Duke University, Margolis Center for Health Policy

Position ID:Duke-MCHP-RASHPF [#16712, 1361]
Position Title: Research Associate (State Health Policy Focus)
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Washington, District of Columbia 20004, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Health Policy and Health Services Research
Appl Deadline:2020/10/25 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2020/08/24, finished 2021/02/23, listed until 2020/10/25)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***

The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University seeks to address critical health policy challenges and deliver practical, innovative, and evidence-based solutions to improve health and the value of health care. The interdisciplinary nature of Duke-Margolis brings together policy experts, researchers, health care professionals, and students from across Duke’s schools of medicine, nursing, law, public policy, business, and engineering, and fosters extensive relationships with stakeholders both internal and external. These relationships span foundations, private sector organizations, state and federal governments, and global entities. The Center fosters excellence, leadership, and scholarship at every level.

Duke-Margolis has an opening for a Research Associate within the Center’s state health policy research and analysis program. The worksite for this position is anticipated to be the Duke-Margolis office in Washington, DC; however, candidates based in Durham, NC will also be considered and are encouraged to apply.

The Research Associate in this position will support Center projects with research, writing, and analysis with a focus on state health care policy and reform, including state-level COVID-19 response. The individual in this role may also collaborate on projects spanning a broad range of health policy-relevant topics of interest to the Center. The Research Associate produces high-quality work products with limited oversight, demonstrates technical leadership and collaboration with other team members, and delegates project tasks while consistently meeting deadlines. Primary responsibilities include researching and analyzing complex topics, including conducting background research; drafting summary documents, blog posts, and policy briefs; effectively engaging state and local policymakers and other stakeholders; and managing Center events and convenings. This will include support for project activities through coordination, logistics management, and some administrative tasks.

Education/Experience Requirements:

·        Any of the following:

o   Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and at least 6 years of relevant work experience. OR

o   Master’s degree in a relevant field (e.g., health policy, health economics, public health, or related field) and at least 4 years of relevant work experience. OR

o   Advanced professional degree (e.g., PhD, PharmD, JD, MD) and at least 2 years of relevant work experience.

·        Training or experience in the fields of health policy, public policy, public health, data science, or patient safety is preferred.

·        Strong research and writing experience is required.

·        Demonstrated proficiency in policy research, including the ability to synthesize content from a broad range of sources.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

·        Must have strong organizational, research, writing, analytical, and communication skills, including the ability to transform complicated information into materials that are easy to understand.

·        Proven ability to plan and organize content with attention to detail and creativity.

·        Knowledge/experience in areas of health policy research including Medicaid.

·        Specialized experience in areas of state health policy such as health care delivery transformation and payment reform, COVID-19 response and assessment, and dissemination of policy reforms.

·        Ability to interact professionally with high-level individuals and organizations.

·        Ability to exercise good judgement and initiative.

·        Ability to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously, complete tasks with limited oversight and supervision, and manage a project team effectively.

·        Must be able to function independently; prefer experience collaborating with multinational teams.

·        Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced project environment with varied responsibilities.

·        Knowledge of Microsoft Office required; knowledge of relevant research and analytic software, such as STATA, preferred.

·        Ability to travel 10% when appropriate (Duke travel is currently restricted). 

This position will be renewable annually upon funding availability from the Center. To be considered for this position, applicants must submit materials online.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work to be performed in this position and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Application Materials Required:

·        Cover letter, including statement of work location sought (Durham, NC or Washington, DC)

·        Curriculum Vitae

·        Three References (names and email addresses)

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas-an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Suite 500
Washington, DC 20004