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Posted 06/06/2018

Health Care Analyst (Washington, D.C.)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Health Care Analyst

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Location: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Health Care portfolio aims to develop evidence-based policy to make health care more affordable for governments, businesses, and households. Work in this portfolio would address a range of issues related to health care spending: prescription drugs prices; commercial sector prices; the provision of unnecessary and low-value care; and the management of care for complex care populations. This individual will be responsible for providing analytical and operational support for the Health Care team. This will include assisting with identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provide analytical and operational support for the Health Care team’s funding initiatives;
  • Conduct research/analysis of social programs and policies, and help develop projects and policy initiatives based on such analysis;
  • Compose, fact-check, and/or edit presentation slides, policy papers, website content, and other written materials;
  • Actively contribute to team meetings regarding projects, including suggesting ideas and brainstorming;
  • Coordinate and actively contribute to meetings on evidence-based reform with government officials, researchers, , program providers, and other stakeholders; and
  • Collaborate with other LJAF teams (e.g., Criminal Justice) in areas of joint activity.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • One to two years of experience in a related field is preferred, including part-time work or internships
  • Experience managing and completing complex projects, with careful attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Thorough and attentive to detail in both substantive and operational tasks
  • Able to interact confidently with experts in their fields
  • Mastery of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, and other standard computer software

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of Health Care Analyst. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 06/06/2018

Health Care Manager (Washington, D.C.)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems. 

Position: Health Care Manager

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications

Location: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Health Care portfolio aims to develop evidence-based policy to make health care more affordable for governments, businesses, and households. Work in this portfolio would address a range of issues related to health care spending: prescription drug prices; commercial sector prices; the provision of unnecessary and low-value care; and the management of care for complex care populations. This individual will be responsible for helping identify, analyze, and pursue new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with Health Care Directors and VP to develop strategic direction for the Health Care portfolio;
  • Conduct research/analysis to develop projects and policy initiatives;
  • Identify potential grant opportunities and collaborate with potential grantees to develop proposals;
  • Actively contribute to team meetings regarding projects, including suggesting ideas and brainstorming;
  • Actively support Directors on developing materials for LJAF’s Board, VP  of Health Care, and other individuals
  • Actively support Directors on managing and tracking progress of existing grants
  • Contribute to meetings with government officials, researchers, program providers, and other stakeholders; and
  • Collaborate with other LJAF teams (e.g., Criminal Justice) in areas of joint activity.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Advanced degree preferred, but equivalent experience will be considered
  • Five years or more of experience in a related field is preferred, including part-time work or internships
  • Experience managing and completing complex projects, with careful attention to detail
  • Strong quantitative skills
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to convey complex ideas in a clear and concise manner
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Self-motivated and proactive
  • Flexible and adaptable
  • Able to interact confidently with experts in their fields

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. In the email subject line, please indicate that you are applying for the position of Health Care Manager. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 05/25/2018

Vice President of Public Health (Houston, TX)

About the Foundation

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation works to produce widespread, lasting improvements in people’s lives by making our social, governmental, and economic systems more effective, efficient, and fair. LJAF’s philosophy of philanthropy is to be bold, innovative, evidence-driven, and strategic in addressing the root causes of our nation’s most persistent and important problems.

Since its inception, the Laura and John Arnold Foundation has awarded over $830 million in areas including criminal justice, K-12 education, healthcare, evidence-based policymaking, research integrity, sustainable public finance, as well as several other exploratory new initiatives.

Additional information and news articles about the Laura and John Arnold Foundation:

Laura and John Arnold Get a Head Start on Philanthropy

John Arnold Made a Fortune at Enron. Now He’s Declared War on Bad Science

Billionaire Philanthropist John Arnold Goes After Drug Prices

 About the Positions

LJAF is seeking to add a dynamic, senior-level team member to lead our public health initiative. The initiative currently includes investments to address the opioid crisis, increase contraceptive choice and access, and reduce sugar consumption. The new Public Health VP will be responsible for leading a small team to build out and implement a high-impact philanthropic investement strategy for these portfolios. The VP will also have the opportunity to identify and pursue new public health investment opportunities. Attractive candidates will have significant experience working in public health, and must be able to think creatively, have a proven record of producing meaningful reforms, and have experience managing small teams. The position will report to the Executive Vice President of Results-Driven Government.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors and Executive Vice President of Results-Driven Government to develop and execute our public health investment strategy
  • Lead a small, high-functioning team
  • Present charitable investment recommendations to LJAF’s Board of Directors
  • Manage charitable investments, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establish success metrics, and monitor performance
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and grantees
  • Collaborate with other LJAF teams to explore and develop cross-initiative investment opportunities

