Policy Analyst, Public Policy

29 Jan, 2023


Policy Analyst, Public Policy

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Washington, D.C.

About Us


The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions. PCORI is committed to continually seeking input from a broad range of stakeholders to guide its work.



Position Summary


The Policy Analyst, Public Policy and Government Relations supports the Director for Public Policy and Government Relations (PPGR), Deputy Executive Director for Strategy and Planning, and the PCORI Board of Governors and executives in representing PCORI with Congress state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders. This individual will support the implementation of PCORI’s strategic plan and development of programmatic activities. In addition, the Policy Analyst will work with the Director to provide the PCORI executive team with advice on pending issues that could affect PCORI’s current and future work. The Policy Analyst will support efforts to build and maintain PCORI’s relationships and reputation at all levels of government and with relevant public policy organizations and stakeholders to increase the understanding of, and support for, PCORI’s mission and strategic goals.



Duties and Responsibilities


  • Develop and conduct outreach efforts to Congressional staff and external policymakers.
    • Work with the Director, PPGR to identify strategic opportunities for outreach to targeted policymakers.
    • Coordinate and participate in PCORI meetings with policymakers within Congress and the Administration.
    • Develop documents and materials to support internal and external communication of PCORI priorities.
    • Work with the Program Associate, PPGR to develop monthly communications to Congress.
    • In partnership with the other members of the Strategy Department, Public and Patient Engagement and other relevant internal partners, work to build and maintain relationships with key stakeholders and organizations.


  • Build on PCORI’s public policy profile and portfolio.
    • Continue efforts to increase PCORI’s profile and role in public policy arenas, including the advancement of evidence-based medicine and engagement around for key federal programs and policies.
    • Lead efforts to communicate the value of PCORI research results, both from a broad portfolio and individual study perspective to key policymakers and stakeholders as well as communicate external policy discussions and priorities to internal PCORI team.
    • Translate complex research ideas, results, and themes for various internal and external audiences.
    • Build and maintain relationships with external thought-leaders, policymakers, and influencers, as well as internal PCORI partners, to further advance PCORI’s engagement on relevant policy issues and discussions.


  • Support PCORI’s strategic communication capabilities.
    • Working in coordination with Communications Department and external communications consultants, identify opportunities to advance PCORI’s strategic communications and messages.
    • Represent, and support colleagues in the representation of, PCORI publicly regarding the role and value of PCORI.
    • Development of materials for Congressional, Agency, and other government and public policy audiences.
    • Support efforts to translate and communicate the state of PCORI’s work as it evolves to

different audiences with unique expertise and priorities.



  • Represent the Office of the Deputy Executive Director for Strategy and Planning and Public Policy and Government Relation Team to both internal and external audiences.
    • Collaborate with colleagues from teams across PCORI including Science, Operations, Engagement, and others as necessary and appropriate.
    • Support the direction of the Public Policy and Government Relations Division and broader Strategy Department and actively participate in the collaboration of PCORI staff, contractors, and other colleagues in advancing PCORI’s public policy and related outreach agenda.
    • Lead, contribute to, and participate in internal groups and teams and crosscutting initiatives, including development of internally and externally facing materials.
    • Keep Director and Strategy and Planning team apprised of developments and occurrences in the field that are likely to affect programmatic or outreach decision-making and/or strategies.
    • Carry out other responsibilities as assigned by PCORI management.


Required Skills

  • Highly effective interpersonal skills.
  • A track record of successful outreach to and collaboration with senior-level policymakers on Capitol Hill and/or federal agencies on health care issues.
  • Understanding of Congressional procedure including familiarity with the legislative process, committees of jurisdiction and bicameral experience with the US House of Representatives and Senate.
  • Deep knowledge of the federal health policy ecosystem, understanding the federal departments and agencies with jurisdiction over health programs and issues, and an ability to apply that knowledge to coherent outreach strategy development.
  • Experience with various health care programs including Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, the Affordable Care Act, and others.
  • Familiarity with health care research landscape.
  • Familiarity with health care stakeholders including payors, patient groups, associations, health systems, and academia.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including the ability to synthesize and translate complex information into public policy and advocacy materials.
  • Must be highly organized, with great attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Able to set priorities and work proactively.
  • Judgment, integrity, and ability to work collaboratively across multi-functional internal and external teams.
  • Skill with PowerPoint, Excel and Microsoft Office Products a must.


Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 4-7 years of experience in public policy and government affairs, with a specific focus on health policy or health care. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Experience working in health care policy or research space, conducting outreach and education campaigns before Congress and federal departments and agencies, and building and working with stakeholder coalitions.



The health and safety of our employees is a top priority. As part of that commitment, PCORI requires all employees, regardless of remote work status, to be vaccinated against COVID-19. As a prospective and/or new employee at PCORI, you will be required to comply with PCORI’s vaccination policy, report your vaccination status, and provide proof of vaccination. Compliance with the policy does allow for exceptions, but those exceptions will only be granted in circumstances related to medical conditions, disabilities, and sincerely held religious beliefs. Continuing with this application indicates your intent to comply with PCORI’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.


PCORI conducts background checks on all applicants.


PCORI’s Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

PCORI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity both internal and external to the workplace. You can learn more about our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion here All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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Job posted: 2023-01-29