Senior analysts focus on one or more aspects of the Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). They work collaboratively with other members of the policy team under the direction of policy directors. Qualified candidates have knowledge and expertise in Medicaid payment and financing policies. This experience could include familiarity in policy areas such as fee-for-service base and supplemental payments, managed care capitation rates and directed payments, state approaches to provider payment, and payment and rebates for prescription drugs.
A senior analyst is expected, on a routine basis, to be able to:
conduct analytic work including:
- independently translating research, policy, and data analyses into MACPAC products of varying lengths and complexity (e.g., issue briefs, decision memos, report chapters);
- designing and executing quantitative or qualitative research on Medicaid and CHIP topics with minimal supervision; and
- preparing analyses for technical support of congressional staff.
communicate effectively orally and in writing by:
- conceptualizing and developing content of MACPAC products, organizing information and translating content for lay audiences; and
- independently presenting analyses and other work at Commission meetings, and to other professional audiences.
ensure quality of work by:
- producing work that meets organizational standards for being thorough, accurate, objective, and nonpartisan; and
- ensuring that work conducted under external contracts meets organizational standards.
represent and speak on behalf of MACPAC in meetings with congressional staff, stakeholder organizations, researchers, government agencies, and others interested in MACPAC’s work; and
perform other duties as assigned.
Some senior analyst positions may require maintaining databases, completing statistical reports and data summaries, or using spreadsheets or statistical software to conduct statistical analyses.
Knowledge and Skills
In order to perform the major duties listed above, a senior analyst must:
have knowledge of state and federal Medicaid and CHIP policy and program issues;
apply critical thinking and analysis skills by:
- identifying themes, key takeaways, and trends from interviews, data runs, literature reviews, and other data sources;
- demonstrating ability to construct an argument regarding a policy question and using evidence to support the argument; and
- identifying policy solutions that can be expressed as Commission recommendations.
manage tasks such as:
- taking ownership of multiple projects under various deadlines, maintaining communication with supervisors and other team members; and
- serving as project officer for external research and policy contracts.
engage in learning and development by:
- seeking out and responding to feedback from supervisors and colleagues; and
- proactively working to develop new knowledge and skills needed to take on tasks in principal analyst job description.
demonstrate teamwork and accountability by:
- supporting the growth, expertise, and knowledge of colleagues by sharing information (e.g., leading brown bags, forwarding relevant articles); and
- providing constructive feedback for annual reviews of self and peers.
Like all MACPAC employees, a senior analyst is expected to:
demonstrate and model commitment to team and personal success;
work collaboratively with others inside and outside the organization;
adapt behavior in response to feedback and experience;
contribute to the growth, expertise and knowledge of colleagues;
hold self and others accountable for meeting expectations in a timely and professional manner; and
foster a culture of inclusivity and belonging.
Experience and Education
The minimum educational requirements for the senior analyst position include:
a graduate degree in health policy, health services research, public policy, public health, public administration, statistics, or other related fields; and
at least five years of experience in policy analysis or research and expertise in a substantive area related to the Commission’s statutory mandate.
This is a full-time position based in downtown Washington, DC with federal employee health and retirement benefits. Interested applicants should be available to work in the office two days per week with flexibility to attend other in-person events as needed. Salary competitive with those in other federal agencies.
MACPAC employees must meet the CDC’s definition of fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of employment except in instances of a MACPAC-approved exemption for medical or religious reasons.
A complete application should include a cover letter, resume and two writing samples. To the greatest possible, applicants should send original writing instead of publications that have undergone editing by colleagues or other professionals. We prefer traditional resumes, as opposed to the federal resume required for positions on USAJobs.
The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is a non-partisan legislative branch agency that provides policy and data analysis and makes recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the states on a wide array of issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
MACPAC serves as an independent source of information on Medicaid and CHIP, publishing issue briefs and data reports throughout the year to support policy analysis and program accountability. The Commission’s authorizing statute, 42 U.S.C. 1396, outlines a number of areas for analysis, including:
· enrollment and retention;
· access to care;
· quality of care; and
· the programs’ interaction with Medicare and the health care system generally.
In carrying out its work, the Commission holds public meetings in Washington, DC and regularly consults with state officials, congressional and executive branch staff, beneficiaries, health care providers, researchers, and policy experts. A permanent staff of analys...ts with backgrounds in public policy, public health, Medicaid and CHIP operations, and data analysis supports the Commission’s deliberations and conducts its analytic work.