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Vice President for Health Policy

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

Washington, District of Columbia 20002
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Vice President for Health Policy

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, one of the country’s leading non-partisan public policy and research institutes, seeks a Vice President for Health Policy.  Working at both the federal and state levels on fiscal policy and public programs that affect low- and moderate-income families and individuals, the Center has attained a national reputation for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analyses with activities designed to enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The Center’s Health Policy Division undertakes extensive work at both the state and federal levels across the full range of policy issues affecting access to health care.  It works to expand and strengthen health coverage among low- and moderate-income families, seniors, and people with disabilities by analyzing proposed changes in government policies, designing new policy options, designing improvements to government program administration, providing technical assistance to policymakers, conducting research on the implications of health policy choices, and working with other federal and state stakeholders on these issues. 

The Division works at boththe state and federal levels to safeguard and strengthen public health insurance coverage for low-income people through Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and the Affordable Care Act.  It focuses on implementation of and potential changes to these programs and policies as well as the adequacy of their funding.  It also works on issues related to access to care in the private insurance markets and, more broadly, on health equity, population health, and the social determinants of health.  In addition, the Division undertakes significant policy development and technical assistance around issues of enrollment and eligibility.  Our team also works on the intersection of health and tax policy and on Medicare, including issues related to Medicare financing and issues affecting low-income beneficiaries. 


The Vice President for Health Policy provides leadership and strategic direction for the health policy team at CBPP, working collaboratively with the team to develop and execute a policy agenda on a wide range of issues.  The Vice President is a principal spokesperson for the Center on health issues and works to elevate the profile of the team’s other experts to maximize the Center’s impact.  The Vice President and the team also work in close collaboration with the Center’s President and staff on the Communications, Government Affairs, and other policy teams to develop and implement policy-related goals and strategies. In addition, they develop and maintain collaborative relationships with government officials, other health-related organizations, and funders to ensure the success of CBPP’s policy and programmatic goals. 

Compensation: salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.




  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in healthcare policy; a graduate degree in a relevant field is highly desirable. 
  • Candidates must demonstrate both in-depth knowledge of health policy issues for low-income, uninsured, and under insured populations and experience working at a senior level to affect health policy outcomes at the state or federal level. 
  • Demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, a highly collaborative management style, and the ability to draw on and develop the expertise of others. 
  • Excellent writing and analytic skills, extensive experience developing and analyzing policy and programmatic options, the ability to think strategically about opportunities to affect policy, and the ability to balance competing priorities and interests. 
  • Successful candidates will possess exceptional drive with the ability to respond to multiple demands in a complex, fast-paced, and rapidly changing policy environment.   



Compensation: salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.


Please email a cover letter and resume to:  Write “Vice President for Health Policy” in the subject line. 


The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and as such, takes affirmative action to ensure that discrimination does not occur on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

Our History

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) was founded in 1981 to analyze federal budget priorities, with a particular focus on how budget choices affect low-income Americans.  We have broadened our work considerably over the years as we responded to new developments and entered new areas of research.

Most notably, we began extensive work on budget priorities and low-income programs at the state level in the 1990s as Washington was shifting responsibility over many areas of low-income policy to the states.  In the states, we also collaborate with non-profits — including the more than 40 members of the State Priorities Partnership — to build their capacity to conduct sound budget and policy analysis and participate effectively in policy debates. 

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