Seeking Project and Research Assistant

About our Organization: Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) is a national non-profit organization on a mission to catalyze private employers, public purchasers and others to implement strategies that produce higher-value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace. Staff typically work from an office in downtown Berkeley, CA three days per week and from home two days per week, though the office is available for use every day and in-office/in-person work may be required more during certain weeks.

Who we’re seeking: We are seeking a project and research assistant to help CPR on a variety of projects designed to arm employers and other purchasers with the tools and information they need to get better value for their health care spending. The position involves collaborating across different small teams at CPR and interacting with external partners and stakeholders. Analytical, highly-organized, self-directed candidates with great communication and teamwork skills and a go-getter attitude will thrive in this position. Through this role, the candidate will have the opportunity to gain deep knowledge about the health care marketplace and be exposed to the nation’s most innovative employers, providers, and payers as well as thought leaders in health care.

About the position: The project and research assistant is a full-time position reporting to CPR’s Executive Director, Suzanne Delbanco, and involves providing support to multiple staff on a project by project basis. The position involves occasional travel one to three times per year.

What the Project and Research Assistant will do:   

The project and research assistant will conduct research for a wide variety of projects and presentations, including efforts to analyze state laws and Medicaid contracts and to track the implementation of health care payment reform. In addition, the project and research assistant will support various CPR operations including small working groups of purchasers and communications functions. Specifically, the work involves:

  • Research: Conduct research on topics central to CPR’s work, such as payment reform, price and quality transparency, and health care policies affecting employers, through the internet, academic and trade journals and other sources.
  • Communications: Co-author articles and commentaries in nationally recognized health care publications; create original blog postings for CPR website; draft presentations for external stakeholders.
  • Project management: Create agendas and timelines, coordinate meetings, take notes and manage action items, track key performance indicators and draft reports for funders and contractors.
  • Other responsibilities: Assist with other projects as needed across CPR’s scope of work; includes the opportunity to lead specific projects.

The ideal qualifications:

  • At least one year of full-time project and research work experience, ideally in a health care related organization.
  • Track record of managing multiple complex projects at one time and maintaining a high level of organization.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, and orientation to detail.
  • Self-starting and able to work independently, manage time effectively and commit to deadlines in a semi-virtual office environment
  • Professional demeanor, strong work ethic, unflagging perseverance for results and a passion for improving health care.
  • Experience in managing social media accounts and developing online presence a plus.
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. Experience with Mailchimp, Qualtrics, WebEx and/or WordPress a plus.

Compensation:  Wage is dependent on qualifications, qualifies as exempt, and comes with a competitive benefits package.

How to Apply: Send your cover letter and resume to

Visit our website:

Forgot Password