Mathematica Health Policy Analyst in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Position Description

Mathematica Policy Research is a nationally recognized, nonpartisan firm that conducts social policy research on health, education, family support, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica’s mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear in our work for our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies and private foundations. We are inviting health policy analysts to join us in conducting studies on domestic health policy. Our current work includes a wide range of policy topics in health care service delivery and financing, quality measures, and health systems change. Example projects include:

  • evaluating the implementation of Medicaid innovation initiatives aimed at improving service quality, improving health outcomes, and reducing costs
  • studying the effects of multipayer delivery system innovations on health care access, quality, and costs
  • designing and implementing cutting-edge methods to measure service utilization and quality of care in support of value-based payment reforms
  • assessing the quality of care in publicly sponsored insurance programs like Medicaid and Medicare
  • designing efficient and effective payment models and delivery systems to meet diverse needs

As a health policy analyst, you would join our staff of over 400 health research professionals. Many of these professionals have doctoral or master’s degrees and years of substantive experience in public policy, behavioral and social sciences, economics, and public health. We offer a stimulating, team-oriented work environment; competitive salaries; a comprehensive benefits package; and the advantages of employee ownership.

Health policy analysts work on several projects at a time and are matched to projects that suit their interests and skills, and offer opportunities for professional growth. They participate in key project activities, which vary by project and may include:

  • Assisting with quantitative analyses using large databases to determine program outcomes or to conduct policy simulationsDeveloping specifications, user manuals, and other documentations for reporting systems and analytic tools
  • Conducting interviews or site visits to assess the implementations and costs of state, federal, and local health care programs
  • Assisting with qualitative analyses based on interviews, site visits, or other qualitative data collections
  • Providing technical assistance to state and federal health agencies or health care providers (for example, by designing webinars or responding to helpdesk questions)
  • Reviewing the literature on current health policy topics
  • Writing client memos, issue briefs, chapters of analytic reports, and proposals for new projects
  • Tracking the financial progress of projects using Excel, preparing reports for monthly project reviews, and assisting with budget revisions and contract proposals

Position Requirements

Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, economics, statistics, public health, a social science, or a related field, or equivalent experience in a clinical research field
  • Strong analytic skills, including knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods
  • Ability to think critically
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to write clear and concise technical memos and documents
  • Ability to complete tasks on tight deadlines without compromising quality
  • Work experience with a state or federal government, a foundation, a policy research organization, or a health care program is desirable While we invite candidates with a range of health policy experience to apply, some of our projects are well suited for applicants with a working knowledge of current health policy issues relevant to Medicaid, including one or more of the following areas: expansions in Affordable Care Act coverage, Medicaid-Medicare dual eligibles, long-term care services and supports, behavioral health, managed care and other alternative payment models. Candidates that have experience in a state Medicaid agency, or working directly with state Medicaid agencies (EQRO, Claims Processor, Fiscal Agent, etc.) or have other experience working directly with Medicaid claims and/or eligibility data are also especially encouraged to apply.

Please attach your cover letter, resume, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), a writing sample that demonstrates analytic skills, and contact information for three references.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance before working on certain projects. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

Available locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Oakland, CA; Ann Arbor, MI; Chicago, IL

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.