The Hilltop Institute (www.hilltopinstitute.org) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Policy Specialist or Policy Analyst* to join its Medicaid Policy Studies team. Hilltop conducts research and policy analysis to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states.
The Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst will participate in policy research and quantitative analysis aimed at improving access to and the quality of health care services for low-income and disadvantaged populations. Most projects focus on populations served by the Maryland Medicaid program, but occasional work is performed with other states’ data or in collaboration with other states’ agencies.
The successful candidate will perform tasks such as:
Analyzing large medical services claims data sets collected from Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurers, and/or discharge abstracts using SAS or other statistical packages
Producing descriptive statistics on program enrollment, utilization and costs of services for particular Medicaid populations, provider participation, and quality of care measures
Participating in multi-disciplinary project teams that may include SAS programmers and policy analysts, as well as researchers or policy analysts from other organizations
Conducting literature searches on programs in other states, medical and public health topics, or other aspects of health services research and policy
Coordinating data collection from provider or stakeholder surveys, interviews, or data tabulations received from managed care organizations, other types of provider groups, or external researchers
Writing brief reports, memoranda, meeting minutes, and/or Power Point presentations
Assisting in preparing research and analysis for publication in peer-reviewed journals
Making presentations to public and professional audiences
Participating in internal and external meetings
Performing other duties as assigned
Options for part-time telework.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
A master’s degree with course work in health services research, statistics, quantitative methods, economics, public health, or a related discipline. A bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, statistical methods, or a related field may be substituted for the master’s degree. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and communications skills (both verbal and written).
A master’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, or a related discipline, and at least one year of relevant experience. A bachelor’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, or a related field and three years of experience with exposure to health services research, public health administration, and/or policy analysis may be substituted for the master’s degree and required experience. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and communications skills (both verbal and written).
*Position title will be determined by qualifications of applicants.
The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies: experience in conducting research with large data sets; skills in analyzing data with SAS, STATA, R or other statistical software packages; an understanding or eagerness to learn about publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; problem-solving skills; ability to communicate verbally and in writing to diverse audiences; ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and be flexible in a fast-paced environment; and excellent interpersonal skills.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.
Screening of Applications Begins:
For best consideration submit application materials by October 29, 2021 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
NOTE: THIS POSITION IS GRANT-FUNDED, WHEREIN EMPLOYMENT IS CONTINGENT UPON THE RENEWAL OF THE GRANT
UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities. Contingent II positions may include some benefits.
Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position.
Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.
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