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Area Director, Health Program Improvement - CMS, CMMI, CPI business (Remote Eligible)

Job ID 2187

Position Description:

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. 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 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:

About the opportunity:

Mathematica seeks a visionary, passionate leader to be the Director for business development and  client relationship building for our work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Center for Program Integrity, and other smaller Offices across CMS like Office of Enterprise Data Analytics (OEDA). The Director leads Mathematica’s strategy at these clients, business development, and client relationships and helps oversee and advise on our project work in this area. The ideal candidate will have a commitment to Mathematica’s mission and a demonstrated ability to drive the strategy and continue growing a diverse portfolio of work with Centers and Offices at CMS. This portfolio includes advisory services, health services research, technical assistance, data analytics, and qualitative data collection services. We center equitable outcomes and processes in our engagements to advance our clients’ equity journeys and our own; the Director will inspire and help equip colleagues, clients, and other partners to maintain and further this commitment.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead strategy development and execution for our work with assigned Centers and Offices at CMS
  • Lead business development planning and proposals for with assigned Centers and Offices at CMS
  • Lead and support strategic projects with assigned Centers and Offices at CMS
  • Oversee delivery for all projects and proposals at assigned Centers and Offices at CMS
  • Advance Mathematica’s position as a leader in the use of data and evidence for improving programs and policies of interest to assigned Centers and Offices at CMS
  • Grow and diversify our work with CMS
  • Engage CMS staff to understand client needs and perspectives on our offerings
  • Engage with CMS staff to understand their perceptions of Mathematica and how we can best address their needs
  • Support the development and adoption of new approaches that improve our ability to meet existing and emerging client needs
  • Develop annual plans around staffing and external partnerships to pursue opportunities with CMS
  • Participate in monthly reviews of our project portfolio
  • Advise project and proposal teams
  • Respond to client questions or concerns about our work
  • Coordinate with leaders in Mathematica’s health unit

Position Requirements:

  • Extensive professional network of staff and leaders at CMS, with a proven ability to demonstrate client relationship development
  • Extensive professional network of companies working at CMS, with knowledge of key organizations bringing value to the Innovation Center
  • Project leadership experience with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation demonstrating an understanding of Innovation Center priorities, procurement and contract actions and model operations
  • Experience in setting strategic goals and reviewing budgets
  • Strong leadership, management, and organizational skills with experience successfully managing proposals and projects using a collaborative, team-building approach
  • Demonstrated significant and successful proposal writing experience, particularly proposals targeting the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
  • Clear communicator and careful listener who effectively engages and inspires clients and colleagues
  • Experience working in advisory services or health services research for CMS
  • Extensive experience with business development and successful contributions to growing a pipeline of work
  • A master’s degree in social science, public policy, public health, or relevant discipline or a combination of equivalent education and work experience
  • Ten or more years of work experience in a contract research and evaluation firm or a consultancy

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter that describes (1) what you would like to achieve in this role and how; (2) the attributes and experience that will drive your success in this role; and (3) the biggest challenge you anticipate in this role.

Our work is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and we encourage applications from individuals from under-represented backgrounds.

This position offers an anticipated base salary of $140,000 - $180,000 annually. This position may be eligible for an annual bonus based on company and individual performance.

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.

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


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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