Co-Director of Health Policy, Wharton

Co-Director of Health Policy, Wharton

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Posted Job Title
Co-Director of Health Policy, Wharton

Job Profile Title
Director, Communications

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 Co-Director of Policy to join our leadership team.

The Co-Director of Policy will be a key team member responsible for directing and implementing Penn LDI's policy initiatives with a particular emphasis on written translation and dissemination of Penn LDI research to extend its reach and impact. 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. This includes writing content that translates multidisciplinary research for lay and policy audiences and for publication on the Penn LDI website and other outlets, editing written content, and maximizing the impact of LDI Fellows' work through strategic outreach and dissemination

Job Description

In developing and implementing strategies to translate and disseminate LDI Fellows' research, the Co-Director will place a significant emphasis on writing and editing policy content in multiple formats, including but not limited to: policy briefs, blogs, abstracts, research snapshots, newsletters, and event-related materials. This position will also assist with refining and developing strategies for dissemination of this content, including tactics to identify and reach key audiences.

The Co-Director will also lead LDI's translation and dissemination program for individual Senior Fellow grant-funded research. This established translation and dissemination program requires the Co-Director to cultivate relationships with faculty, serve as a Co-Investigator on certain grant submissions, and lead focused dissemination activities related to grant-funded research and activities.

In addition to expertise in health policy and very strong writing skills, the ideal candidate for this position is expected to have sufficient training and background to critically review published research studies to determine key study findings while also recognizing study limitations. In addition, the Co-Director will need to be able to successfully engage with faculty in both providing strategic advice related to translation and dissemination and also collaborate on the development of written content.

The Co-Director will occasionally take on 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.

Successful candidates will be motivated by the opportunity to identify and amplify cutting-edge health services research for a national audience, build and share their expertise with the LDI community, create an impact, and enjoy a dynamic and exciting work environment. This role requires exceptional writing and editing skills, effective communication with multiple constituencies including faculty, staff, internal and external partners, professional organizations, advocacy groups, thinktanks, and government agencies, and the ability to work independently and in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. The Co-Director of Policy must be detail oriented, excel at problem solving and multitasking, and be a self-starter with a results orientation.

A PhD in health policy, public health, or relevant field is preferred, though someone with master's level training with sufficient experience in the field of health policy will also be competitive for this position. A minimum of 7 - 10 years of experience in a health-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.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$72,837.00 - $116,539.66

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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