Research Analyst, Program on Medicare Policy
Location: Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA
Status: Full-Time; Term position; Grant-funded through June 2020
Program Area: Program on Medicare Policy
KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation), 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.
The Program on Medicare Policy works on a broad set of issues related to Medicare and the population it services, including projects on Medicare Advantage, affordability and retirement security, Medicare Part D and prescription drug costs, access to care, and Medicare spending and financing. Through a grant from an external funder, we are creating a new term-limited Research Analyst position that will assist with a project examining Medicare Part D plans’ formulary coverage of generic drugs and the implications of formulary coverage and tier placement decisions related to generics on consumer out-of-pocket costs and program spending.
This full-time position will be based in either KFF’s Washington, DC office or its San Francisco, CA headquarters. This position is grant-funded through June 2020. Competitive salary and an excellent benefits package included.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities:
- Researching issues related to Part D formulary coverage and Medicare prescription drug coverage and summarizing research findings in writing;
- Drafting/writing a series of short policy briefs on new and emerging Medicare prescription drug issues and topics related to the formulary coverage analysis;
- Working on analyzing data output from the formulary coverage analysis and interpreting results
- Creating graphics to convey research findings in visual form;
- Helping prepare final briefs/reports based on the formulary coverage analysis;
- Assisting with meeting planning for a policy roundtable and final project briefing, including scheduling, coordinating dates, drafting emails to invited panelists;
- Communicating by phone and email with external contractors about the project
- Assisting with grant reporting requirements; and
- Assisting KFF communication staff with communication and dissemination activities related to the project, including social media activities.
Minimum Required Experience and Skills:
- High proficiency in online research, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint required;
- Strong writing and quantitative skills required;
- Knowledge of federal health policy related to Medicare, Part D, and prescription drug policy strongly preferred;
- Ability to create graphics that communicate complex quantitative information;
- Proficiency with basic statistical analysis and familiarity with economic concepts;
- Ability to develop, initiate and conduct work independently and efficiently on concurrent projects;
- Ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with internal staff and outside contractors;
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work in a highly collaborative environment; and
- Strong organizational and project management skills and attention to detail.
How to Apply:
If this position is of interest to you, 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 (e.g. charts, maps, infographics, interactives) to email@example.com. Include “Research Analyst, Medicare 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.