The Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy is recruiting for the following positions:

Research Assistant

The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University has an opening for a Research Assistant in the Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy.  The worksite for this position will be the Duke office in Durham, NC.

A Research Assistant will Support the Center projects with research and analysis on a broad range of topics, including international models of accountable care, health financing and payment and delivery reform. Primary responsibilities include conducting background research and literature reviews, drafting summary documents, policy briefs, and meeting materials, supporting academic paper development.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
  • Strong research experience and outstanding writing skills is required.
  • Literature review and analytical skills; capacity to learn job specific software programs is required.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with domestic health reform, health economics and global health is required.
  • Prior professional research experience in academia, government, or a research organization is preferred.
  • Training or research experience in the fields of health policy, public health, public policy, or health economics is preferred.
  • Familiarity with accountable care organizations in the U.S. and international payment and delivery reform is preferred.
  • Flexibility to work independently and collaboratively
  • Knowledge of Microsoft (MS) Suite (MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint) required

Interested individuals must complete the electronic application at:

Staff Assistant

Provides administrative assistance to Deputy Director and the Washington, DC-based office, including management of busy calendar and travel schedule, office management, and light research.

This position is located in Washington, DC.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

Office Management

  • Serves as primary contact for Deputy Director. Receives and routes project and research-related phone calls; receives and disseminates information related to the project; responds to inquiries from the general public; receives, screens, and places calls for the Deputy Director; receives staff and visitors to the Deputy Director's office.
  • Maintains and coordinates extensive daily calendar of the Deputy Director. Tracks regular external and internal meetings, keeps and updates meeting files. Anticipates needs of the Deputy Director and provides information regarding meeting requirements.
  • Schedules appointments and makes domestic and international travel arrangements, prepares itineraries, arranges for reimbursement, and maintains records of travel expenses and billings.
  • Manages meetings with external visitors in terms of scheduling, greeting visitors, securing meeting space, and providing refreshments, if necessary.
  • Coordinates Deputy Director#s public appearances, media presence and speaking engagements.
  • Maintain detailed records of Deputy Director's activities, including publications, meetings, media contacts, and boards.
  • Manages Deputy Director#s web presence: maintains CV and bio, works with ES Website Coordinator to ensure online publication of these materials, as well as academic and policy papers.
  • Orders and maintains office supplies; coordinates office deliveries
  • Greats Center office visitors
  • Develops and maintains mailing lists.
  • Sort and prioritize mail and other incoming materials.

Event Planning

  • Supports the Center's Event Manager to coordinate meetings, conferences and seminars, including hotel arrangements, catering, and other meeting planning functions, if needed.
  • Help coordinate registration onsite the day of Center conferences
  • Serves as liaison with editor, production editor, research assistants, verifiers, and others.
  • Develops and maintains databases of advisory committee members and conference/seminar authors, discussants, invitees and such.
  • Completes post conference responsibilities including processing travel expense reports, hotel invoices, and submission of revised papers for publication

Light Research

  • Locates research materials via the Internet or through library searches.
  • Compiles, reads, abstracts and organizes written material into bibliographic form.
  • Obtains documents from various government and private agencies.
  • Assist scholar with proofreading and editing of written products.

Special Education/Experience Preferences:

  • College degree and a background in a research or academic setting in a health care environment is preferred.

Special Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Capacity to learn other types of software programs
  • Extensive Internet searching skills Initiative, discretion, poise, and mature judgment
  • Organizational skills to manage office independently
  • Conference planning experience

Note: The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Applications must be submitted through the Duke Jobs web site, search on requisition number 401237788.

Research Director

This position is located in Washington, DC.

The Research Director is responsible for leading a portfolio of projects related to medical product policy, including topics aimed at improving biomedical innovation, evidence development and value-based care. This specific position will work with the Center’s Deputy Director to manage projects aimed at identifying barriers and developing and facilitating implementation of new value-based and risk-sharing payment models for pharmaceuticals, including gene therapies, and medical devices. This role interacts regularly with external project sponsors and collaborators, including government agencies, academic centers, advocacy organizations, medical product manufacturers, and health care organizations. He/she collaborates with senior center leadership and manages the day-to-day implementation of multiple projects to ensure the successful execution of the project objectives, and the production of high-quality research materials and convening activities.

