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Position:Health Policy Associate
Closing Date:12/19/2014


Policy Associate

Position Overview:

The person in this position will be an integral member of the health policy staff and assist the executive vice president and senior policy team in developing and executing briefings, researching current health policy issues, and helping to cultivate and maintain relationships with key congressional staff and other health policy stake holders.  The ideal candidate will be able to begin on January 5, 2015.



In close collaboration with the health policy team, the Policy Associate researches and proposes content of 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, economics, public health, public policy, political science, or other social science field is required.  A master’s degree or a combination of work experience and a B.A. in one of the above disciplines is preferred.

Previous federal or state legislative or executive branch experience is highly desirable.

Knowledge Requirements

One or more of the following: Health reform, private insurance, quality, cost, disparities, children’s health, Medicare and Medicaid, long-term services and supports, public health, prevention, health information technology, health care costs, health care delivery system reform, health insurance marketplaces, behavioral health care, and social determinants of health.  Understanding of the structure of Congress and federal health policy process is essential.


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. Previous experience on Capitol Hill is a plus.  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. Strong and creative use of social media is a plus.


To Apply:

Submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample and salary requirements to no later than December 19, 2014. 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 has published  seven highly-regarded versions of Covering Health Issues, a health care policy guide  for journalists and congressional staff.  In addition, we produce toolkits on timely health care policy issues such as workforce adequacy and industry consolidation.

For additional information, visit us online at


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