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Health Research Analyst (Quantitative focus)

Job ID 2160

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. 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. Learn more about our benefits here:

At Mathematica, we take pride in our commitment to diversity. Building an inclusive culture that draws on the individual strengths of employees from different ethnic backgrounds, cultures, lifestyles, abilities, and experience is key to our success.

We are inviting Health Research Analysts with a quantitative focus to join us in contributing to domestic health policy projects. Our current work includes a wide range of topics in health care service delivery and financing, quality measures, and health systems change. Health analysts work on a variety of projects spanning policy and programmatic areas as well as program evaluation and implementation support. They typically work on more than one project at a time and are matched to projects that suit their interests and skills and offer opportunities for professional growth.

Example projects include:

  • Evaluating the implementation and impact of Medicare and Medicaid innovation initiatives aimed at expanding access to care, improving health care quality, promoting health outcomes, or reducing costs.
  • Studying the effects of multi payer delivery system innovations on health care access, quality, health outcomes, and costs.
  • Analyzing, designing, and producing large federal health insurance program datasets and reporting systems.
  • Designing and implementing state-of-the-art methods to measure service utilization and quality of care in support of value-based payment reforms.
  • Assessing the quality of health care in publicly sponsored insurance programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Designing efficient and effective payment models and delivery systems.
  • Contributing to the development, testing, and maintenance of quality measures.
  • Providing technical assistance and learning support for stakeholders, such as policymakers and health care providers.
  • Working with states to address Medicaid payment reform initiatives and multi-payer proposals, improving health service delivery.
  • Conducting analysis and studies on COVID-19 impacts on patient populations and provider services.

Responsibilities: Health Research Analysts with a quantitative focus will participate in key project activities, which vary by project and may include:

  • Contributing to quantitative analyses using large databases to determine program outcomes or to conduct policy simulations, including:
    • Developing programming specifications for data cleaning and analytic file construction.
    • Summarizing data quality issues.
    • Participating in quality assurance of code and output.
    • Defining analysis specifications and output formats and shells.
    • Developing user manuals and other documentation for reporting systems and analytic tools.
    • Drafting client memos, issue briefs, chapters of analytic reports, and proposals for new projects.
    • Other potential responsibilities, such as:
      • Participating in interviews or site visits to assess the implementation and cost of state, federal, and local health care programs.
      • Supporting analysis of qualitative data collected from interviews, site visits, or other data collection efforts.
      • Providing technical assistance to state and federal health agencies or health care providers (for example, by designing webinars or responding to questions from providers/stakeholders).
      • Reviewing and summarizing the literature on current health policy topics

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, statistics, public health, social work, or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Strong analytic skills, including knowledge of quantitative analytic research methods.
  • Strong critical thinking, problem-solving, and time management skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to write clear and concise technical memos and documents and accessible stakeholder-facing memos, briefs, and presentation materials.
  • Ability to complete tasks on tight deadlines without compromising quality.
  • Ability to support multiple projects and balance competing priorities.
  • Experience working with a state or federal government, foundation, policy research organization, or health care program is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of Medicare or Medicaid policies and programs, and/or experience working with Medicare or Medicaid eligibility and claims data is a plus.
  • Candidates with post-graduate, relevant professional experience in priority policy areas, such as Medicare or Medicaid, are encouraged to apply.

 To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, writing sample from an analysis, and salary expectations at the time of your application.

This position offers an anticipated base salary of $70,000 - $95,000 annually. This position may be eligible for a discretionary 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; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Chicago, IL; 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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