Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst

Location
Baltimore, Maryland
Posted
Sep 15, 2017
Closes
Oct 20, 2017
Function
Analyst
Hours
Full Time

Policy Analyst/Senior Policy Analyst*

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Work type: Staff Full-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Policy Analysts


 THE HILLTOP INSTITUTE

At the forefront of national efforts to find data-driven solutions to complex problems, The Hilltop Institute conducts sophisticated data analytics to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. With access to an extensive onsite data warehouse that includes Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, hospital discharge data, nursing home assessment data, and LTSS assessment and program participation data, Hilltop’s LTSS team carries out cutting-edge exploratory analysis and econometric and predictive modeling to inform payment and program design, monitoring, and evaluation for older adults and people with chronic conditions and disabilities. Clients include Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and other state agencies, as well as the federal government and Medicaid agencies in a number of other states. Current projects include conducting analytics to support development of an integrated delivery system for individuals in Maryland who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid (dual eligibles) that aligns with Maryland’s new All-Payer Model for hospitals. Hilltop seeks professionals with a keen interest in federal and state health policy, outstanding quantitative skills, a passion for advancing the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations; and who understand the power of data-driven decision-making and the importance of the emerging field of data science in achieving the nation’s “Triple Aim” of better health care, improved health, and lower costs.

 Responsibilities:

The Hilltop Institute is seeking a Senior Policy Analyst or Policy Analyst* to join its Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) data analytics team. The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out research, policy, and quantitative analysis for publicly funded LTSS programs for older adults and individuals with chronic conditions and disabilities. The analyst will contribute to: exploratory analysis and econometric modeling on large datasets (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, assessment data, hospital discharge data) using SAS and/or SQL; development of predictive modeling algorithms; development of risk-adjustment and payment methodologies for LTSS programs for Medicaid beneficiaries and dual eligibles; budgeting, financial analysis, and reporting for LTSS demonstrations and programs for Medicaid beneficiaries and dual eligibles; and preparation of reports, issue briefs, and presentations on research findings for clients and professional audiences. Also, the Senior Policy Analyst will be responsible for managing client relationships and directing multi-disciplinary project teams composed of researchers, policy analysts, and programmers.

*Title will be determined based upon the candidate's qualifications.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
•For the Policy Analyst: A master’s degree with course work in public policy/administration, data science, economics, research methods, gerontology, public health, or a related field, and one year of experience with some exposure to health services research, administration, and/or policy analysis. (A bachelor's degree plus three years of experience with some exposure to health services research, administration, and/or policy analysis may be substituted for the master’s degree and one year of experience).
•For the Senior Policy Analyst: A master’s degree with course work in public policy, data science, economics, research methods, gerontology, public health, or a related field, and five years of experience with some exposure to health services research, econometric modeling, and/or statistical analysis, preferably using medical claims data and/or large health services data sets. Must have the ability to lead multi-disciplinary project teams and assume responsibility for managing staff, client relations, project work plans, deliverables, and budgets. (A bachelor's degree plus seven years of experience with exposure to health services research, econometric modeling, and/or statistical analysis, preferably using medical claims data and/or large health services data sets, may be substituted for the master’s degree and five years of experience.)

  Preferred Qualifications: 
•DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS: For both positions: Experience with SAS and/or SQL software; background in research, evaluation methodology, and projects involving large datasets; knowledge of publicly funded health insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid; research interest and/or experience in LTSS; financial or governmental budgeting experience; and ability to set priorities, lead project teams, effectively allocate resources, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and complete projects on time and within budget.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the contact information for three professional references.

Closing Date:  Open until filled. 

Screening of Applications Begins: 
 For best consideration, submit application materials by October 27, 2017 (position will be open until filled). 

Salary:  Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  

Hours:  Full-time 

Type: Grant funded 

Additional Information:
NOTE: This position is grant funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant. 

FLSA Status:  Exempt 

 Equal Opportunity Statement:
 UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 

Work Authorization 
 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.