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Policy Analyst, Mental Health Policy

LOCATION: Washington, DC
STATUS: Full-Time; Exempt; Two-year term-limited, with possibility of extension
PROGRAM AREA: Kaiser Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured and Kaiser Program for the Study of Health Reform and Private Insurance

Position Summary:

The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit organization, is a leader in health policy analysis, polling and survey research, health journalism, and communication dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. KFF serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public. KFF is seeking a Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst who will play a lead role in a new initiative to analyze current issues in mental health and substance use disorder policy in the US and track state policy and outcomes in these areas.

Specifically, the Policy Analyst’s responsibilities will include:

  • Conducting quantitative and qualitative policy research on state and federal issues in mental health policy, such as health conditions and need for treatment, health coverage and parity, access to care, delivery of care and integration of services, cost of care, and quality outcomes, with a focus on individuals covered by Medicaid or private health coverage;
  • Analyzing survey and claims data to develop state level profiles of issues in mental health, including developing research questions and analytic approaches; conducting data management and basic statistical analysis; preparing tables, figures, and brief reports to present findings; and conducting background research for specific analytic projects;
  • Undertaking policy analysis and synthesis of issues in mental health policy based on review of policy documents, proposals, regulations, or other secondary sources;
  • Authoring KFF policy briefs and other publications, including developing figures, tables, charts and other data visualizations, and writing fact sheets, policy briefs, and other documents;
  • Keeping abreast of new policy developments in mental health policy;
  • Presenting to outside groups and assisting in responding to media inquiries about policy issues and research findings; and
  • Assisting in managing the overall portfolio of KFF’s work in mental health policy, including assisting in managing external grants.

Minimum Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in public health, public policy, or related field;
  • A minimum of three years of work experience in policy analysis or policy research; candidates who wish to be considered as a senior policy analyst must have at least five years of work experience in mental health policy research;
  • Expertise in federal and state policy issues and data sources related to mental health and/or substance use disorders;
  • Experience conducting original research and analysis using administrative, survey, or health claims databases, and experience in synthesizing secondary data;
  • Ability to communicate research findings clearly through tables, charts, and figures;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to develop, initiate, and conduct work independently and efficiently on concurrent projects;
  • Ability to effectively work in teams, as well as independently, and to develop and maintain strong working relationships with external partners;
  • Strong organizational and management skills and attention to detail; and
  • Database and statistical programming experience in SAS or R, preferred.

How to Apply:

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume as separate attachments to Please label your documents “Last Name_First Name_Document Title”, and include “Policy Analyst, Mental Health Policy” in the email heading. No phone inquiries please.

KFF is an Equal Opportunity Employer and will consider for employment all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.