Essential Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven ability to craft and execute high-impact reform strategies
  • Strong leadership and management skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience leading executive-level discussions
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Personal Qualities:

  • Motivated by LJAF’s mission, and passion for creating lasting, positive social change
  • Makes things happen, does not wait for an invitation, assumes personal ownership
  • Collaborative, solicits and values multiple perspectives, shares knowledge, and partners with stakeholders to make change
  • Able to deal with ambiguity and thrive in a rapidly evolving environment
  • Flexible and agile, responsive to feedback, open to changing direction, and focuses on continuous improvement and innovation
  • Unquestionable integrity, earns unwavering trust, meets commitments, and values direct, candid conversations
  • Intellectual curiosity

Required Experience and Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in economics, public policy, or a related field
  • At least 10 years of relevant work experience
  • Senior-level experience working in government, consulting, or think tanks
  • Significant experience leading and managing a team

Location:

  • Houston, TX

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Andrew Zalman with Search Light Solutions, Inc. at andrew@searchls.com. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of LJAF Vice President of Public Health.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 05/14/2018

Director of Health Care – Drug Prices (Washington, D.C.)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Director of Health Care – Drug Prices

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Health Care Drug Prices portfolio aims to strike a balance between incentives to develop innovative drugs and biologics and affordability for governments, businesses, and households.  LJAF is seeking to add a dynamic senior-level team member to help us advance our work in this area. The new director will be responsible for developing a research, policy, and technical assistance strategy to affect change at the federal and state levels. The full continuum of drug pricing issues – innovation incentives, patents and marketing exclusivities, value-based prices, payment models, and patient access – are to be addressed by the portfolio.  This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments. The director will report directly to the Vice President of Health Care.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors and Vice President of Health Care to refine LJAF’s drug prices strategy
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities to transform drug pricing policy at the federal and state levels
  • Develop, present and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establishing performance metrics, and monitoring the performance of grantees
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees
  • Collaborate with LJAF staff to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Senior-level, with an appropriate combination of practical experience with: patent, exclusivity, and FDA issues; commercial and public payment issues; value-based pricing issues; supply chain issues; and patient access issues
  • Experience with federal or state policy-making processes
  • Proven ability to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable reforms and to implement government systems change
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to understand technical and theoretical concepts
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desirable Personal Qualities:

  • Confident and humble
  • Team-oriented and collaborative yet also able to work well independently
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in economics, public policy, or a related field
  • At least eight years of health policy experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Health Care – Drug Prices.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 05/14/2018

Director of Health Care – Payment Reform (Washington, D.C.)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Director of Health Care – Payment Reform

Salary: Competitive salary based on qualifications plus benefits

Office: Washington, D.C.

LJAF’s Health Care Payment portfolio aims to develop evidence-based policy to make health care more affordable for governments, businesses, and households.  LJAF is seeking to add a dynamic senior-level team member to help us advance our work in this area. The new director will be responsible for developing a research, policy, and technical assistance strategy to affect change at the federal and state levels. Work in this portfolio would address a range of issues related to health care spending: commercial sector prices; the provision of unnecessary and low-value care; and the management of care for complex care populations.  This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities, as well as managing current investments. The director will report directly to the Vice President of Health Care.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Board of Directors and Vice President of Health Care to refine LJAF’s health care payment strategy
  • Identify, research, and evaluate new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities to inform and develop federal and state policy to constrain health care spending
  • Develop, present and make charitable investment/grant recommendations to LJAF’s Board
  • Execute and manage charitable investments approved by LJAF’s Board, which will include working with grantees to develop strategic plans, establishing performance metrics, and monitoring the performance of grantees
  • Develop and manage relationships with key stakeholders, experts, and new and existing grantees
  • Collaborate with LJAF staff to explore and develop cross-initiative charitable investment opportunities

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Senior-level, with an appropriate combination of experience with: market concentration and its impact on prices; the identification of low-value care; provider and consumer models to avoid unnecessary care; and the management of complex care populations
  • Experience with federal or state policy-making processes
  • Proven ability to design innovative strategies for positive and sustainable reforms and to implement government systems change
  • Effective leadership and management skills
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial approach to developing ideas and designing solutions
  • Creativity and rigor in finding answers to complex problems
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to understand technical and theoretical concepts
  • Capacity to effectively prioritize projects, work simultaneously on multiple ventures, and meet deadlines

