Policy Analyst, Long Term Services and Supports

Boston, Suffolk County / Charlestown, Suffolk County
Jul 14, 2014
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Commonwealth Medicine’s Center for Health Law and Economics (CHLE) provides public and private sector clients with the consultative expertise necessary to interpret, understand and comply with health reform efforts, changes in health care laws and economic effects of health care policies including the design and implementation of Medicaid and Medicare waivers, drafting laws and related documents and negotiating federal approval for these programs - particularly around Massachusetts' landmark health care reform initiative. Our consulting also includes the analysis of financial incentives and organizational components of health care systems to predict or measure effects on consumers and the market.


Due to our continued growth, we are seeking a Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Policy Analyst to support the policy development, research, analysis and writing activities of the Center for Health Law and Economics by researching and writing; supporting stakeholder engagement activities; identifying, obtaining, organizing and analyzing quantitative and qualitative data; and gathering information from multiple sources on the costs, utilization, quality and access to long term services and supports. 

As LTSS Policy Analyst, you will draft written reports and prepare summaries of policy and data analyses, prepare charts, graphs, tables, and presentations, and provide input to written reports and other materials in easily understood formats for both internal and external distribution. 


You will also:


  • Perform policy and data analyses of LTSS topics and issues, which will typically require an understanding of the project’s goals, the policy context, and the ability to combine and synthesize data and information from multiple sources.  May assist with complex analyses. 
  • Obtain data and information from a wide variety of sources, including federal agencies, state agencies, insurers, health care providers, human services providers, academic and professional journals, professional organizations, foundations, news outlets, blogs, consulting project clients and consulting project partners.
  • Assess the quality of the data obtained by analyzing the data for missing data and/or inconsistencies and, as needed, assist with the development and implementation of methods to improve the quality of the data by obtaining missing values, resolving inconsistencies or excluding selected data from analyses.
  • Organize data by constructing databases and spreadsheets and organize qualitative information in a manner that facilitates its use for policy analysis.
  • Assist in identifying sources of data and information relevant to specific analytic projects on long term services and supports topics and issues.


In addition, you will support client efforts to develop LTSS policy by providing strategic coaching and advice to LTSS stakeholders and build and maintain relationships with LTSS stakeholders.

A Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years exceptional performance in related  professional work experience; OR Master’s degree or comparable level graduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. public policy, law, public health, health economics, public or business administration with a concentration in health care) and one to two (1-2) years of work experience.  Required work experience may include internships or research assistant roles requiring analysis, writing or research.  This position also requires:


  • Demonstrated ability to conduct thoughtful and accurate analysis, research and writing in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce thorough, accurate results and to meet project milestones and deadlines.
  • Excellent quantitative and qualitative policy research and analytical skills.
  • Excellent analytical and writing skills as demonstrated in writing sample and past analytical work.
  • Excellent oral communication skills.
  • Ability to learn new issues quickly.
  • Ability to take initiative on assignments and work independently.
  • Demonstrated expertise in computer based tools, including spreadsheets, database management, work processing, and presentation software.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others at all levels of responsibility


Preferred qualifications for the strongest candidates include:

  • Master’s degree or comparable level graduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. public policy, law, public health, health economics, public or business administration with a concentration in health care)
  • Knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system and current health care policy issues.
  • Knowledge of federal and state legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Knowledge of health care payment methods.
  • Experience presenting complex data, analyses and information in easily understood formats.
  • Experience in using statistical software, such as SAS.
  • Experience writing project proposals, grants, vendor contracts and other types of business proposals at the local, state and/or federal level or conducting a procurement initiative at a state agency or foundation.
  • Excellence in work performance, as evidenced by letters of reference or awards for performance or similar indicators.
  • Strong collaborative and team-building skills.
  • Ability to manage several projects at once, respond to tight timelines and operate effectively in a fast-paced environment and take direction from multiple senior level staff