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Research Assistant, Program on Medicare Policy

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.
STATUS: Full-time; Term position; Grant-funded for 12-month period with possibility of extension
PROGRAM AREA: Program on Medicare Policy

Position Summary:

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 Program on Medicare Policy provides a framework for the Foundation’s work related to the Medicare program and the population it serves. In this area, the Foundation 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 examining policy options to ensure the sustainability of Medicare for the future; Medicare spending and long-term fiscal challenges; Medicare and health reform; delivery system reform; Medicare Advantage and Part D plans; out-of-pocket spending; issues related to economic, retirement, and health security of people on Medicare; and the challenges facing beneficiaries with low incomes and those with significant health and long-term care needs.

The Research Assistant 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.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide qualitative and quantitative research support on a range of Medicare topics.
  • Initiate clear and creative graphics and interactive tools to present data and analysis produced by the Program on Medicare Policy.
  • Assist in the writing and editing of reports, testimony, presentations, journal articles and other publications, and in preparing on-line resources related to Medicare.
  • Collaborate with the Foundation’s policy, communications, production and web support staff to prepare, post and disseminate Program on Medicare Policy materials.
  • Some administrative support to the Program Director (e.g., preparation of reports for funders; event planning).

Minimum Desired Experience and Skills:

  • A master’s degree is preferred, but not required, provided the candidate has strong analytic, writing and research skills, and 2-3 years of experience in a related field.
  • Basic knowledge of Medicare, with genuine interest in health policy and politics.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft PowerPoint and Microsoft Excel.
  • Strong writing and quantitative skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to create graphics that communicate data and analysis clearly and effectively; experience with graphic design tools.
  • Familiarity with basic statistical concepts.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and balance multiple priorities.
  • Experience with online production tools (particularly WordPress) preferred.

This full-time position will be based in the Foundation’s Washington, D.C. office. This position is grant-funded for a 12-month period, with the possibility of an extension if funding is available. Salary will be commensurate with experience. The Kaiser Family Foundation offers an excellent benefits package.

To apply for this position please send resume, cover letter, contact information for three references, a writing sample, and an example of your ability to translate quantitative information into graphical form to the email address below. Please label your documents “Last Name_First Name Document Title”, and write “Research Assistant, Program on Medicare Policy” in the email heading. No phone inquiries please.

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

Equal Opportunity Employer