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Policy Research Assistant

Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute


Description
PHI is seeking to hire a Policy Research Assistant. The Assistant is responsible for research, analysis, and writing on issues affecting the direct-care workforce with the goal of impacting state and national polices in order to improve the quality of direct-care jobs and the quality of care for long-term care consumers. This position reports to PHI's Associate Director of Policy Research and works closely with the PHI Policy Group.

Responsibilities:
The Research Assistant will support a variety of short- and long-term research and policy analysis activities under the direction of PHI’s Associate Director of Policy Research. Activities will include:
• Assist with data collection, database management, and data and chart updates for the PHI State Data Center.
• Organize, help keep current, and analyze PHI policy resources and materials, including our national and state workforce databases, and key statistics and ongoing research about the direct-care workforce.
• Conduct online legislative and regulatory searches and phone interviews relating to state policies affecting direct-care workers.
• Assist with inventory activities and analysis of academic research, legislation, regulation, and policy models related to the direct-care workforce across the country.
• Assist with the preparation of national and state fact sheets.

Qualifications:
Research Assistant must be an excellent writer—PHI maintains a very high standard for written materials. Key job requirements include:
• Bachelor’s degree in related field, i.e. economics, political science, social sciences
• 1-3 years of professional experience
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Knowledge of Excel and database management plus experience creating high-quality charts, tables and graphs
• Demonstrated interviewing, writing, and researching skills o Good telephone interviewing skills, preferably with some experience contacting government agencies for information o Ability to write concise description of programs and policy issues o Superior research skills including the ability to conduct searches for secondary resources and information using internet search engines
• Excellent analytical skills and experience gathering, analyzing and interpreting data
• Ability to work effectively with diverse groups
• Ability to work independently and manage competing priorities

Preferred:

• Background in Health Policy
• Knowledge of government long-term care programs
• Interest in or experience with the public sector, eldercare and disability services, or workforce policy

How TO APPLY:
TO APPLY, EMAIL A COVER LETTER, WITH A RÉSUMÉ TO INFO@PHINATIONAL.ORG. PLEASE INDICATE “POLICY RESEARCH ASSISTANT” IN THE SUBJECT LINE. THE APPLICATION PERIOD WILL CLOSE AS OF FRIDAY, JANUARY 3RD, 2014.

About Organization:
PHI works to improve the lives of people who need home or residential care—by improving the lives of the workers who provide that care. Our founding premise is that creating quality jobs for direct-care workers is essential to providing high quality, cost-effective services to long-term care consumers. Our goal is to ensure caring, stable relationships between consumers and workers, so that both may live with dignity, respect, and independence. PHI works with providers, organized labor, consumers and policy makers to strengthen our nation’s direct-care workforce, which includes three million home health aides, certified nurse aides, and personal care attendants. We develop recruitment, training, supervision, and person-centered caregiving practices—and the public policies necessary to support them. A recognized leader in eldercare/disability services workforce policy, PHI works with federal agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the U.S. Department of Labor, to ensure a more stable direct-care workforce. Our state experts based in Michigan, New England, New York and Pennsylvania work with stakeholders in ten states to ensure quality care through quality jobs—with an emphasis on promoting higher wages, health insurance access, better training and supervision, and creating adequate infrastructure to support workers and consumers under consumer-directed care. PHI’s policy webpages—PolicyWorks—serve as the primary source of news and analysis for the direct-care workforce field (www.PHInational.org/policy).


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