Managing Consultant – Medicaid Operations job in Seattle at Mathematica Policy Research

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About Mathematica:

Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of analytics, technology, policy and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using data science and analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Learn more about our benefits here: 

One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our research is more robust because it is informed by a variety of diverse perspectives, and our mission to improve societal well-being is strengthened by a greater understanding of issues and challenges facing the populations we serve. Mathematica’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion is woven into our everyday actions, policies, and practices. We are dedicated to maintaining a work environment in which everyone is treated with respect and dignity. 

About the opportunity: 

Mathematica is searching for self-motivated professionals with a passion for solving clients’ pressing problems with backgrounds in program operations and health care delivery, and a strong interest in our Medicaid project area. Managing consultants often work on or lead more than one project at a time and are matched with projects that align with their interests and skills. In particular, we are looking for individuals who can support current and emerging work across any number of areas related to monitoring and improving Medicaid programs such as: Medicaid managed care programs including payment arrangements and in lieu of services, behavioral health delivery, maternal and child health, equity, Medicaid payment mechanisms including UPL/DSH and state directed payments, value-based purchasing and alternative payment models, long-term services and supports, measures of delivery and quality of services for beneficiaries, and outcomes of innovative programs and policies. It is ideal for a candidate to have past experience at the state, local or provider level in health care operations relevant to Medicaid. 

Managing consultants participate in and lead a range of tasks at Mathematica, from overseeing teams or managing projects and driving to solutions for some of our clients most challenging problems. While the duties of the position vary depending on project assignments, most managing consultants serve in roles that require a blend of policy and operational expertise and management skills. This may include:

  • Serving as task leaders, deputy project directors, or project directors on complex, fast-paced projects focused on Medicaid policy, oversight, and program operations
  • Collaborating with federal, state, and other clients and entities to develop and implement quality improvement strategies or technical assistance plans based on available data and subject matter expertise
  • Planning and executing of webinars or small group discussions with government clients, healthcare payers, and/or other entities and individuals
  • Managing diverse perspectives and thinking creatively to design solutions that meet client needs
  • Authoring memos, standard operating procedures, data dictionaries, implementation guides, webinar slides, and other technical assistance tools to facilitate program improvement
  • Providing the energy, direction, organization, and quality control needed to help keep projects on time and on budget and to facilitate communications across and between internal and external stakeholders

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, public health, healthcare administration, business, or a related field; or equivalent experience
  • Five or more years of experience managing complex projects or tasks related to healthcare or health policy.
  • Experience working at or with a local, state or federal agency, a foundation, a healthcare provider, a Medicaid managed care plan or another policy research firm is highly desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead activities, manage tasks through the project lifecycle, and coordinate the work of multidisciplinary teams to deliver high-quality work to our clients on time and budget
  • Strong analytic skills and ability to think critically about issues relating to management, such as financial analysis, as well as policy implementation and program operations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to explain observations and findings to diverse stakeholder audiences including program administrators and policymakers
  • Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail as well as the flexibility to manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines
  • Strong mentorship skills to mentor several junior staff members

Depending on experience, candidates may be considered at the Senior Managing Consultant level as well. 

Please submit a cover letter, CV and work product that demonstrates your analytic abilities as well as your understanding of complex policy-related challenges facing the healthcare system.

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $90,000 – $125,000. This position may be eligible for an annual discretionary bonus based on individual and company performance. 

In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or obtain an accommodation through Human Resources by providing documentation from a licensed health care provider that they are unable to be vaccinated against COVID-19 because of a disability (which would include medical conditions) or provide an attestation that they are entitled to an accommodation because of a sincerely held religious belief, practice, or observance.

Available locations:  Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA; Remote 

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.