Princeton, NJ

Senior Program Officer (Value Team), Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Organization
For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve the health and health care of all Americans. As the nation’s largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public’s health, we have a unique capacity and responsibility to address the most pressing health and health care issues facing our society.

Position Overview
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks a seasoned and visionary public health leader to develop, implement, and manage initiatives that carry forward its vision to work alongside diverse groups of people in order to build a Culture of Health. The Foundation is working toward a society in which everyone, whatever their racial or ethnic background, geographic, or socioeconomic circumstances, or health status, has the opportunity to live the longest and healthiest life possible, and where attaining the best possible health is valued by everyone. RWJF’s vision reflects the importance of catalyzing a national movement that will effect lasting, transformational change. The senior program officer will bring a longstanding and distinguished record of building innovative, durable partnerships across sectors and disciplines and the utmost credibility as a partner and champion.

Reporting to the director of the Value team, the senior program officer will specifically lead efforts to achieve the highest possible value from our nation’s investments in improving health and health care. S/he will work across the Foundation and field to promote ideas and investments and develop and expand partnerships that have the greatest impact on the field of public health and health and care systems across the US. The senior program officer will embody the energy and forward momentum necessary to bridge the gaps between key stakeholders and act as translator, convener, and standard-bearer for RWJF’s mission. Ideally, s/he will bring a depth and breadth of experience in direct management or delivery of local or state public health services, including participating in agency accreditation and quality improvement activities. The patience and political savvy to navigate large systems and organizations are essential, as is the wisdom to deploy influence, persuasion, and active listening in pursuit of change. Tolerance for ambiguity, an ability to drive multilayered conversations to consensus and make decisions in the face of competing priorities, and exceptionally strong project and time management skills are critical for success. Completion of an advanced degree is required and a terminal degree in health or health care related field is preferred. A combination of education and experience may be substituted for education requirements.

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How To Apply
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has retained Nonprofit Professionals Advisory Group to assist in this recruitment; Vice Presidents Tracy Welsh and Allison Kupfer Poteet and Managing Associate Callie Carroll are leading the search. Applications, including a cover letter, describing your interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history and where you learned of the position should be sent to: In order to expedite internal sorting and reviewing processes, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.

RWJF is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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