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Senior/Principal Researcher - Payment Reform, State Health and Medicaid

Job ID 1967-1

Position Description:

Mathematica is searching for dedicated professionals with experience in the area of payment reform. Experience designing, implementing, and/or supporting healthcare payment reforms such as pay-for-performance, global budgets, accountable care organization models, and other alternative payment models is particularly relevant. We are seeking self-motivated individuals who can use their expertise to apply analytic thinking to support current and emerging work across any number of areas related to state health and Medicaid such as: quality, cost, and use measurement; program or policy evaluations; data analysis; program implementation; and advisory services. The individuals may also work with federal officials or Mathematica staff who work in the federal space.

Duties of the position:

  • Lead or participate actively and thoughtfully in multidisciplinary teams to implement, monitor, and advise on state policy and programs.
  • Provide the energy, direction, and organization needed to help keep projects on time and on budget and facilitate communications across and between internal staff and external clients and partners.
  • Author client memos, technical assistance tools, issue briefs, chapters of analytic reports, and webinar presentations.
  • Conduct work that applies impartial data collection, analysis, and reporting using quantitative or qualitative techniques.
  • Lead and help develop proposals for new projects.
  • Represent the company's expertise through various mechanisms, such as publications, conferences, technical communications, and testimony.
  • Interact directly with state officials to develop, implement, and assess programs.
  • Contribute to the growth, expertise, and institutional knowledge of other Mathematica staff.

Position Requirements:

  • 10+ years of experience working in state health policy or health research, with a substantial portion of that time on work related to payment reform
  • Masters or doctoral degree, or equivalent experience in data analytics, public health, public policy, economics, behavioral or social sciences, or other relevant disciplines
  • Experience with state health programs or Medicaid highly preferred
  • Understanding of multi-payer value-based purchasing and alternative payment models; experience with global budgets is preferred but not required
  • Strong foundation in quantitative or qualitative research methods and a broad understanding of health care and health policy issues in the United States
  • Strong data analysis skills and knowledge of health care claims, other administrative data, and quality and resource use measures
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to explain observations and findings to diverse audiences including program administrators and policymakers
  • Demonstrated ability to provide task leadership and coordinate the work of multidisciplinary teams
  • Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail; flexibility to lead and manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines
Please submit a cover letter and  a resume/CV that demonstrates your analytic abilities and expertise in payment reform.

Note that the anticipated start date is flexible and may range between summer and fall 2023. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis starting in May 2023. 

The Senior Researcher designation (10+ years of relevant policy experience) offers an anticipated annual base salary of $110,000 - $160,000

The Principal Researcher designation (15+ years of relevant policy experience) offers an anticipated annual base salary of $140,000 - $200,000

Available locations:  Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Oakland, CA; 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:

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.

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. 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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