Senior Policy Strategist, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (Penn LDI)   Philadelphia, PA   Full-time     Analysis
Posted on November 17, 2022
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Senior Policy Strategist, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics

University Overview
The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America’s Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play. 

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn’s vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Job Description Summary
The Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania (Penn LDI) is a mission-driven organization, dedicated to improving health and health care by catalyzing collaborative, multidisciplinary research that influences policy and practice.  Penn LDI is powered by a team of dedicated staff who are committed to creating impact through better health policy and health care, and we are currently looking for a new Senior Policy Strategist to join our team.

Job Description
The Senior Policy Strategist will be a key team member responsible for shaping Penn LDI’s near- and long-term policy objectives and directing and implementing Penn LDI’s policy initiatives, with a particular emphasis on connecting Penn LDI research to policy audiences. This position is an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual interested in working to impact and influence research-driven health policy, particularly in the areas of health care access and coverage, health equity, care for older adults, the opioid epidemic, and population health.

Key responsibilities in this job include:

  • Advising LDI’s Director of Policy and Executive Director on current policy “hot topics” and events to help shape LDI initiatives and events focused on important health policy debates. This involves a having a very strong working knowledge of current and upcoming legislative, regulatory, and/or judicial decisions that will impact health policy. The Strategist will also help identify and convene a diverse set of local and national experts and stakeholders in these areas.
  • Connecting Penn LDI Fellows with policy-relevant networks, including local, state, and federal government officials, governmental agencies, policy thinktanks, committees, non-partisan non-profit organizations, and Penn’s government relations staff. The Strategist will use these networks to promote evidence-based research to key audiences.
  • Identifying and completing special projects that represent strategic policy opportunities for LDI.  This may include working with LDI leadership on original research from LDI or synthesizing evidence to create policy-oriented white papers and briefs. 

The ideal candidate for this position is expected to have sufficient research background and training to contextual Penn LDI Fellow research within wider policy discussions and to critically review published research studies and understand study limitations.  In addition, the Strategist must successfully engage with faculty in both advising faculty on policy-focused dissemination of their research and also collaborate on the development of written content. 

A Master’s degree with sufficient experience in health policy is required; PhD in health policy or related field is preferred.  A minimum of 5 -7 years of experience in a policy-related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. Subject area expertise in one or more LDI focus areas (health care access and coverage, health equity, improving care for older adults, opioid epidemic, population health) is strongly preferred. Experience at a federal government department or agency is preferred.

Successful candidates will be motivated by the opportunity to identify and amplify cutting-edge health policy research for a national audience, build and share their expertise with the LDI community, and enjoy a dynamic and exciting work environment. This role requires exceptional skills in: writing and editing, communicating with multiple constituencies, and working independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. The Senior Policy Strategist must be detail oriented, excel at problem solving and multitasking, and be a self-starter with a results orientation.

Position is contingent upon funding.

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Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School 

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $95,972.00

Salary offers are made based on the candidate’s qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits

  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family’s health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn’s Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you’re newly hired, you won’t have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That’s why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University’s libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There’s always something going on at Penn, whether it’s a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you’re right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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