Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst* (Job #492968)
Aging and Disability Studies
*Position title will be determined based upon the candidate’s qualifications.
The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Policy Specialist or Policy Analyst, to join its Aging and Disability 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’s Aging and Disability Studies team works with the Medicaid program and the Developmental Disabilities Administration within the Maryland Department of Health as well as other state agencies to improve access to long-term services and supports (LTSS) and advance new service delivery and financing models for people with chronic conditions and disabilities. The team also conducts aging and disability research in collaboration with faculty at UMBC and other institutions. Hilltop seeks professionals with exceptional quantitative research skills, a keen interest in federal and state health policy, and a passion for advancing the health and wellbeing of people and communities through research and policy.
The Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst will be responsible for supporting quantitative research and data analytics related to aging and disability and the delivery and financing of LTSS. Specific duties include:
- For Maryland Medicaid and other state agency clients, conducting statistical analysis, modeling, and advanced analytics using large data sets, including performing data linkages at the individual level (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, nursing home assessment data, and/or data from the LTSSMarylandreporting system)
- Developing and producing operational reports for Maryland Medicaid on program enrollment, provider participation, service utilization and costs, and quality measures
- Managing data collection for Medicaid pilot programs to facilitate provider reimbursement, program monitoring, and evaluation
- For faculty-led quantitative research, contributing to the development of research questions, methodological approach, and proposal preparation; participating on project teams for funded proposals
- Developing interactive data presentations and visualizations for data.hilltopinstitute.org
- Developing, administering, and analyzing web-based surveys of providers, program participants, and stakeholders using online survey tools
- Conducting structured interviews and literature reviews to inform research questions and methodologies
- Participating on multi-disciplinary internal and external project teams that include SAS programmers, policy analysts, project management specialists, and researchers
- Preparing reports, memoranda, and meeting minutes; contributing to issue briefs, presentations, and articles for peer-reviewed journals
- Performing other duties as assigned
Requires a master’s degree with course work in public policy/administration, economics, research methods, gerontology, public health, or a related field. (Note: A bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in public policy/administration, economics, research methods, gerontology, public health, or a related field may be substituted for the master’s degree and required experience.) Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and effective communications skills (both verbal and written).
Requires a master’s degree with course work in public policy/administration, economics, research methods, gerontology, public health, or a related field, and one year of relevant experience (Note: A bachelor’s degree with course work in public policy/administration, economics, research methods, gerontology, public health, or a related field and three years of experience in 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).
The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies: experience with SAS, SQL, Python, and/or other programming software; experience with Tableau or other data visualization packages; experience with Qualtrics or other web-based survey tools; background in research, evaluation methodology, and analysis involving large data sets; knowledge of publicly funded health insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid; research interest and/or experience in aging and disability; ability to set priorities, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and complete projects on time and within budget; 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.
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.
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled, but for best consideration, submit a cover letter (indicating Job # 492968), resume, and the contact information for three professional references by July 31, 2019, to:
Aging and Disability Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst Search Committee
firstname.lastname@example.org (MS Word or PDF attachments required)*
*Note: The cover letter, resume, and references should be included in three separate attachments.
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.
UMBC IS AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.
July 1, 2019