Seeking Director of Projects and Research

About our Organization:  Catalyst for Payment Reform (CPR) is an independent nonprofit working to catalyze employers, public purchasers and others to implement strategies that produce higher-value health care and improve the functioning of the health care marketplace. CPR is based in Berkeley, CA.

Who we’re seeking:  We are seeking an enterprising Director of Projects and Research to help CPR achieve its mission and ramp up its ability to educate, enlighten and enhance the effectiveness of health care purchasers and others seeking better quality, efficiency and affordability from the health care system.  The position will work across the organization strengthening its efforts to support purchasers as well as its research and analytic work.  A successful Director will take initiative, be highly collaborative, organized, entrepreneurial and curious and possess a high degree of integrity.  The Director must have strong research and evaluation skills, interpersonal and communications skills as well as a solid understanding of and interest in the current health care landscape, including the roles of various stakeholders, the dynamics of the health care marketplace and federal and state health policy.

About the position: The Director of Projects and Research will work full-time and report to the Executive Director and have support from CPR’s Project Coordinator as well as other staff members.  The position will be based in Berkeley from Monday through Wednesday and allow for remote work on Thursday and Friday.  Occasional travel, about 10% of the time, is required.

What the Director of Projects and Research will do:   

  • Support development and implementation of CPR’s various scorecards on payment reform as well as its report cards and databases on state laws.
  • Participate in the effort to measure the implementation of alternative payment models on behalf of the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.
  • Conduct assessments of specific geographic markets to determine potential paths forward for purchasers and others seeking higher value from the health care system.
  • Serve as an additional liaison between CPR and the major health plans, pharmacy benefit managers, and other vendors in CPR’s purview.
  • Assist with the development of specifications for particular products and services needed by health care purchasers along with the evaluation of such offerings and the vendors who supply them.
  • Create case studies for dissemination of innovative strategies implemented by purchasers.
  • Coordinate formal evaluations of value-oriented programs implemented by purchasers, including identifying appropriate researchers and serving as a liaison between researchers and purchasers.
  • Support small working groups of employers and other purchasers that CPR convenes to create strategies to address shared challenges, including the development of how to guides and plug and play purchasing tools.
  • Assist with development of proposals for consulting, research and foundation grants for projects that are mission-related and revenue generating.
  • Collaborate on business development, marketing and sales efforts.
  • Give formal presentations at meetings and conferences as well as writing about CPR’s work and content for various policy and trade publications.
  • Assist with other projects as needed under the direction of CPR Executive Director, including providing guidance for more junior staff.


The ideal qualifications:

  • At least 15 years of full-time professional experience in health care, including project leadership, management, and analytical work. Experience working with state and federal government officials is a plus.
  • Master’s degree in business, public policy, public administration or related area.
  • Proven track record of developing, directing and managing projects for both internal and external clients.
  • Qualitative and quantitative research know-how, including experience with data collection and analysis.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, interpersonal skills, creativity, flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Ability to multi-task and maintain a high level of organization as well as strong problem-solving capabilities.
  • Self-starting and able to work independently and meet deadlines; ability to work in a partially virtual office environment.
  • Professional demeanor with a passion to improve the functioning of the health care marketplace.


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


  • Send your cover letter, resume, two writing samples and three references (with telephone numbers) to

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