Policy Associate - Population & Public Health/Public Health Modernization
National Academy for State Health Policy
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type: Full Time
Required Education: 4 Year Degree
Salary: Range starts at $70k
Advocacy / Non-Profit
Salary commensurate with years of experience.
Internal Number: 1
Are you looking for a great opportunity to support states as they work to recover from the pandemic and meet the challenges of modernizing their public health systems? Then consider joining the NASHP Population & Public Health Team!
About Us – The National Academy for State Health Policy – NASHP – is a nonpartisan, nonprofit forum of policymakers from across the spectrum of state governments, leading and implementing innovative solutions to states’ health policy challenges. At NASHP, we engage state leaders to solve problems and share solutions; conduct policy analyses and research; leverage state expertise to develop model policy solutions; disseminate information on state policies and programs; and provide technical assistance to states. We have an immediate opening for a Policy Associate to join our growing Population and Public Health team.
About You – You are a professional with at least four years of post-Bachelor’s experience, who is organized and detail-oriented, a skilled communicator with strong writing and analytic skills, and who thrives in a dynamic work environment, engaging in multiple projects at a time. You have a strong foundation and substantive experience in a state health policy and, in particular, in state policy approaches to addressing public health. You know public health policy related to immunizations, pandemic response, Medicaid, public health workforce or other aspects of public health. You are state-focused, interested in and understanding what state policymakers need to know to effectively meet their most difficult challenges.
How you will spend your time – Policy Associates are lead content experts on policy issues and topics facing state decisionmakers. As a NASHP PA, you will conduct qualitative policy research and analysis, contribute to project development and management, work with a team to provide technical assistance to state officials, write policy briefs and other related resources aimed at a broad policy audience and work collaboratively with colleagues across the organization and directly with state health policy officials. Your key responsibilities will include:
Tracking, researching, analyzing and summarizing state and federal legislation, rules and regulations that will impact state public health systems – with a focus on public health modernization approaches (including data and workforce infrastructure, addressing inequities, and linkages to broader health systems)
Providing technical assistance to state officials in a multi-state immunizations project
Facilitating state-to-state learning and exchange using multiple strategies, both virtual and in-person, when practical
Leveraging knowledge and expertise of public health policy to support state technical assistance, developing issue briefs and tools states can adopt to advance policies in those domains
Working with both internal and external stakeholders at the state and national level, effectively communicating information on trends and emerging issues in health policy
Planning, researching and writing blogs, briefs, reports, proposals and other publications
Assisting in the development of grant proposals
Assisting in staffing and support of NASHP’s policy committees and participating in the planning and implementation of NASHP’s annual conference
Representing NASHP and relevant project work at meetings and conferences
As a Policy Associate, you may also be called on to mentor and manage the work of early career professionals, NASHP Research Analysts. Some travel will be required, following COVID-19 safety protocols.
About working at NASHP – We are operating in a hybrid work arrangement with two in-person in-office days each week; NASHP has offices in both DC and Portland, Maine. We require all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, and be boosted, as well.
NASHP offers a comprehensive package of benefits including health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD/ADD, paid time off, a transportation allowance and a generous retirement plan.
To apply –Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter describing their interest in the position and in our organization, along with salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be certain to put PPH PA in the subject line.
NASHP is an Equal Opportunity Employer, providing 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, 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 people are encouraged and welcome to apply.
You will need to minimum qualifications, including:
Previous employment in state government is highly valued and strongly preferred. If you do not have relevant government experience, you need to have professional health policy or qualitative analytic experience closely tied to state programs
Excellent writing, communication and analytic skills, along with a focus on detail and organization
Proven ability to function effectively in a dynamic work environment, managing multiple projects and simultaneous demands, achieving quality results in a timely manner
Self-motivated and able to work both independently and collaboratively
Bachelor’s degree in health policy, social work, public policy or administration, public health, law or related area. A Masters in a relevant field is a plus. This is not an entry level position; you must have real-world experience in policy areas relevant to the position and have at least four years of experience post-Bachelor’s.
For over 35 years, The National Academy for State Health Policy has been a nonpartisan organization committed to developing and advancing state health policy innovations and solutions. NASHP provides a unique forum for the productive exchange of strategies across state government, including the executive and legislative branches.
To improve the health and well-being of all people across every state.
To be of, by, and for all states by providing nonpartisan support for the development of policies that promote and sustain healthy people and communities, advance high quality and affordable health care, and address health equity.
To accomplish our mission we:
advance innovation by supporting states in the development of new policies and programs;
surface and support the implementation and spread of best practices by engaging states to inform data driven policy making at the state and federal level;
ensure states have the information, data, and tools to successfully design and implement policy;
encourage sustainable cross sector solutions by strengthening partnerships across state agencies and executive and legislative branches and the private sector and
elevate the state perspective for a broad group of stakeholders, partners, and the public.