State Policy Senior Associate

Washington DC
Policy, Access, Value, Evidence (US) – Policy /
Full-time /
About Avalere Health

Established in 2001, Avalere Health is a purposefully built commercialization partner for the biopharmaceutical, medical technology, and wellness industries.

Our 1,500+ experts combine their knowledge and expertise across our core disciplines — Consulting; Medical; Policy; Value, Evidence, and Access; Marketing; and Digital Experience Technology — to create the connections that make better health happen.

Avalere Health partners with its clients to navigate the complex and rapidly changing healthcare ecosystem. Together, our experts help clients connect patients with life-changing therapies, realizing the potential of strategies and solutions to accelerate innovation that improves lives.

We live and breathe our five values in everything we do: We are authentic. We act with integrity. We value difference. We play for the team. We enjoy the journey. At Avalere Health, we imagine a healthier world and create the connections to make it happen. 

Salary: $Competitive + excellent benefits (bonus, pension, healthcare, life cover etc.)

Location: Remote/Washington DC

About the role 

Avalere’s policy practice is seeking a Senior Associate to join our team with a focus on state policy and commercial health insurance (e.g., ERISA plans, individual market) issues. These issues may include but are not limited to the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, state-regulated commercial drug benefit management, prescription drug pricing (e.g., drug affordability review boards, upper payment limits, reference pricing), pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), prescription drug importation, Medicaid drug benefit management, and other various issues. We are seeking a policy professional who loves to generate creative solutions to complex problems, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and is energized by working collaboratively with highly motivated and knowledgeable colleagues.
We rely on deep subject matter expertise and understanding of the business issues facing our customers to assess how this changing policy landscape impacts the pharmaceutical industry, managed care plans, providers, and consumers. We provide analytic support and advisory services, including legislative strategy, regulatory analysis, and quantitative modeling of proposed and enacted policies to a wide range of clients across the healthcare industry. 

What you’ll do 

·       Support project teams to help solve complex client problems and engage clients with novel solutions and ideas, through both short- and long-term projects
·       Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on a diverse array of healthcare issues (e.g., key informant interviews, literature searches, etc.)
·       Track state legislation and regulatory matters based on client priorities
·       Deepen subject matter expertise on policy-related issues impacting the pharmaceutical/biotech and health insurance  industries, with a state focus
·       Work independently and in cross-functional teams to contribute to the development and delivery of projects to clients
 o   Draft written summaries, white papers, and PowerPoint presentations to provide strategic recommendations to clients
 o   Translate and communicate the implications of policy changes on clients’ businesses and strategic priorities
 o   Use content expertise, solid proofreading, and layout skills to build client deliverables
·       Solve complex client questions in a timely and appropriate manner with attention to detail and minimal management oversight
·       Present deliverables in client calls/meetings and determine follow-up action items.
·       Develop project management skills in stewarding of project-based accounts
·       Draft scopes of work and using subject matter expertise to collaborate and bridge work across practices

About you 

·       Advanced communication skills (written and oral) including the ability to concisely explain complicated concepts to stakeholders within and outside of the firm
·       Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word
·       Strong understanding of government payers including state-regulated commercial plans, ERISA plans, and Medicaid
·       A degree in health policy, public policy, healthcare management, public health, public administration, economics, business administration, law, or a relevant discipline, with 2-3 years of relevant experience.
·       Experience analyzing policy proposals, legislation, and/or regulation and conveying findings to clients or other stakeholders.
·       Understanding of the policy issues impacting the healthcare sector, as well as how federal and state policy affects the industry.
·       Ability to understand and convey data results, including synthezing analytical results for a non-analytics focused audience.
·       Experience rapidly and effectively digesting new regulations and legislative developments while educating others.
·       Exemplary interpersonal skills that translate into positive relationships with colleagues and clients.
·       Commitment to working in a team environment with an emphasis on collaboration and maintaining positive relationships with colleagues and clients.
·       Outstanding problem-solving and analytic skills with the ability to apply knowledge outside of one’s immediate functional area.
What we can offer

Avalere Health aims to empower every employee to develop and thrive. We empower our team with the tools, skills, and support needed to think differently and to solve healthcare’s most complex challenges.

At the center of our people-led culture is our Career Experience team, whose mission is to provide every employee with a purpose-driven career. We also pride ourselves on our personalized learning approach to ensure you receive the training you need to help you grow within the company and take advantage of our global scale and scope.

We are committed to embedding diversity and inclusion in every aspect of our organization. We encourage diversity of thought, inclusive behavior, and break down barriers to ensure every individual feels valued and encouraged to contribute their unique abilities and potential. As part of our commitment to building a healthier world, every employee is also encouraged to participate in our community engagement efforts, which support a wide range of healthcare programs and wellbeing causes worldwide.

We have city hubs across North America, Europe, and Asia, geared toward collaborating, training, socializing, and coming together as a global organization while maintaining and fully supporting flexible working practices. Our compensation and benefits package is benchmarked across the industry. We offer a generous company pension/retirement plan, private medical insurance, comprehensive employee wellbeing initiatives, compelling time-off policy, plus many other excellent employee benefits. 

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