Policy Analyst- Rural Health Research Center

Mar 20, 2020

The Cutler Institute at the University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce an opening for a full-time Policy Analyst position to support the Flex Monitoring Team (FMT), part of the Maine Rural Health Research Center.

The FMT is a consortium of the Rural Health Research Centers at the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Southern Maine, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to evaluate the impact of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program (the Flex Program). At USM, our work centers on population health, rural emergency medical services, innovation within the rural health care system, and overall program evaluation.

The Policy Analyst’s work focuses on policy analysis, evaluation, and applied research projects in the area of rural health, particularly rural hospitals and health care delivery systems and the policy environment in which they operate. S/he will work with colleagues on proposal development; identification, review, and summary of relevant policy and research literature; and collection, management and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data. This position also contributes to the development and writing of funding applications, work plans, interview protocols, data products, and reports.

We are looking for applicants with an interest in the rural health care system, who are detail oriented and possess strong written and oral communication skills. Knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite of software and qualitative and quantitative research methods is expected. Education, experience or interest in rural health and hospital policy and the health care needs of rural populations or related issues is desired. Some travel may be required.

We live our USM Service Promise Student Focused Every Day and we are looking for a team member who understands that promise and supports our values: Respect & Care, Integrity, Equity and Responsiveness.

The salary range for this position is $39,000-43,000/ year.

• Master’s degree in public health, health policy or related field and one year of experience working in health policy, health care, public health, human services, or related professional field; OR, Bachelor’s degree and three to five years’ experience
• Knowledge and understanding of U.S. health policy and healthcare delivery systems
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of rural health and hospital policy and the health care needs of rural populations
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative research and evaluation methods
• Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis
• Strong critical thinking, writing and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated organizational, work management, and group process skills, ability to take initiative to identify and propose new tasks and procedures
• Experience developing integrated literature reviews
• Ability and willingness to travel
• None

• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of hospital and health care system finance and operations
• Knowledge of SAS, SPSS, or other statistical analysis software
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the evaluation of state and federally funded grant programs
• Experience working collaboratively with a research and/or policy team

The University of Southern Maine provides a highly competitive benefits package that includes: paid time off (holidays, vacation, & sick), health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short- and long-term disability insurance, tuition waiver program for employee & dependents, a 403(b) retirement plan, and more.

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To apply:
Apply online at: https://usm.hiretouch.com/view-all-jobs. You will create an applicant profile and complete an application. You will need to upload a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae and a list of the names and contact information for three references.

All required materials must be submitted by April 5, 2020.

Appropriate background screening will be conducted for the successful candidate.

The University of Southern Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, please contact: Equal Opportunity Office, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).

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