Policy Associate

January 7, 2020


National Academy for State Health Policy
Washington, DC, DC, United States


The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) seeks a health policy associate for its Chronic and Vulnerable Populations team. The ideal candidate will have experience and a strong interest in state policies related to older adults, long-term care, and/or individuals with disabilities.

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.

Policy associates are lead content experts on 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 for this mid-level position will have strong analytic and writing skills and a proven record of being a strong team player. Experience in state health policy is a must; experience in state government is strongly preferred. Applicants with no practical experience in health policy related to elders, long term care and/or individuals living with disabilities will not be considered for this recruitment.

This position is located in NASHP’s Washington, DC office and is not suitable for remote employment.

Essential Responsibilities:

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, including but not limited to CHIP and Medicaid directors, public health program directors, behavioral health agency directors, Governors’ advisors, insurance department officials and state employee health plans, insurance exchanges and other members of executive branch agencies and legislative branches of government, in 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;
Assist in staffing and support of Academy committees; participate in the planning and implementation of NASHP’s Annual Conference, including but not limited to responsibility for planning workshop content and securing speakers;
Foster collaborative relationships with key stakeholders, including partnering organizations, funders and state officials;
Represent NASHP and relevant project work at meetings and conferences;
May manage the work of research analysts;
Other duties as assigned.
Some travel is required.

Minimum Qualifications:

Previous employment in state government strongly preferred, or health policy or analytic experience closely tied to state health programs;
Solid knowledge of and experience in one or more areas of health policy, particularly related to older adults, behavioral health (substance use disorder and mental health policy), and Medicaid financing and regulation;
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 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 “CVP – Policy Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls please. NASHP is an equal opportunity employer.


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