Desirable Personal Qualities:

  • Confident and humble
  • Team-oriented and collaborative yet also able to work well independently
  • Organized and detail-oriented
  • Flexible and adaptable

Required Education:

  • Advanced degree(s) in economics, public policy, or a related field
  • At least eight years of health policy experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Director of Health Care – Payment Reform.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 04/27/2018

Communications Writer (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Communications Writer

Location: Houston, Texas

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Helping transform the foundation from an analog organization to one that is digital first.  This will involve working with scholars and subject experts to present complicated manuscripts in an accessible form.
  • Fluency in writing that is pitch perfect for each digital platform from traditional web to social media and even scripts for animations and videos.
  • The ability to produce press releases, solution papers, policy perspectives, written public testimony, memorandums, electronic communications as needed
  • Review, edit, and revise internal and external communications

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • Extensive writing and editing experience
  • Knowledge of AP Style
  • Ability to evaluate complex information, to see all sides of an issue and provide communications recommendations
  • Ability to multitask and to simultaneously handle a variety of projects
  • Keen attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three years of experience as a professional writer, journalist, or in a related communications role
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, political science, public policy, or a related field

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Communications – Writer. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 04/27/2018

Finance Manager (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.  For more information, visit www.arnoldfoundation.org.

Position: Finance Manager

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package, based on qualifications 

Office: Houston, TX

Core Responsibilities:

LJAF is seeking a dynamic and motivated individual who can provide finance and budgeting support to the LJAF team.  This team member will be responsible for coordinating and assisting with various finance and budgeting tasks including, but not limited to:

  • Research, organize, analyze and track relevant financial information and trends for potential and existing grants, consultants, and programmatic investments, as well as internal budgets;
  • Review and assess prospective and active grantees’ and consultants; budgets for reasonableness, accuracy and compliance with LJAF’s grant requirements, nonprofit laws and industry standards;
  • Actively participate in the complete grantmaking process, including evaluation of grant proposals and agreements for budget-related compliance, to monitoring and reviewing ongoing financial activity across hundreds of grants and advising programmatic teams on payments;
  • Negotiate with grantees and consultants to achieve cost-efficient budgets;
  • Attend LJAF board meetings and assume responsibility for knowing all relevant financial and budgetary information for a given project;
  • Perform financial due diligence on prospective grantees; and
  • Work on various finance or budget projects with different programmatic teams.

Essential Skills, Experience, and Abilities:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, Business, or Finance
  • Minimum five years of Accounting, Business, or Finance experience
  • Strong, effective financial, managerial and negotiation skills
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks in an accurate, efficient, and timely manner
  • Keen attention to detail
  • Proactive and open to embracing new challenges
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Positive, professional, and energetic team-oriented attitude
  • Excellent written and oral communication abilities
  • Mastery of Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and other standard computer software

To Apply:

If interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org.  Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the Finance Manager position.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 04/06/2018

Digital Communications Associate (Houston, TX)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Digital Communications Associate

Location: Houston, Texas

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits package based on qualifications 

Core Responsibilities:

  • Manage LJAF’s Web presence, including its main website and sites for key initiatives
  • Work with subject matter experts to create and edit compelling digital content
  • Populate LJAF sites with fresh content on a regular basis
  • Identify and produce videos and graphics that explain LJAF’s work in various issue areas
  • Manage LJAF’s existing social media accounts and explore opportunities to engage on additional platforms
  • Actively monitor coverage of LJAF and its issue areas
  • Identify and share content aligned with LJAF’s interests
  • Develop email campaigns and digital newsletters
  • Track Web and social media analytics and prepare reports
  • Manage relationships with external Web developers and designers

Essential Skills, Experience, and Qualities:

  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in successfully managing digital communications in order to advance an organization’s mission and objectives
  • Track record of developing and executing digital and social media strategies
  • Ability to work with subject matter experts to produce engaging content, including stories, videos, and graphics
  • Proven experience expanding an organization’s presence on social media
  • Understanding of digital best practices
  • Ability to incorporate social media into broader communications campaigns
  • Knowledgeable about current events and public policy
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to evaluate complex information and provide sound communications recommendations
  • Experience writing Web content preferred

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of three to five years of experience as a Digital Communications Associate
  • Bachelor’s degree in journalism, English, communications, political science, public policy, or a related field

To Apply:

If you are interested in this position, please send a resume, cover letter, portfolio, and contact information for three references to jobs@arnoldfoundation.org. Please indicate in the subject line of the email that the application is for the position of Digital Communications Associate. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Posted 03/23/2018

Vice President of Criminal Justice (New York, NY)

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF) is a private foundation whose core objective is to improve the lives of individuals by strengthening our social, governmental, and economic systems.

