Research Project Manager

May 2014
Announcement of Open Position
Research Project Manager: Health Care Reform Marketplace

Message to Prospective Applicants:
This mission-driven organization welcomes staff dedicated to advancing American Indian and Alaska Native health. If you want to make a positive difference in the health of America’s Native Peoples – this the place for you.

About the Organization:
Since its founding by the nation’s Tribes in 1972, the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) remains the Country’s only national organization solely devoted to improving Tribal health care for American Indian and Alaska Natives. The mission of NIHB is “One Voice affirming and empowering American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples to protect and improve health and reduce health disparities.”

Position Summary:
Reporting to the Policy Director, the Research Project Manager is chiefly responsible for an NIHB special research project to assess the efficacy of outreach and education efforts to Indian Country about the Affordable Care Act Marketplace. The Research Policy Manager will be the lead on this project for NIHB and in that capacity will coordinate efforts with the key research contractor and coordinate participation in and engagement of the NIHB Group of Research Advisors with Tribal Expertise (GRATE). The position requires a collaborative approach and the ability to foster focused discussions about the research design, implementation and anticipated outcomes, incorporate feedback from GRATE research advisory committee. This includes contributing to creating and implementing a mixed research design quantitative/ qualitative), designing research tools and methods and conducting and/or participating in key informant interviews and focus groups. The Project Manager also works with GRATE members and research contractor to ensure appropriate training in the research methods being employed and ensuring data is properly collected. The Project Manager will assist collaborate with the GRATE and key research contractor to plan in person and phone meetings of the group, coordinate their travel and reimbursements, including securing meeting locations, providing technical assistance to the GRATE members and tracking progress. The Project Manager will work on writing the final report, oversee the creation of the readyfor- distribution final report, create and implement a distribution plan for the final report, create and post web-based content related to the project and present the final report to the NIHB Board of Director and to the NIHB Medicare, Medicaid and Health Care Reform Policy Committee (MMPC). Additional policy analysis work, consultation coordination and outreach and education about the ACA and other duties will be assigned as needed.


  • Successful candidates will have a passionate commitment to NIHB’s mission to improve the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives;
  • Advanced Degree (MA, MS, PhD, other) with demonstrated research proficiency;
  • 3-5 years of research project management required;
  • Policy experience with the ACA and American Indian/Alaska Native health strongly preferred;
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in mixed method research;
  • Demonstrated proficiency in planning and conducting key informant interviews and focus groups;
  • Pride in achieving excellent products demonstrated through dedication to ensuring top notch work created and disseminated with an absolute respect for deadlines;
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Word;
  • High proficiency in Excel;
  • Ability to create, update and track web-based materials;

American Indians and Alaska Natives strongly encouraged to apply.
This is a Washington DC-based position; extensive travel is required.

Interested candidates please, prepare the following information about yourself:
1. Your resume;
2. Your cover letter;
3. Salary History and;
4. Preferred/required salary range you are seeking.

Send this information to with your name and the title of the position you are applying for in the subject line.

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Application Deadline: May 25, 2014