Senior Health Services Researcher

Arlington, Virginia, United States /
Altarum Institute – Population Health/Applied Research Analytics /
/ Remote
Altarum is seeking a Senior Health Services Researcher to work within our Applied Research and Analytics Practice Area. The Senior Health Services Researcher will serve as project director and/or task lead for multiple projects within the Applied Research and Analytics practice area within our Population Health Division. Specific focus will be in our Health Economics and Policy work and may include assessing the value and economic impacts of investments to improve health and life outcomes, health care policy cost-benefit analysis, state health care affordability, and health spending analysis.
You will have the opportunity to use your knowledge of research design, data analysis, statistics, economics, health care and delivery, and the social determinants of health to generate insights that inform health care solutions. Specific tasks may include literature reviews, data management, statistical analysis, economic modeling, claims data analysis, report and publication writing, and presentation of results to clients and colleagues. 


    • Designing and leading research projects or tasks using qualitative and quantitative methods
    • Identifying, acquiring, and analyzing health, health sector, and related economic data from government and other sources to complete project tasks and economic evaluations
    • Analyzing survey and claims data to answer research questions of interest
    • Conducting statistical analyses to assess the significance of program and policy impacts and assess relationships between health and lifetime outcomes
    • Create written and oral presentations interpreting data for a variety of audiences including conference presentations, client reports, public facing white papers, and peer-review journal articles
    • Develop and refine data visualizations to present findings to a wide variety of audiences
    • Interacting closely with clients and being responsive to client needs
    • Manage, overseeing, and providing mentorship to junior analysts
    • Working on multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
    • Develop work products from start to finish while maintaining a consistently high degree of accuracy and attention to detail in all tasks
    • Assumes responsibility for project quality and ensures deliverables are executed within budget, scope, and schedule 
    • Manage risks and report status and completion of tasks to clients and stakeholders
    • Support business development activities through solution design and technical proposal contributions


    • Master’s degree in public health, economics, social science, public policy, or related field and at least six years of relevant work experience
    • Knowledge of wide range of research methods and processes, including literature reviews, quantitative analysis, qualitative methods, and formal writing
    • Experience designing and conducting economic and statistical analyses of health care and economic data, including from government sources. Experience with administrative claims data a plus
    • Technical proficiency in analytical software including Microsoft Excel and one of the following statistical packages: R, STATA, or SAS. Experience with analyses in SQL databases a plus
    • Ability to demonstrate an exceptionally high level of organization and attention to detail
    • Experience working within multi-disciplinary teams
    • Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work with others remotely
    • Possess excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to organize and articulate findings, prepare and conduct presentations, and facilitate group discussions
    • Ability to plan, organize, manage, and prioritize work across multiple projects
    • Experience writing and reviewing substantive sections of project proposals as well as providing input to budgets and other facets of proposals/pursuing new business opportunities through networking and other avenues

Logistical Requirements

    • At this time we will only accept candidates who are presently eligible to work in the United States and will not require sponsorship.
    • Our organization requires that all work, for the duration of your employment, must be completed in the continental U.S. unless required by contract.
    • If you are local to our offices in Arlington, Silver Spring, Ann Arbor, or Portland this role will be hybrid.
    • Must be able to work during eastern time unless approved by your manager.

Altarum is a nonprofit organization focused on improving the health of individuals with fewer financial resources and populations disenfranchised by the health care system.  We work primarily on behalf of federal and state governments to design and implement solutions that achieve measurable results.  We combine our expertise in public health and health care delivery with technology development and implementation, practice transformation, training and technical assistance, quality improvement, data analytics, and applied research and evaluation. Our innovative solutions and proven processes lead to better value and health for all. 
In addition to the meaningful and challenging work, Altarum offers an outstanding benefits program that includes paid time off, tuition reimbursement, 401k (3% employer contribution plus opportunity for gainsharing), a flexible work environment, and much more. We invite you to explore exciting and rewarding career opportunities with us.  
Altarum provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.