Senior Manager, Healthcare Innovation and Special Projects

Peterson Center on Healthcare


Senior Manager, Healthcare Innovation and Special Projects


Peterson Center on Healthcare


New York, New York


The Senior Manager, Healthcare Innovation and Special Projects reports to the Associate Director, Research and Grants.


The Peterson Center on Healthcare (“the Center”) 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 Center is seeking a Senior Manager, Healthcare Innovation and Special Projects (“Senior Manager”) to support its program focused on scaling high-impact healthcare innovations, especially for a high-need patient population. High-need patients are those with clinically complex needs, functional limitations, and/or behavioral health conditions, and are more likely to receive fragmented care and incur high healthcare costs.

This position will lead a portfolio of ongoing projects as well as support the development of new grants, partnerships and learning opportunities in accordance with the Center’s emerging strategy focused on high-need patients and delivery innovations. The Senior Manager will also build relationships within the broader healthcare funding community and lead the Center’s participation in collective funding efforts.

More specifically, the responsibilities include:

Project Management and Design

  • Serve as the project lead, owner, and driver of a portfolio of large, multi-year projects both within and outside of the main strategic focus of the Center such as:

    • Scaling high performance healthcare innovations for high-need patients;

    • Scaling change management solutions to reduce unnecessary medical intervention;

    • Developing and testing assessment tools to better predict success of care delivery model implementation.

  • Oversee and facilitate the grant lifecycle process with grantees including:

    • Serve as a thought partner in each step of the grant making process from ideation to proposal development to final outcomes and deliverables;

    • Ensure strict financial compliance and oversight;

    • Synthesize learnings; develop and present complex deliverables to leadership;

    • Meticulously track project status, internal and external partners involved, necessary follow-ups, and next steps;

    • Evaluate the project and outcomes to develop recommendations for subsequent funding; and

    • Work closely with the Foundation grants team to ensure that projects comply with organizational policies and processes.

  • Expand the portfolio through identifying thoughtful, strategically aligned new partnerships and projects that best leverage the Center’s philanthropic capital to significantly impact the cost and quality of U.S. healthcare.

  • Work with Associate Director and Foundation staff to identify and implement process improvements related to grant creation, management and administration.

Internal Strategy and Management

  • Collaborate closely with colleagues and leadership team to determine internal strategic priorities and decision making around the evolution of the portfolio and the program more broadly.

  • Commission, oversee and conduct relevant research and analysis and share key findings.

  • Ensure constant scans of the healthcare field, including debates, developments, new research findings, and policy decisions.

  • Manage the work of junior staff to support various aspects of project managing processes across the grant lifecycle; work with the Associate Director to develop professional learning and growth opportunities.

External Network and Relationship Development

  • Build relationships with, and serve as a connector and convener of foundations, experts, leadership organizations and other key partners.

  • Lead and manage the Center’s participation in the Collaborative, a partnership of five foundations working to spread and scale innovations for high-need patients.

  • Represent the Center at external meetings and conferences to showcase Center projects and learnings as well as generate new learnings for the Center.

  • Partner with the Communications department to identify opportunities to promote and elevate grantees’ work.


Are you someone who:

Has a strategic mindset: Able to develop a big-picture view; connects long-term visions and concepts to daily work; maintains a broad, strategic perspective while identifying and focusing on crucial details; understands the position of the Center in the larger context.

Drives results: An independent, self-starter with strong bottom-line orientation; comfortable owning tasks both large and small; persists in accomplishing objectives despite obstacles and setbacks; has a track record of exceeding goals successfully; pushes self and helps others achieve results; a can-do attitude with a willingness to jump into projects as needed.

Brings nimble learning: Learns quickly when facing new situations; independently gathers, collects and analyzes data to drive decisions and set direction; experiments to find solutions and thinks “out of the box”; takes on the challenge of unfamiliar tasks; extracts lessons learned from research, failures and mistakes; enjoys the challenge of ambiguity and is highly adaptable.

Excels at project management: Organizes activities and staff clearly into an efficient workflow to deliver projects; creates and manages work plans, sets timelines and milestones, and involves stakeholders to set clear expectation on roles and responsibilities; considers the numerous factors affecting a decision in a complex environment; ability to manage cross-functional teams.

Is a superior communicator: Ability to speak and write clearly, effectively, succinctly and spontaneously, especially under time pressures; ability to synthesize complex information and transform complex issues into understandable and persuasive messages.

Builds robust networks: Builds strong formal and informal networks; maintains relationships across a variety of functions and locations; draws upon multiple relationships to exchange ideas, resources and know-how.

Additionally, do you have:

  • At least seven years of experience in management consulting, corporate strategy, business operations or other professional services, program or project management, or related experience.

  • Intellectual curiosity and interest in healthcare delivery, funding and financing, healthcare system transformation, and healthcare policy.

  • A bachelor’s degree; advanced degree preferred.

If this sounds like you, please email cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to: 

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

The Peterson Center on Healthcare is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.