Senior Policy Analyst

LOCATION: Washington, DC or San Francisco, CA
STATUS: Full-Time; Exempt
PROGRAM AREA: Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured


KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation), 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. KFF is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst for the Program on Medicaid and the Uninsured, which provides information and analysis on state and federal policy debates affecting health care coverage and access for low-income people.

The Senior Policy Analyst will conduct policy-relevant research on key aspects of the Medicaid program including access to coverage and care.  Candidates should have extensive knowledge of Medicaid policy issues and demonstrated ability to communicate complex issues to policymakers and the media.  This full-time position will be based in KFF’s Washington, D.C. office, which is located downtown near Metro Center.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Monitor policy developments and interpret source documents (like legislation, guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, state demonstration waivers, regulations, and court opinions) on a broad range of Medicaid issues and produce timely explainers, issue briefs and other KFF products related to emerging policy
  • In coordination with other senior leaders, develop strategic work plans to anticipate emerging policy issues and how KFF can help inform those debates through development and execution of creative and relevant policy analyses.
  • Understand availability of relevant data and incorporate data analysis into policy briefs.
  • Work with and mentor junior staff to manage projects and finalize KFF publications.
  • Represent KFF as a national policy expert on Medicaid and at external events, with policymakers and the media.

Experience and Skills

  • Minimum of seven years of professional experience in health policy analysis or research. Advanced academic training (including JD, PhD or Master’s in public health, public policy, health policy, health economics, or related field) may be counted towards this requirement.
  • In-depth knowledge of Medicaid policy issues;
  • Ability to analyze and interpret regulations, legislation and court opinions, and other government documents and tie policy developments to relevant data;
  • Demonstrated ability to synthesize complex policies and data and effectively communicate results through presentations, writing and data visualization for non-technical media and policy audiences;
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment with high attention to detail;

This full-time position will be based in KFF’s Washington, DC office, located downtown near Metro Center.  KFF is currently working a hybrid schedule and requires all staff to work in the office a minimum of 2 days a week, with a longer-term hybrid policy of 3 days per week.


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications and includes 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 “Senior Policy Analyst KPMU” 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.

KFF requires all employees to provide proof that they are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations.

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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