Senior Fellow and Director, USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy

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About the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy: The USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy is committed to developing innovative policy solutions to our nation’s most pressing health care challenges. Health care ranks as one of the top issues on today’s policy agenda as leaders grapple with approaches to provide quality health care across all population segments while reining in escalating costs to the nation and to the individual. Since its launch in 2016, the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy has established itself as a leader in rigorous and insightful health policy research and analysis, informing policymakers and private sector leaders. Overarching themes pursued by the Initiative at present include assessing the Affordable Care Act and future health reform, maximizing the value of innovation in drugs and devices, and charting the course for Medicare and payment policy.

About Economic Studies: The Economic Studies program analyzes current and emerging economic issues facing the United States and the world and, based on that research, provides innovative, practical policy recommendations. ES’s work covers a broad array of economic issues, including the labor market, regulation, health policy, and fiscal and monetary policy. Economic Studies scholars influence key economic policies by conducting rigorous and relevant research and then disseminating and communicating their findings to the policy community and to the broader public.

Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, and first generation college goers. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Please note: This position is based in Brookings’ Washington, DC office. In response to COVID-19, Brookings staff are temporarily teleworking. The person hired for this position must be willing to move to or currently reside in Washington DC, Maryland, or Northern Virginia.


Ready to contribute to Brookings success?

Brookings is seeking a Senior Fellow to lead the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy (SIHP) in Economic Studies, and to conduct in-depth, high quality policy analysis and development as well as policy-oriented research. The director will have considerable latitude to determine the research agenda of the Center, but a background in the current priority areas of the Initiative—health care coverage, Medicare payment and delivery system reform and policies to address prescription drug prices—is an asset.

The Director will lead the Initiative’s research and policy agenda, oversee staff, and cultivate and manage relationships with other external research partners, current and prospective donors, and key economic policy stakeholders. Like all ES scholars, they will partner with Development staff to build and steward funding for their work, and with Communications staff to effectively promote and disseminate it.  In addition to conducting independent policy research and overseeing the Initiative, an important part of the Director’s responsibility is effectively managing the relationship with our partners at the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. It is important that the Director help facilitate collaboration between scholars at Brookings and USC Schaeffer but at the same time protect Brookings independence. The Director will collaborate with scholars affiliated with SIHP and across ES.


  • Conducts in-depth high quality public policy research in area of expertise, independently and in collaboration with other scholars at SIHP, the USC Schaeffer Center and across Brookings
  • Authors or co-authors policy and research reports, blogs, op-eds, and other commentary
  • Develops research concepts, policy questions, and work plans for papers and reports
  • Develops and delivers presentations for research projects and policy priorities
  • Meets with and briefs relevant external contacts on research
  • In collaboration with ES and USC Communications teams, creates dissemination and promotion strategy for research products; liaises with media
  • Presents research and gives talks at select outside meetings or conferences
  • Convenes private roundtables and/or public events to inform research and disseminate work

Research Management and Direction

  • Develops research and policy agenda for SIHP collaborating with scholars from the USC Schaeffer Center and with others in the field
  • Engages in frequent dialogue with the Director and Associate Director of the USC Schaeffer Center
  • Manages and mentors SIHP junior staff and liaises with ES Management Team as needed
  • Collaborates with Nonresident fellows and assists with the writing and direction of their papers
  • Oversees the work of research assistants and analysts or outside partners on selected projects



  • Designs, develops, and stewards funding proposals and works with ES and USC development teams on development priorities as needed
  • Helps conceive of new funding proposals and identifies potential funders (philanthropic, corporate, and individual, as needed)
  • In consultation with the ES and USC development teams, stewards relationships with current Brookings and SIHP funders


Ready to make an impact? In this role, you will support Brookings values of collegiality, respect, inclusion, diversity and community, and bring the following qualifications:

Education/Experience Requirements:

Ph.D. or equivalent in economics, health policy, or equivalent, or an M.D. required. At least ten years of relevant experience is required. The successful candidate will be an established, recognized leader in their field of expertise, and must have a record of distinguished experience and/or leadership in government, academia, the non-profit sector or the private sector. Must have a demonstrated ability to understand and write knowledgeably about public policy research of the economic caliber necessary for publication in a top academic journal. Must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Knowledge/Skills Requirements:

Must be able to lead independent research and competently lead issue-focused meetings, initiatives, high-level conferences, and other events without supervision. Must be comfortable working with high-ranking decision makers, senior government officials, current and potential funders, and Brookings senior management. Ability to work collegially with staff at all levels and in all job profiles. Commitment to contributing to a supportive and productive workplace with a diverse workforce. Interest in or experience with mentoring junior staff preferred.

Additional Information:

What can we offer you? Brookings provides a generous benefit package that is comprehensive and includes both traditional benefits and unique offerings.

Brookings requires that all applicants submit a cover letter and resume. Please attach your cover letter and resume as one document when you apply.

Successful completion of a background investigation is required for employment at Brookings.

Brookings welcomes and celebrates diversity in all its forms. We welcome applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on ideology, race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, first generation college goers, and other factors protected by law. Brookings is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer that is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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