Policy Researcher

20 Aug, 2020


Policy Researcher

New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth)
New York, NY

Job Description
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) seeks a Policy Researcher to monitor
and analyze health policy issues in New York State.
NYSHealth Background:
The New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth) is a private foundation dedicated to
improving the health of all New Yorkers, especially the most vulnerable. NYSHealth began
operations in 2006; today, it has approximately $300 million in assets, as well as a $15 million
annual grants and operations budget.
The Foundation is committed to making grants, but also to making a difference beyond grant
dollars: informing health care policy and practice; spreading effective programs to improve the
health system; serving as a convener of health leaders across the State; and providing technical
assistance to grantees and partners. Today, the Foundation concentrates its initiatives in two
strategic priority areas: Empowering Health Care Consumers and Building Healthy
Communities. NYSHealth also engages in responsive grantmaking through a Special Projects
Fund and maintains a special interest in veterans’ health.
Position Overview:
The Policy Researcher will strengthen the capacity within NYSHealth to identify ways the
Foundation can inform key health policy issues related to its programmatic goals. In this role,
the Policy Researcher will conduct both policy analyses and public health research.
The role includes identifying and tracking key New York State and local—as well as federal—
policy initiatives that are relevant to the Foundation’s work. The Policy Researcher will
conduct research on the extent of the problems and potential solutions. The person in this
position will contribute to identifying ways in which the Foundation can align with or respond
to those policy developments and help inform the Foundation’s strategic plans.
The Policy Researcher, in consultation with the Director, Policy and Research, will generate
ideas for and lead research projects. The person in this position will analyze data and other
materials and author issue briefs, data briefs, white papers, and other publications relevant to
the Foundation’s priorities. It is expected that the portfolio of projects that the Policy
Researcher will work on at any point in time will span a diverse array of public health and
health care delivery system issues. Although many of the projects are likely to be responsive to
time-sensitive, near-term needs, the Policy Researcher will also be working on larger-scale
projects with longer durations.
The Policy Researcher will work collaboratively and productively with the Foundation’s
program staff to identify promising areas for analysis that can inform both NYSHealth’s work
and the fields in which we work. The Policy Researcher will also work with the Foundation’s communications staff to prepare reports for external publication, create documents for the
NYSHealth website, prepare materials for NYSHealth-sponsored convenings, and help
operationalize more advanced data visualizations. The Policy Researcher will be expected to
represent the Foundation at public meetings, as well as to cultivate relationships with policy
leaders throughout the State.
This position reports to the Director, Policy and Research. As a member of a small team, this
position offers an excellent opportunity to be involved in a wide range of research projects
informing policy issues at the national, State, and local levels. NYSHealth is committed to
mentoring and providing learning opportunities.
The Policy Researcher will be responsible for:
 Developing and maintaining internal expertise on policy issues in New York State,
keeping current on literature, and synthesizing issues for NYSHealth staff and
 Cultivating relationships with policy leaders throughout the State.
 Identifying new research ideas, including developing research designs, to inform
priority areas of the Foundation.
 Conducting and/or overseeing assessments and background research to track policy
developments and help determine how NYSHealth should respond to emerging issues.
 Conducting and/or overseeing statistical analyses.
 Writing NYSHealth-produced publications, including fact sheets, issue briefs, data
briefs, infographics, blog posts, and reports, as well as drafting components of peerreviewed publications.
 Briefing NYSHealth staff on research-related projects and identifying areas for
collaboration and knowledge-sharing across NYSHealth teams.
 Working with the communications team to help build an external-facing presence for
NYSHealth research projects.
 Attending and presenting at external meetings and conferences.
 Possible supervision of other staff depending on the level of experience.
 Performing other duties as assigned.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
Prior academic and/or work experience should demonstrate the ability to understand and
synthesize complicated health policy issues, manage projects from start to finish, produce
written analytic products, and show an affinity for working with data and statistics.
Other qualifications include:
 A graduate degree in Public Policy, Health Economics, Health Services Research,
Public Health, or a related field is required.

 5–8 years of relevant work experience as a policy analyst/researcher within a health oriented research/policy organization, a government agency or legislative branch, thinktank, foundation, or consulting firm.
 Deep understanding of New York State health policy issues and experience with the
policy-making processes at the State and local levels.
 Knowledge of food and nutrition policy, such as food systems and food assistance
benefits, and issues relevant to empowering consumers such as health care price
transparency and patient advocacy.
 Instinct for conceiving and then conducting policy-relevant and actionable research.
 Excellent data analysis capabilities, including experience with statistical programming
software such as SAS or R and with using large and varied datasets such as Census data
(American Community Survey), County Health Rankings, BRFSS, NHIS, MEPS,
SPARCS, and claims data.
 Experience writing memos, reports, and manuscripts that translate research into policyrelevant and actionable messages.
 Superb project management and organizational skills, including attention to detail and
the ability to multitask.
 Ability to lead small teams and to complete tasks with limited oversight and
 Ability to interact with high-level individuals and organizations.
 Exceptional interpersonal skills: collegial, energetic, flexible, motivated, and able to
develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, consultants, and others who
contribute to program development and management. Can work independently and as
part of a team, and welcomes opportunities to work across diverse cultures.
 Demonstrated maturity and seasoned judgment. Ability to make decisions and justify
Application Process:
Candidates are encouraged to describe their skill sets and experience in light of the above
NYSHealth offers a competitive package of benefits, including employer-paid health
insurance, dental, vision, and life insurance, employer contribution to a 403b retirement
account, and an employer-paid monthly MetroCard.
The salary range for this position is $90,000–$120,000, depending on experience and
This position will be based at our New York City office or in Albany, although we currently
are working remotely.
Send résumé, statement of interest, and preferred location to HR@nyshealth.org and include
“Policy Researcher” in the subject line.

Job posted: 2020-08-20