Data and Policy Analyst III – Healthcare and Payment Policy Research Coordinator - Acumen LLC

LOCATION: Burlingame, CA

CLOSING DATE: open until filled


JOB #: 12945

POSTED: August 23, 2018


Position Summary:

The Data and Policy Analyst III position provides analytical support for research and consulting projects for government and private clients, primarily in the area of health policy.  This position is responsible for managing and analyzing data, researching and interpreting policy, and communicating findings to multiple audiences.

The Healthcare and Payment Policy group works with multiple federal agencies, including the Center for Medicare (CM) at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE). A major focus of the group’s projects is the development of data-driven tools to identify, monitor, and analyze the effects of payment policy changes in real time. The group also develops and evaluates Medicare payment policy, including working directly with CM to propose and implement major payment policy reforms. Lastly, the group performs detailed data analysis and statistical modeling to simulate the effects of alternative payment models (APMs), and to design and propose changes to existing APMs. Currently, this research area covers over 15 active projects that span multiple policy settings, and continues to expand.

As the group coordinator, you will work under the supervision of the group’s research manager. This role is intended to support long-term development of the teams and projects under this research area, and you will play a critical role in improving sustainability and scalability of projects that are active across the group.

Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Under general supervision, the Data and Policy Analyst III performs some combination of the following job functions:

  • Prepares descriptive statistics in draft form
  • Conducts literature searches and other independent research and drafts summaries of findings
  • Assists with conducting econometric and statistical analyses of data using statistical software such as SAS and STATA
  • Assists with coordinating project activities and communications among diverse groups of internal and external clients and team members
  • Assists with interpreting study specifications, research findings, and quantitative analyses for relevant audiences
  • Assists with developing research files from large confidential datasets, such as health care claims, enrollment data, and payment data
  • Assists with preparing project reports, memos, presentations, and proposals
  • Assists with delivering technical assistance and presenting findings to clients

In addition, the Data and Policy Analyst III:

  • Complies with company policies and with applicable laws and regulations
  • Demonstrates professionalism in the workplace
  • Performs other duties as assigned


Required Skills

Qualifications Required:

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in a quantitative, public policy, or related field, or equivalent relevant experience
  • 18 months of work experience (in addition to experience in lieu of degree)

Position-specific Qualifications

  • Excellent quantitative analytical skills
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Experienced in one or more of the following technical competencies:
    • Statistics
    • Programming
    • Policy writing
    • Research methods documentation
    • Project management
  • Skilled in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experienced in prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Experienced at working in a team-oriented environment
  • Experienced in demonstrating initiative, critical thinking, and problem-solving
  • Able to demonstrate strategic and goal-oriented thinking
  • Familiar with identifying relationships among projects or tasks
  • Able to leverage efficiencies among projects or tasks

Qualifications Desired

  • Demonstrated aptitude and enthusiasm for learning
  • Demonstrated interest in health and social policy
  • Strong critical thinking and a high level of initiative
  • Experience with file management and task tracking
  • Familiarity with database management
  • Basic knowledge of PowerShell and/or VBA

Any application without a cover letter will not be considered. Transcripts and writing samples are not required, however highly preferred and may be requested. We are excited to review your application and look forward to seeing how you may best contribute to our work.


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