Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst-Health Policy

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity and engages on how to raise the revenues necessary to support public investments. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes and program implementation. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low and moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The Center is seeking a health policy analyst or senior health policy analyst to support the Center’s work promoting federal and state policies that expand and increase enrollment in health coverage programs, particularly in Medicaid. The ideal candidate will have a deep knowledge of Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and other coverage programs; a track record of engaging in state-based advocacy and/or issue campaigns; and a passion for advancing bold policies that address racial disparities in health coverage, access to care, and health outcomes.

The Center’s health policy division undertakes extensive work at both the state and federal levels to strengthen health coverage among low-income populations. Our work includes analyzing proposed changes in government policies and operations, promoting effective approaches to covering low-income families and individuals, providing technical assistance to federal and state policymakers, conducting research on the implications of health policy choices, and working with other federal and state nonprofits on these issues. We also promote innovative solutions to connect Medicaid enrollees to housing and social services with a focus on people experiencing homelessness, people with behavioral health conditions, and those returning home after a period of incarceration. Center analyses and experts are quoted frequently in the press and relied upon heavily by policymakers.


  • Provide technical assistance and strategic guidance to state and federal policymakers and advocacy organizations to promote expansion of Medicaid coverage, identify obstacles to Medicaid enrollment, and develop and advance recommendations to maximize enrollment of eligible people.
  • Analyze federal and state policy proposals, including legislation, regulations, and Medicaid waivers.
  • Provide policy expertise and strategic guidance to state partners in a way that helps them build their capacity to promote Medicaid coverage and access to care.
  • Consult with state policymakers, policy experts, academics, and practitioners to help inform and advance the health team’s policy goals.
  • Work closely with other divisions at the Center, including the State Campaigns Team, the Communications team, and the Government Affairs team to develop and execute strategies that advance the health team’s goals, often on tight deadlines.
  • Author and contribute to materials on policy and implementation issues, including policy papers, blogs, guidance documents, memos, and talking points.
  • The position will offer opportunities for public speaking and interactions with the press.


  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field.
  • Policy Analyst: At least four years of experience working in program administration or health policy. A graduate degree in a relevant field may be substituted for two years’ work experience.
  • Senior Policy Analyst: At least seven years of experience working in in program administration or health policy. A graduate degree in a relevant field may be substituted for two years’ work experience.
  • Knowledge of Medicaid policy and a familiarity with the Children’s Health Insurance Program, the Affordable Care Act marketplaces, private insurance, and other forms of health coverage.
  • Understanding of barriers low-income people face when applying for public benefits.
  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills, including the ability to communicate complex issues to a range of audiences including policymakers, advocates, and the media, and to synthesize data and research into clear, effective arguments. Strong analytic skills, including experience using Excel and analyzing data are a plus.
  • Strong organizational skills, ability to work independently, and ability to stay on track and meet deadlines for multiple assignments.
  • Familiarity building partnerships with diverse constituencies and working in coalition.
  • Ability to undertake some travel when it is safe to do so.
  • A desire to develop or deepen your understanding of federal health policy and racial equity, particularly institutional and structural racism, and its impact on racial and economic disparities.
  • A commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low-income people and advance equity, including by reducing racial and economic health disparities.

The following qualifications are a plus:

  • Experience working directly with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Experience with grassroots organizing and a familiarity with voter engagement strategies.
  • Knowledge of other programs that serve low-income families or individuals such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

This position reports to the Vice President for Health Policy

Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt.

Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.


Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center. 

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.