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Data Analyst – NJDMAHS Business Intelligence Unit:

Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, a unit within the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, is recruiting a highly skilled, full-time data analyst who will be assigned to work within the NJ Division of Medical Assistance & Health Services’ (“DMAHS” or “Medicaid”) Business Intelligence Unit (BIU) located in Hamilton Township, NJ. The data analyst assists in the development, staffing, and operations of the BIU, expanding the current data analytic capabilities of DMAHS and enabling the rapid identification of emerging trends in enrollment, eligibility, service utilization, and other information needed to gain actionable intelligence on ways to improve the quality and efficiency of health care services delivered to clients within the NJ FamilyCare program.

Key Duties

  • Engages in detailed research projects undertaken at the request of the DMAHS Director/Assistant Commissioner or senior management to inform the future direction of the NJ FamilyCare program.
  • Participates in the development of business intelligence tools to support the Office of Business Intelligence, including interactive dashboards, slide presentations, standardized queries for various performance metrics, and other business intelligence deliverables.
  • Develops ad-hoc reports from the State’s data warehouse in response to requests for information made pursuant to the Open Public Records Act, press inquiries, and inquiries from various sources within State government, including for example, individuals from DMAHS, other DHS divisions (including DHS senior management), Department of Health, Department of Treasury, Department of Children and Families, and the Office of the Governor, provided that only HIPAA “safe harbor” de-identified information can generally be provided outside of DMAHS.
  • Supports the Office of Business Intelligence and the State’s data warehouse in the linking of various data sets that may be useful for developing methods of healthcare quality improvement and cost containment in NJ FamilyCare.
  • Provides assistance to various DMAHS business units in performing statistical sampling required by state or federal law or statute.
  • Performs tasks under general supervision and may be assigned a specific area of responsibility.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Strong work ethic and problem-solving skills, who take initiative and enjoy making sense of complex data, and who have strong attention to detail and scientific curiosity.
  • Sufficient experience to work independently and lead various BIU activities.
  • Good collaborator, with the ability and motivation to progress rapidly in assimilating and applying advanced techniques in statistical analysis and programming, complex data management, and systems improvement strategies.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.
  • Ability to build and/or adapt complex programs (e.g., hospital quality and patient safety measures) for innovative uses; requires the ability to understand and revise sophisticated bio-statistical programming.
  • Ability to effectively interpret supervisor’s directions and communicate progress and problems in a timely way.
  • Capacity to create visually appealing and understandable presentation of data.
  • Work productively and cooperatively with project team members in a highly collaborative, supportive environment.
  • Ability to develop and maintain clear and organized methodological documentation.
  • Possess strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills.
  • Must have exceptional time management skills and the ability to effectively prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgement in making critical decisions.
  • Possess strong “data hygiene” skills with an understanding of best practices for validating own programs and output as well as being able to replicate and validate the work of other analysts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain productive and successful relationships with the appropriate agencies and external DMAHS vendors with regard to information processing requirements.
  • Knowledge of the development and maintenance of systems documentation including feasibility reports, specifications, design documentation, test scripts, data, etc.
  • Knowledge of statistical theory, practices, and techniques, business intelligence and reporting tools, and their application to the analysis and evaluation of administrative procedures and processes.
Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in relevant disciplines including statistics/biostatistics, epidemiology, health informatics/IT, policy analysis/administration, public health, economics, engineering, computer science, or information security.
  • Experience working with and analyzing complex hospital or other healthcare provider billing/EHR data, Medicaid/Medicare claims and other health utilization data for research, program evaluation, and policy development within an academic or government agency setting.
  • Proven ability to work with the processes and technologies of other large administrative health and financial data.
  • Experience building NCQA HEDIS quality measures or other similar healthcare quality indicators (i.e. AHRQ Quality Indicators, PQA) and/or alternative payment models.
  • Extensive knowledge of data management and manipulation using a combination of the following tools: MS Access, Excel, SQL, Python, R, SAS, STATA, geographic mapping software or other business/data analytics tool.
  • Ability to analyze and report data using statistical and Business Intelligence dashboard tools such as Tableau (Server and Prep), SAP BI.
  • Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative statistical and narrative reports containing findings, analyses, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • A record of accomplishments in the area of health data analytics.
Minimum Education and Experience

