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Program Analyst-Health Policy

Job ID 1054-2

Position Description:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength.

We currently have openings for health program analysts in our Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; and Woodlawn, MD office locations. The program analyst role blends management and research. As such, we are seeking prospective employees with a passion for project management and an interest in improving government operations and health care delivery.

Our current work touches virtually every area of the healthcare delivery system in the United States. Example projects include:

  • developing and maintaining clinical quality of care measures;
  • providing technical assistance and learning support to stakeholders to support program implementation or improve their understanding of data and reporting requirements;
  • analyzing, designing, and producing large federal insurance program datasets and reporting systems;
  • supporting the implementation of alternative payment models, including helping the government to assess and calculate the value and/or quality of health care services
  • evaluating the implementation and effectiveness of government programs in the areas of Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, among others; and
  • studying the effects of multi-payer delivery system innovations on health care access, quality, and costs.

Program analysts typically work on more than one project at a time and are matched to projects that suit their interests and skills and offer significant opportunity for growth. Regardless of their assigned roles, program analysts are expected to be leaders within the context of their projects and across the company. Successful health program analysts fulfill a broad array of roles at Mathematica and commonly:

  • Provide the energy, direction, and organization needed to help keep projects on time and on budget by serving as a central hub of project activities and facilitating communications across and between internal and external stakeholders.
  • Offer a full suite of project management support services, from helping project directors plan, manage, and close out complex projects, to monitoring designing and implementing tools and processes to help organize data and manage teams.
  • Perform complex analyses of projects to monitor and evaluate project performance and progress, including monitoring project costs, assessing earned value, and overseeing subcontractors.
  • Develop and maintain project collaboration tools, including Microsoft Project schedules, SharePoint websites, Jira trackers, and Excel spreadsheets.
  • Provide technical assistance to state and federal health agencies or healthcare providers by designing webinars or responding to questions from stakeholders.
  • Draft client memos, technical documentation, proposals and other contractual deliverables, such as chapters for reports, case studies, and/or data dictionaries.
  • Learn complex policies and develop subject matter knowledge in order to serve in research-oriented roles that complement their project or task management assignments.
  • Evaluate operational components of projects and programs and describe problems, options, and solutions to senior staff and client agencies.

As a program analyst, you will join our staff of over 500 health research and management professionals. We offer a stimulating, team-oriented work environment that is committed to a diverse culture of inclusion, competitive salaries, a comprehensive benefits package, and the advantages of employee ownership.

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, business, or related field; or at least three years of work experience in operations or management-oriented positions
  • Strong management skills, including ability to monitor costs on multi-million dollar contracts, mentor junior staff, and oversee small teams to complete work within tight timelines without compromising on quality.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems and respond to client requests in situations where guidance is unclear or absent.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, specifically the ability to write clear and concise technical documentation and to speak with clients diplomatically.
  • Strong analytic skills, including knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods.
  • Work experience with a state or federal agency, a foundation, or health care program is highly desirable, as is prior experience working with Medicare or Medicaid data.
  • Interest in improving and researching government programs or providing technical assistance to health care entities. 
  • Certifications demonstrating management proficiency and expertise, such as Project Management Professional (PMP) or Lean Six Sigma, are a plus. Experience with management tools, such as Microsoft Project and Jira, is also a plus.
  • Some travel may be required

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts during the online application process. Please also provide a work product that demonstrates analytic skills and reflects independent analysis and writing, such as a capstone project, analytic report, or a management plan (nothing company confidential, please).  

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

Available Locations: Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; Woodlawn, MD

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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