Director, Aging and Disability Studies (Job #492861)
The Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) is seeking a Director of Aging and Disability Studies. The ideal candidate will be passionate about advancing the health and wellbeing of older adults and people with disabilities and possess a proven track record in leading client engagements, developing new relationships and funding resources, managing staff, and conducting data analytics, policy analysis, and research.
Hilltop conducts research and policy analysis to support health care financing and delivery system reform in Maryland and other states. With access to an extensive onsite data repository that includes Medicaid and Medicare administrative data, hospital discharge data, nursing home assessment data, and all-payer claims data, Hilltop conducts qualitative and quantitative analysis to inform health care payment, program design, monitoring, and evaluation. Widely recognized for its unique collaboration with the Maryland Medicaid program, Hilltop is at the forefront of national efforts to find data-driven solutions to complex problems facing state policymakers as publicly funded health care systems transition to new models that reward quality and value over volume.
Hilltop’s core competencies include an extensive data repository, sophisticated analytics, knowledge of state health policy, and its highly regarded partnership with Maryland’s Medicaid program. Hilltop’s new strategic plan aims to build on these core competencies to strengthen its role with Maryland state agencies as a leading provider of data analytics and health informatics, become a central resource for research and engaged scholarship at UMBC aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of people and communities, and promote opportunities for collaboration on Medicaid cross-state research working with other state-public university partnerships.
Hilltop’s Aging and Disability Studies team provides data-driven research and policy analysis to the Medicaid agency and the Developmental Disabilities Administration within the Maryland Department of Health, the Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, and the Maryland Health Care Commission, to support development of new service delivery and financing models for Medicaid participants and individuals dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. The team assists the state with developing and monitoring home and community-based services waiver programs and provides research and policy analysis to support implementation of Affordable Care Act programs such as Money Follows the Person, the Balancing Incentives Program, and Community First Choice. The team’s responsibilities for state agencies include frequent quick turn-around requests as well as longer term projects. The team has undertaken long-term services and supports (LTSS) research and policy analysis in the states of New Mexico, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Mississippi. The team also engages in research collaborations with faculty at UMBC and its partner institution, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, as well as other universities and research organizations.
UMBC is a dynamic public research university integrating teaching, research, and service to benefit the citizens of Maryland. The Baltimore Sun recognizes UMBC as one of the region’s top employers, with solid leadership, vision, and direction. UMBC is an institution that values diversity, promotes civic engagement, and supports work-life balance. The Hilltop Institute, one of the largest research centers on campus, engages in collaborative, data-driven research with UMBC faculty and provides research opportunities to graduate students. Hilltop staff enjoy the benefits of a university environment and are encouraged to take advantage of tuition remission to pursue skill-building course work and graduate degrees.
The Director of Aging and Disability Studies reports to Hilltop’s Chief of Staff, serves on Hilltop’s senior management team, and directs the Aging and Disability Studies team, currently consisting of four policy analysts. The incumbent is responsible for providing strategic vision in the area of aging and disability research and policy, leading the Aging and Disability Studies team consistent with Hilltop’s strategic plan, developing and managing related research and policy initiatives, and developing new partnerships, projects, and funding sources. Specific duties include:
- Identifying emerging policy issues in the fields of aging and disability and the delivery of LTSS
- Providing strategic direction for Hilltop’s work in aging and disability
- Interfacing with external clients and stakeholders as well as within the UMBC community
- Conceptualizing and directing quantitative and qualitative research involving large data sets
- Developing, securing funding for, and managing research and engaged scholarship projects with faculty partners at UMBC, UMB, and other research organizations
- Ensuring that grants and contracts are managed responsibly and within budget
- Supervising and mentoring staff on the Aging and Disability Studies team and promoting staff development through peer learning, training, professional presentations and publications, and other strategies
- Working collaboratively with other Hilltop directors and senior management to initiate and manage research initiatives involving cross-organization teams of researchers, analysts, and programmers
- Providing consultation to state agencies and other clients on aging and disability policy and LTSS system reform
- Communicating policy options and research findings through reports, issue briefs, peer-reviewed journals, and presentations to professional audiences
- Providing consultation and strategic guidance as a member of Hilltop’s senior management team
- Performing other duties as assigned
Requires a master’s degree (PhD preferred) in public policy, health economics, public health, gerontology, or a related field and at least ten years of experience in health services research, administration, and/or policy analysis. Must be proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and have excellent verbal and written communications skills.
The ideal candidate will be an experienced leader with extensive experience in aging and disability policy and research, both at the state and federal level. An established track record in organizational growth and development, building partnerships, securing research grants and contracts, managing staff, and nurturing client relationships. Ability to set priorities, multi-task, lead project teams, mentor and develop staff, effectively manage resources, and complete projects on time and within budget. Committed to Hilltop’s mission and the ability to positively represent the organization to external stakeholders.
Exempt, full-time, grant-funded (Note: This position is grant-funded, wherein employment is contingent upon the renewal of the grant). Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is full-time, offers excellent opportunity for professional growth, and includes the full university benefits package including tuition remission for qualified candidates.
For best consideration, send a cover letter (indicating Job #492861), resume, and contact information for three professional references (in three separate attachments) by March 1, 2019 (resumes will be accepted until the position is filled) to:
Director, Aging and Disability Policy Studies Search Committee
The Hilltop Institute at UMBC
Sondheim Hall, 3rd Floor
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250
* If submitting materials electronically, the cover letter should be included in a separate attachment.
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February 4, 2019