Associate Director, Health Policy

Connecticut, United States
06 Oct 2020
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Position Focus:

We are seeking to hire an entrepreneurial individual with health policy and research experience.

The Tobin Center for Economic Policy at Yale University seeks to hire an entrepreneurial policy leader to help catalyze world-leading health policy and health economics research and then help translate that research into impact. The US health system is now nearly a fifth of our national economy. However, the health system is rife with waste and there is scant evidence that we get adequate return for our tremendous level of investment. Rising health care spending is putting pressure on American families, crowding out other necessary investments, and hurting the fiscal health of the nation. The Tobin Center at Yale is committed to driving the production of research at the academic frontier that can inform US health care policy and then using that research to make a difference in peoples’ lives.

The Tobin Center is a new enterprise at Yale University. Housed in the Department of Economics, the Tobin Center will serve as a platform at Yale for using research to drive national, non-partisan policy impact. The team at the Tobin Center is working across policy areas, including antitrust reform, environmental policy, education reform, and inequality. By enabling more policy-relevant and data-intensive scholarship at Yale and bringing it to the policy arena, we seek to identify and scale better, more effective policy solutions that strengthen families, communities and the nation.

Past research by Tobin Faculty has been cited in Congress and by the White House, used to shape state and federal policies, and featured extensively in the popular press. The Tobin Center’s health policy scholars are researching the drivers of rising prescription drug prices in the US, studying the impact of consolidation in the health sector, and analyzing the influence rising health care costs on broader economic growth.Dept/Section URLClick here for more information

Essential Duties

  1. Oversees the advancement and growth of the program. Gives direction and leadership supporting the philosophy, mission, strategy, and annual goals and objectives. Assumes primary accountability for disseminating and publishing all program information to create public awareness and support of the program.
  2. Works closely with leadership, internal and external colleagues, and community residents to further develop and implement strategic plans.
  3. Identifies, solicits, and cultivates community partnerships and collaborations to assist in the development and growth of the program. Develops the metrics to identify and measure the success of the program. Responsible for measurements of grant success and related evaluation.
  4. Assists in identifying and evaluating potential future funding sources, and contributes to the submission of grants and contracts supporting the program, including the annual submission and writing of all content areas and budgetary sections of grant applications. Develops and manages the program’s operating budget.
  5. Develops the administrative infrastructure of the program. Manages human resource and administrative functions of the program, including staffing and hiring, supervision, performance development, counseling and discipline, if warranted. Oversees and manages information systems, facilities, and space needs.
  6. Investigates, identifies, implements, and oversees the maintenance of systems to gather, track, and report information to support the initiatives of the program. Tracks all program activities and regularly informs leadership of progress on each initiative. Recommends structural or programmatic adjustments, changes or additions based on full knowledge of missions, goals, and objectives.
  7. Initiates, designs, and manages the compilation of program communications; identifying outreach potential, and promoting philanthropic and collaborative support of the program. Contributes to the development and assists in the management of content on the program’s website and monitors all changes and additions to the editorial content.
  8. May perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree in a related field and four years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Required Skill/Ability 1:

Demonstrated knowledge of  health policy; either through think tanks, the media or the government.

Required Skill/Ability 2:

Well developed written and verbal skills with the ability to craft policy summaries, address requests from policy-makers, engage with legislators and their staff, and coordinate logistics for policy events with partner organizations.

Required Skill/Ability 3:

Demonstrated program management skills with the ability to strategize, develop, and execute workplans and success metrics, ensuring program targets and timelines are met.

Required Skill/Ability 4:

Demonstrated grant development and reporting skills with the ability to draft grant proposals, manage ongoing formal and informal reporting.

Required Skill/Ability 5:

Ability to oversee department media and communications, manage requests from journalists, draft fact sheets, create media summaries, manage web content and webpages, develop graphics, and provide social media planning and support.

Evening Hours Required? Occasional
Drug Screen No
Health Screening No

Background Check Requirements

All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle, DOT certification, drug testing and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent upon the successful completion of the background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Posting Disclaimer

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the essential functions that will be required of the position and should not be construed as a declaration of specific duties and responsibilities of the particular position. Employees will be assigned specific job-related duties through their hiring departments.

Affirmative Action Statement:

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