  • Bachelors degree in relevant disciplines including statistics/biostatistics, epidemiology, health informatics/IT, policy analysis/administration, public health, economics, engineering, computer science, or information security.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of professional experience querying, analyzing, and reporting on complex healthcare data sets utilizing such programs such as Access, SAS, SQL, SAP BI or equivalent.
  • Note that an advanced degree can be substituted for 2 years of experience.
Additional Required Qualifications:
Salary:

Commensurate With Experience

Start Date:

Flexible

To Apply:

Please apply at: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/120534 with letter of interest, full curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional reference letters



Mid-Career or Senior Faculty (Open Rank Tenured or Tenure Track)- State Health Policy:

Rutgers Center for State Health Policy (CSHP/Center) is recruiting one or more mid-career or senior faculty with demonstrated ability to develop and lead a program of research that addresses critical and timely health systems, population health, and policy challenges facing New Jersey, other states, and the nation. Early stage candidates who have already demonstrated exceptional promise to achieve an independent, extramurally supported research career will be considered. This position offers a unique and exciting opportunity for candidates interested in achieving academic excellence by conducting high-impact, applied health services and state health policy research.

Areas of Research Inquiry
We are interested in candidates who can successfully advance a research agenda consistent with the Center’s mission. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Informing the development and implementation of payment and delivery system reforms intended to lead to more effective and efficient care for medically and socially complex patients, particularly those covered by Medicaid;
  • Identifying causes and potential solutions to long-standing and emerging health disparities and inequities;
  • Evaluating public policies intended to improve care for aging populations and individuals with disabilities;
  • Informing strategies to improve population health and well-being by addressing social determinants of health;
  • Investigating policies to expand access to affordable health insurance coverage; and
  • Examining impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and possible future emergencies on the health, economic, and overall well-being of at-risk populations and identifying strategies to mitigate adverse effects.

Candidate Qualifications
Education:

  • A doctoral degree at the time of application in a discipline such as economics, political science, psychology, or sociology; an applied research field such as law, public policy, health services research and epidemiology; a clinical degree plus advanced research training and experience.

Experience Conducting and Translating Research:

  • Demonstrated success in developing extramurally-funded research and ability to build a robustly funded program of research that advances knowledge in health systems and policy;
  • Demonstrated track record in translating and disseminating research findings to diverse policy audiences;
  • Expertise in inferential and predictive modeling, working with large administrative data sources, analyzing complex surveys, and applying mixed quantitative-qualitative methods; and
  • Strong leadership and mentorship skills and ability to take on teaching and student mentorship responsibilities within the tenure department.

About the Center:
The mission of CSHP is to inform, support, and stimulate sound and creative state health policy in New Jersey and around the nation. The Center is a unit of the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (IFH) within Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). After an initial three-year period with access to a generous start-up package, the successful candidate(s) will be expected to cover a substantial share of their time with extramural funding awards. Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with relevant research experience, publication record, and other achievements. The successful candidate(s) will work in-residence within CSHP/IFH, and they will be jointly appointed to a tenure-conferring unit within a Rutgers school/department that is consistent with the applicant’s academic discipline and interests.

Additional Required Qualifications:
  • We seek applicants with experience in advanced empirical skills and strong theoretical grounding.
  • A doctoral degree at the time of application in a discipline such as economics, political science, psychology, or sociology; an applied research field such as law, public policy, health services research and epidemiology; a clinical degree plus advanced research training and experience.
Salary:

Commensurate With Experience

Start Date:

Flexible

To Apply:

Please apply at: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/120534 with letter of interest, full curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three professional reference letters



ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF HEALTH SERVICES RESEARCH:

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, a unit of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), invites applications for a Health Services Researcher with health care delivery and/or policy research experience or training.

