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Survey AnalystJob ID 853-5
MathematicaPolicy 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 survey analysts to join us in contributing to domestic health policy projects. 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 Social Security Disability Insurance innovation initiatives aimed at improving earnings and job retention, improving health outcomes, and reducing costs
conducting a large annual census of mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities across the country and publishing a resource booklet
studying the effects of multi-payer delivery system innovations on health care access, quality, and costs
assessing the quality of care in publicly sponsored insurance programs like Medicaid and Medicare
As a survey 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 that is committed to a diverse culture of inclusion; competitive salaries; a comprehensive benefits package; and the advantages of employee ownership.
Survey analysts typically work on more than one project 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:
Developing data collection materials such as survey instruments, interview protocols, interviewer training materials, operations manuals, quality control and data collection specifications
Training interviewers and conducting pretest interviews
Managing telephone, web, mail and/or field data collection efforts
Supporting senior staff in project leadership such as task planning and oversight, progress reporting, monitoring budget and subcontractor activity. Using MS Project and other tools to monitor project activities to ensure that schedule and budget constraints are met
Participating in in-depth interviews, site visits or focus groups and supporting qualitative data collection efforts
Providing technical assistance to state and federal health agencies or health care providers (for example, by designing webinars or responding to questions from providers/stakeholders)
Drafting client memos, issue briefs, chapters of reports, and proposals for new projects
Assisting with budget revisions and contract proposals
Exhibiting initiative to take on new opportunities, further own professional development, and become an organizational leader
Master’s degree in a social science or related field plus some demonstrated survey research or related experience; or
Bachelor’s degree in a social science or related field plus three to five years survey research or related experience; or
A combination of equivalent education and work experience may be substituted for the above requirements.
Familiarity and experience with data collection tools and methods
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
Demonstrated organizational skills and careful attention to detail
Ability to complete tasks on tight deadlines without compromising quality
Familiarity and experience with standard MS packages, such as Excel, Access and Word
Ability to deal tactfully and diplomatically with others
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively on teams
Willingness to travel to other locations as necessary
Willingness to be flexible with work hours and assignments
Spanish, or other language fluency is a plus
Please attach your cover letter, resume, graduate and undergraduate transcripts (unofficial are acceptable), and contact information for three references. Please also provide a writing sample that demonstrates analytic and research skills, and reflects independent analysis and writing, such as a thesis or position paper.
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.