NASHP Rx Drug Pricing Senior Policy Fellow

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) seeks an experienced professional to join our Center for State Rx Drug Pricing team to provide in-depth policy analysis and technical assistance to states on multiple strategies to reduce pharmaceutical costs. The senior policy fellow also supports a working group of state officials by providing technical expertise to develop new, actionable policies to lower the growth of drug spending. Must have in-depth knowledge of and experience in the pharmaceutical industry, relevant state and federal policies, and in-depth knowledge of the US pharmaceutical drug supply chain as well as private and public coverage policies. Understanding of Medicaid and the 340B drug discount program will also be an asset. The senior policy fellow should be able to work well with state officials and other external partners to complete project activities and have excellent writing, critical thinking, and analytical skills for a national and state policymaker audience. The successful candidate will need to be adept at working with a team that is in different office locations and a strong communicative team player.

The primary responsibilities of the senior policy fellow on the Rx Drug Pricing team include working with NASHP’s project leadership to develop thoughtful and successful approaches to support state officials who are seeking to address pharmaceutical costs. Tasks include but are not necessarily limited to researching and writing white papers on issues critical to pharmaceutical costs, drafting model legislation, supporting a work group of diverse state officials, providing targeted technical assistance to state officials, and sharing technical expertise at seminars and conferences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work in collaboration with NASHP’s executive director and senior program director and other NASHP staff to develop, implement, and manage project plans to support officials seeking to address rising drug costs that meet specific state needs;
  • Work independently and as part of a team;
  • Design and conduct policy research and analyses, including literature reviews and syntheses, surveys, key informant interviews, case studies, and focus groups;
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with state program administrators, national policy organizations and experts and other key stakeholders;
  • Coordinate and provide responses to requests for technical assistance;
  • Represent NASHP and relevant project work at meetings and conferences, and present or speak at such events, as appropriate;
  • Assure timely delivery of quality products and compliance with all funder requirements as directed by project leadership;
  • Stay abreast of relevant literature, national policy and state activity relevant to the Center on Rx Drug Pricing;
  • Participate in NASHP staff team work of planning and implementing NASHP’s annual conference;
  • Serve as a mentor to junior staff, sharing technical expertise and helping them develop experience and skills relevant to their work at NASHP and facilitate their professional development and knowledge of pharmaceutical policy;
  • As directed by the senior program firector or senior management, assist in developing grant proposals, including development of project activities, budgets, and work plans; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Relevant work experience in the pharmaceutical industry and a master’s degree or other graduate degree in public policy, economics, public health, law, or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is preferred;
  • Substantial knowledge of state health policy , particularly in the area of pharmaceutical policy and pricing;
  • Experience with state government strongly preferred;
  • Strong analytic and qualitative research skills;
  • Proven strong organizational and computer skills;
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Leadership experience;
  • Ability to manage a complex workload comprised of multiple projects and activities; and
  • Some travel is required.

General All-Staff Requirements

  • Actively participate in strategic planning teams;
  • Create and sustain positive working relationships with diverse staff and constituencies;
  • Actively participate in efforts to improve individual and team quality of performance;
  • Participate in team meetings and trainings and works collaboratively with colleagues to coordinate agency-wide communication and problem solving; and
  • Support and comply with the organization’s philosophy, policies, and procedures.

The position may be located in either Washington, DC or Portland, Maine, where NASHP’s offices are located. For the right candidate, options for telecommuting could be explored. Interested individuals are invited to email a current resume along with a cover letter detailing interest in this position and NASHP, as well as salary expectations, to search@nashp.org. No phone calls please.