Hiring: Program and Research Assistant

Position Overview

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to jobs[at]allhealthpolicy.org.

Please put “Program and Research Assistant” in the subject line.

Priority deadline for applications is two weeks after posting. Applications received after that date will be evaluated as needed on a rolling basis.

The Alliance for Health Policy (“Alliance”) seeks an attentive and proactive problem-solver who excels at both research and project management to join our team as a program and research assistant. This position is an integral part of the Alliance policy team in the production of high-quality and unbiased health policy programming for members of Congress, congressional and executive branch staff, media, and policy experts. The program and research assistant will provide project management support to ensure our event preparation processes run smoothly and will assist in researching a variety of current health policy topics. The position offers an excellent opportunity for candidates with a health policy background to join in a collaborative, high-growth, mission-driven organization and to help inform critical conversations that will shape the future of our health care system. This is a full-time position in Washington, D.C. and requires regular in-office work. Staff must comply with the organization’s COVID-19 vaccination requirement policy.

The Alliance’s core offering is our impartial educational events and convenings (we hosted 50 last year). The Alliance does not lobby or advocate for particular positions or legislative/regulatory approaches through these briefings. Instead, these events allow attendees to better understand a wide range of foundational and niche health policy issues, as well as the various viewpoints of the health policy community that surround those issues. For each event, we assemble a balanced panel of speakers who present their insights on a given topic, facilitate a discussion that is relevant to the attendees’ day-to-day work, and provide curated lists of resources and experts for further research.

The program and research assistant’s principal tasks are to assist health policy analysts with preparing three to five events simultaneously, including (1) developing and tracking deadlines, (2) securing and coordinating with event speakers, (3) maintaining and analyzing program data and information, and (4) conducting landscape research and analysis.

Primary Responsibilities

Working with the Alliance’s small and vibrant staff, and reporting to the director of policy and programs, the program and research assistant’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide project management and administrative support to policy team, including coordinating and tracking deadlines; creating, updating, and maintaining organized files and records; and other related tasks;
  • Work with other Alliance departments to ensure smooth and efficient processes;
  • Support policy team in researching and tracking health policy, legislation, and regulatory issues as well as gathering feedback on the scope of events;
  • Assist in coordinating and preparing event speakers including responding to inquiries, scheduling prep calls, and reviewing and assembling presentations;
  • Draft and manage the production of event attendee materials including resources and experts lists;
  • Assist in grant and funder management tasks including drafting event and evaluation summaries; and
  • Prepare background and event preparation materials for the President and CEO as needed.

As assistants become more experienced, they can assume broader responsibilities such as:

  • Meet and build relationships with policy experts, Hill/HHS/Administration contacts, and other stakeholders to ensure relevance and timeliness of programming;
  • Manage speaker and moderator prep including drafting memos and running prep calls; and
  • Lead policy development of events.

Skills and Expertise

The program and research assistant must have a meticulous eye for detail and solid organizational and time management skills to manage preparations for multiple Alliance events simultaneously. This person will regularly liaise with high-level policy professionals, government officials, and their staff. Excellent judgment, poise, and strong written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Specifically, candidates should have demonstrated skills or expertise in the following areas:

Professional Qualities

  • Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject from an accredited university;
  • Strong verbal and written communication and presentation skills to participate in oral discussions and prepare memos and e-mail messages both inside and outside the organizations;
  • Optimistic, flexible, and customer service-oriented approach to completing responsibilities and supporting the policy team and organization achieve its mission;
  • Strong professionalism and ability to effectively represent the Alliance with a range of external stakeholders and senior figures; and
  • Efficiency, and demonstrated commitment to consistently high-quality, thorough work.

Project Management

  • Capacity to maintain a system of tracking, monitoring, and prioritizing several tasks and projects;
  • Excellent time management skills, with an ability to take initiative and meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced work environment; and
  • Ability to efficiently work independently and part of a small team.

Research and Analysis

  • Basic knowledge of the U.S. health care system and health policy landscape, including public and private coverage and payment and delivery system reform;
  • Basic foundation of the federal legislative and/or regulatory process; and
  • Capacity to apply an organized research process, justify and support conclusions with credible sources and evidence, and succinctly summarize key findings.

Experience or skills in the following areas not required, but are a plus:

  • Experience at a federal, state, or regulatory entity or experience at a consulting organization or trade association; and/or
  • Experience planning and implementing events, particularly through virtual platforms.

The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Applicants with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives are encouraged to apply.


Base annual salary range $40,000 – $44,000. The Alliance for Health Policy offers an outstanding benefits package, including:

  • Platinum-level medical insurance, dental insurance, and vision insurance with 80% employer-paid premium subsidy for employees;
  • 12 weeks of paid parental leave;
  • $2 for $1 retirement contribution match, up to 10% of salary, with immediate vesting;
  • Company provided life and long-term disability insurance; and
  • Generous paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave.

About the Alliance

For nearly 30 years, the Alliance for Health Policy has served as a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping policymakers and the public better understand health policy, the root of the nation’s health care issues, and the trade-offs posed by various proposals for change. We believe a better health care system begins with a balanced exchange of evidence, experience, and multiple perspectives. Regardless of their point of view, our audience recognizes the Alliance’s reputation as a well-respected source for unbiased health policy information. We conduct approximately 50 events and convenings per year for audiences ranging from new congressional staff to seasoned policy experts and media, in addition to maintaining an active schedule of policy development, policymaker outreach, and stakeholder engagement.

Our Vision

To improve health and health care by fostering a balanced exchange of evidence, experience, and multiple perspectives.

Our Mission

To inform solutions for improving health and health care in the United States by advancing health policy knowledge and facilitating solutions-focused dialogue among diverse stakeholders and leaders.

 Our Values

  • Collaborative learning, grounded in evidence and informed by experience. We promote a shared understanding of the facts and real-life experiences that affect health and health care in America.
  • Constructive and proactive problem solving: We come to every conversation ready to bring out the best ideas for solving problems.
  • Inclusive, equitable and respectful dialogue: We include diverse perspectives in consequential conversations and are committed to creating an environment where people can hear each other across differences.
  • Discernment and integrity: We are committed to navigating complex issues with good judgment and in good faith.
  • Responsiveness and accountability: We serve as a reliable and approachable source of excellent information for the health policy community.