Coordinating Center AssociateTwo-Year Term Appointment



The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), located in Princeton, N.J., is the largest philanthropy in America dedicated solely to health. Since 1972 we have been providing funding, assistance, and research for projects and programs to help people, their families, and their communities be as healthy as possible. RWJF is committed to working alongside others to build a Culture of Health where everyone has a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

Diversity, inclusion, and collaboration are fundamental principles at RWJF. Our staff’s wide range of experiences, passions, and perspectives enriches our work and strengthens our ability to address our nation’s most pressing health issues. With a career at RWJF you will make a difference.

The Foundation administers four leadership development programs to engage people working across a variety of sectors to build a Culture of Health in the United States. These programs provide participants training in leadership, mentoring/coaching, networking, and the opportunity to work on solutions to real problems in local communities. Leadership program participants work in their home communities, connect via distance learning technology, and gather several times each year in person for training and collaboration.

The Foundation’s internal Coordinating Center (CC) serves to maximize collaboration, coordination, and communication across these four leadership programs and to ensure these programs each have the full capacity to support activities that will prepare participants to build a Culture of Health.

The coordinating center associate works with members of the Coordinating Center and Leadership for Better Health theme to facilitate and support the work of these leadership programs by assisting in the effective facilitation of the Center, conducting project and related research, working with the Center’s internal and external partners and participants, and providing complex, associate-level administrative and program support.


Project Development and Monitoring:

  • Gathers, synthesizes, and analyzes information relevant to the development of strategies and action plans to fulfill Coordinating Center objectives.
  • Identifies and manages CC-initiated participant networking opportunities.
  • Participates in reviewing proposals and selection interviews.
  • Assists in coordinating external reviews for proposals and concept papers.
  • Assists in project development and monitoring.

Learning and Dissemination:

  • Works with staff and consultants to assess, evaluate, and disseminate results of projects.
  • Monitors, tracks, learns from, and reports on projects. Works with staff and partners to harvest “learnings” from previous and current activities and projects, and to actively disseminate results and “learnings” to our internal and external partners.

Coordinating Center Functioning:

  • Assists in overall coordination and activities of the Coordinating Center including programmatic and logistical assistance for annual leadership institutes.
  • Coordinates CC-sponsored, or CC involvement, of conferences and webinars.
  • Manages Change Leadership Programs calendar.
  • Assists Coordinating Center with related activities.
  • Prepares various types of presentations.
  • Assists Coordinating Center with administrative and facilitation tasks, as needed.
  • Is responsible for actively participating in activities and improving functioning, including compliance with norms and providing support and back-up as needed.

Foundation and Field Contributions:

  • Develops general background information on major literature, field direction and stakeholders as requested by Coordinating Center staff.
  • Attends outside meetings and conferences and prepares trip reports.


  • Master's degree or equivalent education and experience in a related field; or Bachelor’s degree and two (2) years related experience and/or training.
  • Two (2) years of related work experience, preferably in the non-profit or government sector; experience with or knowledge of philanthropy desirable.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive environment working as part of a multidisciplinary team and working effectively with persons from diverse cultural, social and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Strong project- and people-management skills, including demonstrated ability to think independently, to be flexible and to juggle multiple priorities for multiple managers, and to be tolerant of ambiguity and differences in grantmaking approaches.
  • Excellent written communication skills.
  • Excellent analytic skills and ability to synthesize and translate complicated material into clear and simple language. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret professional journals and periodicals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. 
  • Excellent oral presentation skills.
  • Personally motivated to support the Foundation’s mission and goals; creative, flexible; able to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities, to create and respond to novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue, and to inspire others to work toward achieving team goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills: Collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
  • Good judgment and maturity. Ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and be responsive and clear with proposal applicants.
  • Strong research and electronic communications skills, including use of Internet.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and team environment.
  • Ability to travel as required.


The incumbent performs job duties in a normal business office environment. Tasks are generally carried out with no specific or unusual physical or environmental demands. While performing the duties of this job the incumbent is regularly required to work at a desk with a computer for extended periods of time. Specific physical abilities required by this job include operating basic office equipment such as personal computers, duplicating machines, fax machines and standard office telephones.  The incumbent may be required to attend meetings, both on-site and off-site, via phone or videoconference.


Putting Our Principles to Work

2018 Annual Message

RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser reflects on the guiding principles that drive our work to improve health and health care for everyone in America.

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Learn More About Our Work

Areas of Focus

Post Date

April 23, 2018

Due Date

June 3, 2018 (10 a.m.)

RWJF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

How to Apply

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