Policy Analyst, Program on Medicare Policy
Location: Washington, DC
Program Area: Program on Medicare Policy
The Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit organization, is a leader in health policy analysis, polling and survey research, and health journalism, 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 for the Program on Medicare Policy to work on a broad set of issues related to Medicare and the population it services, including projects on Medicare Advantage, affordability and retirement security, prescription drug costs, access to care and issues related to Medicare spending and financing.
This full-time position will be based in KFF’s Washington, DC office, located downtown near Metro Center. Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
- Write, edit and co-author reports/issue briefs/fact sheets and other documents to be disseminated by the KFF;
- Analyze data and communicate results clearly through tables, graphics, and infographics;
- Work with senior staff to scope new projects, identify new data sources, synthesize research and the literature, and conduct quantitative and qualitative analyses;
- Assist with communication strategies to disseminate work produced by the team through social media and other media outlets;
- Maintain a working knowledge of current Medicare issues, new policy developments, research, and trends by tracking relevant news sources and social media updates, journal articles, Congressional hearings, and briefings;
- Conduct presentations to outside groups and help respond to media and email inquiries about project-related work and/or general Medicare policy questions; and
- Collaborate with web, communications production staff to facilitate the release of reports produced by the Medicare team.
Minimum Required Skills, Experience, and Attributes:
- Master’s degree in public policy, public health, or related field, or demonstrated equivalent skills; some professional work experience in a related field preferred;
- Demonstrated interest in health policy, preferably an interest in Medicare and issues affecting older adults;
- Superior ability to write clearly and concisely, describe numerical results, and summarize data for key audiences;
- Experience analyzing and interpreting data, summarizing results, and using data to communicate findings in a clear and compelling manner;
- Strong organizational and communication skills, with excellent attention to detail;
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook);
- Ability to work independently and collaboratively, and balance multiple concurrent projects;
- Ability to adhere to deadlines; and
- Strong interpersonal skills, enthusiasm for the work conducted by KFF, curious, productive and results oriented.
Additional Skills Desired:
- Experience with online production tools, particularly WordPress;
- Experience with mapping tools (e.g., ArcGIS and/or Tableau); and
- Database management and knowledge of statistics.
How to Apply:
To apply for this position please submit a cover letter, resume, brief writing sample (ideally a sample from a data-driven policy analysis), sample of two policy-relevant graphics you have created (e.g., figures, charts, infographics, web interactives, etc.), and contact information for three references as separate attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please label your documents “Last Name_First Name_Document Title” and include “Medicare Policy Analyst – DC” in the subject line. No phone inquiries, please.
The Kaiser Family Foundation 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.