The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking Quantitative Policy Analysts and Senior Quantitative Policy Analysts to join its team. Hilltop is a university-based, non-partisan research organization conducting research, policy analysis, and sophisticated data analytics to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. Hilltop has a long-standing partnership with the Maryland Medicaid program and is at the forefront of national efforts to find data-driven solutions to complex problems facing state policymakers as publicly funded health care systems transition to new models of care.
These positions are integral to address Hilltop’s expanding portfolio of work and ensure our analytical capacity can support a growing client base. Quantitative Policy Analysts apply a suite of analytical methods to multiple sources of health care data, including Medicaid and Medicare claims, clinical and functional assessments, vital statistics data, and financial records. Senior Quantitative Policy Analysts bring more advanced methods to such projects and also help manage projects across the organization. Both roles help provide better health to vulnerable populations by working with multiple Maryland state agencies, foundations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund, and research centers such as the National Institutes for Health and the National Science Foundation.
Quantitative Policy Analysts will assume a prominent role in the growth of Hilltop’s capabilities. They will be responsible for:
Conducting ad hoc univariate and bivariate analyses using multiple sources of health care utilization data
Participating in multi-disciplinary project teams that include statistical programmers, policy analysts, and research faculty
Assisting with implementation of multivariate program evaluation methodologies to test the effects of health care interventions on program enrollment, utilization, provider participation, and quality of care measures
Assisting with the development of multiple, user-interactive data visualization platforms focusing on Medicaid and Medicare eligibility and claims data
Conducting literature searches on programs and policies in other states, medical and public health topics, or other aspects of health services research and policy
Performing trend analyses using financial data
Writing comprehensive reports, research proposals, and peer-reviewed journal articles
Making presentations to public and professional audiences
Performing other duties as assigned
Senior Quantitative Policy Analysts will perform the tasks above as well as:
Leading the development and implementation of multivariate program evaluations and causal inference analyses
Leading multi-disciplinary project teams that include statistical programmers, policy analysts, and research faculty
Applying advanced quantitative methods to novel research questions, including economic optimization, linear programming, and AI/ML-based predictive modeling
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Quantitative Policy Analysts require either:
A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and three years of relevant experience
A Master’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Epidemiology, Public Policy/Health, Computer Science, Information Systems or a related field and one year of relevant experience
A Bachelor’s Degree in a related field and seven years of relevant experience
A Master’s Degree in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Epidemiology, Public Policy/Health, Computer Science, Information Systems or a related field and five years of relevant experience
A PhD in Economics, Statistics, Mathematics, Epidemiology, Public Policy/Health, Computer Science, Information Systems or a related field and two years of relevant experience
Must be proficient in one or more data programming languages (e.g., SAS, Stata, SQL, R, Python)
All applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. They also must have strong analytical and effective communications skills (both verbal and written) and the ability to work in multidisciplinary project teams.
The ideal candidates for either position will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies:
The ability to work with large databases and on a variety of platforms supporting quantitative analysis, predictive analytics, mathematical modeling, and/or machine learning
Experience with advanced statistical modeling; proficiency in one or more programming languages
Excellent writing skills
Familiarity with the health care literature
A knowledge of publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid
An interest in federal and state health policy
Well-honed problem-solving skills
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three professional references.
Screening of Applications Begins:
Resumes will be accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is full-time, offers opportunity for professional growth and includes the full university benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified candidates. Note: this is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.
While this position is onsite at The Hilltop Institute’s offices located on the UMBC campus, options for part-time telework/remote work are available.
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.
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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.
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UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. As an Honors University, the campus offers academically talented students a strong undergraduate liberal arts foundation that prepares them for graduate and professional study, entry into the workforce, and community service and leadership. UMBC emphasizes science, engineering, information technology, human services and public policy at the graduate level. UMBC contributes to the economic development of the State and the region through entrepreneurial initiatives, workforce training, K-16 partnerships, and technology commercialization in collaboration with public agencies and the corporate community. UMBC is dedicated to cultural and ethnic diversity, social responsibility and lifelong learning.