Research Officer for Special Programs and Projects
Job Details
Mother Cabrini Health Foundation - New York, NY


The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation (MCHF) was formed in 2018, by the sale of the Legacy Fidelis New York Medicaid Health Plan.  MCHF is organized as a New York not-for-profit corporation and as a 501(c)(3) private foundation under the Internal Revenue Code. 


MCHF has an asset base of approximately $3.8 billion and an operating budget that includes approximately $140 million in annual grant awards to promote and support programs which seek to improve the health of underserved New Yorkers, bolster the health outcomes of diverse communities, and enhance access to affordable healthcare and healthcare-related services across New York State.  While MCHF operates in accordance with the ethical principles, tenets, and teachings of the Roman Catholic faith, it exists to help New Yorkers of all faiths or no faith at all.


Position Summary:


Research Officer for Special Programs and Projects is a highly skilled employee with a keen understanding of public health research, policy, and outcomes.  S/he will play a pivotal role in shaping and guiding the trajectory of MCHF's evaluation and research work during a period of significant growth. 


Reporting to the Chief of Staff, a member of the CEO’s team, the Research Officer for Special Programs and Projects is a new position at MCHF.  The Research Officer for Special Programs and Projects will use his/her expertise in research and writing to support the CEO in assessing the overall needs of MCHF, with a particular emphasis on Strategic Grants, Special Initiatives, and Programs, as well as in crafting an ongoing narrative of learnings for the MCHF team, Board Directors, Bishop Members, and those in the field. S/he will also manage research projects to support the work of the senior staff across all MCHF areas of interest.


Duties and Qualifications

Essential Duties:

Office of the CEO:

  • Responsible for drafting health, healthcare, and social determinants of health focused blogs, articles, opinion/editorials, and public speaking content for the CEO and MCHF.
  • Promote visibility of CEO, such as researching the attendance at and preparation for conferences, lectures, and events.
  • Proactively liaise with other departments (Programs and Grants, Finance, Administration, Investments, and Compliance) on research and speaking projects as needed.



  • Contribute monthly to the “Issues” section of MCHF’s website.
  • Along with the Director of Communications, manage a quarterly newsletter to Board Directors and Members.
  • Provide research and content for MCHF-led conferences and symposia.


Programs and Grants:

  • Provide regular and periodic health, healthcare and social determinants of health briefing papers and briefings to all MCHF staff on current events in healthcare topics, with specific attention paid to MCHF priority populations. Mandated presentations and discussions for programs and grants team and communications and community relations team.  All others are invited.
  • Assist in development of annual Strategic Grant(s), Special Initiatives (approximately one-third), and Programs requiring CEO input and recommendations and Board approval. 
    • For all three categories assists with developing proposals, reports, evaluations, grantees, and recommendations to CEO.
    • For all three categories, in carrying out responsibilities in (a), working with the Chief Programs and Grants Officer, Managing Director for Programs and Grants, and Managing Director for Strategy and Evaluation, individually and collectively.


  • Provide research support on peer foundations on matters of impact investing.



  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in public health and health equity research with a focus on private foundations.   
  • Masters degree required, PhD degree preferred. 
  • Highly skilled at critically analyzing and synthesizing empirical research and understanding how a body of evidence may apply to real-world problems.
  • Ability to work with multiple constituencies on complex, challenging problems.
  • A demonstrated ability and interest in working independently on a wide range of issues, as well as the ability to work constructively and creatively as part of a team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, as well as organizational ability.


Physical Requirements:

MCHF will provide any reasonable accommodation(s) required to perform the essential duties of this role, including working under the following conditions and requirements:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Working in a high-rise office environment for all or most of the scheduled workday.