Senior Strategic Policy Advisor - Health/Medicaid Policy

Washington, DC
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 15, 2021
Full Time
* Business Unit Description * AARP is the nation's largest nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people 50+ turn their goals and dreams into 'Real Possibilities' by changing the way America defines aging. Policy, Research and International Affairs leads the development and communication of AARP's public policies and, research and insights on the issues that matter to the 50+. * Summary * Reporting to the Director, Health Programs, this position will join a team of Medicaid policy experts within AARP's Public Policy Institute to provide research, analytic, and product development support related to health policy issues affecting the 50+ population generally and federal and state Medicaid issues specifically. It supports the work of the larger PPI Health team, as needed. Issue areas include: state Medicaid expansion efforts, budget reductions to Medicaid at the federal and state levels, health equity as it relates to Medicaid, as well as additional topics, as needed. This position will determine work processes and methods for accomplishing assigned tasks and, therefore, requires a demonstrated facility with data analysis, strong writing skills. It also requires experience with Medicaid policy. * Responsibilities * * Identifies policy challenges and solutions related to Medicaid and other health issues. * Uses appropriate methodologies and data to conduct original research on policy issues in AARP's areas of importance. * Provides objective policy analysis and expert guidance for timely use by key internal clients. This includes evaluating current policy positions and providing input for "The Policy Book: AARP's Public Policies." * Critiques legislative and regulatory proposals in area of expertise and provides objective policy analysis to inform AARP's public outreach and advocacy efforts. * Serves as a subject matter expert to AARP staff, as well as to stakeholders and organizations outside AARP. * Designs , writes , edits, and fact-checks reports and presentations in accordance to AARPs standards and using AARP's "People First" approach to research. * Researches and prepares materials and reports to support management decision-making. * Provides day-to-day project support for PPI Medicaid work, including supporting the enterprise-wide Medicaid strategy and related events and products. Supports activities including research, communications, strategy, project/event planning and implementation. Works directly with state AARP offices to identify data relevant to Medicaid expansion and protection. * Serves as an active member of the planning and implementation teams and provides input and insight, as appropriate. * Uses appropriate research methods to identify health policy problems, challenges/barriers, and to analyze policy solutions. * Monitors and tracks time-sensitive projects and events to ensure timely and accurate completion and compliance. * Requirements * * Completion of an advanced degree in public policy, social sciences, law, gerontology or a related discipline, and a minimum of 8 years of experience related to the position. * Demonstrated understanding of Medicaid policy issues is required. * Excellent interpersonal and partnership development skills; demonstrated ability to work effectively across levels and departments. * Exceptional skill in analyzing public policy, synthesizing materials, and presenting information for all types of audiences. Demonstrated ability to communicate with audiences using different forms of communication (eg written, oral, print/broadcast media, and digital/social media). * Ability to interpret and analyze data and exhibit fluency in quantitative research and statistical methods to conduct independent research, collaborate with colleagues, and/or provide oversight for contractors. * Advanced proficiency in MS Office is required; experience with statistical analysis packages is highly desired. * Compensation and Benefits * AARP offers competitive benefits with a 401(k); 100% company-funded pension plan; health, dental, and vision plans; life insurance paid time off to include company and individual holidays, vacation, sick, caregiving, and parental leave; performance-based and peer-based recognition; tuition reimbursement; among others. Visit for more information. As a result of the COVID pandemic, all interviews will be held virtually and all non-essential employees will continue to work remotely until further notice. * Equal Employment Opportunity AARP is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. AARP does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, color, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, mental or physical disability, genetic information, veteran status, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.*

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