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Advising the Congress on Medicare issues
MedPAC > Career > Special Assistant

Special Assistant


The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) seeks candidates for the position of Special Assistant who are committed to producing high-quality work in an intellectually challenging environment. MedPAC is an independent, nonpartisan legislative branch agency that advises the United States Congress on the Medicare program. The Commission consists of 17 commissioners who are national health policy leaders, and approximately 35 full-time staff. MedPAC staff evaluate Medicare policies and payment systems, develop policy options for consideration by the Commission, and present their work in regular public meetings. MedPAC publishes its recommendations and supporting analyses in two annual reports and other periodic reports as mandated by Congress. In addition, staff prepare analyses of proposed regulations, write issue briefs, and contribute to the preparation of Congressional testimony. They routinely provide technical support to Congressional staff through memos and briefings.

In general, the role of the Special Assistant is part communications, part organization, and part research. The person in this role works closely with the Executive Director and other executive staff, and must be able to work both as part of a team and independently. To assist in fulfilling the Commission’s mandate, the person in this role is asked to: Assist in communicating the Commission’s findings to Congressional staff and the media, schedule and coordinate all internal and external meetings and conference calls, and conduct health policy research on select topics. On occasion the incumbent would be tasked with sensitive projects requiring a high degree of discretion. Depending on the need, the Special Assistant is sometimes asked to present research findings in public. We particularly value candidates with strong oral and written communication skills and strong organizational skills. Successful candidates will also be able to navigate frequent changes in work priorities and scheduling with flexibility and enthusiasm.

Specific qualifications include:

  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a timely and complete manner
  • Ability to coordinate calendar events across various internal and external stakeholders
  • Ability to help with logistics of public meetings
  • Ability to anticipate and resolve problems
  • Ability to work well with various parties
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, tact, and discretion in handling sensitive communications
  • Ability to coherently and concisely communicate research findings in writing
  • Ability to present research findings orally
  • Basic knowledge of health policy or public policy
  • Familiarity and comfort with data analysis and research methods
  • Resourcefulness to investigate complex issues and synthesize information
  • Willingness and determination to learn new skills

Education and experience:

Candidates should be currently enrolled in a bachelor’s program with expected graduation by June 2023 in a discipline such political science, public policy, public health, journalism, or communication.

The ideal candidate will be available to start work in the summer of 2023, after undergraduate graduation, and commit to the position for two years. Following their two-year commitment, MedPAC SAs have gone on to attend graduate school in a number of different fields (law and public policy), or have taken positions on Capitol Hill, with policy organizations, or other government agencies.

To apply, send a resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to U.S. citizenship required.

MedPAC is an equal opportunity employer.

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