Research Analyst

Boston, MA
Full Time
Entry Level
Posted on April 2, 2024
The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks a Research Analyst to support the work of the Research and Cost Trends (RCT) department. This is an opportunity to join a team generating high-quality, objective research to support the HPC’s mission of developing and supporting data-driven health policy throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Reporting to the Associate Director of Research and Cost Trends, the Research Analyst will conduct analysis using claims, discharge, and survey data to identify and communicate trends in health care costs, spending, utilization, and other outcomes and aspects of health care throughout the Commonwealth.
Duties of this position may include, but are not limited to:
  • Creating analytic data sets or aggregated reports using SQL or SAS for use in Stata, R, Tableau or MS Excel.
  • Working in R, SQL, Tableau, Stata, SAS and/or Python to create analytic files and conduct analyses using claims, discharge, and survey data.
  • Conducting analyses to understand health service utilization, spending, outcomes and other aspects of health care in the Commonwealth using descriptive statistics, regression modeling, and other statistical methods.
  • Developing methods and assessing research conclusions by conducting literature reviews and meeting with a range of stakeholders to gather diverse perspectives.
  • Drafting policy-relevant reports, white papers and issue briefs.
  • Communicating analytic results orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
  • Developing research project ideas to inform and contribute to the mission of the HPC.
Minimum Entrance Requirement:
Applicants must have at least (A) four (4) years of full-time or, equivalent part-time, professional, or professional internship experience in a relevant field or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below.
I. A certificate in a relevant or related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
II. An Associate’s degree in a related field may be substituted for one (1) year of the required experience.
III. A Bachelor’s degree in a related field may be substituted for two (2) years of the required experience.
IV. A Graduate degree in a related field may be substituted for three (3) years of the required experience.

Desired Qualifications:
  • A degree in public health, health care policy, health economics, or another health care policy related field.
  • Experience programming with Stata, SAS, SQL, Python and other standard statistical software.
  • Experience working with large, complex data sets, particularly claims data.
  • Experience using Tableau for data visualization and/or data analysis.
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, including the ability to interpret and distill complex information into succinct, meaningful reports and visualizations, and to tailor communication for various audiences.
  • The ability to balance multiple, competing priorities and deadlines.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
A strong interest in public service and desire to advance a more transparent, accountable, and equitable health care system for all Massachusetts residents. 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:
  • 12 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
Our Commitment:
The HPC is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity. We recognize that diversity in the workplace is a source of strength, vital to its ability to effectively advance its mission.  The HPC is committed to:
  • Actively promoting diversity in our workforce, including greater racial and ethnic diversity, at all levels of the organization;
  • Fostering a work environment in which all employees are inspired to do their best, strengthened by their different perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences;
  • Ensuring that no employee’s growth, achievement, or advancement is hindered because of race, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, religion, age, genetic information, gender identity, pregnancy, veteran status, or disability;
  • Holding ourselves to a high standard of inclusion and opportunity that will serve as a model for other public and private employers throughout the Commonwealth;
  • Promoting our core values of equal opportunity, equal justice, and inclusion in HPC actions and initiatives.

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