Job Opportunity: Senior Policy Analyst, Health and Safety Net


NJPP is seeking to hire a full-time senior health policy analyst to produce timely, credible and accessible research and analysis on New Jersey’s health care system, social determinants of health, and related policies. The analyst should be highly motivated, effective, and committed to advancing policy ideas that foster broadly shared prosperity and widespread opportunity. The position offers an excellent opportunity to join in a collaborative, high-growth, mission-driven organization and to help inform critical conversations that will shape the future of New Jersey’s health care system and social safety net.


NJPP is committed to building a more diverse and inclusive organization to fully represent and engage all New Jerseyans. We strongly encourage applicants from diverse communities, constituencies, and identities, including but not limited to: people of all ethnic/racial backgrounds, people of all gender identities/gender expressions, people with disabilities, low-income and LGBTQIA+ persons.


  • Produce policy reports, blogs, and briefs on health policy and safety net issues.
  • Promote effective policy recommendations that improve the lives of New Jerseyans.
  • Conduct original quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Testify on pending legislation in your issue areas.
  • Identify new emerging health issues that could help state residents.
  • Engage with media, inform policymakers and staff, and collaborate with community-based advocates.
  • Represent NJPP in advocacy coalitions.
  • Present on NJPP research for diverse audiences.
  • Take a proactive, leadership role on social or health legislative issues at the state or federal level.


Quantitative/Qualitative Skills

  • Exceptional research skills in quantitative and qualitative analysis. Experience with Microsoft Excel and other data analysis programs as necessary.
  • Commitment to economic, racial, and social justice through intersectional analyses.
  • Demonstrated expertise in analyzing and estimating the fiscal impact of social or health programs.
  • Analyzes and clearly documents data to make comparisons and draw conclusions.
  • Ability to think creatively about research designs as well as policy solutions.
  • Identifies cause and effect relationships to solve complex problems.
  • Identifies opportunities to visualize data and/or present analysis creatively to expand potential reach and impact.

Oral and Written Communications

  • Excellent writing and orals skills with the ability to explain complex issues in everyday language.
  • Prepares written documentation to transfer technical information about concepts, situations, products, services or results to diverse audiences.
  • Ability to organize, express and communicate ideas in a clear, succinct, accurate and convincing manner through a variety of communication settings and styles.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with and quickly respond to the media.

Interpersonal Communications

  • Demonstrates adaptive and effective communications suitable for a wide range of audiences.
  • Actively listens to seek clarification and understanding.
  • Open to considering other viewpoints.
  • Uses diplomacy and tact.

Priority Setting and Problem Solving

  • Probes all sources for answers, looks beyond the obvious.
  • Spends time on what’s important.
  • Quickly zeros in on critical issues and puts the trivial mainly aside.
  • Eliminates roadblocks and creates focus.

Internal and External Political Savvy

  • Understands the political environment of New Jersey.
  • Perceives organizational and political sensitivities and acts accordingly.
  • Understands different people’s attitudes about power and politics and adapts personal approaches for optimal influence.

Networking/Relationship Building/Collaboration

  • Works cooperatively with others, inside and outside the organization, to accomplish objectives to build and maintain partnerships, leverage information, and achieve results.
  • Identifies, organizes, facilitates and /or sustains mutually beneficial partnerships and alliances with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Experience in effectively working with state legislators or members of Congress on social or health policy issues. And experience working with public and private sectors of the healthcare system.
  • Experience in effectively working with coalitions to support social or health policies that benefit low- and middle-income individuals and families, people of color, and other groups that are systematically left behind.


  • Anticipates trending issues and potential opportunities and consequences accurately.
  • Juggle complex and occasionally shifting timelines.
  • Works constructively with NJPP leadership and board.


Salary range is $65,000 to $77,500, commensurate with experience; benefits including health care, retirement, and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.


Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to with “Senior Policy Analyst – Health and Social Safety Net” in the subject line. No calls, please.


New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that drives policy change to advance racial equity, economic justice and prosperity for all New Jerseyans through evidence-based, independent research, analysis, and advocacy. Since 1997, NJPP has played an essential role in advancing progressive state policies.