Research Associate, Health Policy

Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a bipartisan, non-profit organization committed to educating the public about issues that have significant fiscal policy impact. The Committee is made up of some of the nation's leading budget experts including many of the past Chairmen and Directors of the Budget Committees, the Congressional Budget Office, the Office of Management and Budget, the Government Accountability Office, and the Federal Reserve Board.

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is launching a new project to develop health policy options with an emphasis on making health care more affordable across all payers and reducing the costs of federal health programs. The Research Associate will primarily work on the health policy project with the Director of Health Policy and other staff to conduct research and analysis, edit and fact check publications, and assist with some administrative tasks as requested. We are looking for a team player with a strong interest in national health policy, particularly as it intersects with federal budget policy.  

Primary Responsibilities

  • Support policy staff by conducting research on various health policy topics.
  • Perform analysis to support development of health policy options.
  • Edit, proofread, and fact-check a variety of policy papers, blogs, memos and other materials.
  • Contribute to writing of policy papers, issue briefs, op-eds, background memos and blog posts.
  • Help staff coordinate public and private policy related events.
  • Perform various administrative duties.


Ideal candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Some knowledge of health policy and familiarity with CBO cost estimates and related reports.
  • Strong research and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced team environment.
  • Strong writing and editing skills, with excellent attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with internet based research tools.
  • Experience with Microsoft Excel’s graphing and data manipulation functions.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize work to meet multiple deadlines. 
  • A bachelor’s degree, with a major in economics, public policy, or related field preferred.

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, contact information for three references, and writing sample no longer than six pages to When applying, please write “Research Associate, Health Policy” in the subject line. No phone calls, please. Salary and title commensurate with experience. Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is an equal opportunity employer.