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Principal Researcher - Medicaid Analytics (Remote Eligible)

Job ID 2122

Position Description:

Mathematica is searching for a research professional with experience leading work focused on Medicaid policy and programs or developing analytic approaches to guide policy development and implementation at either the state or federal level. The successful candidate will join our Health division to play leadership roles in engagements for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission, state Medicaid agencies, and other clients.

In particular, we are looking for individuals who can lead current and emerging analytic work across several areas related to monitoring and improving Medicaid and CHIP programs. We are looking for candidates who have subject matter expertise in one or more areas: eligibility and enrollment, quality measurement, behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment, HCBS, and Medicaid managed care.

Duties of the position:

  • Direct multidisciplinary teams conducting analytic work on topics related to state and federal Medicaid and CHIP policy and data systems, and oversee all aspects of high quality project delivery
  • Engage with state and federal clients to understand the challenges they face and work collaboratively with them to develop innovative solutions
  • Apply rigorous analytic thinking to the collection and interpretation of quantitative data, most commonly leveraging Medicaid and CHIP administrative data
  • Direct business development efforts and lead proposals for new projects
  • Author project reports, memos, issue briefs, and webinar presentations and represent Mathematica to policy and professional audiences
  • Contribute to the growth, expertise, and institutional knowledge of staff working in the Medicaid and CHIP area, including active mentorship

Position Requirements:

  • At least 15 years of experience working in health research, data analytics, or health policy with a substantial portion of that time related to some aspect of the Medicaid program at the state or federal level
  • Masters or doctoral degree, or equivalent experience, in data analytics, public policy, economics, behavioral or social sciences, public health, or other relevant disciplines
  • Expertise in quantitative methods or data analytics and a broad understanding of health policy issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to explain observations and findings to diverse stakeholder audiences including program administrators and policymakers
  • Demonstrated ability to lead major engagements and coordinate the work of multidisciplinary teams, including collaborations with technology teams building solutions in service to policy needs
  • Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail; flexibility to lead and manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines
Staff in our Health unit will eventually work with our largest client, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Most staff working on CMS contracts will be required to complete a successful background investigation including the Questionnaire for Public Trust Position SF-85. Staff that are unable to successfully undergo the background investigation will need to be able to obtain work outside CMS. Staff will work with their supervisor to get re-staffed, however if they are unable to do so it may result in employment termination due to lack of work.

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $150,000 to $200,000. This position is eligible for an annual bonus, based on company and individual performance.

Available Locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Remote

About Mathematica:

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:

You will work in a multidisciplinary setting that includes staff with degrees in statistics, business, public policy, economics, psychology, education, sociology, demography, and related fields. We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high-quality work. As a winner of the "Excellence in Diversity Award," we know that building an inclusive culture based on the diverse strengths of employees from different backgrounds is key to our success.

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.

At Mathematica, we understand the importance of building relationships with colleagues. If you’re not located near one of our offices but would like opportunities to meet up with co-workers, we offer coworking spaces where available. Ask your Talent Acquisition partner for more information about this opportunity and whether it’s an option in your area.

Any offer of employment will be contingent upon passing a background check. Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo 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. Additionally, if you participate in/complete the application process and are denied, Mathematica may choose to terminate your employment.

Although Mathematica does not require vaccination from COVID-19 as a condition of employment, various projects or agencies may require documentation of vaccination (or an approved exception/accommodation).

We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems and to share the responsibility and enjoyment of carrying out complex projects. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high quality work.

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices—including decisions regarding recruitment, training, compensation, and promotion. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity.

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