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Associate Director/Scientist

University of South Carolina

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Classification Title:

Senior Scientist

Internal Title:

Associate Director/Scientist



Work County:



College of Social Work


COSW Institute for Families in Society

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Advertised Minimum Salary :

Salary commensurate with qualifications.

Advertised Salary Range:

Salary commensurate with experience

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

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Work Schedule:

Standard working schedule: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position:

Full-time Equivalent (FTE)

Basis :

12 months

Job Search Category:

Health and Human Services

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Diversity Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

Benefit Eligibility Type:

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE)

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Advertised Job Summary:

The Institute for Families in Society (IFS) College of Social Work, University of South Carolina (UofSC), is seeking an Associate Director/Senior Scientistand a Director of Medicaid Research & Evaluation/Associate Scientist for its Integrated Health and Policy Research Unit (IHPR). This Unit is home to an interdisciplinary team of researchers, policy analysts, biostatisticians, data scientists and data visualization specialists who conduct research, evaluation, and policy analysis to support health care and delivery system reform, as well as health services, evaluation, maternal and child health, big data analytics, data visualization, and health policy initiatives. IHPR has a 30-year history of working with health care claims specializing in Medicaid, health care delivery systems and health equity. Funded continuously since 1997, this unit is supported through grants and contracts. For more information or to apply, click the related link:

Reporting directly to the Director of IHPR, the Associate Director/Scientist will work closely with the Director to oversee the IHPR portfolio of research. The candidate will ensure that the IHPR effectively and efficiently carries out its many functions. This position supports both quantitative and qualitative research and data analytics related to big data (e.g., Medicaid, Medicare, health care systems) and other health programs. The primary appointment will be to support and grow the Institute’s Health Services and Policy project portfolio. We seek candidates with expertise in public policy/health policy analysis, health services research, health economics, risk management and insurance, including evaluation of health programs, with an emphasis on Medicaid quality, managed care policy, behavioral health, and Medicaid managed long-term services and supports and other Medicaid waivers. The position will supervise the Director of Research and Evaluation and together oversee the work of team leads of the unit. This position is eligible for Research Faculty rank of Research Associate/ Professor level.

The UofSC is one of the Southeast’s major public research institutions. Would you be interested in joining an award-winning urban research university? At UofSC, we emphasize work-life balance. With excellent benefits, competitive pay, and an exciting location, UofSC could be the place for you. Located in Columbia, SC, UofSC is only 2 to 3 hours from the coast or the Blue Ridge mountains. Our faculty are nationally and internationally known for their research activity. UofSC has received the top ranking by the Carnegie Foundation as an institution with “Highest Research Activity.” IFS-sponsored research awards have totaled more than $6 million each of the last eight years, significantly impacting work contributing to improving the lives of South Carolinians.

We welcome all qualified candidates to apply. If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact Ana Lopez-De Fede, PhD, at [email protected] .

Minimum Qualifications (Classified and Unclassified positions):

Terminal degree in public health, health services research, health policy, or related discipline from an accredited college or university.·10 years of experience in progressively responsible leadership roles and procurement of research funding.

Preferred Qualifications:

Creative, entrepreneurial spirit and track record of building new programs and securing federal or foundation grants or contracts with state agencies.Demonstrates knowledge of relevant health policy or health system topics, such as health care innovations, payment reforms (ACOs, bundled payments, value-based purchasing), CMS demonstrations, etc.Possesses strong organizational, analytic, and problem-solving skills.Demonstrates knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research methods.Mature, detail-oriented, able to work independently and with a team, operate effectively under deadline pressure and manage competing priorities.Must exercise flexibility to adapt to changing priorities and needs of the organization.Track record in writing proposals, securing funding, and peer-reviewed publications.


The candidate has experience in evaluating health programs, emphasizing Medicaid quality, managed care policy, long-term care services, supports, and other Medicaid waivers. The candidate must have experience working within a participatory research environment, enabling them to secure extramural funding to build upon the ongoing research in the Institute.

Forward-thinking, goal-oriented collaborative leader

Demonstrated experience in research, program development, and evaluation.

Experience working with or extensive knowledge of public insurance programs such as Medicaid or Medicare.

Excellent written and oral communication skills with a publication and funding track- record commensurate with experience.

Possess deep knowledge and experience with health and racial equity and intersectional frameworks and approaches and knows how to analyze economic and related data using these frameworks.

Experience translating high-level research for broad audiences and working across programs to achieve high impact.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a dynamic, fast-paced, cross-functional matrix environment where everyone is expected to balance multiple roles and commitments.

Demonstrated understanding of policies and procedures related to data security and privacy. Ability to work within a HIPAA secure environment.

Demonstrated management skills and general knowledge of budgeting and fiscal management.

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

For application to be considered complete, it must include:

  • UofSC application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 Professional References
  • Cover Letter, and
  • Research Statement
The main goal of a research statement is to walk the search committee through the evolution of the research, highlighting research accomplishments and the next steps for the work. To a certain extent, the following steps that you identify within your statement will also need to touch on how the candidate’s research could benefit the position and academic unit. This might be grant money, faculty collaborations, or other efforts. The following questions frame the research statement with the application.
  • What got you interested in this research?
  • What was the burning question that you set out to answer?
  • What challenges did you encounter along the way, and how did you overcome these challenges?
  • How can your research be applied to policy, practice, systems change or development?
  • Why is your research necessary within your field?
  • What direction will your research take you next, and what new questions do you have to guide future research?
  • How do your research and this position contribute to the larger body of work undertaken by the Institute for Families in Society?

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email.

We are only accepting applications submitted by July 28, 2022.

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EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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