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Advisory Services/Project Management Analyst - Medicare and State Health

Job ID 1735-6

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. Read more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance

About the opportunity:

We currently have openings for Advisory Services/Project Management Analysts in our Medicare and State Health project areas. This role blends management, technical assistance, 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.

Advisory Services Analysts work on a variety of projects spanning policy and programmatic areas. Example projects include implementing Medicare alternative payment models, operating peer-to-peer learning systems for Medicare value-based care organizations, developing and maintaining clinical quality measures, supporting states with implementing all-payer claims databases or tools to support analytics, or evaluating the effectiveness of state health programs. Advisory Services/Project Management Analysts are typically connected to 2-3 projects at a time as project managers or as an integrated task manager facilitating research, technical assistance, or systems development work.

Across all projects, Advisory Services/Project Management Analysts are expected to:

• Provide the direction and organization needed to help keep projects on time and on budget and facilitate communications across and between internal and external stakeholders.

• Conduct project management activities, such as helping project directors plan, manage, and close out complex projects and designing, implementing, and monitoring 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.

Position Requirements:

• Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, business, or related field; or commensurate experience in operations or management-oriented positions

• Strong management skills, including ability to monitor costs on multimillion-dollar contracts, mentor staff, and oversee small teams to complete work within tight timelines without compromising on quality.

• Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail; flexibility to manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills, for example the ability to write clear and concise technical documentation, and to communicate with clients diplomatically.

• Strong analytic and problem-solving skills, and ability to apply critical and creative thinking to identify solutions and respond to client requests in situations where guidance is unclear or absent.

• Professional experience in a similar field or position

• Interest in improving Medicare and other state and Federal government programs, and/or providing technical assistance to health care entities.

• Some travel may be required

Desired Skills and Experience:

• Work experience with a state or federal agency, a foundation, or health care system is highly desirable, as is prior experience working with Medicaid or Medicare data.

• Experience using management tools, such as Microsoft Project and Jira, to manage schedules or monitor budgets.

• Certifications demonstrating management proficiency and expertise, such as Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), or Lean Six Sigma

• Experience engaging a range of client stakeholders by applying a variety of approaches, including human-centered design.

• Experience bridging between business owners and technical staff to facilitate decision-making, identify and track user needs, and move work forward is a plus.

• Knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods or an understanding of software development life cycles and agile development is a plus.

Please submit a cover letter and your resume along with 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; Cambridge, MA; Seattle, WA; Oakland, CA; Remote

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $60,000-$95,000. This position may be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

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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