Program Analyst Health Policy

Position Description :
We currently have openings for health-policy program analysts in the following office locations: Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; Ann Arbor, MI; Chicago, IL; Woodlawn, MD. As a program analyst, you will manage projects, coordinate project activities, and perform logistical, operational, and analytical tasks.? We offer employees a stimulating, team-oriented work environment, competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the benefits of employee ownership. We provide three weeks of paid time off to start and an on-site fitness center at most locations.
Program analysts work on health projects that touch virtually every area of the healthcare delivery system in the United States.? Broadly guided by the triple aim of improving individual health care, improving population health, and reducing cost, our projects include large evaluations of demonstration projects sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, workforce interventions for individuals with disabilities for the Social Security Administration, and implementation studies for nationally known private foundations, among many others.
Program analysts manage and support the operations of these projects in the Health Unit. They work closely with project directors and task leaders to develop and implement processes and systems that ensure the quality, timeliness, and cost-effectiveness of client deliverables. While they may engage in research activities such as conducting interviews and performing literature reviews, the program analyst is not a research, programming, or systems engineering position. Rather, program analysts contribute to the efficient and successful operations of projects, both internal and external, through the broadest possible range and application of problem-solving and interpersonal techniques backed by a working knowledge of specific public policy areas and research methods.
The program analyst position offers significant potential for movement within Mathematica. Regardless of their specific assigned role on any given project, program analysts are expected to be leaders both within the context of the project and across the company. Successful health program analysts fulfill a broad array of roles at Mathematica and commonly:
o Provide the energy, direction, and organization needed to help keep research projects on time and on budget by serving as a central hub of project activities. Program Analysts offer a full suite of project management support services, from helping project?leadership plan, procure, manage, and close out complex projects, to designing and implementing tools and processes to help organize data, share informationand manage teams
o Record, monitor, and analyze project expenditures in preparation for monthly project reviews and progress reports. Related work includes tracking all project expenses, such as purchase orders and subcontract invoicing, conducting cost analyses, and forecasting project costs
o Perform complex analyses of projects, such as assessing workflows, risk, and expenditures,?to monitor and evaluate project performance and progress
o Plan and prepare contract proposals, including preparing budgets for proposals
o Serve as a liaison among technical project staff, researchers, internal business departments, external consultants, subcontractors, and client representatives
o Develop and maintain project collaboration tools, including Microsoft SharePoint websites, Access and SQL databases, and Excel spreadsheets
o Evaluate operational components of projects and programs and describe problems, options, and solutions to senior staff and client agencies
o Develop and ensure project adherence to data privacy and security requirements and other contractual stipulations
o Prepare documentation such as schedules and work plans, requirement analyses, business analyses, programming specifications, and technical material such as data dictionaries
o Draft sections for deliverables and proposals
Position Requirements :
o Two years of relevant work experience required; candidates with additional experience will be considered at commensurate job level
o Post-secondary degree required; graduate degree preferred
o Interest in government contracting and/or evaluating government programs
o Budget analysis and/or project management experience
o Experience and familiarity with federal health data, specifically Medicare and/or Medicaid claims data, is especially desirable
o Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is especially desirable; experience using or interest in learning advanced project management methods such as Earned Value Management (EVM), Six Sigma/Lean, and/or Scrum/Agile also desirable
o Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel; experience with Microsoft Project is preferred
o Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and high level of attention to detail
o Excellent written and verbal communication skills
o Experience working in a team environment, building strong working relationships, and fostering a positive work environment
o Ability to communicate tactfully and diplomatically with others, including senior staff and clients
o Good judgment and common sense, especially in situations in which guidance is unclear or absent
o Flexibility to handle multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadline pressure
Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.
Please submit a cover letter and?writing sample or work product?during the online application process.
Available Locations: Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; Woodlawn, MD
We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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