Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst, Health Policy

Reports to: Vice President, Health Policy
Staff reporting to this position: None
Department: Inclusive Growth
Position classification: Exempt, full time
Salary range: $62,000/$68,000
Work site: Hybrid (on-site two days per week, Washington, D.C., office)


American Progress has an immediate opening for a Policy Analyst or a Senior Policy Analyst with the Health Policy team. The Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will work under the direction of the Vice President for Health Policy to promote policies that strengthen health. The analyst will work with the team and Senior Fellows to conduct original analyses and advance policy proposals to expand affordable health coverage, lower health costs for consumers, and advance public health and equity. The position requires strong analytical, communication, and management skills.

The analyst will be an active collaborator with other American Progress teams such as Inclusive Economy, the Women’s Initiative, Racial Equity and Justice, Government Affairs, and others as needed. The Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will also collaborate with partner organizations on relevant and overlapping policy priorities and participate in advocacy coalitions.  

The Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst will be driven by American Progress’ mission “to improve the lives of all Americans through bold, progressive ideas as well as strong leadership and concerted action, with the aim of not only changing the conversation, but changing the country.” The analyst will join a dynamic team of colleagues to assist in strengthening the Health Policy team’s work and in supporting American Progress’ five crosscutting priorities: 

  • Building an economy for all 
  • Restoring social trust in democracy 
  • Advancing racial equity and justice 
  • Tackling climate change and environmental injustice 
  • Strengthening health 


  • Manage projects related to health policy, including health care markets, health care coverage and access, Medicare, Medicaid, prescription drug policy, and payment reforms. 
  • Generate and conduct new quantitative analyses, interpret relevant qualitative and quantitative research, and develop policy ideas to drive American Progress’ mission and goals. 
  • Write and edit op-eds, columns, issue briefs, and reports that translate complex policies and analyses into digestible information and policy recommendations for different audiences. 
  • Develop rapid-response materials, including analyses and talking points; review and contribute to comment letters, proposed bills and rules, and other relevant policy procedures. 
  • Develop and manage projects independently to meet tight deadlines.  
  • Interface formally and informally with media, external groups and collaborators, and policymakers and their staff at the federal, state, and local levels. 
  • Work with other policy teams to review and consult on a broad range of policy areas as they intersect with the analyst’s expertise. 
  • Work with Advocacy team members to develop messaging strategies and actions for relevant policy areas. 
  • Develop and maintain expertise in assigned areas of responsibility. 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.  

Requirements and qualifications: 

  • Strong knowledge of health policy. 
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience. 
  • An advanced degree (master’s, doctorate, or Juris Doctor) in public policy or a related field is preferred. 
  • Three to five years of professional experience in policy, government, or nonprofit work is preferred for the Policy Analyst position; at least five years of professional experience in policy, government, or nonprofit work is preferred for the Senior Policy Analyst position. 
  • Knowledge of and/or interest in federal policymaking, federal rulemaking, and legislative processes.  
  • Strong quantitative and analytical skills, including the ability to conduct both quantitative and qualitative research.  
  • Experience using federal survey data and claims data preferred. Strong Microsoft Excel skills are required; experience with data analysis using Stata or R is preferred.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 
  • Excellent sense of judgment and task prioritization.  
  • Solid time-management skills. 
  • Ability to work well under pressure and to meet tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Ability to work well within a team environment. 
  • Commitment to inclusivity and collaboration. 
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. 
  • Commitment to American Progress’ mission and goals. 

American Progress offers a full and competitive benefits package. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by IFPTE Local 70. The Policy Analyst position has a minimum salary of $62,000, and the Senior Policy Analyst position has a minimum salary of $68,000. 

American Progress’ hybrid work policy is posted on our Jobs page. Please visit this page for updates. Any changes to this policy will also be communicated at the time of hire. 

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Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from American Progress.

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Additional information

American Progress operates two separate nonprofit organizations to maximize the progressive agenda: the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. This job posting refers collectively to the two organizations under the name “American Progress.” The Center for American Progress is a nonpartisan 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and educational institute. It undertakes research, public education and a limited amount of lobbying. The Center for American Progress Action Fund is a nonpartisan 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization dedicated to achieving progress through action. It works to transform progressive ideas into policy through rapid-response communications, legislative action, grassroots organizing, political advocacy, and partnerships with other progressive leaders. The organizations share office space and employees.

American Progress is dedicated to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is more than a commitment at American Progress—it is the foundation of what we do. American Progress recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, color, marital status, veteran status, medical condition, and all the other characteristics that make us unique.

For more information on the Center for American Progress, please go to www.americanprogress.org. For more information on the Center for American Progress Action Fund, please go to www.americanprogressaction.org.

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