Policy Associate – Emerging Policy Issues

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) seeks a health policy associate for its Emerging Policy Issues team in its Washington, DC office to help staff the Centers for State Health Care System Costs and for State Rx Drug Pricing. The candidate should have experience and a strong interest in state policies focused on health care system costs, including but not limited to pharmaceutical pricing and hospitals, across multiple payers.

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: 1) convene state leaders to solve problems and share solutions; 2) conduct policy analyses and research; 3) disseminate information on state policies and programs; and 4) provide technical assistance to states.

Policy associates are lead content experts on policy issues and topics at the national and state level. They conduct policy research and analysis, assist with project development and management, write policy briefs and other related resources, and work directly with state health policy officials. The successful candidate will have strong analytic and writing skills and a proven record of being a strong team player. Experience in state health policy is necessary, and experience in state government is strongly preferred.

Specific responsibilities for this position include:

  • Track, research, and analyze relevant developments with the potential to impact health policy making across multiple levels and agencies of state government, working to develop expertise related to the program area to which s/he is assigned; exercise initiative to identify emerging trends in policy and practice, and leaders and innovators in state government
  • Work with both internal and external stakeholders at the state and national level, effectively communicating information on trends and emerging issues in health policy
  • Develop and implement studies and analyses of state programs using various methods including surveys, key informant interviews, case studies and focus groups
  • Assist in developing and implementing activities designed to support and assist state officials and program administrators addressing policy and program challenges
  • 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 Policy Associate’s assigned policy area
  • Review, analyze and summarize federal and state legislation, rules and regulations that will have an impact on state health policy
  • Plan, research and write briefs, reports, proposals and other publications for both internal and external audiences
  • Assist in the development, preparation and implementation of grant-funded projects that align with NASHP’s organizational mission and focus issues, including cross-disciplinary proposals; these duties extend to assisting in preparation of required grant reports
  • Facilitate state-to-state learning and exchange via multiple strategies, including online, audio and face-to-face interactions
  • Participate in the planning and implementation of NASHP’s annual conference, including but not limited to responsibility for planning workshop content and securing speakers
  • Represent NASHP and relevant project work at meetings and conference
  • May manage the work of research analysts
  • Some travel will be required

Minimum qualifications:

  • Previous employment in state government strongly preferred, or health policy or analytic experience closely tied to state programs
  • Solid knowledge of and experience in one or more areas of health policy, particularly in the areas of health care system costs, including but not limited to pharmaceutical pricing and hospitals, across multiple payers.
  • Excellent writing, communication, and analytic skills
  • Proven ability to function effectively in a dynamic work environment, managing multiple projects and demands to achieve quality results in a timely manner
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Bachelor’s degree in health policy, public policy, public health, law or related area, plus relevant work experience. Advanced degree in public health, public policy, law strongly preferred

To apply:

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 “EPI – Policy Associate” 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.