Research Analysts for Emerging Policy Issues and Child and Family Health Teams

The National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) is growing!  We are looking for several qualified research analysts to fill new positions on our Emerging Policy Issues and Child and Family Health teams.

Research analysts are responsible for a wide range of activities for projects designed to support state officials and program administrators as they develop and implement effective health policy. This work includes assisting NASHP team members with planning and execution of virtual and face-to-face symposia, providing support at meetings, assisting in designing and implementing qualitative studies and analyses including literature reviews and syntheses, key informant interviews, case studies, and state surveys. Research analysts also participate in the design, drafting, and editing of written analyses, briefs, fact sheets, proposals, and presentations that are shared with stakeholders, funders, and the general public.

The focus of research analysts’ work will vary based on the focus of the policy team they work with.

  • The research analyst on the Emerging Policy Issues Team will be engaged in work supporting state officials across the nation in their efforts to improve health care for individuals by striving to ensure access while addressing the high cost of coverage and care. Applicants for this position should have a strong interest in state policies related to health system costs and coverage across Medicaid, CHIP, and state insurance marketplaces.
  • The research analyst on the Child and Family Health Team will be engaged in work focused on state policies related to maternal and child health, services and systems for women, children and families, as well as delivery system and payment innovations related to these populations. This research analyst may also be involved in some work of the NASHP Population Health Team, which concentrates on policies and programs aimed at preventing disease and early intervention to prevent the progression of illness, including social determinants of health.

All of these positions are based in our Washington, DC office and are not suitable for remote employment. We are especially interested in candidates who seek to establish a long-term career at NASHP.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist in developing and implementing activities designed to assist and support state officials and program administrators such as Medicaid directors and other agency staff, Governors’ advisors, state legislators, public health program directors and other state officials in addressing policy and program challenges;
  • Assist in planning and implementing project-specific face-to-face, audio and web-based meetings, symposia and training sessions, including assisting in development of agendas;
  • Assist with scheduling, developing agendas, preparing and disseminating materials, taking notes, drafting meeting summaries, developing and updating work plans, and related administrative duties, as required;
  • Assist in the design and conduct of studies and analyses including literature reviews and syntheses, summary descriptions of state programs, surveys, key informant interviews, case studies and focus groups;
  • Compile and present data and information in formats amenable to analysis and presentation, including tables, graphs, charts and reports;
  • Assist in researching and developing funding proposals and applications;
  • Expected to stay abreast of relevant literature, national policy and state activity relevant to project work, taking the initiative to both identify emerging trends in policy and practice among leaders an innovators in state government and health policy;
  • Participate in the design, drafting, editing and publication of written materials, including analyses, briefs, fact sheets, reports, proposals, blogs, and other types of information for dissemination;
  • Assist colleagues with speech and document preparation by conducting background research, formatting documents and tables, preparing presentations and other related activities, as required;
  • Carry out necessary follow-up project activities, including working with NASHP Communications staff to ensure that NASHP website is current;
  • Assist in developing and implementing NASHP annual conference sessions; this work may extend to planning workshop content and securing speakers;
  • Provide support to NASHP Committees;
  • Represent NASHP at meetings and conferences;
  • Actively participate in efforts to improve individual and team quality of performance; participates in staff/team meetings and training; works with colleagues to coordinate organization-wide communications and problem solving.

Some travel is required.

The successful candidates will have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Excellent organizational skills and keen attention to detail;
  • Strong analytical skills;
  • Excellent writing and communication skills;
  • Ability to balance multiple assignments and competing demands to achieve quality results in a timely manner;
  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health or a related field, or comparable work experience is highly desirable;
  • Experience with state government, either through direct work experience or policy/analytic experience closely tied to state programs is preferred;
  • Knowledge or and experience in one or more areas of state health policy preferred;
  • Ability to working independently and collaboratively is required;
  • Computer proficiency including demonstrated ability to conduct effective web-based research, as well as proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook)- NASHP works in a Mac environment;
  • Willingness to travel


NASHP offers a comprehensive package of benefits including health, dental and vision coverage, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, as well as a transportation benefit. We are also pleased to provide a generous retirement benefit.

How to Apply

Interested persons are invited to submit a copy of their current resume as well as a cover letter describing in detail their interest in this position and the organization, along with their salary expectations, to

Please be certain to indicate which Research Analyst position you are interested in – Emerging Policy Issues or Child and Family Health – in the subject line of your email.

Committed to building a diverse and inclusive workplace, NASHP considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.