State Policy Senior Associate

Avalere’s Policy Practice is seeking a Senior Associate to join our team with a focus on state policy and commercial health insurance (e.g., ERISA plans, individual market) issues.

State Policy Senior Associate

About the Company

Avalere is a strategic advisory company whose core purpose is to create innovative solutions to complex healthcare problems. Based in Washington, DC, the firm delivers actionable insights, product solutions, and custom analytics for leaders in healthcare business and policy. Avalere’s experts span 230 staff drawn from Fortune 500 healthcare companies, the federal government (e.g., CMS, OMB, CBO and the Congress), top consultancies and nonprofits. The firm offers deep substance on the full range of healthcare business issues affecting the Fortune 500 healthcare companies. Avalere’s focus on strategy is supported by a rigorous, in-house analytic research group that uses public and private data to generate quantitative insight. Through events, publications and interactive programs, Avalere insights are accessible to a broad range of customers.

Avalere is part of a parent company Avalere Health, a purposefully built commercialization partner for the biopharmaceutical, medical technology, and wellness industries. Its 1,500+ experts combine their knowledge and expertise across our core disciplines—Consulting; Medical; Policy, Access, Value, and Evidence; Marketing; and Digital Experience and Technology—to create the connections that make better health happen. Visit and follow Avalere Health on LinkedIn and Instagram.

About the role 

Avalere’s policy practice is seeking a Senior Associate to join our team with a focus on state policy and commercial health insurance (e.g., ERISA plans, individual market) issues. These issues may include but are not limited to the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges, state-regulated commercial drug benefit management, prescription drug pricing (e.g., drug affordability review boards, upper payment limits, reference pricing), pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), prescription drug importation, Medicaid drug benefit management, and other various issues. We are seeking a policy professional who loves to generate creative solutions to complex problems, thrives in a fast-paced environment, and is energized by working collaboratively with highly motivated and knowledgeable colleagues.

We rely on deep subject matter expertise and understanding of the business issues facing our customers to assess how this changing policy landscape impacts the pharmaceutical industry, managed care plans, providers, and consumers. We provide analytic support and advisory services, including legislative strategy, regulatory analysis, and quantitative modeling of proposed and enacted policies to a wide range of clients across the healthcare industry.

What you’ll do 

  • Support project teams to help solve complex client problems and engage clients with novel solutions and ideas, through both short- and long-term projects
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research on a diverse array of healthcare issues (e.g., key informant interviews, literature searches, etc.)
  • Track state legislation and regulatory matters based on client priorities
  • Deepen subject matter expertise on policy-related issues impacting the pharmaceutical/biotech and health insurance  industries, with a state focus
  • Work independently and in cross-functional teams to contribute to the development and delivery of projects to clients
  • Draft written summaries, white papers, and PowerPoint presentations to provide strategic recommendations to clients
  • Translate and communicate the implications of policy changes on clients’ businesses and strategic priorities
  • Use content expertise, solid proofreading, and layout skills to build client deliverables
  • Solve complex client questions in a timely and appropriate manner with attention to detail and minimal management oversight
  • Present deliverables in client calls/meetings and determine follow-up action items.
  • Develop project management skills in stewarding of project-based accounts
  • Draft scopes of work and using subject matter expertise to collaborate and bridge work across practices

Skills, Experience, and Other Job-Related Requirements

Education Requirements

A degree in health policy, public policy, healthcare management, public health, public administration, economics, business administration, law, or a relevant discipline.

Skill Requirements

  • Advanced communication skills (written and oral) including the ability to concisely explain complicated concepts to stakeholders within and outside of the firm.
  • Advanced Microsoft Office skills, including PowerPoint, Excel, and Word.
  • Ability to understand and convey data results, including synthesizing analytical results for a non-analytics focused audience.
  • Exemplary interpersonal skills that translate into positive relationships with colleagues and clients.
  • Commitment to working in a team environment with an emphasis on collaboration and maintaining positive relationships with colleagues and clients.
  • Outstanding problem-solving and analytic skills with the ability to apply knowledge outside of one’s immediate functional area.

Experience Requirements

  • 2-3 years of relevant experience.
  • Strong understanding of government payers including state-regulated commercial plans, ERISA plans, and Medicaid.
  • Experience analyzing policy proposals, legislation, and/or regulation and conveying findings to clients or other stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the policy issues impacting the healthcare sector, as well as how federal and state policy affects the industry.
  • Experience rapidly and effectively digesting new regulations and legislative developments while educating others.

Avalere is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Consistent with our safety protocols, the company will require a vaccination attestation for fully office-based and hybrid (office/remote) positions. Positions designated as fully remote are exempt from the attestation requirement unless and until such time as an in-office presence is required.