Position: Vice President of Criminal Justice

Compensation: Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with experience.

Location: New York, NY

LJAF is seeking a Vice President of Criminal Justice to help transform pretrial justice across the nation through bold initiatives, strategic thinking, and a data-driven approach. The Vice President will develop, expand, and implement the Pretrial Justice portfolio within the Criminal Justice team, defining and advancing LJAF’s pretrial justice strategy and investments. This individual will be responsible for identifying, analyzing, and pursuing new, high-leverage philanthropic opportunities within pretrial justice, with a goal of increasing real-world impacts on public safety, fairness, and cost-effectiveness. Additionally, the Vice President will oversee and scale current initiatives, including the Public Safety Assessment (PSA), a pretrial risk assessment tool being piloted across the U.S.

The Vice President will partner with a Criminal Justice team of about 20 staff across the Washington D.C. and New York offices including two Vice Presidents based in D.C. The Vice President will manage a growing team of about six researchers, analysts, and policy professionals in the New York office as well as liaise with senior management and the Board in Houston.

Core Responsibilities:

Strategy

  • Drive, expand, and refine LJAF’s pretrial justice portfolio by developing a broad yet comprehensive legal strategy considering bail reform, court diversion, prosecution, jails, and other potential areas for impact, all in partnership with the Board, Executive Vice President, and senior team.
  • Identify, build, and cultivate relationships and connections across the pretrial justice spectrum such as research institutions, law schools, public interest law firms, municipalities, court systems, advocacy organizations, and relevant community organizations and foundations.
  • Leverage relationships into partnerships and grantees that work on creative, innovative, and high impact research, data analytics, and demonstration projects to strategically expand LJAF’s pretrial grantmaking portfolio.

Execution

  • Oversee the national rollout of the PSA in the context of a broad and robust bail reform agenda, partnering closely with the Director of Criminal Justice and the Executive Vice President.
  • Develop and implement a pretrial research and innovation agenda on various topics, such as the role of the prosecutor, court diversion, and pretrial detention.
  • Collaborate with LJAF’s Criminal Justice research team to develop a comprehensive strategy for pretrial reform research, including evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the PSA as well as new research projects on potential high impact reforms across the spectrum of pretrial.
  • Serve as a spokesperson for the Pretrial Justice portfolio and team when appropriate.

Management

  • Work closely with the LJAF Board, Executive Vice President, and senior team in all three offices including developing and presenting investment/grant recommendations to the Board.
  • Manage, empower, recruit, and support LJAF’s New York-based Criminal Justice team and serve in a significant leadership role in the New York office.
  • Foster ongoing relationships with grantees and key stakeholders to develop strategic plans, establish performance metrics, and utilize data to maximize impact.

Essential Skills, Experience, & Qualities:

  • A J.D. is required. Other advanced degree(s) desirable: Masters or Ph.D. in Business, Public Policy, Political Science, Economics, Government Affairs, Criminal Justice, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 15 years of experience inside and outside of the court room in criminal justice, litigation, and law, thereby able to leverage connections, pretrial experience, and knowledge of local government and communities.
  • A lawyer with a demonstrated ability to think transformationally about government systems to design, deploy, and execute innovative strategies for positively disruptive and sustainable policy reforms.
  • Strategic, entrepreneurial, and a big picture thinker with an investor mindset to understand how to identify levers for change and best create action and impact.
  • Capable of managing and scaling national initiatives across diverse jurisdictions with distinct needs and capacities utilizing a consultative approach.
  • An understanding of research methods and best practices and the savvy to contextualize data and findings within the broader portfolio.
  • Able to thrive in ambiguity in a dynamic environment and be comfortable taking risks, changing direction when appropriate, and driving an agenda forward.
  • An excellent oral and written communicator with the ability to distill and articulate complex information to a wide range of audiences as well as create consensus among senior-level stakeholders, subject-matter experts, and disparate constituents.
  • Intellectually curious and a continual learner who shares ideas, hears all perspectives, considers out-of-the-box concepts, and embraces feedback.
  • A team-oriented, collaborative leader and manager capable of building strong relationships across a multitude of stakeholders including staff, Board, and external partners.

To Apply:

Please email nominations or applications (cover letter and resume) in confidence to: LJAF@sandlersearch.org