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Research Associate

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an experienced Research Associate. The Research Associate will be part of a team generating high-quality, objective research to support the HPC’s mission of monitoring health reform efforts and developing innovative health policy in Massachusetts. The Research Associate will report directly to the Deputy Director for Research and Cost Trends.

Duties of this position may include, at minimum:

  • Developing project ideas to inform the policy discussion in the Commonwealth
  • Writing sections of reports, white papers, and articles, including research and policy implications,
  • Work in one or more of the following statistical languages: R, SAS, SQL,  or Stata, and use Excel to analyze data,
  • Identifying and reviewing research and policy literature to develop methods and assess research conclusions, as well as meeting with a range of stakeholders to gather perspectives,
  • Communicating results orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy or another relevant field.
  • A minimum of two 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 reports, and to tailor communication for various audiences.
  • 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.

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

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. 

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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