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Associate Director, Health Systems Administration - Center for Strategic Philanthropy

Location: Washington, D.C.

About the Center for Strategic Philanthropy

Charitable giving in America has consistently been on the rise, exceeding more than $300 billion. Furthermore, high net worth philanthropists are increasingly moving away from passive giving approaches towards more active approaches, with the intent of enhancing the impact of their investments. Such approaches include evaluation of the landscape to set a giving strategy that addresses key unmet needs, monitoring their investments, and consulting with advisors to help structure and deploy their gifts.

The Milken Institute Center for Strategic Philanthropy (CSP), houses a number of programs, including a philanthropy advisory service that uniquely positions the center to improve the ROI of philanthropic capital by facilitating more strategic, informed, and creative philanthropic investment. To execute this work across key issue areas, we recruit technical experts in a number of fields including public health, biomedical research, education, environmental conservation, etc.

As a result of the development of deep technical expertise among our team, CSP programs are grounded in robust analysis and expert input, creates a marketplace of innovative giving practices, forges greater awareness of high-impact investment opportunities, and connects ideas with action and capital in order to tackle some of the world’s most pressing social challenges.

Overview: Associate Director, Health Strategy

The Associate Director will help to lead our work and thought leadership in building next generation healthcare delivery systems. The initial scope of work will focus on organ transplant operations and outcomes, with the purpose of helping to direct philanthropic dollars towards innovation and quality improvements in this area.   

A successful candidate will able to:

  • Comprehensively assess the state of field in a number of areas related to healthcare systems, care access and delivery, health information technology, organ transplantation and others, with the goal of highlighting emerging themes, connections among different ideas and insights, and where there may be unnecessary silos;
  • Demonstrate proficiency in understanding and evaluating organizational structure and processes, clinical resource management, quality outcome improvements, and strategic planning;
  • Analyze the performance of healthcare organizations with respect to operational, clinical, and/or financial performance through both onsite and off-site assessments;
  • Identify root causes of issues and develop comprehensive recommendations to drive change management;
  • Conduct benchmarking analysis of various operating models, organizations, efforts, etc.
  • Build new operating models based on thorough assessment of organizational performance, needs, gaps, and benchmarking analysis.
  • Build consensus among key stakeholders including but not limited to physicians, researchers, hospital administrators, policy leaders, government officials, philanthropists, etc.;
  • Support activities of advisory boards and other key stakeholder groups, including coordinating meetings, preparing materials, conducting specific analysis as requested, etc.;
  • Develop executive-level literature to communicate findings for philanthropists, hospital administrators, physicians, advisors, etc.;
  • Demonstrate impeccable attention to detail and cross-cultural sensitivity in working within the team and with collaborators;
  • Represent the Milken Institute within the broader community throughout the due diligence process and at various industry-specific events;
  • Contribute to communications efforts to building awareness of key funding opportunities, philanthropy resources, and overall opportunities to engage with CSP.


  • Master’s degree (preferred), as well as exemplary individuals with Bachelor’s degrees, certifications and/or licensure, as appropriate, in the fields of Health Systems Administration, Hospital/Clinical Operations, etc.;
  • Professional writing experience for both technical and lay audiences;
  • Facility in navigating and translating information from technical/trade literature, conferences, relevant policy and guidance documents, and other research resources;
    • Ability to synthesize material and to focus quickly on the essence of an issue and the means to address it;
    • Highly adaptable intellectual capacity that can be and has been applied to learning unfamiliar areas of health, biomedical research and technology;
    • Familiarity with research administration, grant evaluation, and/or innovative philanthropy funding models is a plus;
    • Personal attitude that includes being outgoing, entrepreneurial, action-oriented, flexible, with a willingness to adapt to changing situations and have a good sense of humor; and
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

About the Milken Institute

The Milken Institute is a globally engaged, publicly supported, non-partisan, nonprofit think tank with offices in Santa Monica, California, Washington, D.C. and Singapore. Its mission is to improve lives around the world by advancing innovative economic and policy solutions that create jobs, widen access to capital and enhance health. The Milken Institute offers an excellent benefit package including medical/dental, LTD, Life, Flex Spending Program, 403(b) tax-deferred retirement savings plan, and company gym. E.O.E. 

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