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Programmer Specialist

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Information Technology/IT


The Hilltop Institute

The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) uses a data-driven approach to inform key state and federal policymakers on health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. Hilltop’s Programming Operations team conducts programming to transform, standardize, and load data into a central repository and relational database. Data sets within the repository include Medicare and Medicaid administrative data, hospital discharge data, nursing home assessment data, and long-term services and supports (LTSS) assessment and program participant data. Hilltop conducts programming to restructure and format data in order to support evaluations of health care quality and performance measures, conduct program evaluation, and perform rate setting. The team maintains the Maryland Department of Health Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS)-based Decision Support System (DSS) to meet the reporting needs of health care policy decision-makers. Clients also include the Maryland Health Care Commission, the Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the Health Services Cost Review Commission, as well as the federal government and Medicaid agencies in other states.

Hilltop seeks a programmer specialist with Tableau®, Python, SAS, and/or SQL programming experience, analytical skills, and an understanding of data management. Hilltop’s Programming Operations team is at the forefront of knowledge in working with large Medicaid and other health-related databases.


The Programmer Specialist will be responsible for developing and managing multiple programming projects.

Specific duties include the following:

  • Developing and maintaining Hilltop’s Medicaid (MMIS), Medicare, LTSS assessment, nursing home assessment (federal Minimum Data Set, or MDS), and inpatient and outpatient hospital discharge data
  • Performing programming with a variety of operating systems
  • Supporting analysts’ and senior programmers’ requests
  • Performing other duties as assigned
Required Minimum Qualifications:

Requires a Bachelor’s degree and experience with Python, SQL, SAS, or another programming language. Must have proven analytical skills with attention to detail; be comfortable working in both a team environment and independently; be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint or GSuite; and have excellent verbal and written communication and time management skills.

Preferred Qualifications: 

The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies: a strong interest in working with large data sets; programming experience with SQL and familiarity with Python and UNIX /Linux; a knowledge of large databases, such as Medicare and Medicaid; the ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and be flexible in a fast-paced environment; and excellent interpersonal skills.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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

Screening of Applications Begins: For best consideration, submit application by September 27, 2019.  Applications will be submitted until position is filled.
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time
Type: Grant-funded
Additional Information: Note: this is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.
FLSA Status: Exempt
Benefits: UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities. Contingent II positions may include some benefits. To learn more about our benefits click here.
 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.


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.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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