Senior Health Researcher/Senior Study Director - Remote (U.S. Based)

Rockville , MD
Sep 13, 2022
Oct 12, 2022
Healthcare, Research
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 Study Director to join Westat's Healthcare Delivery Research and Evaluation (HDRE) group. It's an exciting opportunity to bring your expertise to play a strategic role in continuing to expand our portfolio of healthcare policy and research. We are seeking a versatile health services researcher 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 federal government health services research, technical assistance, and technical support contracts for a variety of governmental agencies, especially the Innovation Center (CMMI) within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).
•    Provide subject matter expertise about health care delivery, innovative payment models, research design and implementation, data analyses, and communicating findings to clients.
•    Lead business development efforts to expand HDRE's footprint with government agencies, especially CMS, including contributing to and leading sections of proposals and grant applications.
•    Synthesize quantitative and qualitative 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 qualitative and quantitative 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 public administration, public policy, social sciences, health services research or related degree and 15 years of experience post-Master's degree; or a PhD in one of these fields and 8 years of 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 large, complex contracts.
•    Expertise in several of the following areas: value-based care, innovative health care delivery, quality measurement, evaluation design and methods, CMMI model operations or technical support.
•    Experience leading and managing business development efforts, including capture and proposal development, for federal and state clients; experience with CMS business development.

Preferred Qualifications:
•    Experience analyzing CMS (i.e., Medicare and Medicaid) data.
•    Demonstrated expertise in quantitative research methods.
•    Experience directing/supervising programming staff.


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.

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