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This position is full-time and works approximately 37.5 hours per week.
Department Name/Job Location:
This position is in the Centene Center for Health Transformation for the Brown School at the Danforth Campus.
The Centene Center for Health Transformation is a partnership between Washington University researchers and Centene Corporation, a large managed care organization. A key goal of the Center is to develop and test innovative programs and initiatives that impact the health and well-being of individuals and communities, and to generate high-quality research that can inform health policy and the enhanced delivery of managed care.
In conjunction with the Director, the Associate Director of Research will facilitate and guide the center’s research portfolio and contribute to strategic planning. In collaboration with the Leadership team, this position will jointly exercise responsibility for the development and implementation of the Center’s research and evaluation strategy and project plans. The Associate Director will provide overall programmatic and operational leadership for the Center.��
The idea candidate will have expertise in healthcare systems and healthcare delivery to advance the Center’s research agenda focused on using behavioral economics to develop and test provider interventions to improve health outcomes. The Associate Director of Research is responsible for recommending evidenced-based practices and developing innovative original research that can be tested and applied in a real world settings.
PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Contribute to and facilitate the development, monitoring, and implementation of Center's research priorities and plans. This will include jointly exercising responsibility with the Leadership Team in identifying and implementing new research and evaluation projects and partnerships, ensuring program teams remain aligned with overall goals and strategic plan of the Center, and aligning the resources of the organization to the areas of most beneficial impact.
Identify potential funding and publication opportunities, and lead efforts to grow the Center’s research portfolio and impact. Assess managed care claims data to generate new research questions and projects, and oversee the university side of claims data transfer processes Lead the preparation of manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals, including data collection and analysis, drafting and editing manuscript text, managing references, and ensuring that manuscripts conform to journal style guidelines.� Lead high-level literature searches and identification of evidence-based best practices to inform policy and programmatic recommendations. Provide leadership and oversight of Center Operations related to research and data needs.
Provide oversight and leadership around management of Center projects to ensure that research work is well planned and successfully executed on-time and within scope and budget. This will include offering support to Center colleagues to ensure effective delivery on all project commitments, and where necessary identifying the required additional resources, expertise, and processes. Candidate will ensure sharing of best practices and project management resources. Finally, candidate will contribute to building, implementing, and overseeing internal systems for conducting ongoing research projects.
Individual will work closely with the Brown School research and business offices to monitor current project budgets, develop research and evaluation proposal budgets, keep track of current project-related spending, and provide input on the development of project-related budgets, as necessary.
Manage Center research staff and students. Ensure a smooth workflow across different Center priorities.
Master’s degree in public health, social work, social sciences, public policy, or similar degree and three years related experience
Demonstrated capability in conducting rigorous health research
Mastery of computer word processing software, and basic understanding of other computer programs and competence in learning new software
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Advanced knowledge and understanding of healthcare research, policy, and data
PhD in public health, social work, social sciences, public policy, or similar degree and five years related experience
Previous experience in a high-performing office environment
Knowledge of and experience working within healthcare systems
Four years or more of project management experience
Deep knowledge of statistical analysis methods and experience with various software packages e.g. SPSS, STATA, SAS, etc.
Experience working with research projects that utilize managed care claims data
Understanding of care delivery barriers and opportunities for innovation in health systems
Ability to analyze and incorporate claims data into all stages of the Center’s research process
Application of behavioral economics to health care system and service design and processes
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Analytical skills, including advanced statistical modeling skills
Ability to design, develop, and implement new research agendas
Ability to draft and publish academic manuscripts in high-impact journals
Great attention to detail
Ability to work independently
Respond to quick deadlines
Strong organizational skills
Ability to prioritize tasks and work well under pressure
Self-starter and strongly motivated
Ability to optimize content presentation
Must possess initiative, discretion and mature judgment
Ability to be an excellent team player
The hiring range for this position is $65,559 - $85,293 annually.
-Retirement Savings Plan -22 vacation days -10 Paid Holidays -Sick Time -Tuition benefits for employee, spouse and dependent children -Free Metro Link/ Bus pass -Free Life Insurance -Health, Dental, Vision -Health Savings Accounts (HSA) -Long Term Disability Insurance -Flex Spending Plan -Other Benefits
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Internal Applicant Instruction:
Please attach a copy of your most current signed performance evaluation (completed within the last 18 months) to your online account. If you have not received a performance evaluation, you may provide two current signed letters of recommendation (written within the last 18 months), preferably to include one letter from either a current or recent former supervisor. To attach these documents, go to: My Career Tools, Add Attachment, Attachment Type – Performance Reviews or Letters of Recommendation.
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