Research Associate II - PolicyLab

Philadelphia, PA, US, 19146

Job Type: 

ROBERTS - Roberts Ctr Pediatric Research Req ID: 26865

Shift: Any

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

PolicyLab at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is seeking a strategy associate to focus on the following key initiatives:

  1. Support PolicyLab’s Intergenerational Family Services research portfolio by coordinating meetings, conducting portfolio strategic planning, and providing policy guidance and technical assistance to research teams.
  2. Support PolicyLab center-wide policy initiatives by working closely with the Health Policy Director to identify and build strategic plans to support policy priorities, assess and respond to policy issues, contribute to writing policy briefs and other communications, and engage with key internal and external stakeholders.


PolicyLab is a research center of emphasis within Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) Research Institute that aims to achieve optimal child health and well-being by informing program and policy changes through interdisciplinary research. PolicyLab researchers are experts in five critical areas, or portfolios, of child health and policy. Projects in the Intergenerational Family Services Portfolio focus on addressing social determinants of health and building evidence for and evaluating sustainable family-centered programs in pediatrics that better the health of children and their families.


Reporting to the Health Policy Director and consulting with the faculty lead of the Intergenerational Family Services portfolio, the strategy associate will partner with investigators and research staff specifically within the Intergenerational Family Services portfolio to support collaborative research projects and policy initiatives. The strategy associate will also support and spearhead center-wide policy initiatives related to improving the health and well-being of children and their families. Successful candidates will value collaboration and communications as key components of helping the policy team move forward PolicyLab’s robust policy portfolio at all levels of government.


This position is ideal for a community health or public administration professional with a programmatic and policy background who is looking to utilize their skills to support the strategic growth of research and implementation projects and policy initiatives to inform evidence-based, best practices for children and their families. This position requires collaborative, interpersonal, organizational, and communication skills. Experience with project management and evaluation is preferred.


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

Support PolicyLab’s Intergenerational Family Services Portfolio


  • In collaboration with PolicyLab’s Intergenerational Family Services portfolio faculty lead, coordinate the development and implementation of strategic plans for the Intergenerational portfolio, including organizing portfolio meetings and supporting portfolio-related collaborative projects.
  • Provide policy consultation to support research teams’ research goals and projects, as well as for responding to policy issues related to the portfolio. Provide ongoing policy consultation and technical assistance to portfolio projects.
  • Work closely with the Center’s communications team to develop and disseminate strategic communications, including policy briefs, blog posts, commentaries, and related documents.
  • Coordinate with consultants and interns related to portfolio work, as applicable.

Support PolicyLab Center-wide Policy Initiatives

  • Coordinate the development and implementation of strategies to advance policy priorities, including working directly with research teams and communications team to translate research evidence into accessible, educational information and actionable recommendations for a policy audience and get them into the hands of that audience or to other stakeholders who can do so.
  • Review and edit internal and external Center communications—including blog posts, newsletters, educational materials, press statements, etc.—for accuracy and framing of messaging related to policy implications and recommendations based in the Center’s research evidence.
  • Identify and engage in opportunities to expand PolicyLab’s visibility, such as presenting or exhibiting at policy-focused conferences, participating in coalitions or working groups, and responding to local, state and federal calls for comments on policy proposals.
  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders related to policy priorities.
  • Work closely with CHOP Government Affairs on activities aligned with the Intergenerational portfolio and priorities to:
  • Cordinate and support PolicyLab researchers in providing written and verbal comments, testimony, speeches and other communications regarding active legislative matters.
  • Prvide research evidence to inform the hospital’s advocacy efforts.
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Job Responsibilities (Continued)
Required Licenses, Certifications, Registrations
Required Education and Experience

3-5 years related to social work, public health, or non-profit leadership experience required.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Graduate degree in public health, public administration, law, or related field preferred.

Grant writing or development experience is preferred.

Additional Technical Requirements
  • Demonstrated experience and content expertise with issues of intergenerational health, family-centered care or clinical-community partnerships in a policy, advocacy, clinical or research capacity.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong project management skills and experience in strategic planning.
  • Experience with policy research and writing.
  • Experience collaborating with community-based organizations and/or public systems (departments of health and human services, child welfare, etc.).
  • Understanding of research and evaluation projects in order to inform innovation and project design for funding proposals.
  • Demonstrated success in collaborating with multidisciplinary teams and communicating with diverse groups of stakeholders.
  • Strong presentation skills.
  • Comfort representing PolicyLab at community task forces, workgroups, conferences, and events.

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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