The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Policy Specialist or Policy Analyst to join its Aging & Disabilities Studies team. Hilltop conducts research and policy analysis to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states.
The Policy Specialist/Policy Analyst* will be responsible for supporting qualitative and quantitative research and data analytics related to aging and disability and the delivery and financing of LTSS. As a member of the Hilltop Aging & Disabilities Studies team, the incumbent will be responsible for the following specific duties:
For Maryland Medicaid and other state agency clients, conducting statistical analysis, including performing data linkages at the individual level (e.g., Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, nursing home assessment data, and/or data from the LTSSMaryland reporting system)
Developing and producing operational reports for Maryland Medicaid on program enrollment, provider participation, service utilization and costs, and quality measures
Budgeting, performing financial analysis, and assisting with federal reporting for Medicaid and other publicly funded programs
Managing data collection for Medicaid pilot programs to facilitate provider invoicing for services, program monitoring, and evaluation of the pilots
Developing, administering, and analyzing web-based surveys of providers, program participants, and stakeholders using online survey tools
Developing interactive data presentations and visualizations
Assisting with multi-disciplinary project teams that may include SAS programmers, policy analysts, project management specialists, and other researchers
Conducting qualitative analyses, such as research and literature searches on programs in other states, surveys, and stakeholder interviews
Preparing reports, memoranda, and meeting minutes; contributing to issue briefs, presentations, and/or articles for peer-reviewed journals
Making presentations to public and professional audiences
Participating in internal and external meetings
Performing other duties as assigned
Options for part-time telework.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
Requires a Bachelor’s Degree in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, statistical methods, or a related field. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and communications skills (both verbal and written).
Policy Specialist, Senior Level
Requires a Master’s Degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, health law, or a related discipline. A Bachelor’s Degree and two years of experience in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, statistical methods, or a related field may be substituted for the Master’s Degree. Must be proficient with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and communications skills (both verbal and written).
Requires a Master’s Degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, health law, or a related discipline, and one year of relevant experience. A Bachelor’s Degree with course work in health services research, public health, public policy/administration, economics, research methods, or a related discipline and three years of experience with exposure to health services research, public health administration, and/or policy analysis may be substituted for the master’s degree and required experience. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have strong analytical and communications skills (both verbal and written).
*Position title will be determined by candidate's qualifications.
The ideal candidate will possess the following professional and interpersonal competencies: a strong interest in conducting research with large data sets; experience with SAS or other statistical software packages; experience with Tableau® or other data visualization packages; a knowledge of publicly funded health insurance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid; knowledge of the Affordable Care Act; interest and/or experience in aging and disability; well-honed problem solving skills; demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing to diverse audiences; the ability to work independently and in multi-disciplinary teams and be flexible in a fast-paced environment; and excellent interpersonal skills.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.
Screening of Applications Begins:
For best consideration submit application materials by February 14, 2022 (applications will be accepted until the position is filled).
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is full-time, offers opportunity for professional growth and the full university benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified candidates.
Note: this is a grant-funded position wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.
While this position is onsite at The Hilltop Institute’s offices located on the UMBC campus, options for part-time telework/remote work are available.
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UMBC offers a benefits package for regular and grant-funded regular employees including generous leave, excellent health, life, and disability insurance, retirement plans, tuition remission, on-site preschool, and numerous professional development and wellness opportunities. Contingent II positions may include some benefits.
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Equal Opportunity Statement:
UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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