Senior Fellow – Health Program Improvement (Federal Medicaid) | Mathematica

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Position Description


Mathematica is searching for a seasoned professional who is a recognized expert with experience leading research and/or operating the Medicaid and or CHIP program at the state or federal level. This person will bring expertise focused on Medicaid/CHIP policy and programs or developing analytic approaches to guide policy development and implementation. The successful candidate will join our Health division to play leadership roles in engagements for the Center for Medicaid and CHIP Services, Medicaid and CHIP Payment Access Commission, state Medicaid agencies, foundations and other clients.


We are looking for an individual who is interested in directing his/her/their experience into data driven improvement of the Medicaid/CHIP programs in service to the programs’ beneficiaries and to their position as an essential part of the U.S. health care system. This expertise would be directed at quality assurance, mentorship, leadership development and connecting Medicaid and CHIP thought leaders in client spaces or the healthcare ecosystem to our fast moving and dynamic federal Medicaid practice area of more than 200 staff supporting current and emerging work across several areas related to monitoring and improving Medicaid and CHIP programs.


The senior fellow may represent Mathematica externally at conferences, on technical expert panels, and/or as an expert witness; develop thought leadership that is based on evidence; lead technical teams as project director or subject matter expert; assure quality by performing rigorous reviews of technical proposals or final deliverables; and serve as mentor and senior advisor at Mathematica developing ways to engage staff and share knowledge.


We are seeking an individual with expertise in several domains which might include:


  • Eligibility and enrollment policy and account transfers across Medicaid/CHIP, Medicare and the Marketplace;
  • Technical assistance on delivery system reform, including value-based care, alternative provider payments and care delivery models, and supplemental payment streams including UPL, DSH and state directed payments;
  • Subject matter expertise on Medicaid managed care programs, innovations in social determinants of health, and/or quality improvement in Medicaid/CHIP programs including behavioral health and substance use disorder treatment;
  • Health equity or subject matter domain expertise in areas where equity is a crucial consideration such as maternal and infant health, CHIP, HCBS;
  • Developing, testing, and supporting the collection of measures of delivery and quality of services for beneficiaries; and
  • Designing data analytics to monitor and evaluate outcomes of innovative programs and policies


The federal Medicaid practice is one of six that comprise our Health Unit. The successful candidate will join our group of over 700 health policy professionals in the Unit, including staff with degrees in data analytics, public health, public policy, economics, behavioral or social sciences, and other relevant disciplines. We offer our employees a stimulating team-oriented work environment. We take pride in our employees and in their commitment to excellence. We encourage staff to collaborate in developing creative solutions to difficult problems. This collegial spirit has helped us earn our reputation for innovative and high-quality work.


Duties Of The Position


  • Direct multidisciplinary teams to conduct research, technical assistance, implementation and monitoring projects on topics related to state and federal Medicaid and CHIP policy and data systems, and oversee all aspects of high-quality project delivery
  • Engage with state and federal clients to understand the challenges they face and work collaboratively with them to develop innovative solutions
  • Apply rigorous analytic thinking to the collection and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative data, including analysis of Medicaid and CHIP administrative data and site visits or telephone interviews with state and federal officials
  • Direct business development efforts and lead proposals for new projects
  • Author project reports, memos, technical assistance tools, issue briefs, and webinar presentations and represent Mathematica to policy and professional audiences
  • Contribute to the growth, expertise, and institutional knowledge of staff working in the Medicaid and CHIP area, including active mentorship


Position Requirements


  • Masters or doctoral degree, plus 20 years of experience, or the equivalent, in public policy, economics, behavioral or social sciences, public health, or other relevant disciplines with a substantial portion of that time related to some aspect of the Medicaid or CHIP program at the state or federal level
  • Expertise in quantitative and/or qualitative methods and a broad understanding of health policy issues
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to explain observations and findings to diverse stakeholder audiences including program administrators and policymakers
  • Demonstrated ability to lead major engagements and coordinate the work of multidisciplinary teams, including collaborations with technology teams building solutions in service to policy needs
  • Strong track record in mentorship and leadership development.


One of Mathematica’s core values is a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work 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.


Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on a project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.


Available Locations: Princeton, NJ; Washington, DC; Cambridge, MA; Woodlawn, MD; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Chicago, IL; Remote


This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of $175,000 – $225,000 and is eligible for an annual discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.


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


In accordance with Executive Order 14042 and its implementing guidelines, all Mathematica employees must provide documentation that they have been fully vaccinated 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.


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