The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is seeking an individual to join the Population and Public Health Team as a Research Analyst. The Research Analyst will assist team-based initiatives designed to support state policymakers in improving population health and wellbeing. Projects focus on integrating public health, social services, and comprehensive health system transformation (with a Medicaid focus) to achieve those goals. Health equity is incorporated throughout NASHP’s work and is anchored in the PPH team. The project work this position will assist with will include an equity lens.
The Research Analyst is responsible for a wide range of activities in specific projects designed to support state officials as they develop and implement effective health policy. This work includes assisting other members of the project team with planning and implementation of both virtual and face-to-face meetings and symposia, providing support at those meetings, assisting in the design and conduct of studies and analyses including literature reviews and syntheses, key informant interviews, case studies and focus groups. The Research Analyst will also participate in the design, drafting and editing of written analyses, briefs, fact sheets, proposals and presentations to be shared with stakeholders, funders and the general public.
NASHP is a non-profit, independent academy of state health policymakers working together to identify emerging issues, develop policy solutions, and achieve excellence in state health and long term services and supports policy. NASHP provides a forum for constructive, nonpartisan work across branches and agencies of state government on critical health issues facing states. NASHP has offices in Washington, DC and Portland Maine.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
- Assists in planning and implementing project-specific face-to-face, audio and web-based meetings, symposia and training sessions, including assisting in development of agendas
- Assists 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.
- Compiles and presents data and information in formats amenable to analysis and presentation, including tables, graphs, charts and reports
- Assists in developing and implementing NASHP annual conference sessions; this work may extend to planning workshop content and securing speakers
- Provides support to NASHP Committees
- Assists in researching and developing funding proposals and applications
- Assists 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
- Expected to stay abreast of relevant literature, national policy and state activity relevant to project work, taking the initiative to both identify emerging trends in policy and practice among leaders an innovators in state government and health policy
- Participates in the design, drafting, editing and publication of written materials, including analyses, briefs, fact sheets, reports, proposals and other types of information for dissemination
- Assists colleagues with speech and document preparation by conducting background research, formatting documents and tables, preparing presentations and other related activities, as required
- Carries out necessary follow-up project activities, including working with NASHP Communications staff to ensure that NASHP website is current
- Represents NASHP at meetings and conferences
- Actively participate in efforts to improve individual and team quality of performance; participate in staff/team meetings and training; work with colleagues to coordinate organization-wide communications and problem solving
- Although we have currently suspended work-related travel due to the COVID-19 public health emergency, we do anticipate that travel will eventually again be required.
- Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree; familiarity with public policy, public health or a related field
- 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
- Experience with state government, either through direct work experience or policy/analytic experience closely tied to state programs is preferred
- Knowledge and experience in one or more areas of state health policy, including Medicaid
- Ability to create and sustain positive working relationships with staff and diverse constituencies – working independently and collaboratively – is required
- 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)
Those interested in applying for this position should submit a letter of interest including salary requirements, and a resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate “Research Analyst – Population and Public Health” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.
NASHP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, providing equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, 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 do not tolerate discrimination or harassment and are committed to building a diverse workforce and leadership team. All persons are encouraged and welcome to apply.