Director/Manager, Behavioral Health Studies
The Hilltop Institute (www.hilltopinstitute.org) at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Director/Manager of Behavioral Health Studies. The ideal candidate will be passionate about advancing the health and wellbeing of Medicaid and uninsured enrollees through improved behavioral health care delivery and possess a proven track record in leading client engagements, developing new relationships and funding resources, managing staff, and conducting data analytics, policy analysis, and research.
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 unique collaboration with the Maryland Medicaid program, 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’s core competencies include an extensive data repository, sophisticated analytics, knowledge of state health policy, and its highly regarded partnership with Maryland’s Medicaid program. Hilltop’s new strategic plan aims to build on these core competencies to strengthen its role with Maryland state agencies as a leading provider of data analytics and health informatics, become a central resource for research and engaged scholarship at UMBC aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people and communities, and promote opportunities for collaboration on Medicaid cross-state research working with other state-public university partnerships.
Hilltop provides data-driven research and policy analysis to the Medicaid agency and the Behavioral Health Administration (BHA) within the Maryland Department of Health. Hilltop assists the state with monthly substance use disorder monitoring reports, as well as producing chart books evaluating behavioral health cost and utilization. Hilltop uses Vital Statistics data to analyze Medicaid service utilization prior to an overdose. Hilltop serves as the Medicaid project manager for a sub-committee of the Commission to Study Mental and Behavioral Health in Maryland, and is assisting with a Medicaid/BHA stakeholder process to redefine the behavioral health system of care. As a member of AcademyHealth’s State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN), Hilltop has engaged with 10 other states and participates with the Medicaid Outcomes Distributed Research Network (MODRN). The MODRN group is currently analyzing Medicaid data to develop a comprehensive assessment of opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment quality and outcomes to inform policy decisions on coverage and payment for evidence-based OUD treatments.
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research, and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. The Baltimore Sun recognizes UMBC as one of the region’s top employers, with solid leadership, vision, and direction. UMBC is an institution that values diversity, promotes civic engagement, and supports work-life balance. The Hilltop Institute, one of the largest research centers on campus, engages in collaborative, data-driven research with UMBC faculty and provides research opportunities to graduate students. Hilltop staff enjoy the benefits of a university environment and are encouraged to take advantage of tuition remission to pursue skill-building course work and graduate degrees.
The Director/Manager of Behavioral Health Studies will report to Hilltop’s Chief of Staff, serve on Hilltop’s senior management team, and project manage Hilltop’s behavioral health portfolio. The incumbent is responsible for providing strategic vision in the area of behavioral health research and policy, leading behavioral health work consistent with Hilltop’s strategic plan, developing and managing related research and policy initiatives, and developing new partnerships, projects, and funding sources. As Hilltop’s behavioral health portfolio grows, the manager will be responsible for identifying resource needs and building a Hilltop behavioral health team. Specific duties include:
- Identifying emerging policy issues in the fields of behavioral health and care delivery
- Providing strategic direction for Hilltop’s work in behavioral health
- Interfacing with external clients and stakeholders, as well as within the UMBC community
- Conceptualizing and directing quantitative and qualitative research involving large data sets
- Developing, securing funding for, and managing research and engaged scholarship projects with faculty partners at UMBC, UMB, and other research organizations
- Ensuring that grants and contracts are managed responsibly and within budget
- Building a behavioral health team for Hilltop and hiring, supervising, and mentoring staff
- Working collaboratively with other Hilltop managers, directors, and senior management to initiate and manage research initiatives involving cross-organization teams of researchers, analysts, and programmers
- Providing consultation to state agencies and other clients on behavioral health policy and reform
- Communicating policy options and research findings through reports, issue briefs, peer-reviewed journals, and presentations to professional audiences
- Providing consultation and strategic guidance as a member of Hilltop’s senior management team
- Performing other duties as assigned
Requires a master’s degree (PhD preferred) in public policy, health economics, public health, or a related field and at least ten years of experience in health services research, administration, and/or policy analysis. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have excellent verbal and written communications skills.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader with extensive experience in behavioral health policy and research, at both the state and federal level. Will have an established track record in organizational growth and development, building partnerships, securing research grants and contracts, managing staff, and nurturing client relationships. Will have the ability to set priorities, multi-task, lead project teams, effectively manage resources, and complete projects on time and within budget. Will be committed to Hilltop’s mission and be able to represent the organization professionally and positively to external stakeholders.
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled, but for best consideration, submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references* by September 10, 2019, to the Behavioral Health Studies Director/Manager Search Committee at:
firstname.lastname@example.org (MS Word or PDF attachments required)*
* Cover letter, resume, and references should be included in 3 separate attachments.
Personnel Status: Exempt, Full-time, Grant Funded (Note: This position is grant-funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant). Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is full-time, offers excellent opportunity for professional growth, and includes the full university benefits package including tuition remission for qualified candidates.
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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August 14, 2019