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Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst*

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Policy Analysts

Department:

The Hilltop Institute

The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) conducts research and policy analysis to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. With access to an extensive onsite data repository that includes Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, hospital discharge data, nursing home assessment data, and all-payer claims data, Hilltop conducts qualitative and quantitative analysis to inform health care payment, program design, monitoring, and evaluation. Widely recognized for its expertise in Medicaid, 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.  Hilltop seeks professionals with a keen interest in federal and state health policy, outstanding quantitative skills, and a passion for advancing the health and wellbeing of people and communities. The incumbent will work under the guidance of the Director of Medicaid Policy Studies.

Responsibilities:

The Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst* will be responsible for carrying out policy research and quantitative analysis aimed at improving access to and the quality of health care services for low-income and disadvantaged populations, including Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries. As a member of the Hilltop Medicaid Policy Studies team, the incumbent will be responsible for:

  • Analyzing large data sets (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, commercial claims data, and/or hospital discharge data) using SAS or other statistical packages;
  • Developing payment methodologies;
  • Budgeting, financial analysis, and reporting for Medicaid and other publicly funded programs;
  • Coordinating or assisting with multi-disciplinary project teams that may include SAS programmers, policy analysts, and other researchers;
  • Conducting qualitative analyses, such as research on programs in other states, surveys, and stakeholder interviews;
  • Preparing reports, memoranda, meeting minutes, literature reviews, issue briefs, presentations, and/or articles for peer-reviewed journals;
  • Making presentations to public and professional audiences;
  • Participating in internal and external meetings;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications:

Policy Specialist

Requires a master’s degree with course work in health services research, statistics, quantitative methods, economics, public health, or a related discipline. (Note: A bachelor's degree and two years of experience in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, statistical methods, or a related field may be substituted for the master’s degree and required experience.) Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and effective communications skills (both verbal and written).

Policy Analyst

Requires a master’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, or a related discipline, and one year of relevant experience (Note: A bachelor's degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, or a related field and three years of experience with exposure to health services research, public health administration, and/or policy analysis may be substituted for the master’s degree and required experience). Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and effective communications skills (both verbal and written).

Preferred Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies: a strong interest in conducting research with large data sets; experience with SAS or other statistical software packages; a knowledge of publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; well-honed problem-solving skills; demonstrated ability to communicate verbally and in writing to diverse audiences; the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and be flexible in a fast-paced environment; and excellent interpersonal skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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

Closing Date: Open until filled
Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration, submit applications materials by February 28, 2019 (resumes will be accepted until position is filled).
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Hours: Full-time
Type: Grant-funded
Additional Information: 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.
Accommodation: If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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.
   

Advertised: Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Open Until Filled

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