Deputy Director, Research and Policy (Job #2016-L)

Baltimore, Maryland
Apr 20, 2017
May 25, 2017
Executive, Director
Full Time


The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Deputy Director for Research and Policy to join its executive management team. Hilltop is a university-based, non-partisan research organization dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Hilltop conducts research, policy analysis, and sophisticated data analytics to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. With access to an extensive data warehouse that includes Medicare and Medicaid administrative data, hospital discharge data, and assessment data for nursing home residents and Medicaid clients receiving long-term services and supports (LTSS), Hilltop carries out cutting-edge exploratory analysis and econometric and predictive modeling to inform payment policies and program design, monitoring, and evaluation. 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. In Maryland, Hilltop plays a major role in providing research, policy analysis, and data analytics to support health reform.

Formed in 1994 through a unique collaboration between UMBC and the Maryland Medicaid program, Hilltop maintains a nationally recognized partnership with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) to analyze state health policies and develop solutions for the Medicaid program. Other state agency clients include the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, the Maryland Health Care Commission, the Health Services Cost Review Commission, the Developmental Disabilities Administration, and the Community Health Resources Commission. Hilltop also collaborates with academic researchers and conducts research, policy analysis, and data analytics for federal agencies, nonprofit organizations, and the nation’s leading health care foundations. Hilltop’s interdisciplinary team of 50 professionals includes health services researchers, economists, attorneys, statisticians, social scientists, SAS programmers, and data analysts.

In Maryland, Hilltop assists DHMH in meeting its goal of ensuring that all Marylanders have access to affordable and appropriate health care. Hilltop develops payment rates for HealthChoice, the state’s Medicaid managed care program with 1.1 million participants and more than $4 billion in capitated payments annually. Hilltop manages a collaborative process—recognized nationally for its transparency and cost-effectiveness—involving DHMH officials, managed care organizations, and an actuarial firm responsible for certifying rates. Hilltop also provides research, policy analysis, and data analytics to support health reform—e.g., the Medicaid expansion, Community First Choice, behavioral health integration, the State Innovation Model (SIM) design grant to develop an integrated care model for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees (“dual eligibles”), and Maryland’s new All-Payer Model for hospitals.

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.

Hilltop is seeking an experienced professional and manager to lead engagements with Maryland state agencies and other clients, further develop and diversify client relationships, and oversee the work of Hilltop’s highly skilled directors and policy analysts responsible for Medicaid rate setting, financial analysis, econometric modeling, and research and policy studies in the areas of health reform, managed care, behavioral health, and LTSS.


The Deputy Director for Research and Policy reports to Hilltop’s Executive Director and is a key member of Hilltop’s senior management team. Specific responsibilities include the following:

  • Provide leadership on programmatic strategy, direction, and delivery of client engagements for research, policy analysis, and data analytics on Medicaid, health care financing, and delivery system reform.
  • For Hilltop’s long-standing inter-governmental agreement with Maryland Medicaid, provide leadership on strategic direction, oversee work under the agreement, and ensure on-time and within-budget completion of high-quality work products consistent with client expectations.
  • Provide oversight and consultation to Hilltop’s experts in rate setting, financial analysis, and policy analysis for Maryland Medicaid programs and services, including HealthChoice, Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), physician fees, behavioral health, LTSS, and potentially a new integrated care model for dual eligibles.
  • Work collaboratively with Hilltop’s Deputy Director for Technology Innovation and Compliance to develop the organizational vision for technologic innovation, including assessing Hilltop’s data management needs; advising on proposed technology solutions; and supporting and facilitating organizational change so that Hilltop can successfully transition to a state-of-the-art data management infrastructure.  
  • Develop and nurture relationships within the UMBC community and externally with clients, sponsors, and other stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, research faculty at UMBC and other universities, research organizations, foundations, and professional associations.
  • Provide leadership in developing new grants and contracts consistent with Hilltop’s mission and core competencies.
  • Develop and implement processes for monitoring programs and projects to ensure that work proceeds on schedule and within budget, deliverables are produced on time, and deliverables meet client expectations.
  • Continuously monitor and assess trends in federal and state health policy and health care delivery system reform to inform strategic direction, organizational planning, program development, and staff development.
  • Promote the introduction and use of new approaches to research, policy analysis, and data analytics; ensure alignment of methodologies used across Hilltop.
  • Encourage peer learning among staff, mentor staff, and provide staff with opportunities for professional growth and development. 
  • Facilitate and manage cross-unit, interdisciplinary project teams to accomplish strategic and program objectives, carry out contractual work for clients, and promote cross-unit collaboration and learning.

Minimum Qualifications

The Deputy Director for Research and Policy is an executive-level position requiring leadership, strategic focus, management expertise, personal initiative, and excellent managerial skills. The successful candidate must possess a master’s degree in health care administration, health services research, public policy, public health, or a related discipline and at least 10 years of relevant experience, including significant demonstrable experience in organizational and staff management. (A bachelor’s degree in health care administration, health services research, public policy, public health, or a related discipline and at least 12 years of relevant managerial experience may be substituted for the master’s degree and 10 years of experience.)

Demonstrated Competencies

The successful candidate will demonstrate the following:

  • A deep and comprehensive understanding of Hilltop’s core businesses and federal and state health policy.
  • The ability to provide strategic leadership, exercise sound judgment and decision-making, build consensus, effectively communicate verbally and in writing, and motivate and manage project teams and staff.
  • Proven ability to nurture and enhance relationships with clients, sponsors, and other stakeholders, including federal and state agencies, research faculty, research organizations, foundations, and professional associations.
  • Demonstrable experience with strategic planning, organizational management, management of cross-disciplinary project teams, and supervision and development of staff.
  • Critical thinking and decision-making skills; the ability to methodically and strategically assess challenges and opportunities, make informed recommendations, build consensus, and successfully implement decisions.
  • Experience with developing payment and reimbursement rates for commercial health plans, Medicare, and/or Medicaid (e.g., managed care, nursing homes, PACE, managed LTSS, financial alignment demonstration for dual eligibles).
  • Experience in managing research with Medicare and Medicaid administrative data and other large data sets containing protected health information (PHI), including experience with institutional review board requirements, development and administration of data use agreements, and compliance with HIPAA/HITECH requirements. 
  • Experience in developing and administering data use agreements and business associate agreements for PHI.
  • Proven ability to develop and secure funding for new programs and projects and to write successful grant proposals.
  • Research interests that align with or complement Hilltop’s mission and core competencies.


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Full benefit package and tuition remission included.


For best consideration, email a cover letter (indicating Job # 2016-L), resume, and contact information for three professional references (in three separate email attachments).  Resumes accepted until position is filled to:

Deputy Director, Research and Policy, Search Committee

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 in the U.S.

UMBC is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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