Manager for Health Policy

Cato Institute Manager for Health Policy
Location Washington, DC, USA
Application deadline 31 January 2023
Contract type Permanent
Hours Full-time
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The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets, and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th-century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution.

The simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than those revolutionaries could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future.

The role

The Cato Institute seeks qualified candidates for a full-time health policy manager position working with Cato’s health policy team. The ideal candidate will have exceptionally strong organizational, writing, and editing skills; knowledge of economics, health, and entitlement policy; and a commitment to advancing individual liberty in health policy. Successful candidates will be entrepreneurial, hard-working self-starters who will contribute to the growth of this policy center.

Key roles and responsibilities


  • Coordinate efforts of a growing staff of two staff scholars, two research associates, and multiple adjunct scholars.
  • Manage projects & update project calendar.
  • Track Cato health policy output, including studies, articles, op-eds, blog posts, media appearances (broadcast, podcast), etc.
  • Manage Cato Health Policy Workshop program.
  • Supervise 1-2 interns each semester.
  • Format, edit & fact-check manuscripts.
  • Create & format slide presentations.
  • Prepare letters and mailings, take minutes, update contacts, etc.

Promotion of Cato health policy

  • Develop marketing & collaboration strategies to maximize impact of Cato scholarship.
  • Plan and execute events (policy forums, Hill briefings, book forums, conferences, policy salons).
  • Manage social media accounts and weekly newsletter.

Experience and skills

  • 3-5 years of experience in project management.
  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, political science, or public policy, or equivalent work experience in those fields.
  • An interest in health policy.
  • Ability to write well-structured, readable prose.
  • Expertise with Microsoft Office and social media.
  • Strong candidates will have experience managing individuals at different experience levels.
  • Bonus skills include ability to produce multimedia (e.g., ProTools, Zencastr, or Adobe Audition).