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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 

The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Policy Specialist or Policy Analyst to join its Aging & Disabilities Studies team. Hilltop conducts research and policy analysis to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states.


The Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst* will be responsible for supporting qualitative and quantitative research and data analytics related to aging and disability and the delivery and financing of LTSS. As a member of the Hilltop Aging & Disabilities Studies team, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:

  • For Maryland Medicaid and other state agency clients, conducting statistical analysis, including performing data linkages at the individual level (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, nursing home assessment data, and/or data from the LTSSMaryland reporting system)
  • Developing and producing operational reports for Maryland Medicaid on program enrollment, provider participation, service utilization and costs, and quality measures
  • Budgeting, performing financial analysis, and assisting with federal reporting for Medicaid and other publicly funded programs
  • Managing data collection for Medicaid pilot programs to facilitate provider invoicing for services, program monitoring, and evaluation of the pilots 
  • Developing, administering, and analyzing web-based surveys of providers, program participants, and stakeholders using online survey tools
  • Developing interactive data presentations and visualizations
  • Assisting with multi-disciplinary project teams that may include SAS programmers, policy analysts, project management specialists, and other researchers
  • Conducting qualitative analyses, such as research and literature searches on programs in other states, surveys, and stakeholder interviews
  • Preparing reports, memoranda, and meeting minutes; contributing to 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

While this position is onsite at The Hilltop Institute’s offices located on the UMBC campus, options for part-time telework are anticipated as UMBC finalizes its plans for reopening in Fall 2021.  

Required Minimum Qualifications:


Policy Specialist

Requires a master’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, gerontology, health law, 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

Requires a master’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, gerontology, health law, or a related discipline, and one year of relevant experience. A bachelor’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, research methods, gerontology, or a related discipline 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).

*Position title will be determined by candidate's qualifications.

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; experience with Tableau® or other data visualization packages; a knowledge of publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; knowledge of the Affordable Care Act; interest and/or experience in aging and disability; well-honed problem solving skills; demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing to diverse audiences; the ability to work independently and 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 materials by July 30, 2021 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).  
Salary: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full-time 
Type: Grant Funded
Additional Information:


FLSA Status: Exempt
COVID-19 Vaccination: The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMBC, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMBC, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required at the start of employment. Further information is available at:

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

Please note the Type and FLSA Status above to determine the benefits offered for this position. 

 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.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   


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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