NASHP Project Director, Center for State Health Care System Costs

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) seeks a project director for its Emerging Policy Issues Team to help organize and lead The Center for State Health Care System Costs (The Center), a new NASHP initiative supported by Arnold Ventures. The successful candidate will have strong project management skills and demonstrated expertise in hospital and health system financing and costs, and their impact across all payers, as well as knowledge of innovative state efforts to curb rising health costs. Experience in state government is strongly preferred, and the ability to develop and support practical solutions that states can implement a must.

NASHP is a nonpartisan forum of policymakers throughout state governments, learning, leading and implementing innovative solutions to health policy challenges. To accomplish our mission we convene state leaders to solve problems and share solutions; conduct policy analyses and research; disseminate information on state policies and programs; and provide technical assistance to states.

Through The Center, NASHP will provide assistance and support to states seeking to address prices within the broader market for health care services. Similar to the work of the NASHP Center for State Rx Drug Pricing, this initiative will work with states to develop alternative policy approaches and help state policymakers move from ideas to action in a practical manner that advances their goals.  NASHP has created a Health Care Cost Hub, led by its executive director, with two Centers – one focused on Rx pricing and this new Center focused on health system and hospital costs.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work closely with NASHP’s Executive Director, Deputy Director, Senior Program Director for Emerging Issues team and other NASHP staff to develop, implement and manage projects for The Center that advance state goals to address health costs practically and in consideration of political realities;
  • Work independently and as part of a team, to conduct policy analyses, literature reviews, policy scans, surveys, key informant interviews, case studies and focus groups, write analytic pieces that are targeted for specific state policymakers, and other stakeholders and design technical assistance opportunities that include engagement of expert consultants;
  • Plan agendas and facilitate meetings (via conference call and in-person) ranging from small work groups to larger symposia;
  • Build and maintain strong working relationships with state and federal program administrators, national policy organizations, experts and other key stakeholders;
  • Coordinate and provide responses to requests for state technical assistance;
  • Represent NASHP and relevant project work at meetings and conferences, presenting or speaking at such events, as appropriate;
  • Assure timely delivery of quality products and compliance with all funder requirements, including effective oversight and management of project budgets, as directed by the Senior Program Director;
  • Stay abreast of relevant literature, national policy and state activity relevant to the health policy work of NASHP, with particular attention paid to those issues directly related to the Project Director’s assigned policy area;
  • Participate in NASHP staff team work of planning and implementing NASHP’s annual conference;
  • Supervise and serve as a mentor to more junior staff;
  • Assist in developing grant proposals;
  • Periodically travel to states for site visits, meetings, and research.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Relevant work experience, and Master’s degree or other graduate degree in health finance, public policy, law or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Substantial knowledge of  hospital and health system financing and costs and their impact across payers (Medicaid, state employee and commercial health plans), as well as innovative state efforts to curb rising health costs preferred;
  • Understanding of state health policy and how ideas can be translated into practical policy solutions;
  • Strong analytic and qualitative research skills;
  • Strong organizational skills;
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Leadership experience;
  • Ability to manage a complex workload comprised of multiple projects.

Note that this is not an entry-level position. The successful candidate will demonstrate considerable, real world, substantive and practical experience in the relevant policy areas.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter detailing their interest and salary requirements, along with a current copy of their resume to: search@nashp.org.  Please put “Project Director, Center for Health Care Costs” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

NASHP provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, or military or veteran status in accordance with all applicable laws. We don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of the above. We are committed to building a diverse leadership team.  All persons are encouraged to apply.