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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation (IHPI) seeks a motivated professional to provide targeted project assistance to support the IHPI Policy Impact Initiative (PI2), a new framework to identify, prioritize, and launch healthcare policy projects and products. The person in this role will report directly to the IHPI Director of Government & External Relations, and maintain collaborative working relationships with the Policy Impact Initiative faculty lead, IHPI Communications staff, and IHPI members to design and implement processes and products related to this new initiative.

The successful candidate will be passionate about health policy, enjoy contributing to a dynamic, collaborative environment and must have excellent organizational, planning and communication skills. 


Identify and summarize key health policy issues

  • Stay abreast of and monitor state and federal regulations, guidance, legislation, initiatives, strategic plans, and other healthcare-related policy activities, and help PI2 identify and prioritize policy issues for IHPI policy sprints.

    • Attend webinars, hearings (most will be webcast hearings), and meetings.

    • Summarize select regulations, identifying key questions for policymakers, and communicating this information succinctly in text and simple graphics.

  • Conduct supporting literature searches and background research on current health policy topics.

  • May act as a liaison with other U-M groups working on policy.

Facilitate timely and successful execution of “policy sprints”

  • Act as a point of coordination for several multi-disciplinary policy sprint teams, including scheduling meetings, facilitating meetings, taking minutes/notes at meetings, supporting project work plans, and providing follow up for sprint teams.

  • Assist with communication of completed analyses, including formatting and final proofing of manuscripts for submission and re-submission.

  • Assist with poster and PowerPoint slide preparation for talks related to policy sprints, and help draft one pagers, issue briefs, tweets, LinkedIn articles or other products related to policy sprints.

General Administration and Operations

  • Serve as primary contact and point of coordination for the Policy Impact Initiative team, understanding the unique roles of each member of the team.

  • Assist in developing and executing operational plans and corresponding budgets that support strategic objectives.

  • Organize and assist in leading meetings; plan agendas; track deadlines and project decisions; prepare progress reports.

  • Oversee annual Impact Accelerator Award process.

Support for Government & External Relations Activities

  • Provide support and coordination for ad hoc as well as ongoing government and external relations projects, including compiling information about IHPI “success stories” and IHPI member research that may be combined to create “bodies of evidence” or one pagers; maintaining newsletter recipient lists, current list of congressional staff and members, and congressional member healthcare interests; reviewing IHPI member projects; and other similar projects.

  • Prepare weekly report on key state and federal healthcare-related 1) hearings, and 2) regulations and 3) solicitations for nominations. 

  • Draft papers, one pagers, reports, presentations, talking points, correspondence, tweets, LinkedIn articles, or other writings related to IHPI member research, state or federal funding, timely policy topics, and other projects.

  • Assist in planning events related to policy (e.g. visits from key policy makers, roundtables, co-sponsored symposia and conferences, etc.).

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a policy or healthcare-related field.

  • 3 years of related experience. 

  • Ability to organize, set priorities, and manage multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines; ability to manage multiple and competing priorities in a dynamic environment.

  • Ability to analyze, compare and evaluate various courses of action and make independent decisions on matters of significance, within the scope of expected responsibilities.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Proven ability to function as a member of a team and build effective working relationships.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and tolerate a moderate degree of ambiguity. while still working collaboratively as part of a team.

  • Experienced in using Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint.

  • Superb interpersonal skills.

  • Strong work ethic.

  • Critical thinking and attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Master's Degree

  • Experience in healthcare policy, particularly with federal legislation, regulations, and legislative process.

  • Experience supporting academic research.

  • Experience with SAS or Stata for simple analyses a plus.

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.