Us:  The professional home and leading national organization for health services researchers, policymakers, and health care practitioners and stakeholders. AcademyHealth – together with its members and partners – increases the understanding of methods and data used in the field, enhances the professional skills of a vibrant and diverse community of researchers and research users, supports the implementation of evidence to improve policy and practice, and advocates for the use of evidence to improve health and health care for all. Our established priorities are: Science Innovation; Health Systems Improvement, Resilience and Capacity: and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.  Diversity is a core value at AcademyHealth. We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for all and transforming our field to achieve higher impact, more equitable research. 

You:  An early career professional who is kind, self-motivated, curious, highly organized, flexible, a strong writer, and eager to take on new challenges.  

We believe that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

As such, you do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position – applications are welcomed from a broad range of applicants.

How you’ll contribute:

The Research Assistant will help to support programmatic efforts for AcademyHealth’s programs that advance the use of evidence-based research and promote health equity in health policy and practice. Specifically, this role will conduct literature reviews, environmental scans, summarize findings in a variety of product formats (e.g., briefs, PowerPoint decks, reports, summaries), coordinate meetings and communications, and support engagement with stakeholder communities and networks.

This position may also contribute to other AcademyHealth projects spanning a broad range of federal and state policy issues including health care structure and finance, advancing equity, and science innovation.

  • Conduct and summarize online research related to learning health systems, federal and state policy issues, social determinants of health, health equity, community health, and other topics.
  • Contribute to research, analysis and synthesis, implementation, and dissemination activities and products, such as environmental scans, literature reviews, semi-structured interviews, and data visualizations.
  • Assist and provide technical support to engage with online stakeholder communities and learning networks.
  • Provide logistical and administrative support for collaborative working groups, workshops and conferences, including scheduling meetings and conference calls, communicating travel and logistics, preparing and disseminating materials, note takings, creating, updating, and maintaining organized files and records, and other related tasks.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with diverse and representative partners and stakeholders.
  • Maintain and update project websites, online tools, and databases.
  • Draft articles online newsletters, blogs, and other Web content.
  • Create and format tables, charts, presentations, and other graphics.
  • Conduct agenda development, presenter coordination, and materials preparation for small and large meetings and briefings.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university required.
  • 1 - 2 years of relevant work experience preferably in a health care policy or research setting, with a professional interest in health policy, public health, health equity, social determinants, or other health care and community health issues.
  • Commitment to valuing diversity and equity, contributing to an inclusive working and/or learning environments.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including demonstrated ability to efficiently plan, organize, and manage complex, multiple projects simultaneously with limited supervision or direction.
  • Excellent organizational skills; detail-oriented and able to work both independently and in teams, ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and maintain a system of tracking, monitoring, and prioritizing tasks and projects.  
  • Experience with balancing and supporting the administrative needs of multiple individuals.
  • Excellent analytic and critical thinking skills.
  • A can-do attitude and willingness to pitch in as needed do what it takes to provide high quality products and services.
  • Demonstrated experience using the Word suite, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

What you should know:

  • AcademyHealth is a hybrid work environment, with options for remote and in office work.
  • AcademyHealth requires all employees to be fully vaccinated to work in the office, unless entitled to an accommodation.
  • Applicants outside the metropolitan DC area are encouraged to apply.  
  • We will be conducting our hiring process virtually and conducting interviews via phone or video. We will provide candidates selected for interviews with all the required instructions.

The salary range is $45,000- $50,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Qualified applicants should submit a resume and analytic writing sample to Human Resources via email: For more information, please go to

AcademyHealth is an Equal Opportunity Employer: AcademyHealth will provide all applicants for employment and all employees with an equal opportunity regardless of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, disability, matriculation, political affiliation, source of income, or place of business or residence.

Diversity is an integral part of our organizational culture.  For that reason, we seek to maintain staff diversity at all levels; and to provide an inclusive environment that embraces and values diverse ideas, talents and experiences.  We will demonstrate sensitivity to, and respect for, the differences within our personal, professional, and business relationships on behalf of AcademyHealth.