Associate Policy Analyst

17 Nov, 2020


Associate Policy Analyst

United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS)
Richmond, VA

About the Position

Position Description

The Policy and Community Relations Department is responsible for facilitating the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) policy development process.  This involves many functions, including facilitation of committee work, producing policy documents, participating in regional meetings, and leading policy-related advocacy and engagement efforts with OPTN members.  The Department engages these stakeholders and other additional experts to identify problems, understand community perspectives, evaluate issues, and develop potential solutions for the transplant community. The Department builds community relationships and advocates for OPTN/UNOS strategic initiatives. Policy and Community Relations staff guide the OPTN national transplant policy making process including promoting consistency with NOTA and the Final Rule. The Department assists with implementing other functions including responding to member inquiries, providing guidance, and education.

The Associate Policy Analyst serves as an integral part of a collaborative, cross-functional team in the Department. The Associate Policy Analyst performs key tasks related to policy development, committee facilitation, and regional meeting participation.  The Associate Policy Analyst fulfills meeting management, member inquiry response, and document creation and management responsibilities in support of department objectives.

Key Responsibilities: 

Policy Analysis and Development

  •  Assist with identifying opportunities for improvement in OPTN policy.
  •  Assist developing evidence-based solutions to problems facing the transplant community.
  •  Perform literature searches.
  •  Maintain project documentation. (E.g. OPTN project forms, task assignments, decision log, key milestones, etc.)
  •  Draft, or assist with drafting, policy-related documents and proposals.  This includes presentations to be delivered by committee members and OPTN leaders.
  •  Conduct, or assist in conducting, oral briefings related to committee work and policy projects/proposals.

Committee Facilitation

  • Facilitate, or assist with facilitating, OPTN committee meetings.
  • Facilitate, or assist with facilitating, internal UNOS committee support meetings.
  • Draft internal and external meeting minutes.

Member Support

  • Respond to member inquiries according to established internal protocols.
  • Research and draft responses related to member or other stakeholder questions.
  • Maintain documentation and communication tools used to communicate with staff, members, and OPTN volunteers.
  • Develop or serve as a resource for developing member sentiment tools.
  • Compile and analyze metrics related to department projects and department performance. (e.g. volunteer engagement survey, public comment volume, etc.).
  • Participate as required to support successful facilitation of Regional meetings.
  • Complete special projects and other duties as assigned.


Minimum Requirements

2 years of policy, business, healthcare, legal or other related experience required.

Critical Skills

·        Public policy development preferred.

·        Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.

·        Ability to work independently and collaboratively in team.

·        Ability to accurately understand, research, and respond to stakeholders.

·        Quantitative and qualitative analysis.

·        Analytical writing.

·        Literature searches.

·        Critical thinking.

·        Public speaking.

·        Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

·        Proficiency with Microsoft SharePoint, GoToMeeting, and Basecamp preferred. 

Additional Skills & Qualifications

·        Experience in public policy or policy development preferred.

·        Experience in community relationship development preferred.

·        Experience in consensus building processes preferred.


4-year degree in political science, public policy, public health or related field, or equivalent work experience required.  Advanced degree preferred.

Physical Requirements

General office demands

About Us

The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) coordinates the nation’s organ transplant system, providing vital services to meet the needs of men, women and children awaiting lifesaving organ transplants. Based in Richmond, Va., UNOS is a private, nonprofit membership organization.
UNOS members encompass every transplant hospital, tissue matching laboratory and organ procurement organization in the United States, as well as voluntary health and professional societies, ethicists, transplant patients and organ donor advocates.

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Must be authorized to work in the US. Sponsorship is not available for this position.

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Job posted: 2020-11-17