Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Director, Center for Health and Biosciences

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Job Title Senior Fellow in Health Policy and Director, Center for Health and Biosciences Department Baker Institute Full Time/Part Time Full-Time Requisition Number S20462 Open Date 05/01/2020 Close Date 05/29/2020 Salary Information

Salary Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Occasional participation in after hours events or fundraising appointments is required.

Benefits Eligible Yes Eligible for Overtime No Position Summary

Founded in 1993, Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy has established itself as one of the premier nonpartisan public policy think tanks in the country. As an integral part of Rice University, the Baker Institute has a strong track record of achievement based on the work of its fellows, scholars, Rice faculty scholars and staff. The Institute collaborates with experts from academia, government, the media, business, and nongovernmental and private organizations.

The mission of the Baker Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences ( CHB ) is to provide original, data-driven research aimed at improving the physical and mental health outcomes of local, national, and global populations. Enriched by collaborations at Rice University and with institutions at the Texas Medical Center, the CHB achieves this mission through its multifaceted points of expertise. The key policy areas explored by its fellows include the cost-effectiveness of health care, the social determinants of health, biomedical research and innovation, and pharmaceutical affordability and accessibility. The CHB strives to inform the general public, academia, and decision-makers in the public and private sectors with rigorous, nonpartisan analysis.

Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy is seeking a senior fellow in health policy and director of the Institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences to manage the CHB’s team of researchers, coordinate the center’s activities and strategic direction, develop productive collaborations, and lead related fundraising efforts. Responsibilities include supervising the research output of CHB fellows and affiliated scholars; managing the annual CHB budget including endowed and programmatic funds; and securing additional funding for new initiatives through sponsored research projects, major gifts, and the CHB membership group, the Health Policy Forum.

The ideal candidate will have demonstrated competency in health policy as well as experience managing a research team and building connections with relevant individual and organizational stakeholders.

Education Required Master's Degree Major/Discipline Substitution for Education Requirement Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement. Education Preferred Experience Required 5 years Type of Experience

Five years of experience in higher education, nonprofit organizations, or research institutions related to health policy.

Substitution for Experience Requirement Education may not be substituted for the experience requirement. Experience Preferred

Seven or more years of relevant experience, including in an institution of higher education or policy research organization. Previous experience supervising a research production team preferred.

License/Certification Required License/Certification Preferred Skills Required

- Thorough knowledge of the subject matter with an ability to understand and discuss their interactions with current policies
- Advanced skills in oral and written communications
- Proficient ability in the use of Microsoft Office Suite
- Strong social and presentation skills; displays a high level of professionalism in dress and demeanor
- Ability to work in a team, time-sensitive and deadline driven environment
- Ability to lead a research team in time-sensitive and deadline driven environment

Skills Preferred

- Proven ability to lead a team of health and bioscience researchers pursuing intersecting research agendas
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to understand and relate to the needs and interests of a wide variety of internal and external contacts
- Strong understanding of local, national and international health policy research networks with previous experience identifying and executing strategic collaboration with relevant partners
- Outstanding public speaking skills with the ability to convey complex ideas and information to various audiences including policymakers, academics, industry, media, and donors.
- Prior experience supporting high level fundraising efforts and/or developing a membership group to provide ongoing financial support
- Prior experience developing and managing annual budgets

Internal / External Contacts

Internal Contacts: The position will lead the institute’s Center for Health and Biosciences, collaborate with other Baker Institute centers or program on related issues and work closely with the institute’s administrative team. The position will also build connections with other organizations on campus related to health policy, including Rice 360° Institute for Global Health and the Kinder Institute for Urban Research.

External Contacts: The position will coordinate and enhance center connections with policy-relevant institutions in the Texas Medical Center and have frequent interactions with representatives from various levels of government, private sector, non-profits, academia, and NGOs.

Physical Demands

Must be able to work in front of a computer for up to eight hours a day.

Working Conditions

Occasional travel will be required to attend various industry functions, conferences, or networking opportunities. Occasional participation in after hours events or fundraising appointments is required.

Essential Personnel

Position is not considered essential during a campus emergency.

Rice University Standard of Civility

Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration and discretion in all interactions with other members of the Rice community and with the public.

Security Sensitive

As defined under the Texas Education Code and Rice Policy No. 425 , this position is security sensitive and employment in this position is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Special Instructions to Applicants

The search for this posting is being conducted by Hodges Partners.
To apply, candidates should contact Nadajalah Dean at

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Essential Functions

- Develops a policy research agenda using appropriate analytical approaches, models and methods
- Plans, directs and conducts research in coordination with the broader goals and mission of the Baker Institute
- Translates research results into timely and relevant public policy recommendations for dissemination to the government, academia and private sector audiences as well as the general public
- Writes and publishes white papers, conference reports, opinion articles, blogs and policy briefs
- Facilitates collaboration between the Baker Institute and local, national, and international organizations and experts
- May manage a team of other researchers and program support staff
- Communicates and promotes the work of the Baker Institute to the public through media appearances, public testimony, social media, and other speaking engagements
- Performs all other duties as assigned

Additional Functions or Information

- Supervises all CHB’s research activities and guide the center’s overall strategic direction
- Develops productive collaborations with key health policy researchers and institutions on the local, national and international level
- Leads CHB fundraising activities including attracting major gifts, grants and annual support though the center’s Health Policy Forum with a goal to secure increasing endowed and programmatic funds

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