Duke University, Margolis Center for Health Policy

Position ID:Duke-MCHP-PFHE [#16781, 1094]
Position Title: Policy Fellow, Health Equity
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:2020/09/14 11:59PMhelp popup finished (2020/08/31, finished 2020/12/06, listed until 2020/09/14)
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 Policy Fellow, Health Equity.

The Policy Fellow, Health Equity will serve as a senior-level resource for enhancing policy analysis and research in health equity, anti-racism, and health disparities at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy. The overarching goal of this cross-cutting role is to support the expansion of Duke-Margolis’s impact and development of evidence-based policy recommendations to improve health equity and reduce health disparities in local, state, national, and global settings.

The Policy Fellow will collaborate with and assist research teams and faculty in conducting research and policy analysis in health equity. The Policy Fellow will develop relationships with collaborators at Duke, potential external partners, and funders to identify new opportunities for future growth. The Policy Fellow will connect faculty and research teams to relevant collaborators, partners, funders, and policy makers in their content areas. The Policy Fellow will provide rapid synthesis of new developments, including thematic policy briefs, and strategic guidance on new and current projects in existing content areas. Based on new relationships and collaborations, the Policy Fellow will identify and advise on strategic funding opportunities in health equity, anti-racism, and health disparities research for the Center’s portfolios.

The worksite for this position is anticipated to be the Duke-Margolis office in Washington, DC. Candidates based in Durham, NC would also be considered. This position will require approximately 10% travel between these locations (when travel restrictions are lifted) to collaborate with Center faculty and research staff.

Policy Research and Analysis

·        Cultivates and engages high-level research, policy analysis, and subject matter expertise in supporting research teams in their development of high-impact knowledge products, including policy briefs, blogs, white papers, and peer-reviewed publications.

·        In collaboration with Duke-Margolis faculty and staff, represents Duke-Margolis and Duke University at key meetings and conferences to present findings, foster relationships, and advance Center goals.

Research Team Engagement

·        Identifies significant policy and research developments in health equity, anti-racism, and health disparities research relevant to the research teams to enhance impact of Duke-Margolis projects involving health equity.

·        Provides support and guidance for adapting existing projects to incorporate principles of health equity, anti-racism, and health disparities research as identified and prioritized by Center leadership, research teams, and collaborating faculty.

·        Collaborates with faculty and research staff within Duke-Margolis and across Duke University to synthesize policy and research developments as applicable in their respective research areas.

Faculty Engagement

·        Builds relationships with Duke faculty, Departments, and Centers to develop strategic collaboration opportunities.

·        Establishes connections by linking Duke faculty, Departments, or Centers to research, education, and policy leads for specific activities related to health equity, anti-racism, and health disparities research.

Academic Engagement

·        Serves as Research Instructor for select educational initiatives related to health equity, to help students develop expertise and experience at the intersection of health equity, health policy, and health care financing. 

Business Development

·        Supports Center research in identifying funding opportunities and securing funding for policy-related initiatives that are health equity-focused or include components of health equity.

·        Liaises with external funders and collaborators to identify and develop significant or strategic funding opportunities for sustainability.

·        Collaborates with research and policy leads in the elaboration of concept notes and proposals as identified and prioritized by Center leadership, research teams, and collaborating faculty.

Education/Experience Requirements

  • Education and work experience requirements to be met by one of the following:
    • Advanced professional degree (e.g., PhD, PharmD, JD, MD) in a relevant field and at least five years of relevant work experience OR
    • Master’s degree in health policy, health economics, public health, or other relevant field and a minimum ten years of relevant work experience
  • Must be comfortable working in a fast-paced office with varied responsibilities. Proven competence in managing research projects
  • Proven record of publication in peer-reviewed journals and/or impactful policy-relevant publications is preferred. 

Knowledge/Skills Requirements

  • Excellent organizational and communications skills required.
  • Ability to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously and provide senior-level advisement across multiple portfolios effectively.
  • Ability to exercise good judgement and initiative.
  • Able to function independently, with experience collaborating with diverse teams. Multinational experience preferred.
  • Must have strong research, writing, and analytical skills.
  • Experience related to areas of health policy research and health equity, such as health care disparities, community engagement, social determinants of health, health care delivery transformation and payment reform, biomedical innovation, and assessment and dissemination of policy reforms.
  • Ability to travel 10% when appropriate (Duke travel is currently restricted). 

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.

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

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