Health Policy Associate

Hybrid, Washington, D.C.
Full time job
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Thorn Run Partners, one of the top government relations firms in Washington D.C., is seeking a Health Policy Associate with an interest in federal health care policy to aid our executive-level advocacy team as one of the leaders of our first-in-class health care policy practice. The Health Policy Associate will integrate directly into Thorn Run’s multidisciplinary policy and research team, working directly alongside our Senior Health Policy Counsel and two junior health care legislative assistants to track federal health care policy through both the legislative and regulatory processes while also contributing to advocacy campaigns on a variety of health care issues. Key responsibilities will include analyzing and summarizing bills and federal regulations, initiating and leading research projects, directly engaging with Thorn Run clients, summarizing congressional hearings, developing newsletters, drafting issue briefs and slide presentations, and creating one-pagers and other advocacy materials, among other items. A demonstrated pedigree in health care policy at the federal level is a prerequisite for this role.

The individual chosen for this position will serve as a deputy to the Senior Health Policy Counsel by leading health care policy related projects, preparing client-ready deliverables, and supporting advocacy campaigns for some of Washington’s most influential stakeholders. Thorn Run is looking for a self-starter who is prepared to adapt to a fast-paced environment and consistently perform everyday responsibilities at an elite level. This position requires strong writing skills. Two to four years of experience in federal policy is strongly preferred (fewer years of experience may be considered for candidates with an advanced degree, such as a JD or MPH). Preference will be given to applicants with direct experience with analyzing Medicare and Medicaid payment policy.

Anticipated start date for this position is October 2, 2023. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

How to Apply

Interested applicants should provide a cover letter in the body of their email, in addition to attaching a resume and writing sample (required) to JP Brandt ( with the code 082523 in the subject line. Please highlight your background in health care policy in the body of your email application package.

Required Skills
Excellent research and writing skills

Strong oral communication skills

Ability to analyze complex legislative and regulatory issues and distill them into executive-level summaries

Demonstrated experience in federal health care policy

Ability to work in a team environment

Professional poise and confidence

Education Requirements
Bachelor’s degree required

Preferred focus in health care, public policy, political science, English, journalism, or related fields

Master’s in public health or public policy is a plus

About Thorn Run Partners
Established in 2010, Thorn Run Partners is one of Washington’s highest-rated government affairs firms, offering a team of Capitol Hill and administration veterans with significant experience in federal lobbying, government service, and policy development. Unique for its bipartisan composition, first-in-class health policy practice, and client-friendly size, Thorn Run was founded by former aide to Democratic Senator Edward M. Kennedy (MA), Andy Rosenberg, and former aide to Republican Senator Fred Thompson (TN), Chris Lamond.

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