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Workers Compensation Research Institute

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Director of Research

JOE ID Number: 2018-02_111461705
Date Posted: 10/31/2018
Date Inactive: 01/31/2019
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Director of Research
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
JEL Classifications:
I0 -- General
J0 -- General
Health Economics
Labor Economics
Full Text of JOE Listing:

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) seeks a Director of Research. WCRI, a nonpartisan, member-supported nonprofit, is recognized as the leading public policy research organization on workers’ compensation issues. WCRI studies are used by public officials, business, and labor to understand system performance and shape legislative and administrative changes. WCRI researchers work on a range of empirical studies, including analyses of workers’ compensation cost drivers, benefit adequacy, dispute resolution, and patient outcomes assessment. WCRI researchers have access to a unique database that has over 30 million episodes of disability and more than 20,000 interviews with injured workers.

The Director is the organization’s chief scientist, leading or approving the design of studies, overseeing their progress, and serving as the quality control officer for WCRI research. He/she creates WCRI’s annual research agenda, developing projects to accomplish the needs identified by WCRI research committees. He/she is responsible for assessing and approving the technical feasibility of proposed projects and associated resources, providing direction and methodological mentoring to research staff, and working collaboratively with staff to maintain execution of research and data management functions. He/she may be personally involved in conducting high priority projects, and identifies and engages outside expertise when needed. He/she implements and monitors the quality assurance processes which result in the highest degree of objectivity, integrity, and technical accuracy. The Director also presents the results of WCRI studies to policymakers and other system stakeholders and participates in key revenue raising activities and events.

Applicants should possess leadership stature in a relevant applied area of research, as recognized by authorities in the field and demonstrated in the course of at least 10 years of experience in policy relevant research. Experience focused on workers’ compensation systems is a plus, but not required if the desire and capacity to become expert in this field are present. Applicants should possess specific experience in applying advanced quantitative research techniques to public policy issues. A PhD in economics, statistics, health policy, operations research, or public policy is greatly preferred and experience with health and/or labor policy issues is a major plus. Excellent written and oral communications skills are required.

WCRI offers competitive salary and benefits packages. Submit applications through JOE, or to Personnel, WCRI, 955 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139--or to Include a cover letter, vita, and research paper. WCRI will be interviewing at the 2019 ASSA meetings in Atlanta. An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Application Requirements:
  • Cover Letter
  • CV
  • Research Papers
Application deadline: 12/10/2018
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