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Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst*

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


The Hilltop Institute is seeking a Policy Specialist or Policy Analyst to join its Medicaid Policy Studies team. Hilltop 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.


The Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst will participate in policy research and quantitative analysis aimed at improving access to and the quality of health care services for low-income and disadvantaged populations. Most projects focus on populations served by the Maryland Medicaid program, but occasional work is performed with other states’ data or in collaboration with other states’ agencies.

The successful candidate will perform tasks such as:

  • Analyzing large medical services claims data sets collected from Medicaid, Medicare, and commercial insurers, and/or discharge abstracts using SAS or other statistical packages
  • Producing descriptive statistics on program enrollment, utilization and costs of services for particular Medicaid populations, provider participation, and quality of care measures
  • Participating in multi-disciplinary project teams that may include SAS programmers and policy analysts, as well as researchers or policy analysts from other organizations
  • Conducting literature searches on programs in other states, medical and public health topics, or other aspects of health services research and policy
  • Coordinating data collection from provider or stakeholder surveys, interviews, or data tabulations received from managed care organizations, other types of provider groups, or external researchers.
  • Writing brief reports, memoranda, meeting minutes, and/or Power Point presentations
  • Assisting in preparing research and analysis for publication in 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

A master’s degree with course work in health services research, statistics, quantitative methods, economics, public health, or a related discipline. 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. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and communications skills (both verbal and written). 

Policy Analyst

A master’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, or a related discipline, and at least one year of relevant experience. 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 communications skills (both verbal and written).

Preferred Qualifications:  The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies: experience in conducting research with large data sets; skills in analyzing data with SAS, STATA, R or other statistical software packages; an understanding or eagerness to learn about publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; problem-solving skills; ability to communicate orally and in writing to diverse audiences; ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams and be flexible in a fast-paced environment; and excellent interpersonal skills.
Special Instructions to Applicants:


Closing Date: Open until filled
Screening of Applications Begins: Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled, but for best consideration, send a cover letter (indicating Job #492741), resume, and the contact information for three professional references by November 1, 2019
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. 
Hours: Full-time
Type: Grant-funded
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.

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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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