Research Assistant, Program on the Affordable Care Act

Location: San Francisco, CA or Washington, DC (Remote, until at least September 2021)
Status: Full-Time; Term position; Two-year term position through September 2023 with the possibility of extension
Program Area: Program on the Affordable Care Act

Position Summary

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit organization, is a leader in health policy analysis, polling and survey research, health journalism, and communications, 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 the Affordable Care Act examines changes in the private insurance market under the ACA as federal and state policymakers implement provisions of the health reform law. The program focuses on the implications for the cost and accessibility of insurance coverage. Through a grant from the Peterson Center on Healthcare, we also collaborate on the Health System Tracker, an initiative to measure and track the cost and performance of the U.S. health sector.

KFF is seeking a Research Assistant who will conduct quantitative and qualitative data analysis with guidance from senior KFF staff, draft updates to or new briefs to communicate information, keep website up-to-date, and assist with grant reporting requirements.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collect and analyze data related to the cost and performance of the U.S. health system.
  • Develop creative graphics to present complex quantitative information.
  • Write briefs to communicate information about changes in the private insurance market under the ACA, or the cost, quality, and overall performance of the health sector.
  • Assist with maintenance of web site and interactive tools to communicate information about the cost and performance of the health sector.
  • Assist in grant management activities, such as collecting grant evaluation metrics, writing grant reports, and communicating with funders.

Experience and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree required, with a preference for a degree in health policy, economics, public policy, or a related field, and at least 1 year of relevant work experience preferred.
  • High proficiency in online research, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint required.
  • Strong writing and quantitative data analysis skills required.
  • Ability to create graphics that communicate complex quantitative information and experience with graphic design tool s required.
  • Experience with basic statistical and economic concepts, including experience programming in R or Stata, and working with complex data sets or surveys, or claims data, preferred.
  • Experience with online production tools (particularly WordPress) preferred.

Other Criteria

  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Interest in health policy.
  • Ability to work independently on concurrent projects and balance multiple priorities.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.

KFF staff are currently working remotely due to COVID-19. Once staff are able to return to the office this full-time position will be based in KFF’s San Francisco, CA headquarters or its Washington, DC office. This position is grant-funded through September 2023, with the possibility of an extension if funding is available. Salary will be commensurate with experience. KFF offers an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply:

If this opportunity interests you, and you have the requisite experience and qualifications, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining how your background matches the job requirements to Please submit these documents as separate attachments, labeled as “Last Name_First Name_Document Title”, and include “Research Assistant_ACA” in the subject line of your email.

KFF has an efficient applicant review process and will contact candidates who have applied for this position and whose qualifications most closely fit the criteria for the job. No phone inquiries, please.

It is the policy of KFF to actively promote a diverse and inclusive workplace in every respect, and to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees in every phase of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.

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Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.