Senior Economist/Study Director - Remote Work Arrangement

Rockville , MD
Aug 12, 2022
Sep 13, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Westat is seeking a Senior Economist/Study Director to join the Healthcare Delivery Research and Evaluation group (HDRE). It's an exciting opportunity to bring your methodological and healthcare policy and economics expertise to play a strategic role in continuing to expand our portfolio of healthcare policy and research. We are seeking a versatile economist with a passion for mentorship and collaboration to lead and contribute to research studies, contracts, and proposals as part of a multidisciplinary team of data analysts and social scientists.

Job Responsibilities:
• Lead tasks for quantitative projects and studies for a variety of governmental agencies; lead analyses designed to answer research questions about health care policy topics.
• Provide subject matter and methodological expertise regarding research design and implementation, data analyses, and communicating findings to clients.
• Contribute to business development efforts to expand HDRE's footprint with government agencies, including contributing to and leading sections of proposals and grant applications.
• Synthesize analytic results and communicate them via reports, white papers, memos, presentations, and client interactions.
• Conduct health policy research and background research to understand the policy context relevant to conducting analyses.
• Contribute to growing the HDRE research team through the development of junior staff and supporting a diverse culture.

Basic Qualifications:
• Master's degree in economics, social sciences, health care services research or related quantitative degree and 7 years of experience post-Master's degree; or a PhD in economics, social sciences, health care services research or another related quantitative degree and 4+ years of relevant experience post-PhD. Experience should include leading or managing studies or large key tasks on projects for federal or state clients.
• Expertise in successfully leading and managing complex quantitative research tasks 
•Expertise in several of the following areas: quality measure development and implementation; EHR data analysis; evaluation design and methods; CMS operations. 
•Experience leading and managing sections of proposals for federal and state clients; experience with CMS strongly preferred.
•Expertise in relevant statistical software (SAS, Stata, SQL, R etc.)

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account


Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.