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Senior Researcher

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 Researcher to join the HPC’s Research and Cost Trends team. The Senior Researcher 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 Senior Researcher will report directly to the Director for Research and Cost Trends.

Duties of this position would include:

  • Contributing to the design of research projects that employ rigorous econometric methods
  • Developing project ideas to inform policy discussion in the Commonwealth
  • Contributing to the writing of policy-relevant reports, white papers and issue briefs
  • Working in one or more of the following statistical languages: Stata, SAS, and/or SQL, and using Excel to analyze data
  • Training and mentoring other HPC staff in programming, analytic methods, and related topics
  • Managing projects, contracted consultants, and junior staff
  • 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; doctorate preferred.
  • Six years of experience in health policy research and 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 health insurance claims data is highly desirable.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Experience creating integrated databases using data from multiple sources.
  • 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. 

 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. 

Benefits Include:

  • Competitive health and welfare benefit package through the Group Insurance Commission
  • Generous leave benefits, including 11 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, 3 personal days annually
  • Paid sick leave
  • Participation in the state retirement system
  • 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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