Us:  The professional home and leading national organization for health services researchers (HSR), policymakers, and health care practitioners and stakeholders. AcademyHealth – together with its members – increases the understanding of methods and data used in the field, enhances the professional skills of researchers and research users, 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. 

You: A mid-career professional who is kind, self-motivated, innovative, highly organized, and capable of managing teams, external stakeholder relationships, and day-to-day project activities.

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:

In this role, you will support the creation, translation, and dissemination of timely and policy-relevant research to inform health care policy and practice, including community-engaged research studies. With funding from public and private grants and contracts, this team supports projects that may include grantmaking and related pre-award and post-award tasks, such as developing calls for research proposals, managing application and review processes, and supporting grantees. Team members design and execute dynamic and diverse virtual and in-person convenings across a variety of health care topics and produce blog posts, one-pagers, issue briefs, and other publications to communicate research findings for use by policymakers, health system leaders, and other decision makers. Supporting information sharing through innovative modalities is also a high priority.     

This position offers a blend of project management and execution.

  • Contribute to the oversight of a diverse portfolio of grants, which includes reviewing proposals, making funding recommendations, facilitating technical assistance, and coordinating briefings and other dissemination activities.
  • Manage program activities by creating work plans, developing and monitoring budgets, defining the scope of work and timelines, tracking progress on deliverables, and allocating appropriate staffing.
  • Translate and disseminate research findings for policy, health care delivery system, and diverse community audiences.
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with diverse and representative partners and stakeholders.
  • Develop, plan, and execute convenings on topics in health services research and policy including facilitating conference calls, Zoom and in-person meetings.   
  • Work with project staff to ensure coordination of roles and responsibilities, and quality control of all deliverables.
  • Identify, develop, and lead new initiatives that are consistent with AcademyHealth’s mission and strategic goals.  

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Masters degree in health policy, public policy, public health or related field from accredited college or university or equivalent experience required.
  • Minimum five years of substantive professional experience in health policy, health services research, and/or health policy analysis.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including the ability to efficiently plan, prioritize, and manage multiple, complex projects simultaneously with limited direct supervision.
  • Demonstrated project development experience, including strategic thinking to determine how organizational and team goals align with needs of various audiences, partners, and funders.
  • Demonstrated experience in designing and implementing strategies to communicate technical information to decision makers. An understanding of, and experience using, new and emerging communications media and technologies is a plus.
  • Familiarity with a broad range of health and health care topics, including Medicaid, health inequities, and social determinants of health.
  • Proven qualitative or mixed methods research skills, including literature review and synthesis.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills. 
  • Business competence, including financial management, and fundraising skills. 
  • Creative and strategic thinking with emphasis on customer service, collaboration, and innovation.
  • Mature; detail-oriented; able to work well under deadline pressure, work independently and with a team, and manage competing priorities.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • A sense of humor.

This is a Level 5 position. The salary range is $85,000 to $95,000. Salary is commensurate with experience.

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.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and three references (with emails) to Human Resources via email: Please be sure to reference the position for which you are applying. 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.