Director Health Policy

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Job Type: 

ROBERTS - Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research Req ID: 26964

Shift: Any

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is seeking an individual to provide leadership in identifying, executing, and growing the policy agenda for PolicyLab.


PolicyLab is a research center of emphasis within CHOP’s Research Institute that aims to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. The center is the research home to 35 academic medicine faculty investigators and more than 60 multidisciplinary research, policy, and communications staff. As such, the Health Policy Director will work in tandem with the Scientific Director and Senior Communications & Operations Manager on policy priorities that support the advancement and dissemination of investigator-led research. Successful candidates will have strong experience engaging with researchers and policymakers, alike.  


This individual will be a creative and entrepreneurial thinker, a strong writer and producer of analytic products, and a natural collaborator. Candidates should have a passion for training and building policy support across team members.


This individual serves on the PolicyLab Leadership Team and oversees all policy activities for the center. This position reports to the Director of PolicyLab and works in consultation with PolicyLab’s Senior Policy Advisor, who is the Director of Government Affairs for CHOP. This role will also manage a growing team of Strategists with policy and project responsibilities related to PolicyLab’s thematic research portfolios, and collaborate with the CHOP Government Affairs team when appropriate.


At PolicyLab, recruiting and retaining a diverse group of team members who bring fresh insights from all backgrounds to the research, administrative, communications, and policy work that we do is fundamental to our mission. We are committed to creating an environment that is reflective of the diverse communities we serve. As such, we welcome innovative minds from individuals across, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and marital status, victim of domestic or sexual violence status, covered veteran status or other protected classifications.

Job Responsibilities


  • Serve as the lead in identifying center-wide policy goals and objectives and ensuring their implementation, collaborating closely with the Scientific Director and Senior Communications & Operations Manager.


  • Support PolicyLab investigators and research staff in their pursuit of conducting policy-relevant research and developing translational products.


  • Serve as the lead in identifying and targeting opportunities for PolicyLab policy briefs, Evidence to Action briefs and other policy tools, and serve as the key reviewer providing quality control for reports, publications, and other policy tools. Work closely with the PolicyLab communications team on strategy and dissemination of PolicyLab research and policy materials.


  • Identify and maintain relationships with key local, state and national partners related to PolicyLab policy goals; network and strategize with partners to ensure that PolicyLab research is positioned to influence policy decisions when appropriate. Work closely with the Senior Communications & Operations Manager to identify and schedule external policy-relevant speakers for Morning Speaker Series.


  • Develop collaborative relationships with stakeholders—including within CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania—to create capacity for policy-related research.


  • Manage a staff of Strategists across the Center’s portfolios, to steward the implementation of policy- and content-related activities relative to research conducted by members of the portfolios.
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Master in Public Health or Master of Health Services Administration


Required Experience:


  • Seven (7) years of health policy experience in government, a nonprofit organization or academic environment.
  • Five (5) years of managerial or supervisory experience
Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education:   Advanced degree in Public Administration, Law (JD), Health Policy Research, Health Services Administration or Public Health


Preferred Experience:

  • Ten (10) years of health policy experience in government, a nonprofit organization or academic environment.
  • Seven (7) years of managerial or supervisory experience


Preferred Licenses/certificates/registrations:

Additional Technical Requirements
  • Full understanding of Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program and other related policies and programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of specific federal, state and local agency funding processes, guidelines and regulations.
  • Demonstrated communication skills, both written and verbal, to ensure message is received and understood by internal and external constituents.
  • Demonstrated success in developing effective relationships with multiple individuals, operating autonomously with minimal supervision and direction.
  • Demonstrated experience supporting research projects with grant development, technical writing or policy consultation.
  • Ability to determine priorities, handle multiple projects simultaneously and perform under deadline pressures. Necessary to be very organized and detail oriented.
  • Must be able to make logical judgments utilizing independent decision-making skills appropriately.
  • Demonstrated ability to function collaboratively as part of a team, as well as highly self-motivated.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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