Policy Analyst

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.




1000 Hilltop Circle
Sondheim Hall, 3rd floor
United States



The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is a nationally recognized policy and research center dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations. Hilltop conducts research, analysis, and evaluations for Maryland state agencies, other states, the federal government, foundations, and nonprofit organizations. Hilltop has nationally renowned expertise in Medicaid and in improving publicly funded health care systems. Formed in 1994 in a unique collaboration with the Maryland Medicaid program, Hilltop has grown to address issues that touch upon not only Medicaid, but also other publicly administered programs such as aging services, public health, Medicare, behavioral health, oral health, state coverage initiatives, and federally funded AIDS initiatives. Hilltop's interdisciplinary team of professionals includes clinicians, economists, attorneys, financial analysts, social scientists, and SAS programmers. Hilltop staff have extensive experience in health services delivery, data systems design, and public policy analysis. Hilltop is committed to addressing complex issues through informed, objective, and innovative research and analytics.

This position is in Hilltop’s Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Policy and Research Unit, which is experiencing growth in both its client base and project portfolio. Hilltop works with the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Health Care Commission, and the Developmental Disabilities Administration to develop new Medicaid LTSS delivery and financing models for people with chronic conditions and disabilities and has been assisting the state with LTSS reform. Hilltop also provides analytic and research support to the Maryland Center on Developmental Disabilities as well as multiple clinical initiatives through Johns Hopkins University.


The incumbent will be responsible for carrying out research, policy, and statistical analysis related to LTSS for older adults and individuals with disabilities.

Specific duties include:

  • Conceptualizing and managing quantitative and qualitative research on LTSS
  • Conducting data analysis on large data sets using SAS
  • Assisting states with budgeting and financial analysis
  • Directing multi-disciplinary teams composed of researchers, policy analysts, and programmers
  • Collaborating with Maryland and other states on LTSS system reform and implementation of the Affordable Care Act
  • Communicating research findings through reports, issue briefs, and presentations to professional audiences
  • Performing other duties as assigned 

Minimum Qualifications

Requires a master’s degree with course work in public policy/administration, economics, research methods, gerontology, public health, or a related field, and one year of experience with some exposure to health services research, administration, and/or policy analysis.

Note: A bachelor's degree, with course work in public policy/administration, economics, research methods, gerontology, public health, or a related field, plus three years of experience with some exposure to health services research, administration, and/or policy analysis, may be substituted for the master’s degree and required experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with SAS and/or SQL software; background in research, evaluation methodology, and projects involving large datasets; knowledge of publicly funded health insurance programs, such as Medicare and Medicaid; research interest and/or experience in LTSS; financial or governmental budgeting experience; and ability to set priorities, lead project teams, effectively allocate resources, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and complete projects on time and within budget.

Note: This position is grant-funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant.


Includes the full university benefits package.

Level of Language Proficiency

Must have highly effective verbal and written communication skills.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply



For best consideration, mail a cover letter (indicating Job # 2017-E), resume, and contact information for three professional references (resumes will be accepted until position is filled) to:

Policy Analyst Search Committee

The Hilltop Institute at UMBC

Sondheim Hall, 3rd floor

1000 Hilltop Circle

Baltimore, MD 21250

Or e-mail to:

resume@hilltop.umbc.edu (MS Word attachments required)

Note: If submitting materials electronically, the cover letter should be included in a separate attachment.

As required by the 1986 Immigration Act, be prepared to present acceptable documentation upon hire showing your identity and that you are a U.S. citizen or an alien who is authorized to work.