Primary Responsibilities

Content and Research Leadership

  • Collaborates with Deputy Director and senior staff to develop concepts, priorities and strategies to meet research and project needs and to develop project direction and focus, project priorities, and manages their execution.
  • Interacts with external collaborators, including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) other government agencies, private payers and manufacturers, and research and/or policy organizations.
  • Monitors developments of significance to his/her projects in the government, press, biomedical literature, and key external organizations. Provides content leadership and direct the staff in drafting and tracking the substantive content components of project deliverables. Utilizes research and writing skills to create project materials including research papers, policy analyses and event related materials. Supports other key activities of the Center on an as-needed basis.

Project Management and Team Coordination

  • Leads and manages project planning activities of multiple team projects
  • Works with the Center operations staff to ensure the staffing and activities are within budget projections.
  • Coordinates internal and external communication as needed for team projects.
  • Collaborates with senior leadership on reaching performance goals and metrics.
  • Collaborates with Center leadership and senior staff to develop and implement work plans, content & timelines and coordinates execution of project teams.
  • Works with staff to develop, document, and implement best practices which promote knowledge management and efficiency of future projects.
  • Collaboratively works with events and communication teams to direct communication strategies and event management and planning.
  • Provides mentorship to junior staff on task management, prioritization and career interests.

Relationship Management:

  • Supports the senior leadership with client relationship management
  • Facilitate the ongoing communication with sponsors, program staff, and key stakeholders to advance project effectively and maintain positive client relations

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Advances degree(s) required. MD, PhD, MBA, MPH, MPP, MPA or other applicable degrees desired.
  • Minimum 8 years of experience with at least 4 years in a position of comparable experience and responsibility
  • Proven ability to plan and organize content with attention to detail and creativity
  • Ability to interact and manage relationships with high level individuals and organizations
  • Proven ability to write business documents and plans
  • Professional and assertive with a positive approach to working in a team environment 
  • Flexibility to work in the evenings, early mornings and on weekends, if required
  • Work experience in fast-paced office setting, preferably in a government, non-profit, or policy/political organization
  • Experience and demonstrated knowledge of drug and/or device development and/or coverage and reimbursement approaches.
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office (i.e. MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access)
  • Strong organization, high initiative, strong interpersonal skills, discretion, poise, mature judgment • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit materials online.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Research Associate

This position is located in Washington, DC.

This research associate position will support the Center projects with research, writing, and analysis with a focus on healthcare payment reform, including reforms focused on medical products such as pharmaceuticals, medical devices and gene therapies. He or she may also collaborate on other projects with a broad range of topics, including health care delivery and physician payment reforms, pharmaceutical and medical device policy, US health policy, patient engagement, and biomedical innovation.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Supports Research Director by managing policy research and development on healthcare payment reform projects. Activities to include guiding background research, developing project content, creating project plans, managing deliverables, interacting with external stakeholders
  • Leads development of summary documents, policy briefs, and contributes to the development of internal and external Power Point presentations
  • Supports the project activities through coordination, logistics management, and some administrative tasks.

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Education: A graduate degree in health economics, public policy, public administration, public health, epidemiology, or a relevant discipline,
  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant work experience required. He/she might have supervision responsabilities
  • Familiarity with current trends and regulations in health care payment reform, Affordable Care Act, Medicaid and Medicare programs, Medicaid managed care, Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA), and/or drug payment approaches is required
  • Training or experience in the fields of health care or drug payment reform, health policy, public policy, public health, health economics is preferred.
  • Policy research skills, including ability to synthesize content from a broad range of sources, is required. Some data analysis capabilities would be preferred.
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to multitask
  • Strong research and writing experience is required.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)
  • Ability to interact with high level individuals and organizations is preferred.
  • Ability to transform complicated information into easy to understand materials is required.
  • Ability to complete tasks with limited oversight and supervision.

To be considered for this position, applicants must submit materials online.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.