Employment Opportunities

Director, Medicare Reform Initiative

The Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy’s Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) is seeking a Director for a new Medicare Reform Initiative (MRI). The MRI will fill a significant and urgent need for independent, credible research, policy analysis, and technical assistance on Medicare Advantage (MA) and Medicare sustainability issues. The MRI Director will have the following responsibilities:

  • Recruiting, hiring and supervising faculty and staff to support MRI activities.
  • Identifying MRI priorities and developing and executing a strategic plan.
  • Designing and implementing a research program, with ultimate responsibility for the selection of research topics, oversight of data collection and analysis, and the drafting and publication of research reports.
  • Oversight of a program to monitor and provide rapid turnaround analyses of federal agency or legislative action on policy priorities.
  • Developing and executing a public engagement strategy that includes in-person policy events, small-group convenings, policy briefings and/or webinars, and technical assistance to federal policymakers or other stakeholders.
  • Providing direction to communications partners on MRI branding and launch, as well as ongoing engagement with media and other stakeholders and partners.
  • Managing and growing external grant funding to support MRI’s work.

The Medicare Reform Initiative at CHIR

The MRI is a grant-funded project, housed at CHIR, that will provide federal officials, media, and other key stakeholders with research, analysis, educational resources, and technical assistance to support evidence-based decision making in the development and implementation of policies designed to foster the sustainability of the Medicare program and the value that MA brings to beneficiaries and taxpayers. In its initial phase, MRI will focus its attention on the following policy issues: 1) overpayments to MA plans and related risk adjustment and coding issues and 2) the value of MA for Medicare beneficiaries, such as marketing tactics, access to and use of supplemental benefits, network access, plan standardization, utilization management practices, and Medigap transitions.

Leadership Qualifications and Experience

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience working on Medicare and Medicare Advantage issues.
  • PhD, JD, or MD preferred, or a minimum of a Masters’ degree with 5+ years experience in government service, with a focus on Medicare issues.
  • Successful record of building and leading effective teams and managing research projects.
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain positive relationships with external funders and other stakeholders; experience obtaining and managing large grant-funded projects is highly valued.
  • Strong communications skills, including experience engaging with the media and on social media platforms.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, including experience writing research papers, blog posts, white papers, and other policy-focused content.

Compensation will be competitive and commensurate with experience, with an anticipated annual salary range of $180,000 – $200,000. The Director will lead the MRI from CHIR’s office in Washington, DC. CHIR is seeking candidates who further diversify our team and share our commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.