Policy Analyst, Leonard Davis Institute (Wharton)

Policy Analyst, Leonard Davis Institute (Wharton)

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Posted Job Title
Policy Analyst, Leonard Davis Institute (Wharton)

Job Profile Title
Manager C

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 Policy Analyst to join our team.

Job Description

The Policy Analyst will provide instrumental support and provide a policy lens for multiple facets of Penn LDI's work, with a focus on policy-related content, convenings, and analysis. These duties provide exposure to many aspects of health policy and cutting-edge health services research. This position is an exciting growth opportunity for an individual interested in creating and facilitating impactful work in influencing and improving health care access and coverage, health equity, care for older adults, the opioid epidemic, and population health.

The Policy Analyst must have exceptionally strong writing skills. The Policy Analyst is responsible for developing primary policy content, including briefs and white papers, on a variety of health policy topics. This includes conducting academic and library research, synthesizing research publications and expert input, and creating written products that clearly communicate the work's context, policy relevance, and policy implications. The Policy Analyst will also contribute to policy content in other formats, including but not limited to: blogs, abstracts, research snapshots, grant submissions, newsletters, infographics, visual abstracts, and some event materials.

The Policy Analyst will help develop and shape multidisciplinary virtual and in-person convenings in targeted policy-relevant areas. This includes identifying relevant participants, conceptualizing the meeting framing, drafting the agenda, providing day-of facilitation and support, completing any meeting action items, and facilitating the completion of any related products.

The Policy Analyst will also advise on policy implications around new research and knowledge in the health services research and health policy fields. This includes the reviewing, recognizing, and identifying health policy-related work at Penn, as well as a current knowledge of the national context of this work in academia, government (local, state, and federal), and industry. The Policy Analyst will serve as an in-house expert about "hot topics" in health policy, recent or upcoming health-related legislation, and policy areas that are primed for impactful, evidence-based research.


A Master's Degree in public health administration, health policy, or other relevant field is strongly preferred and 5 years of experience in a health 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 a plus.

This role requires exceptional research, writing, and project management 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 in a team-oriented, collaborative environment. The Policy Analyst must be detail oriented, excel at problem solving and multitasking, and be a self-starter with a results orientation.

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
Wharton School

Pay Range
$51,824.00 - $78,096.00
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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