Policy Analyst (Job 2014-F)

DATE POSTED:2014-03-26
POSITION TITLE:Policy Analyst (Job 2014-F)
PERSONNEL STATUS:Exempt, Full-time, Grant Funded
DEPARTMENT:The Hilltop Institute
CLOSING DATE:2014-04-15
RESPONSIBILITIES:Reporting to a Senior Research Analyst at The Hilltop Institute, the incumbent will be responsible for conducting qualitative and quantitative tasks, including: writing programming specifications; data checking; data summaries; statistical testing and reporting; library research and writing; and health policy analysis. Specific duties include: serving one or more projects that include health services research studies; managing small components of such studies; interacting with large health care databases and database programmers; utilizing software to clean, analyze, and navigate databases; developing and presenting written and verbal presentations to colleagues and others; conducting research activities from study genesis, to methodology development and implementation, to results interpretation; and performing other duties as assigned. Note: This position is grant-funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:Requires a Masterís degree in Public Policy, Health Administration, Health Services, Public Health, Sociology, or related field and one year experience, preferably in the U.S. health care delivery system as well as basic research methods, including study design, literature reviews, and statistical analyses. Must have strong working familiarity with large administrative databases and knowledge of the U.S. health care system and associated laws and policies. The ability to use all major components of office productivity computer software and the ability to carry out basic quantitative analyses, including simple statistical tests using appropriate software packages (e.g., Excel, Stata, SAS), required. A working knowledge of publicly funded health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and block grant-funded programs, and knowledge of state and federal health care policies and laws, both enacted and under consideration, strongly desired. Experience using database and statistical software (e.g., SAS, Stata, and Decision Support Systems) to mine, recode, organize, and statistically analyze large health care datasets and experience on at least one health services research project preferred. Strong working knowledge of publicly available resources (quantitative and narrative), that can be used to monitor, track, and characterize the U.S. health care system a plus. Note: A Bachelorís degree in Public Policy, Health Administration, Health Services, Public Health, Sociology or related field and three yearsí experience with emphasis upon the U.S. health care delivery system and basic research methods including study design, literature reviews, and statistical analyses may be substituted for Masterís degree and one year experience health services research or a health policy environment.
SALARY:Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
APPLICATION:For best consideration, submit a cover letter (indicating Job # 2014- F), resume and the contact information for three professional references by April 15, 2014 (resumes will be accepted until position is filled) to: Ms. Denise Plummer, The Hilltop Institute, Sondheim Hall-304B-2, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250 Email to: resume@hilltop.umbc.edu (MS Word attachments required)* *If submitting materials electronically, the cover letter should be included in a separate attachment.

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