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Senior Research Associate

Do you want to contribute to the research and analysis efforts of an innovative state agency focused on health care cost containment?

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an experienced Senior Research Associate to join the HPC’s Research and Cost Trends team. A successful candidate will assist in generating high-quality, objective research necessary to supporting the HPC’s mission of monitoring health reform efforts and developing innovative health policy in Massachusetts. The Senior Research Associate will report directly to the Deputy Director for Research and Cost Trends.

Duties of this position may include, at minimum:

  • Contributing to the design of research projects that employ rigorous econometric methods,
  • Writing sections of reports, white papers, and articles,
  • Writing SAS, SQL, and/or Stata programs and using Excel to analyze data,
  • Transforming data into research-ready data sets,
  • Identifying and reviewing research and policy literature to develop methods and assess research conclusions,
  • Managing the research process, including managing projects through the entirety of their life cycle,
  • Communicating results orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

About the HPC

The HPC is an independent state agency that develops policy to reduce health care cost growth and improve the quality of patient care. The HPC has five core responsibilities: (1) monitoring the performance of the health care system, (2) analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality, and access, (3) setting the health care cost growth benchmark, (4) investing in community health care delivery system transformation, and (5) certifying patient-medical homes (PCMHs) and accountable care organizations (ACOs). The HPC's 11-member Board provides oversight to the activities of the agency. 

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy or another relevant field.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in health policy research or programming that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the duties of the position.
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, including the ability to interpret and distill complex information into succinct, meaningful report, and to tailor communication for various audiences.
  • Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative social science research methods, including economic modeling and econometric methods.
  • Experience programming using standard statistical software. Experience with claims data is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with relational database systems such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, or Microsoft SQL Server a plus.
  • Comfort working under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • An individual of unquestioned ethics and professionalism, with an interest in public service.

Experience working in health policy research is preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience. The HPC may adjust title and responsibilities depending on the experience, education, and expertise of the individual selected. 

Benefits Include:

  • Generous health and welfare benefit package through the Group Insurance Commission
  • 10 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, 3 personal days annually
  • Paid sick leave
  • Pension and retirement contributions
  • Paid professional development opportunities

Our Commitment:

The HPC is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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