Research Analyst (Health Policy)

22 Jan, 2023


Research Analyst (Health Policy)

Urban Institute
Washington, D.C.

About Urban Institute:

At the Urban Institute, we believe in the power of evidence to improve lives and strengthen communities. As a nonprofit focusing on social and economic policy, our researchers and policy entrepreneurs open minds, shape decisions, and identify transformative solutions to the most pressing issues of our time.


Our Mission

To open minds, shape decisions, and offer solutions through economic and social policy research.


Our Values

Collaboration, Equity, Inclusivity, Independence, and Integrity

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The Opportunity:

The Health Policy Center analyzes changes in health insurance coverage, access to care, and use of health care services by the entire U.S. population. Researchers address issues that arise from the inevitable trade-offs among health care costs, access, and quality as well as the challenges of identifying policies and practices that could reduce historical racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic inequities in the health care system.

The successful applicant will be part of a small team that develops and applies the Health Insurance Policy Simulation Model (HIPSM) to analyze current policy proposals. The team produces research that has had a substantial impact in many health policy areas, at both national and state levels. Findings from HIPSM have been cited in top tier media, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal and referenced in the majority opinion in the Supreme Court case King v. Burwell regarding the Affordable Care Act.


What you’ll do:

  • Bring creativity and technical skill to help develop innovative research methods and rigorous analyses that are used by policymakers and practitioners to make evidence-based policy and decisions.
  • Employ the state-of-the-art Health Insurance Policy Simulation model (HIPSM), a detailed microsimulation model of the US health insurance system, to analyze proposed policies.
  • Enhance the model’s capabilities to simulate current health reform proposals by incorporating new evidence, methods, and data into model parameters.
  • Take a lead role in the analysis of data on health coverage and spending from household surveys, employer surveys, administrative and claims data.
  • Contribute to the writing and presentation of research results.
  • Produce graphics for publications and presentations.
  • Take initiative to suggest improvements or innovations to methods or processes.


What you’ll bring:

We are seeking a candidate who excels in attention to detail and organizational skills and who works well in teams.  The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Masters in Public Policy, Economics, Statistics, Data Science, or related field or the equivalent combination of academic knowledge and research experience.
  • Extensive experience in programming with statistical software using STATA, R or SAS and superior familiarity with Excel.  (A sample of computer code will be requested.)
  • Excellent quantitative and analytical skills, with a background in health policy a plus.
  • Strong presentation, written and oral communication skills. (A writing sample will be requested.)
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate clearly to team members.
  • Ability to communicate respectfully with individuals of differing backgrounds and experience.
  • Experience with graphics and/or mapping software is a plus.
  • Availability to start work within 4 to 6 weeks of hiring is a plus.


What You’ll Experience:

No matter your role with Urban, you will contribute to meaningful work that makes a difference for people and communities across the country. And whether you call the Washington, DC area or elsewhere home, you can expect to be part of a welcoming and hybrid workplace. We are committed to cultivating a community and working in a manner defined by collaboration, equity, inclusivity, independence, and integrity.


Urban’s greatest asset is our people.

Urban is committed to supporting our staff’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being through a robust benefits package for yourself, eligible dependents, and domestic partners. It includes generous paid time off, including nine federal holidays, medical (including prescription), dental and vision insurance, and transit benefits. Urban is unique in that we offer 403(b) retirement plan participation immediately after you’re hired and a generous employer contribution after five months of service and 1,000 hours, with immediate vesting. You’ll also have access to a health advocate, personal finance coaching, an Employee Assistance Program, and educational assistance for undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


As a federal contractor, Urban will comply with Executive Order (EO) 14042 that requires federal contractors, subcontractors, and their respective employees to comply with Covid-19 vaccinations. All Urban Institute employees must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by January 18, 2022, and comply with masking and distancing requirements, regardless of responsibilities or work location. New hires must also be fully vaccinated before starting work.  Employees may request exemption from vaccination against COVID-19 based on either a medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.  Where such an exemption is approved, Urban will discuss with each employee potential accommodation.


The Urban Institute has formally recognized the Urban Institute Employees’ Union, which is part of the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). Urban management and the Union work together in good faith and are motivated by a shared commitment to this institution. This position is included in the Union-represented collective bargaining unit, and specific employment terms and conditions are subject to collective bargaining negotiations.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by the people assigned. This posting is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements. Urban management reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet business and organizational needs as necessary.


The Urban Institute is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender or gender identity, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, veteran status, pregnancy or family responsibilities, matriculation, disability, political affiliation, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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Job posted: 2023-01-22