NASHP Research Analyst – Chronic and Vulnerable Populations

Are you looking for a great entry-level opportunity to assist states in improving health policy? Then consider joining the NASHP team! NASHP is a nonpartisan forum of policymakers across state governments, learning, leading and implementing innovative solutions to health policy challenges. We are looking for a talented individual to join our Chronic and Vulnerable Populations team as a research analyst in either the Portland, Maine, or Washington, DC, office.

Our work supports state officials across the country in their efforts to improve health care for individuals who are under-served, with chronic and/or complex needs. The CVP Research Analyst should have a strong interest in state policies related to mental health and substance use disorders, services and systems for older adults, and/or delivery system and payment innovation.

At NASHP, the Research Analyst is an entry-level position, responsible for a range of activities on diverse projects that support state officials in developing, implementing, and improving state health policy. Research Analysts on the CVP team help to plan and convene meetings, design and implement qualitative studies and analyses, and assist in drafting written materials such as briefs, fact sheets, proposals and presentations. Specific responsibilities for this position include:

  • Assist in developing and implementing activities designed to assist and support state officials and program administrators such as Medicaid directors and other agency staff, Governors’ advisors, state legislators, public health program directors and other state officials in addressing policy and program challenges
  • Assist in planning and implementing project-specific face-to-face, audio and web-based meetings, symposia and training sessions, including assisting in development of agendas
  • Assist with scheduling, developing agendas, preparing and disseminating materials, taking notes and drafting meeting summaries and related administrative duties, as required
  • Assist in the design and conduct of studies and analyses including literature reviews and syntheses, summary descriptions of state programs, surveys, key informant interviews, case studies and focus groups.
  • 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 work of the CVP team
  • Compile and present data and information in formats amenable to analysis and presentation, including tables, graphs, charts and reports
  • Assist in developing and implementing NASHP annual conference sessions; this work may extend to planning workshop content and securing speakers
  • Provide support to NASHP Committees
  • Assist in researching and developing funding proposals and applications
  • Actively engage in the design, drafting, editing and publication of written materials, including analyses, briefs, fact sheets, reports, proposals and other types of information for dissemination
  • Assist colleagues with speech and document preparation by conducting background research, formatting documents and tables, preparing presentations and other related activities, as required
  • Carry out necessary follow-up project activities, including working with NASHP Communications staff to ensure that NASHP website is current
  • Represent NASHP at meetings and conferences

Specific Qualifications Include:

  • Computer proficiency including demonstrated ability to conduct effective web-based research, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook); NASHP works in a Mac environment
  • Excellent organizational skills and keen attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to balance multiple assignments and competing demands to achieve quality results in a timely manner
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health or a related field, or comparable work experience is highly desirable
  • Experience with state government, either through direct work experience or policy/analytic experience closely tied to state programs is preferred
  • Knowledge or and experience in one or more areas of state health policy preferred
  • Ability to working independently and collaboratively is required
  • Some travel will be required.

To apply

Interested candidates should email a cover letter that includes salary requirements, and their resume to: search@nashp.org. Please put “Research Analyst – CVP” in the subject line. No phone calls please.

The National Academy for State Health Policy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NASHP offers a comprehensive package of employee benefits including health and dental insurance, life, STD/LTD coverage, paid time off, transportation/parking and a generous retirement program.