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Senior Director/Chief of Staff for Research and Policy

Apply now Job no: 492400
Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Administrative/Professional, Executive/Director/Management


 The Hilltop Institute 

Hilltop is a university-based, non-partisan research organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Hilltop conducts research, policy analysis, and sophisticated data analytics to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. With access to an extensive data warehouse that includes Medicare and Medicaid administrative data, hospital discharge data, and assessment data for nursing home residents and Medicaid clients receiving long-term services and supports, Hilltop carries out cutting-edge exploratory analysis and econometric and predictive modeling to inform payment policies and program design, monitoring, and evaluation. Hilltop is at the forefront of national efforts to find data-driven solutions to complex problems facing state policymakers as publicly funded health care systems transition to new models that reward quality and value over volume. In Maryland, Hilltop plays a major role in providing research, policy analysis, and data analytics to support health reform.


The Senior Director/Chief of Staff reports to Hilltop’s Executive Director and is a key member of Hilltop’s senior management team. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide leadership on programmatic strategy and direction for client engagements for research, policy analysis, and data analytics on Medicaid, health care financing, and delivery system reform.
  • For Hilltop’s long-standing inter-agency agreement with Maryland Medicaid, provide leadership on strategic direction, coordinate and oversee work under the agreement, supervise responsible staff, and ensure on-time and within-budget completion of high-quality work products consistent with client expectations.
  • Work collaboratively with Hilltop’s Executive Director, Chief Technology Officer, and senior managers to develop the organizational vision for technologic innovation, including assessing Hilltop’s data management needs; advising on proposed technology solutions; and supporting and facilitating organizational change so that Hilltop can successfully transition to a state-of-the-art data management infrastructure.  
  • Develop and nurture relationships within the UMBC community and externally with clients, sponsors, and other stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, research faculty at UMBC and other universities, research organizations, foundations, and professional associations.
  • Oversee the development and management of contractual and data use agreements for programs and projects to ensure alignment with Hilltop’s mission and capabilities and, in collaboration with Hilltop’s Chief Technology Officer, compliance with data security and other regulatory requirements.
  • Develop and implement processes for monitoring programs and projects to ensure that work proceeds on schedule and within budget, deliverables are produced on time, and deliverables meet client expectations.
  • Continuously monitor and assess trends in federal and state health policy and health care delivery system reform to inform strategic direction, organizational planning, program development, and staff development.
  • Encourage peer learning and cross-unit collaboration among staff, ensure alignment of research and analytic methodologies, facilitate and manage cross-unit, interdisciplinary project teams, and carry out contractual work for clients.
Required Minimum Qualifications:

The Senior Director/Chief of Staff is an executive-level position requiring leadership, strategic focus, management expertise, personal initiative, and excellent managerial skills. The successful candidate must possess a master’s degree in health care administration, health services research, health law, public policy, public health, or a related discipline and at least 10 years of relevant experience. (A bachelor’s degree in health care administration, health services research, public policy, public health, or a related discipline and at least 12 years of relevant managerial experience may be substituted for the master’s degree and 10 years of experience.)

Preferred Qualifications: 

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • A deep and comprehensive understanding of Hilltop’s core businesses and federal and state health policy.
  • The ability to provide strategic leadership, exercise sound judgment and decision-making, build consensus, effectively communicate verbally and in writing, and motivate and manage project teams and staff.
  • Proven ability to nurture and enhance relationships with clients, sponsors, and other stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, research faculty, research organizations, foundations, and professional associations.
  • Experience with strategic planning, organizational management, management of cross-disciplinary project teams, and supervision of staff.
  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills; the ability to methodically and strategically assess challenges and opportunities, make informed recommendations, build consensus, and successfully implement decisions.
  • Experience in managing research with Medicare and Medicaid administrative data and other large data sets containing protected health information (PHI), including experience with institutional review board requirements, development and administration of data use agreements, and compliance with HIPAA/HITECH requirements. 
  • Experience in developing and administering data use agreements and business associate agreements for PHI.
Background Screening Statement:

A background check will be required.  

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

Closing Date: August 22, 2017 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Full benefit package and tuition remission included.

Hours: Full-time
Type: Grant Funded
Additional Information: Note:  This position is grant-funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.
FLSA Status: Exempt
 Equal Opportunity Statement:  UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Work Authorization   As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.


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