Milbank Memorial Fund


New York, New York

Date Posted

June 9, 2021

Job Category

Leads the Fund’s programmatic work in State Health Policy Leadership and Healthy Aging. Works with Fund colleagues to develop, coordinate, and execute Fund-sponsored programs and activities in these areas and others as needed. Ensures consistent program monitoring and evaluation. Identifies and develops materials for publication. Conducts all activities in a manner consistent with Fund’s mission, values, and strategic plan. Helps build and maintain an organization that is racially just and values the full participation of individuals of diverse backgrounds in order to help the Fund achieve its mission of improving population health.

Preference for New York City–based. Normal office environment. Periods of travel required.

The Milbank Memorial Fund is an equal opportunity employer and solicits applicants from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.  


1. State Health Policy Leadership
The Program Officer is responsible for leading all aspects of the Fund’s State Health Policy leadership work, including:

  • Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) and Milbank Fellows Program (MFP). Plans and manages two formal leadership development programs for state health policy officials by:
    • Setting overall goals and direction, based on established logic models
    • Recruiting and selecting each year’s class
    • Planning and executing the programs’ curriculum in partnership with consultants
    • Planning and executing in-person meetings, virtual meetings, and communications activities that support the development of leadership skills and the building of a network of state officials
    • Overseeing the ELP Mentor program designed to expand participant networks and provide professional guidance during the program year
    • Facilitating identification of projects on issues of mutual interest to participants
    • Overseeing ELP and MFP effectiveness and impact assessment and developing improvement plans
  • Milbank State Leadership Network (MSLN): Cultivates the MSLN, by:
    • Planning and executing virtual briefings on population health topics of interest
    • Curating a biweekly newsletter with resources and updates for state leaders
    • Developing and maintaining relationships with network members through individual communications
    • Fostering engagement among network members and with the Fund by providing targeted resources and facilitating state-to-state technical assistance meetings
    • Participating in editorial review of Milbank Memorial Fund publications with a state leadership lens and helping to disseminate the publications to state leaders
    • Assessing the effectiveness and impact of MSLN activities and working with the President and Program Committee to develop improvement plans as needed
  • Milbank Advisory Commission
  • Organizes and facilitates the work of this subset of MSLN members, to improve the functioning of ELP, MFP, and MSLN and give guidance to Milbank program work as needed.

2. Healthy Aging
The Program Officer is responsible for leading all aspects of the Fund’s Healthy Aging work, including:

  • Working with the President, other program staff, and state constituents to identify areas for work that further the Fund’s strategic plan
  • Developing deeper subject matter expertise and relationships with subject matter experts
  • Developing collaborative relationships with other private funders working on the issue
  • Maintaining an external network of constituents working on the issue, including regular communications and group facilitation, goals identification and plans for achieving them, and performance measurement
  • Developing communities of practice among state health policymakers
  • Maintaining content for relevant pages on website
  • Manages the execution of specific projects by:
    • Maintaining an external advisory group, consisting primarily of current and former state health policymakers, to assist in project development
    • Working with Fund colleagues to execute administrative arrangements, including contracts, award letters, budgets, etc.
    • Collaborating with partner organizations, managing vendors and consultants
    • Establishing a system to monitor progress of the project
    • Conducting evaluations based on input of constituents and collaborating with other program officers to improve quality of current and future projects

3. Other Work

  • Identifies, based on input from MSLN, other opportunities for helping states improve population health through projects, convenings, and publications.
  • Maintains collegial and collaborative relationships with other organizations engaged in similar work.
  • In collaboration with the Communications Director:
    • Identifies publication opportunities arising from funded activities
    • Assists in development of publications, including developing ideas and identifying writers
    • Conducts editorial review and identifies outside editorial reviewers as appropriate
    • Contributes own written work as appropriate
    • Identifies target audience and helps develop and implement dissemination plans and collateral activities

Team Relations and Administrative Functions

  • Supervises Program Assistant
  • With Chief Operating Officer, maintains overview of current programming; provides inputs to annual budgeting process
  • Works collaboratively with other Fund staff to execute and help improve the quality of the Fund’s work
  • Looks for ways to improve impact of Fund
  • Offers constructive feedback
  • Pitches in

Board Committees

  • Staffs the Program and Evaluation Committee of the Board; work includes collaborating with Committee chair on agendas to ensure Committee fulfills its oversight function, identifying MMF projects for evaluation, writing reports of meetings, and developing an annual report on MMF projects

External Relations

  • Cultivates relationships with stakeholders in the Fund’s practitioner and research communities
  • Represents the Fund at meetings convened by partner organizations and other significant entities
  • Serves on committees and advisory groups convened by organizations with which the Fund has collaborative relationships
  • Helps identify and develop successful partnerships with collaborators


  • Education: Master’s degree in Management, Public Administration, or health-related field
  • Work: At least five years progressive experience in public health or health care sector in a state government setting. Experience with both legislative and executive branches. Experience working with and leading senior public sector officials.
  • Skills:
    • Commitment to the Fund’s mission, vision, and values
    • Group organizing and facilitation
    • Ability to manage multiple projects
    • Ability to build strong, personal, working relationships with a variety of individuals and external constituencies
    • Excellent oral and written communication abilities
    • Intellectual curiosity
    • Ability to work well in small team environment
    • Flexibility
    • Organization and attention to detail

Application Process

Contact Administrative Services Manager Gail Cambridge at with a cover letter and resume.


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About the Organization

The Milbank Memorial Fund is an endowed operating foundation that works to improve population health by connecting leaders and decision makers with the best available evidence and experience. It does this work by:

  • Identifying, informing, and inspiring current and future state health policy leaders to enhance their effectiveness;
  • Working with state health policy decision makers on issues they identify as important to population health, particularly in areas related to primary care, aging, and total costs of care; and
  • Publishing high-quality, evidence-based publications and The Milbank Quarterly, a peer-reviewed journal of population health and health policy.


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