Many opportunities exist for collaboration with significant existing lines of research on behavioral health including psychotropic oversight for foster care children, quality of care for persons with severe mental illness, psychotropic treatment in nursing homes, integrated behavioral health care, health system response to the opioid epidemic and other substance abuse and mental health topics.

Other areas of interest include comparative effectiveness research, access to care, quality of care, health disparities, integrated care for behavioral health and primary medical care, financing and organization of health care, chronic disease management and outcomes, health care reform, aging research, mixed methods and evaluation of health policy and delivery system initiatives through analyses of Medicare and Medicaid programs. Research addressing population health, translation of health services research findings into practice and the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups is valued.

The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in the Institute for Health with tenure-track or tenured appointment in an appropriate Rutgers school or department with teaching, clinical, and/or mentoring responsibilities. Opportunity exists for appointment as a Chancellor’s Scholar.

Additional Required Qualifications:
  • Strong interest in building a health services or policy research portfolio working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary group of social scientists, policy scholars and clinicians.
  • Doctoral or clinical degree (e.g., PhD, MD, DrPH) with strong theoretical grounding.
  • Empirical skills, quantitative and/or qualitative research expertise.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to support developing a rigorous program of research.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop strong, well-designed applications for federal research funding.
  • Developing and leading a program of research in substance abuse and mental health services would be especially of interest.
  • Expertise with health services research data resources, such as Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance datasets, is welcomed. Substantial multiyear data resources with opportunities for research with electronic health record data from an extensive Rutgers health system and affiliated health systems are available.
Salary:

Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with scholarly achievements. Given the importance of the candidate’s ability to develop and lead a substantial program of externally funded research, preference would be for junior faculty with grant funding experience and mid-career to senior researchers with established grant funding records. Initial support for establishing a strong program of research will be provided with the expectation that the research program will be increasingly supported by extramural funds.

Start Date:

To Apply:

Please apply at: http://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/67383 with letter of interest, full curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five professional references. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.



ASSISTANT/ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF GERONTOLOGY OR GERIATRIC/PALLIATIVE MEDICINE:

The Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, a unit of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), invites applications for a faculty position in gerontology or geriatric/palliative medicine with health care, services delivery and/or policy research experience or training.

The successful candidate will be jointly appointed in the Institute for Health with tenure-track or tenured appointment within an appropriate Rutgers school or department with teaching, clinical, and/or mentoring responsibilities. Opportunity exists for appointment as a Chancellor’s Scholar as well as protective efforts and support during the early years of hire.

Additional Required Qualifications:
  • A doctoral degree in gerontology, doctor of geriatric/palliative medicine or an advanced social science degree in psychology, sociology, nursing or social work combined with research, background or training in gerontology or aging studies.
  • A strong interest in building a services or policy research portfolio working collaboratively with a multidisciplinary group of social scientists, clinicians and policy scholars.
  • Demonstrated track record of successfully competing for research grants or high potential for federal funding.
  • Interest in developing a program of research in any of a number of potential areas in gerontology or geriatric/palliative medicine including, but not limited to, behavioral health, minority health, health equity, trauma exposure, violence, biopsychosocial behaviors in prevention and treatment, chronic disease management and health outcomes, and evaluation of health policy and delivery system initiatives.
  • Highly desirable is research addressing population health, translational scientific research, and the needs of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.
  • A strong theoretical grounding and quantitative and/or qualitative research skills with excellent oral and written communication skills to support developing a rigorous program of research.
Salary:

Salary and academic rank will be commensurate with scholarly achievements including funded research and publication record, as well as other relevant professional experience. Initial support for establishing a strong program of research will be provided with the expectation that the research program will be increasingly supported by extramural funds.

Start Date:

To Apply:

Please apply at: http://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/63600 with letter of interest, full curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least five professional references. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.

Rutgers is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff and students.