Program Analyst Health Policy

Mathematica Policy Research  •  Ann Arbor, MI

Less than 5 years experience  •  Market Research

Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/30/17
Less than 5 years experience
Market Research
Salary depends on experience
Posted on 11/30/17

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:

    • 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 directors plan, procure, manage, and close out complex projects, to designing and implementing tools and processes to help organize data and manage teams.

    • Record, monitor, and analyze project expenditures in preparation for monthly project reviews and progress reports. Related work includes monitoring subcontractor expenses and invoicing, conducting cost analyses, and forecasting project costs.

    • Perform complex analyses of projects to monitor and evaluate project performance and progress.

    • Plan and prepare contract proposals, including preparing budgets for proposals.

    • Serve as a liaison among technical project staff, researchers, internal business departments, external consultants, subcontractors, and client representatives.

    • Develop and maintain project collaboration tools, including Microsoft SharePoint websites, Access and SQL databases, and Excel spreadsheets.

    • Evaluate operational components of projects and programs and describe problems, options, and solutions to senior staff and client agencies.

    • Develop and ensure project adherence to data privacy and security requirements and othercontractual stipulations.

    • Prepare documentation such as schedules and work plans, requirement analyses, business analyses, programming specifications, and technical material such as data dictionaries.

    • Draft sections for deliverables and proposals.

Position Requirements

  • Two years of relevant work experiencerequired; candidates with additional experience will be considered at commensurate job level.

  • Post-secondary degreerequired; graduate degreepreferred.

  • Interest in government contracting and/or evaluating government programs.

  • Budget analysis and/or project management experience.

  • Experience and familiarity with federal health data, specifically Medicare and/or Medicaid claims data, is especially desirable.

  • 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.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word and Excel; experience with Microsoft Project is preferred.

  • Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and high level of attention to detail.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Experience working in a team environment, building strong working relationships, and fostering a positive work environment.

  • Ability to communicate tactfully and diplomatically with others, including senior staff and clients.

  • Good judgment and common sense, especially in situations in which guidance is unclear or absent.

  • 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.

    Job ID 639-3

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