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Policy Analyst, Program on Medicare Policy

Location: Washington, DC
Status: Full-Time Term Position; Grant-funded for a 12-month period with possibility of extension if funds are available
Program Area: Medicare Policy

The Kaiser Family Foundation, a non-profit organization, is a leader in health policy analysis, health journalism and communication, focusing on the major health care issues facing the U.S., as well as the U.S. role in global health policy. Kaiser serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.

The Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy conducts research and analysis on current Medicare policy issues, monitors key trends, and produces reports, fact sheets and other resources to inform policy discussions. Current efforts focus on a range of topics including: challenges facing high-need, low-income and other disadvantaged populations on Medicare; issues and options associated with sustaining and strengthening Medicare for the future; the role of private plans in Medicare, including Medicare Advantage and Part D plans; out-of-pocket spending; issues related to economic, retirement, and health security among people on Medicare; Medicare and delivery system reform; physician participation and other access issues.

Position Summary:

The Kaiser Family Foundation is seeking to hire a Policy Analyst to join the staff of its Program on Medicare Policy to work on a broad set of issues related to Medicare and the population it serves. The Analyst will work on activities within the Kaiser Project on Medicare’s Future, an initiative of the Program on Medicare Policy supported by The Atlantic Philanthropies that aims to provide in-depth and timely analyses of Medicare reform proposals and their impact on low-income and otherwise disadvantaged older adults, and to communicate the results to policymakers and other key audiences. The Analyst will collaborate on research and analysis on topics such as Medicare’s role for low-income beneficiaries, benefit gaps and potential reforms, the role of private plans in Medicare, access issues, and payment and delivery system reforms.

The Analyst will be expected to write and edit material for reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, primers, and other documents for publication by the Foundation; present data creatively and effectively, analyze datasets and interpret results of data analysis; maintain a working knowledge of current research, activities, and trends in the field by reviewing professional publications and attending related conferences, meetings, and other events; and assist in the development of effective communication and outreach strategies to disseminate the work produced and supported by the Foundation through social media and online communications tools.

The ideal candidate will have strong quantitative abilities, excellent writing skills, and experience making charts, graphics and other visual aids that convey data in a straightforward and creative manner, and experience in the field of health policy and a strong interest in Medicare and related issues that impact older Americans.

Minimum Desired Skills and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree or equivalent experience strongly preferred, with a preference for a degree in public health, public policy, or health policy. The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a genuine interest in Medicare and related issues, health economics, or a related field. Two to four years of related experience preferred.

Candidates should have excellent writing and quantitative skills, and experience with Microsoft PowerPoint, Excel and Word. Candidates should be able to work both independently and in a highly collaborative environment, with an ability to balance multiple priorities. Attention to detail is essential.

How to Apply:

Based in the Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office (located downtown near Metro Center), this position is grant-funded for a 12-month period with the possibility of an extension if funding is available. Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications, and includes an excellent benefits package.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter, contact information for three references, and writing sample (no longer than five pages) to the email address below. Please label your documents “Last Name_First Name Document Title”, and write “Policy Analyst Medicare” in the email heading. No phone inquiries please.

HR-Policy Analyst Medicare
The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Fax: (650) 854-8037

Equal Opportunity Employer