JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

August 1, 2022 - January 31, 2023

Acumen, LLC

Policy Associate

JOE ID Number: 2022-02_111470588
Date Posted: 10/20/2022
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Policy Associate
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Locations: Burlingame, California, UNITED STATES
Washington, District of Columbia, UNITED STATES
Los Angeles, California, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: I1 -- Health
Keywords:
Health Economics
Health Policy
Payment Policy
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Econometrics
value-based purchasing
real-time policy monitoring and evaluation
drug safety
drug pricing
expenditure forecasting
comparative effectiveness research
outcomes measurement
Statistical Analysis
Modeling
Statistics
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Acumen, LLC/The SPHERE Institute seek new and experienced Ph.D. candidates for our Policy Associate position. Ideal candidates will lead and support research staff in data analysis and communication tasks for contracts with government agencies. We're looking for individuals interested in monitoring and improving public health policy by conducting quantitative analyses, interacting with clients, writing reports, and directing statistical programmers. Strong econometric modeling skills and experience with large administrative datasets is preferred.

Our organization has expertise in topics including: value-based purchasing, real-time policy monitoring and evaluation, drug safety, drug pricing, expenditure forecasting, comparative effectiveness research, and outcomes measurement for various health and welfare programs.

The Policy Associate will perform some combination of the following job functions:
• Develop descriptive statistics
• Conduct literature searches and other independent research and summarize findings
• Produce draft econometric and statistical analyses of data using statistical software such as SAS and STATA
• Coordinate project activities and communications among diverse groups of internal and external stakeholders
• Draft interpretations of study specifications, research findings, and quantitative analyses for relevant audiences
• With support from senior employees, prepare research files from large confidential datasets, such as healthcare claims, enrollment, and payment data
• Draft project reports, memos, presentations, and proposals
• Present findings to clients with support from more senior employees
• Interact with project officers and other government agency representatives to access data and program information and determine analytical strategy
• Assist with tracking and monitoring budgets
• Train employees on skills, concepts, and competencies of increasing complexity
• Help ensure work is consistent with established methods, best practices, and policy trends
• Comply with company policies and with applicable laws and regulations
• Demonstrate professionalism in the workplace
• Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications Required:
• Ph.D. in a quantitative, public policy, or related field or equivalent relevant experience
• 2 years of relevant work experience (in addition to experience in lieu of degree)
• Excellent quantitative analytical skills
• Excellent communication skills, organizational skills, and attention to detail
• Skilled in one or more of the following technical competencies: statistics, programming, policy writing, research methods documentation, or project management
• Experience demonstrating initiative, critical thinking, and problem-solving
• Experience demonstrating strategic and big-picture thinking
• Experience working in a team-oriented environment
• Experience prioritizing tasks and meeting deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Experienced in at least one relevant policy area

Application Requirements:
  • External Application URL and Instructions Below
Application deadline: 01/31/2023
Application Instructions:
This position is available in our Burlingame, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Washington, D.C. offices. The option to work remote will be considered for exceptionally qualified and experienced candidates.

Please upload your CV, Job Market/Research Paper, and Cover Letter with your application. Applications without a CV and, a Job Market/Research Paper, and a Cover Letter will not be considered.