Associate – Health Team

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Waxman Strategies, a mission-driven consulting firm led by former Congressman Henry Waxman, is accepting applications for an Associate in our Health Practice. We’re looking for a talented candidate to provide administrative and logistical support to our practice leadership and team while also playing a role in policy development research and creating reports on our client projects. Your day-to-day will include managing our leadership’s calendar and scheduling, organizing client and internal meetings, overseeing a clearance process for materials, researching and reporting on new policy areas, and providing other critical support where needed. As an Associate in our Health Practice, you will be a critical part of our work to develop and influence health policy on issues ranging from: addressing the rising cost of health care; protecting and expanding access to care for vulnerable populations, including low income communities and communities of color; protecting women’s health, and working for strong public health and prevention policies around issues like tobacco control and nutrition policy.

Who We Are:

Deemed “one of the most accomplished legislators of his or any era” by President Obama, former Congressman Henry Waxman leads the firm’s work in the areas of health, the environment, and technology. Waxman Strategies uses advocacy, communications, and campaigns to shape policies, advance causes and build movements around the world.

Our Health Team uses its policy knowledge and experience to provide strategic counsel, issue analysis and policy development, and engagement support to our diverse portfolio of clients. Building on a powerful legacy, we are driven by an uncompromising commitment to create and sustain change in the public interest. Our current health clients include: Medicines360, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Commonwealth Fund, West Health, National Association of Community Health Centers, 340B Health, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, and Arnold Ventures.

Background on the position:

As an Associate in our Health Practice, you will work with our health team and former Congressman Waxman and support our work to shape and influence policy around health issues, one of the most pressing and high profile issues in our country. The ideal candidate will have an aptitude for operations and administrative work, excellent problem solving and project management abilities, as well as research, analytical, and communication skills. As part of the Health Team, you will work on a range of health policy issues.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing scheduling for practice leadership, including organizing and scheduling meetings and phone calls with diligent attention to appointments and multiple calendars.
  • Managing the prep for meetings, including booking conference rooms and equipment, communicating with participants, and preparing agendas and materials.
  • Participating in client meetings and conference calls, taking notes and synthesizing key takeaways.
  • Preparing and compiling professional correspondence, presentations, and reports as needed.
  • Facilitating and planning events for the Health Practice and our clients.
  • Gathering, reviewing, analyzing, and compiling policy research to support the Health Practice and our clients.
  • Tracking regulatory and legislative activity on our policy issues, which may include federal and state-level tracking.
  • Synthesizing the latest in the news and providing daily clips to the Health Practice and our clients.
  • Conducting background research for business development.

What we’re looking for in you:

Required qualifications:

  • You have at least one year of professional work experience, ideally including a background in administrative, policy, legislative, political work, or in a nonprofit setting.
  • You are detail-oriented and have strong organizational skills, with an eye for accuracy.
  • You have excellent communication, interpersonal, and writing skills.
  • You have a strong interest in health issues and an interest in deepening your expertise in health policy issues.
  • You can exercise discretion and handle confidential information.
  • You have a commitment to and experience working with people from a variety of backgrounds, including marginalized communities such as communities of color, low-income communities, members of the LGBTQ community, various religious backgrounds, and more.
  • You are adept with technology, especially Advanced Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can get up to speed with new technologies quickly.
  • You can multitask effectively without sacrificing quality.
  • You can work independently and as part of a team.
  • You have the flexibility, initiative, and a willingness to learn as new challenges arise.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish a plus.
  • You have a bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health, government, political science, or other related fields.

More about our team: The firm is made up of people from various backgrounds, including federal agencies, nonprofit advocacy groups, health agencies, and legislative offices, at a range of experience levels. We pride ourselves on being a welcoming place for people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, parents, empty-nesters, and more.

Details: This is a full-time position based in our Washington, D.C. office. However, during the coronavirus pandemic, our staff are working from home. The safety of our team is a top priority and we will resume working from our office, travel, and in-person meetings when it is safe to do so. You will report to the Managing Director of our Health Practice and work with the rest of the health team.

Compensation and benefits: The salary range for this position is $50K to $55K, depending on experience. We have a generous benefits package, including group health insurance, dental benefits, unlimited vacation time, paid holidays, and a 401(k) plan.

Interview process: Our interview process involves a phone interview, two video interviews, a candidate exercise, and reference calls for candidates advancing in our process. We have adjusted our interview process and are holding video interviews in place of in-person interviews during the coronavirus pandemic.

Waxman Strategies is an equal opportunity employer; we strictly prohibit discrimination against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, gender identity or expression and any other characteristic protected by law.

Women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community and other historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply.