Job Description

The Kenny C. Guinn Center for Policy Priorities seeks qualified applicants for the position of Director of Health and Social Policy. The position is statewide and may be based in either Reno or Las Vegas, Nevada. The Director of Health and Social Policy develops and implements the Guinn Center’s comprehensive health-related and social policy research and analysis program. In consultation with the Executive Director and the Research Director, the Director of Health and Social Policy develops, conducts, and oversees health-related policy research for the Center.   In addition, the Director of Health and Social Policy:

1. Builds and maintains policy-related relationships and develops a network of stakeholders in the health and social policy fields at all levels (locally, statewide, and nationally);

2. Serves as a spokesperson for all health and social policy-related matters;

3. Reviews and develops methodologies to capture policy information for final publication;

4. Scopes health-related and social policy research with various partners; and

5. Oversees and guides select Guinn Center staff in their work relating to health and social policy.

The Director of Health and Social Policy also performs policy research and related work, including developing and writing research reports and policy briefs, employs mixed methods in research design, monitors emerging and ongoing federal, state, and local health and social policy issues, and gathers relevant and current research from external partners and academic partners across Nevada and nationwide. Moreover, the Director of Health and Social Policy assists with grant writing and oversees the execution of grants and negotiated contracts, serves as the outreach and media spokesperson when responding to issues relating to health and social policy matters, and presents the results of policy briefs and reports to legislators, government officials, and community groups.

To be successful in this position, the incumbent must possess experience in policy research and analysis, grant and project management, and employee supervision. Knowledge of several policy areas and topics in the health care and social policy specialty is a must. This includes:

The Director of Health and Social Policy must also be familiar with: (1) best practices for social and health-related services; (2) healthcare and social policy outcomes and measurements; (3) diversity, equity, and inclusion in health care and social programs; and (4) assessments and achievement systems in the health care and social policy fields.

Moreover, the Director of Health and Social Policy must be versed in basic data collection methods and analysis and know how to identify, read, and understand state regulations and statutes. Excellent writing and presentation skills are a must, along with the ability to present complicated and detailed information and research in easily digestible and understood formats.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree, law degree, or other advanced degree from an accredited college or university and at least two years of related experience; OR Ph.D. and at least one year of related experience.

Related Experience:  Research and policy analysis, project coordination and management, grant writing/management, or related and employee supervision.

Certification and Licensure

Driver’s License

Schedule or Travel Requirements

Compensation Grade

Administrative Faculty C

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules and select “Administrative Faculty salaries by grade.” Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Guinn Center Offices

The primary office for the Guinn Center in northern Nevada is located at 190 East Liberty Street in Reno, Nevada, (in the “Midtown” district) at the old Southside School (across the street from UNR’s Innevation Center). The Southside School has its own dedicated parking lot, and the Guinn Center offices are located within walking distance to numerous downtown Reno restaurants, the scenic Truckee River, and other facilities.

Remarkable Retirement!

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 17.50 percent contribution is generously matched by the University. With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100 percent vested on your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow!  All permanent employees on an annual “A” or “B” contract who are employed at least 50 percent full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada.

Perks of working at UNR and the Guinn Center

Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits but, in order to be eligible, children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50 percent of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.  Faculty Grants-in-Aid

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno, recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. The University offers a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

About the Guinn Center

The Guinn Center for Policy Priorities is a nonprofit, independent, statewide, nonpartisan research policy center that seeks data-driven policy solutions and well-researched best practices in numerous topic areas important to the State of Nevada and the Intermountain West region. The Guinn Center is affiliated with the University of Nevada, Reno, with researchers and collaborative partnerships at NSHE institutions across the State. Since its inception in 2013, the Center has published over 100 policy reports on taxation, fiscal management, education, health care, social concerns, economic development, workforce development, governance, climate, and energy.

The Guinn Center analyzes the status of key issues, reviews previous and current research, collaborates with stakeholders in multiple policy areas, and evaluates related policy solutions implemented in other states. This informed research results in concise, practical, and sound policy options and recommendations to the public, the Nevada Legislature, and other government agencies. The research team adheres to established research and analytical quality standards and serves as an honest broker of fact-based, peer-reviewed information and analysis.

Exempt– Yes

Full-Time Equivalent– 100.0%

Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at 

Please attach the following documents to your application 

1) Resume/CV 

2) Cover Letter 

3) Contact information for three professional references 

4) Please write a brief statement (one-page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying. 

This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver’s license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race (including hair texture and protected hairstyles such as natural hairstyles, afros, bantu knots, curls, braids, locks and twists), color, or religion (protected classes). 

Full time


University of Nevada, Reno – Main Campus


Please visit: Salary Schedules and select “Administrative Faculty salaries by grade.” Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.



The Guinn Center hosts undergraduate and graduate interns throughout the year.

The Guinn Center is looking for interns who can support our research projects and public engagement activities. The successful applicant will be engaged in the following activities:
• Research policy issues (including education, social policy, tax policy, economic development, water)
• Author original blogs and contribute to the Guinn Center’s blogs
• Help organize public engagement events
• Help manage communications strategy and social media, and
• Support senior staff

A successful applicant will:
• Be open-minded (we’re a BIPARTISAN think tank)
• Have excellent writing and communications skills, and be able to meet deadlines
• Have a general understanding of/interest in policy issues affecting Nevada/Intermountain West
• Have previous research, data and/or outreach experience
• Have command of Powerpoint and Excel and feel comfortable creating graphs and charts
• Feel comfortable interpreting numbers/data
• Consider himself/herself highly independent and able to operate in an environment with limited management

To Apply
Please send a writing sample, a resume, and the names/contact information of three references to Francis Talbot at 


All applications must be submitted through the Workday portal click here.