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Lead Health Program Analyst

Job ID 635-1



Mathematica is a nationally recognized research organization that conducts social policy studies on health care, disability, education, welfare, nutrition, and related topics. We also work with our client agencies to support program administration, operations and performance. Our mission is to improve public well-being by bringing the highest standards of quality, objectivity, and excellence to bear on the work that we do for our clients, which include federal, state, and local government agencies, commercial organizations, and private foundations.

We currently have an opening in our Princeton, Washington DC, Chicago, Ann Arbor, and Woodlawn offices for a Lead Program Analyst in the Health Unit. We offer our employees a stimulating team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of employee ownership. We provide generous paid time off and an on-site fitness center at most locations.

Lead Program Analysts direct, lead, manage, and support the operations of the projects in Mathematica's Health Unit. They serve in project leadership roles to develop and implement processes and systems that ensure the quality, timeliness, and cost effectiveness of client deliverables. They contribute to the efficient and successful operations of projects, both internal and external, by identifying and designing project and process improvements, leading business development initiatives,developing client reports and presentations, and managing change. Lead Program Analysts also oversee the work of other systems and programming staff.

While successful Lead Program Analysts fill a broad array of roles andthere is no "typical" Lead Program Analyst at Mathematica, this position is not primarily a research, programming, or asystems engineering position. Rather, it is an operations, management, and leadership position that requires the ability to understand client needs, build and mentor teams to meet those needs, and solve a wide variety internal and external problems by deploying the Lead Program Analyst's full range of interpersonal skills and technical expertise. Regardless of their specific role on any given project, program analysts are expected to be leaders both within the context of their project work and across the company.

The position responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following tasks:

  • Work closely with task leaders and project directors to lead and/or manage projects and project tasks by tracking project operations, finances, and logistics.
  • Gather technical business requirements, write technical specifications, and document analytic processes.
  • Possess or develop subject-matter knowledge in specific technical, policy, or research areas.
  • 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 but not limited toSharePoint, Access and SQL databases, Microsoft Project, and Excel.
  • Evaluate operational components of research projects and government programs and outline problem areas, options, and solutions for action by senior staff members or client agencies.
  • Ensure project adherence to data privacy and security requirements and other contractual requirements.
  • Provide technical advice to federal, state and local program administrators on how they can evaluate and improve their programs.
  • Prepare documentation such as schedules and work plans, data dictionaries, site visit protocols, data collection guides, evaluation memos, and sections orchapters of reports.
  • Plan and prepare contract proposals, including preparing budgets for proposals.
  • Participate in the recruitment of new staff.
  • Supervise and guide the professional development of junior staff.



  • A minimum of 5 years of relevant experience in the areas of project management, requirements gathering, technical specifications writing, health care policy, research, or data, consulting, data analytics, or government contracting.
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills, with strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work efficiently, accurately, and independently.
  • Experience collaborating with, and leading, cross-functional teams in a multi-disciplinary setting.
  • Versatility, a pragmatic approach to problem-solving, and excellent judgment are required.
  • PMP, Agile, Lean, Six Sigma, Prosci, or other relevant certification is preferred.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel, experience with Microsoft SharePoint and Microsoft Project is preferred.

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. You will be asked to attach these materials during the online application process. Please click the "Apply Now" icon after the Position Description to attach your documents. Letters of Recommendations are not required.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearances 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: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; 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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