main responsibilities of the job include:

  • Proactively identify and initiate research, relationships and learning opportunities with relevant organizations to develop expertise on topics related to the grant portfolio as well as contribute to the Center’s overall expertise on healthcare innovations
  • Manage the grant approval process: review grant proposals, create decision support tools (e.g., Gantt charts and driver diagrams), source feedback from Center staff and facilitate feedback to grantees
  • Manage approved grants in the provider segment: serve as primary contact for grantees, design project plans, lead working sessions and ensure each project is on track to achieve objectives within assigned budget parameters
  • Perform grant administration functions, including writing grant recommendations, writing modifications and end-of grant memos, tracking approval status and working with the Foundation’s Grants Administration staff to source feedback and approval on budgets and administrative documentation
  • Contribute to idea generation and development of new grants with a focus on spreading care delivery models and innovations
  • Provide timely and detailed reporting on grants, as well as research, to the senior leadership team
  • Participate in joint projects with colleagues in other departments such as the Center’s implementation team

The Person

The ideal candidate will have:

  • 5 to 8 years of professional experience, with progressively increasing responsibilities
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated knowledge of healthcare, especially operational aspects of providers, care delivery, payment structures and relevant stakeholders
  • Organized, detail-oriented and highly skilled at project management with the ability to balance multiple priorities in a fast-paced, often-changing environment
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize effective interpersonal skills to develop and manage productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally
  • Demonstrated ability to think critically and analytically to gather and synthesize large amounts of information, quickly master new subject areas, make recommendations and contribute to idea generation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a clear and effective writing style
  • Experience in grant administration and/or grant management is preferred but not required
  • Demonstrated or expressed interest in learning how to spread and scale care models and innovations in healthcare
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent degree required; Master’s degree in public health, public policy or public administration preferred

To Apply

Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, both in Word format and addressed to Emily Zyborowicz, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


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