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Project Overview Pew's health programs utilize research and critical analysis to improve the public's health and well-being. The health care products project works to enhance the safety and effectiveness of medical products routinely purchased by Americans, including compounded drugs, over-the-counter medications, dietary supplements, and other products regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.
Position Overview The senior associate, based in Pew's Washington, DC, office, will inform and influence public policy by using research tools to further project goals. The senior associate will provide factual support to develop and further the project team's advocacy positions and will work with the project team to design and implement a research agenda on emerging areas in healthcare products. The position will require developing subject matter expertise related to healthcare products; executing a research agenda; developing detailed policy recommendations; and contributing to a legislative campaign.
Reporting to the project director, the senior associate will work closely with Pew colleagues in communications, research, government relations, and other areas. This position has a set time frame that could be extended based on the success of the program, funding sources, and board decisions on continued support.
Responsibilities • Develop and maintain broad knowledge of the regulation and safety risks associated with FDA-regulated healthcare products including dietary supplements, compounded drugs, over-the-counter drugs, regenerative therapies, and unapproved uses of approved drugs and devices. • Under the direction of the project director and guidance of other staff, manage a policy research agenda: • o Develop research summaries, policy analyses, and other materials for lay and policy audiences. o Conduct research and develop materials on topics supporting the project's goals, such as public health challenges related to the regulation of dietary supplements and over-the-counter drugs. While the research agenda may evolve to meet the needs of the project, it will primarily involve qualitative research, including guided interviews, convenings, data collection instruments, focus groups, and polling as well as reviews of relevant literature. o Develop, execute, and manage contracts to support research efforts. o Follow quality control processes to ensure project research products meet the highest standards of rigor and accuracy. o Work with communications staff to implement effective dissemination techniques for research products. o Identify opportunities to improve the regulation of other FDA-regulated products; conduct research to show the scope of the problem and policy potential solutions • Contribute to the project's legislative efforts: • o Track developments in federal policy related to FDA-regulated products. o Proactively identify and monitor the positions of influential stakeholders and thought leaders on key policy issues. o Provide support for and on occasion prepare talking points, issue briefs, fact sheets, presentations, and other documents relevant to policy deliberations and easily digested by policy makers, media, and the public. o Contribute to the campaign strategy of the project, including assisting in advocacy activities. • Contribute to and participate in tasks of the project and department as assigned as well as broader Pew-wide projects and committees as needed.
• Bachelor's degree is required; advanced degree in a public health, research, or policy-related field preferred. • Minimum of four years directly related professional experience in research, ideally in public policy/public health • Knowledge of FDA regulation of healthcare products is helpful. • Experience with different types of research projects is helpful. • Excellent applied research skills, including an ability to synthesize large amounts of information and identify themes. • Ability to focus quickly on the essence of an issue, as well as to identify, understand, and synthesize different policy perspectives. • Ability to write clearly and cogently for internal audiences, policy makers, the media, and the public. • Demonstrated project- and time-management skills, including the ability to think strategically, juggle multiple priorities, adjust to changing circumstances, resolve problems creatively and logically, organize time efficiently, and remain attentive to details. • Ability to work professionally and collegially within a creative, fast-paced corporate culture that emphasizes excellence and teamwork. • Prior to commencing employment with Pew, candidates for this position who were registered to lobby in any jurisdiction must certify termination of previous registration(s) and provide copies of termination notices with said jurisdiction(s) to Pew.
Travel This position is expected to include occasional overnight travel for meetings and conferences.
Compensation and Benefits We offer a competitive salary and benefit program, including: comprehensive, affordable health care through medical, dental, and vision coverage; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using health savings and flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; and work/life benefits to maintain a good balance. The Pew Charitable Trusts is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. Pew considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, sex, ethnicity, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation or gender identity, military/veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.
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