Job Type

Full Time




District of Columbia
United States




Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), seeks a Policy Development Manager to work on policy development related to prevention and public health. The major components of the work are:  conducting policy research; writing policy reports, grants, issue briefs and other materials; developing relationships with key stakeholders; and planning and executing expert policy meetings/convenings. Initial areas of focus will include leading TFAH’s work on healthy aging (launching a learning collaborative in Florida to pilot a public health approach) and supporting work on health equity, public health/hospital collaboration and behavioral health.

Candidates must have strong research, policy and analytic skills – including the ability to understand federal and state policies and the policy environments within the health care, public health, and other sectors; clearly summarize and explain complex policy issues; identify, evaluate and synthesize relevant and timely source material; and write clearly and effectively for both policy and general audiences. 

TFAH is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to saving lives by protecting the health of every community and working to make disease prevention a national priority. Some focus areas at TFAH include population health, obesity, public health preparedness, substance misuse and mental health, and health equity. Examples of TFAH convenings are available at: http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Future-of-Prevention-Summary_Final.pdf, http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Mental-Health-Promotion-Working-Group-Summary.pdf and http://healthyamericans.org/health-issues/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Local-Health-Trusts-Convening-Summary.pdf.

The position reports to Director of Policy Development and is based in TFAH’s Washington, DC office.


Minimum Qualifications:

1.     Minimum five years of relevant policy experience, preferably in health policy and particularly positions that required research, analysis, and writing.

2.     Advanced degree in a relevant area such as public health, public policy, or health administration.

3.     Project management experience including the ability to break a complex project down into manageable parts and coordinate the implementation of the project plan. Capacity to manage multiple projects, timelines, and deadlines at once.

4.     Ability to identify, analyze, and synthesize policy information.

  1. Ability to understand policy environments and tailor writing and projects for non-partisan policymaker audiences.

6.     Highly effective written and verbal communication skills.

7.     Excellent organizational skills, the ability to think logically, and pay close attention to details.

8.     Ability to work independently, including appropriately identifying next steps, and in a group setting with confidence and reliability.

9.     Demonstrated qualities of leadership, maturity, and commitment to the improvement of the public health system and structure.

10. Experience working as an integral member of a team, sharing responsibility, project management, and associated tasks toward the accomplishment of identified goals.

11. Willingness to travel domestically.

12.  Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Desired Qualifications:

1.     Knowledge of federal health care programs, especially Medicaid and Medicare, and a familiarity with health care financing.

  1. Ability to independently conduct research using academic and policy sources and develop evidence to support positions.
  2. Experience in cross-sector collaboration and/or adult learning is preferred.
  3. Ability to translate science and technical issues into concise written material compatible for policymakers and general audiences.

5.     Ability to work with and manage relationships with policy development team members, other departments at TFAH, external partners, convening and learning collaborative participants, and report reviewers.

6.     Ability to work in a fast-paced environment.

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications.


Trust for America’s Health is an equal opportunity employer. www.healthyamericans.org

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply


Please Send cover letter and resume via e-mail to esarfo@tfah.org.