Health Policy & Research Assistant (Annual Medicaid MCO Survey) | Institute for Medicaid Innovation


Position Title: Health Policy & Research Assistant (Annual Medicaid MCO Survey) Position Information: Full-Time (12-Month Project with Potential Option to Renew)

Travel: None Required

Salary Range: $55,00 to $65,000

Location: Washington, D.C. (Telework with monthly in-person team meetings.)

Reports To: IMI Deputy Executive Director


About the Institute for Medicaid Innovation

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research and policy organization that provides independent, nonpartisan information and analysis to inform Medicaid policy and improve the health of the nation. The health policy and research assistant provides support on IMI’s Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) funded project, “Annual Medicaid MCO Survey” and on Medicaid specific projects related to the mission and strategic priorities of the Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI). Topics may include consumer and stakeholder engagement, women’s health, child and adolescent health, behavioral health, disparities, inequities, structural racism, health system and payment reform, value-based purchasing and alternative payment models, social determinants of health, and other salient Medicaid topics. Potential candidates are encouraged to review the IMI website to learn more about the organization and the Annual Medicaid MCO Survey.



a) conduct literature reviews and data specific activities such as database development, tracking systems, data entry, and basic analysis (e.g., descriptive statistics) using SPSS;

b) develop outlines, draft text, and summarize project results for reports, policy issue briefs, manuscripts, and presentations;

c) research state and federal regulations specific to the topics in the annual Medicaid MCO survey;

d) mentor and manage student research assistants and interns by providing guidance on IMI procedures and policies, identifying opportunities to support professional and career goals, encouraging them to participate in internal and external meetings, and providing written and oral feedback on their assigned tasks and projects;

e) compile supporting documents and draft language for grant proposals and funder reporting requirements; and

f) serve as support staff for the Annual Medicaid MCO survey with responsibilities including:

-supporting the primary investigator, project director, and data and program manager in their efforts to the lead the execution and successful completion of projects;

-coordinating and managing project participants, project team members, consultants/contractors, project activities and deliverables, timelines, budget, and workflow to ensure that the project meets grant requirements and goals;

-drafting, editing, and coordinating internal and external review of final deliverables including reports, fact sheets, curriculum, tools, and others as applicable;

-coordinating calendars and scheduling meetings with internal and external stakeholders;

-drafting meeting agendas, supplemental meeting materials, and minutes;

-working with the communications team to update the website, develop social media outreach efforts, and newsletter publications related to assigned projects; and

-processing pay orders and expense reimbursements for projects and ensure timely execution and maintenance of study contracts. 


QUALIFICATIONS: Minimal qualifications include master’s degree with at least one year of experience as a research assistant utilizing SPSS software with demonstrated project management skills. 


TECHNICAL SKILLS/ EXPERTISE: • High proficiency with complete Microsoft Office suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint). • Experience with database creation and utilization such as survey or large federal data sets. • Ability to maintain daily workflow while balancing multiple tasks. • Comfort with medical, policy, and research language. • Acute attention to detail and strong work ethic. • Flexibility and ability to consistently meet deadlines. • Familiarity with federal and state Medicaid policy.


PERSONAL QUALITIES/ ATTRIBUTES: • Commitment to and passion for improving access to high quality, patient-centered, evidence-based care for Medicaid enrollees to improve health equity. • Ability to problem solve independently. • Flexibility in managing multiple and competing demands simultaneously. • Strong organizational skills. • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment. • Strong presentation, oral, and written communication skills. • Ability to interact in a tactful and courteous manner. • Ability to effectively work with and support staff who are working remotely. • Ability to protect confidentiality and discretion regarding privileged and sensitive information.


The Perks of Working at IMI • Work-life balance design (i.e., flexible work schedule and telework). • Chestfeeding and child friendly workplace. • Ability to live/work in extended D.C. area (i.e., Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia). • Equitable (i.e., everyone receives regardless of title/position) 15 days paid vacation time. • Equitable (i.e., everyone receives regardless of title/position) 5 paid sick days. • Generous 19 paid holidays that reflect the equitable, diverse, and inclusive culture (i.e., Juneteenth, Yom Kippur, Eid, Diwali). • Expansive health insurance options (i.e., multiple insurance company options). • Generous 401(k) company contributions. • Paid training and educational opportunities. • Company-sponsored team outings and volunteer opportunities.


APPLICATION PROCESS To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and two recent writing samples that reflect your data management skills to Dr. Nadia Glenn at with subject line “Health Policy and Research Assistant (Annual Medicaid MCO Survey).” 

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