Policy Associate – Chronic/Vulnerable Populations Team

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) seeks a strong policy associate for its growing Chronic and Vulnerable Populations Team. They are looking for candidates with substantial knowledge about state health policies, programs, and strategies that support individuals with chronic conditions, including older adults, individuals with complex physical and/or behavioral health needs and/or intellectual/developmental 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 insights and ideas; conduct policy analyses and research; disseminate information on state policies and programs; and provide technical assistance to states. 

Policy associates are 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 solid experience in the content area that serves as the focus of this team’s work and will have demonstrated, strong analytic and writing skills, along with a proven record of being a strong team player.  Experience in state health policy is required; experience in state government is strongly preferred. 

NASHP staffers currently remain on work-from-home status, but we hope to return to the office once it is safe to do so. NASHP has offices in Washington, DC and in Portland, Maine.

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, 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 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 the executive 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, including cross-disciplinary proposals; these responsibilities 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 will be required as safety allows.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Successful candidate will have significant knowledge of state health policies, programs, and strategies that support individuals with chronic conditions, including older adults, individuals with complex physical and/or behavioral health needs, and/or intellectual/developmental disabilities. Knowledge of and familiarity with Medicaid is requisite to this position.
  • Candidate should have demonstrable experience and strong skills researching and analyzing state health policy, including state and federal Medicaid regulations, statutes, contracts, and other materials. 
  • Excellent writing and communication skills required.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Proven ability to function effectively in a dynamic work environment, managing multiple projects and demands to achieve quality results in a timely manner.
  • Experience working in state government, particularly state Medicaid agencies, is preferred.
  • Bachelor’s degree in health policy, public policy, public health, law or related area, plus relevant work experience strongly preferred.
  • Experience in/aptitude for program management a plus.

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. 

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.

Date Posted: 
Friday, September 25, 2020
Date Closing: 
Friday, October 30, 2020
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