The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is seeking a qualified research analyst (RA) to fill a position on our Child and Family Health policy team.
RAs are responsible for a wide range of activities for projects designed to support state officials and program administrators as they develop and implement effective health policy. This work includes assisting NASHP team members with planning and execution of virtual and face-to-face symposia, providing support at meetings, assisting in designing and implementing qualitative studies and analyses, including literature reviews and syntheses, key informant interviews, case studies and state surveys. Research analysts also participate in the design, drafting, and editing of written analyses, briefs, fact sheets, proposals, and presentations that are shared with stakeholders, funders, and the general public.
The focus of RAs’ work will vary based on the projects they work on.
The overarching work of the Child and Family Health team focuses on state policy innovations in child health delivery systems, public insurance financing and access to care for children with special health care needs, children’s mental health, and related topics. Ideal candidates will possess a keen interest and background in health policy, particularly those policy areas that relate to the CFH team’s focus. We are looking for a candidate with strong policy research, analytic and writing skills, who is able to work both independently and in a team-based environment.
This position is based in our Washington, DC office and are not suitable for remote employment. We are especially interested in candidates who seek to establish a long-term career at NASHP.
Specific responsibilities 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, drafting meeting summaries, developing and updating work plans, 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;
- Compile and present data and information in formats amenable to analysis and presentation, including tables, graphs, charts and reports;
- Assist in researching and developing funding proposals and applications;
- 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;
- Participate in the design, drafting, editing and publication of written materials, including analyses, briefs, fact sheets, reports, proposals, blogs, 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;
- Assist in developing and implementing NASHP annual conference sessions; this work may extend to planning workshop content and securing speakers;
- Provide support to NASHP Steering Committees;
- Represent NASHP at meetings and conferences;
- Actively participate in efforts to improve individual and team quality of performance; participates in staff/team meetings and training; works with colleagues to coordinate organization-wide communications and problem solving.
Some travel is required.
The successful candidates will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:
- 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;
- Computer proficiency including demonstrated ability to conduct effective web-based research, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office 365 products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook) – NASHP works in a Mac environment.
How to Apply
Interested persons are invited to submit a copy of their current resume as well as a cover letter describing in detail their interest in this position and the organization, along with their salary expectations, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be certain to indicate CFH-RA in the subject line of your email.
Committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, NASHP considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.