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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 and located in New York, N.Y., the Senior Research Associate will help develop new ideas for grants, conduct research to develop a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities for submitted proposals, and provide daily oversight of approved grants. This is a full-time position.

The Senior Research Associate is expected to proactively generate research and identify opportunities to become a subject matter expert across assigned grants. The position will involve managing administration of grants to ensure project deliverables meet objectives and are submitted on time and within budget parameters. The successful candidate will also help guide research projects carried out by others members of the team.

Another key responsibility of the senior research associate is to provide timely and detailed information about the Center’s grants and research to our senior leadership. The successful candidate will also work with colleagues in other departments on joint projects.

The main responsibilities of the position include:

  • Generating, developing and implementing new grants with a focus on spreading care delivery models and innovations
  • Reviewing grant proposals, which includes creating decision support tools (e.g., gantt charts and driver diagrams), sourcing feedback from Center staff, and facilitating feedback to grantees
  • Managing approved grants, which includes serving as primary contact for grantee, designing planning and leading working sessions, ensuring project is on track to achieve objectives
  • Managing grant administration functions, which includes writing grant recommendation, modification and end-of-grant memos and tracking their approval status, and working with Foundation Grants Administration staff to source feedback and approval on budgets and all administrative documentation
  • Proactively identifying and initiating research and learning opportunities to develop expertise in program areas
  • Performing other responsibilities, as needed


  • Experience supervising grants and managing projects
  • Deep interest in learning how to spread and scale care models and innovations in healthcare
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Applicants must have demonstrated experience developing and managing productive and collaborative relationships both internally and externally.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. A clear and effective writing style is a must.
  • Demonstrated research and analytical skills, including the ability to gather, synthesize, and summarize large amounts of information and focus quickly on the essence of an issue. Ability to juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, organize time efficiently and remain attentive to details. Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced, fluid environment.
  • A Master’s degree in public health, public policy, or public administration is required. Candidates must have at least five to eight years of experience carrying out substantive analysis and/or grants administration. They must also show a progressive increase in professional work responsibilities.

To Apply

We are a dynamic, growing organization that embraces critical thinking, problem solving and innovative ideas. If you have relevant experience and qualifications, please send your resume to