| ||Position Overview: The person in this position will be an integral member of the health policy team in executing briefings, researching current health policy issues, and helping to cultivate and maintain relationships with key congressional staff and other health policy stake holders.
Responsibilities: In close collaboration with the health policy team and co-CEOs, the Health Policy Associate researches and proposes content for Alliance briefings; schedules, maintains communication with, and prepares speakers; prepares and drafts publications and materials, and communicates with appropriate target audiences to inform them about our congressional briefings and other events. The person in this position also helps to coordinate policy research among Alliance staff members; tracks health policy topics under discussion among analysts and policy makers, especially on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies; and keeps Alliance staff informed about health policy development relevant to our mission.
Education, Training & Experience
An established background and interest in health policy or public health is required. A minimum of 3 years federal legislative or executive branch experience is required. Work experience with private foundations is desired. A master's degree or a combination of work experience and undergraduate degree in one of the above disciplines is preferred.
Must understand basic foundations of health policy, including public and private coverage, health insurance marketplaces/exchanges, Medicare, Medicaid, health care delivery system reform, and long-term services and supports. A specific understanding of pharmaceutical policy and insurance markets is strongly desired. Other desirable topics include public health and prevention, health information technology, health care costs, behavioral health, and social determinants of health. Understanding of the structure of Congress and the federal health policy process is essential. State health policy understanding and experience are also helpful.
Skills & Abilities
Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; a high level of organization and demonstrated project planning capability; and a commitment to the mission of the Alliance are essential. Capitol Hill experience is a must. Good judgment, strong interpersonal skills, initiative, and ability to function both autonomously and in close collaboration with others are important. Must be able to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines. Strong computer skills are mandatory. Ability to work in a nonpartisan manner and see multiple sides of an issue are required.
To apply: Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than October 7, 2016 (Applications received sooner will receive preference). Word or PDF files only please. Only complete applications will be considered. No phone calls please.
About us: The Alliance for Health Reform is a nonpartisan, nonprofit health policy education organization. Our aim is to help members of Congress, their staff, reporters, and other policy leaders understand the roots of the nation's health care problems and the trade-offs posed by various proposals for change. We do not lobby for any particular policy proposals, nor do we take positions on legislation. Since 1991, the Alliance has organized more than 500 forums in Washington and around the nation, each presenting a balance of expert views. Most of these forums are briefings on Capitol Hill for 200+ congressional staff, administration staff, the media and others in the policy community. Other events exclusively engage congressional staff or the press. We also cosponsor an annual retreat for members of Congress, and a separate retreat for senior congressional health policy staff. The Alliance also publishes the highly-regarded Covering Health Issues, a health care policy guide for journalists and congressional staff. In addition, we produce toolkits on timely health care policy issues.