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Program Associate, Strategic Investment

Work daily to advance the goal of better health and better care – at a lower cost – across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!

Posted on August 2, 2018 

For more information, please contact HPC-Careers.

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional Program Associate to support the performance management and evaluation of HPC’s health care delivery grant investment programs. This is a terrific opportunity for a health care professional to support program development, operations, and evaluation of nationally recognized grant investment programs, totaling more than $21 million.

The successful applicant will work with HPC’s Strategic Investment Department to further the implementation and evaluation of care delivery transformation awards. The Program Associate will support program operations and evaluation through collection, management, visualization, and interpretation of performance data. 

Candidates should be comfortable organizing quantitative and qualitative data, conducting analysis, writing about research findings, and working both independently and as part of a team. A strong candidate will have experience with research or program evaluation, and be motivated to learn additional research methods as needed.

Duties of this position may include, at minimum:

  • Designing and implementing data management strategy, including processes to standardize receipt and storage of standard deliverable reports from investment awardees;
  • Creating measurement reporting templates, databases, and performance dashboards for all investment programs;
  • Assessing quality and reliability of data, and creating necessary quality improvement reports prior to meeting with HPC staff and investment awardees to resolve outstanding data quality concerns;
  • Regularly analyzing trends in performance data;
  • Convening HPC staff for regular awardee performance review discussions;
  • Preparing written reports, and presentations of evaluation findings; and
  • Assisting with the creation of dissemination products based on evaluation findings.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or Bachelor’s degree and three (3) years of relevant full-time or equivalent part-time, professional experience.
  • Experience creating and managing databases.
  • Experience creating data visualizations with Tableau or similar software to support analysis and decision-making.
  • Experience troubleshooting data errors or working with incomplete datasets.
  • Excellent analytic and writing skills, including the ability to interpret and distill complex information into succinct, meaningful reports, and to tailor communication for various audiences.
  • Self-motivation, the ability to balance multiple and competing priorities and deadlines, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and strong critical thinking and strategic problem-solving skills.
  • An individual of unquestioned ethics and professionalism, with an interest in public service.
  • Proficiency in Excel and Access.

Experience working in a public department or agency will be strongly considered. Salary is commensurate with experience. The HPC may adjust title and responsibilities depending on the experience, education, and expertise of the individual selected. 

Total Compensation:

As employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Health Policy Commission staff are offered a great career opportunity working toward the goal of better health and better care at a lower cost across the Commonwealth – but it's more than just a paycheck. The state's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which should be considered toward overall compensation, including:

  • 11 paid holidays per year and generous sick, vacation, and personal time
  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable health, dental, and vision plans offered through the Group Insurance Commission
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low-cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Extended sick leave program participation
  • Professional development and continuing education opportunities
  • Qualified employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), established in 2012, is an independent state agency charged with monitoring health care spending growth in Massachusetts and providing data-driven policy recommendations regarding health care delivery and payment system reform. Key activities include setting the health care cost growth benchmark; monitoring provider and payer performance relative to the health care cost growth benchmark; creating standards for care delivery systems that are accountable to better meet patients’ medical, behavioral, and social needs; analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality, and access; and investing in community health care delivery and innovations. 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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