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Senior Policy Analyst/Policy Analyst* (Job #2018-E)
Medicaid Policy Studies

*Position title will be determined based upon the candidate’s qualifications.

Overview

The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Policy Analyst or Senior 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 warehouse 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 vulnerable populations. The incumbent will work under the guidance of the Director of Medicaid Policy Studies.

Responsibilities

The Policy Analyst/Senior 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:

  • Analysis of large data sets (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, commercial claims data, and/or hospital discharge data) using SAS or other statistical packages
  • Development of 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
  • Preparation of 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

Minimum Qualifications

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 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 effective communications skills (both verbal and written).

Senior Policy Analyst

Requires a master’s degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, research methods, or a related discipline, and five years of relevant experience. Must have the ability to lead multi-disciplinary project teams and assume responsibility for managing staff, client relations, project work plans, deliverables, and budgets. (Note: A bachelor's degree, with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, or a related discipline, and seven 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.)

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 orally 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. The following competencies are desirable for the Senior Policy Analyst: the ability to set priorities, lead project teams, effectively allocate resources, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and complete projects on time and within budget.

Compensation

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is full-time, offers opportunity for professional growth, and includes the full university benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified candidates. Note: this is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.

Application

For best consideration, submit a cover letter (indicating Job #2018-E), resume, and the contact information for three professional references (resumes will be accepted until the position is filled) to:

Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst Search Committee
The Hilltop Institute at UMBC
Sondheim Hall, 3rd Floor
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

You may also apply electronically at
resume@hilltop.umbc.edu (MS Word attachments required)* or Apply Here

* If submitting materials electronically, the cover letter should be included in a separate attachment.

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