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Program Analyst- Health Policy

Job ID 858-2

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 currently have openings for health-policy program analysts in several of our offices. As a program analyst, you will manage projects, coordinate project activities, and perform operational and analytical tasks.  We offer employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the benefits of employee ownership. We provide three weeks of paid time off to start and an on-site fitness center at most locations.

Program analysts work on projects that touch virtually every area of the healthcare delivery system in the United States. Our projects include developing quality measures and operating learning systems for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, evaluating interventions for individuals with disabilities for the Social Security Administration, and conducting studies for nationally-known private foundations, among many others.

Program analysts perform a wide range of tasks on these projects. They work closely with project directors to manage projects, lead small teams or tasks, and drive project operations forward by developing and implementing new processes that help us meet our clients’ needs. While program analysts may engage in research activities, such as conducting interviews and drafting case studies, the program analyst is not a research, programming, or systems engineering position. Rather, program analysts serve in roles that blend management and operations with a working knowledge of public policy areas and research methods.

The program analyst position offers significant potential for movement within Mathematica. Regardless of their assigned roles on projects, program analysts are expected to be leaders both within the context of the project and across the company. Successful health program analysts fulfill a broad array of roles at Mathematica and commonly:

    • Provide the energy, direction, and organization needed to help keep projects on time and on budget by serving as a central hub of project activities

    • Offer a full suite of project management support services, from helping project directors plan, manage, and close out complex projects, to designing and implementing tools and processes to help organize data and manage teams

    • Perform complex analyses of projects to monitor and evaluate project performance and progress, including monitoring project costs, assessing earned value, and overseeing subcontractors

    • Plan and prepare contract proposals, including preparing budgets for proposals

    • Leverage their strong communication skills to serve as a liaison among technical project staff, researchers, internal business departments, external consultants, subcontractors, and client representatives

    • Develop and maintain project collaboration tools, including Microsoft SharePoint websites, Microsoft Project Schedules, and Excel spreadsheets. Prepare contractual deliverables, proposals, and/or technical documentation, including report chapters, case studies, work plans, requirement analyses, programming specifications, and data dictionaries, as needed

    • Seek to learn complex policies and develop subject matter knowledge in order to serve in roles that complement their project or task management assignments

    • Evaluate operational components of projects and programs and describe problems, options, and solutions to senior staff and client agencies

Position Requirements:

    • At least three years of work experience in operations or management-oriented positions, and/or a Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, business, or related field.

    • Strong management skills, including ability to monitor costs on multi-million dollar contracts, mentor junior staff, oversee small teams in a culturally diverse workplace to deliver high-quality work on time that meets client needs.

    • Certifications demonstrating management proficiency and expertise, such as Project Management Professional (PMP) or Lean Six Sigma is a plus.

    • Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems in situations where guidance is unclear or absent.

    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, specifically the ability to write clear and concise technical documentation and to speak with clients diplomatically.

    • Experience working in a fast-paced team environment, building strong working relationships across multiple regional offices, and fostering a positive work environment.

    • Experience and familiarity with federal health data and programs, specifically Medicare and/or Medicaid claims data, is especially desirable.

    • Interest in improving and researching government programs. Past experience working with Federal clients is a plus.

    • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel required; experience with Microsoft Project is preferred; experience with Agile tools such as JIRA, Confluence, or Portfolio is a plus.

      Please submit a cover letter and resume during the online application process. Please also submit a work product that demonstrates analytic skills and reflects independent analysis and writing, such as a capstone project, analytic report, or a management plan (nothing company confidential, please).  

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

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

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.

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