NORC at the University of Chicago, an independent research organization with 80 years of leadership and experience in data collection, program evaluation, data analysis, and information dissemination, seeks a Vice President (VP) to join its Health Research Departments leadership team. This is a strategic role that will further develop a world-class health care research function at one of the nation's most respected research institutions, significantly impacting NORC’s success and service to our clients.
The new Health Care VP will assume a strong portfolio of funded work already underway for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) state-level Medicaid offices, Veterans Administration, Department of Defense, foundations, associations, and commercial entities. The work of the department is focused on a solid foundation of scientific and methodological excellence and research that includes scalable mixed methods data collection and multi-faceted data analysis. We also provide technical assistance in support of our sponsors and stakeholders providing greater understanding of the nuances of the programs or initiatives they are running; for instance, we regularly conduct survey data collection, acquire health data from a variety of sources, provide technical assistance, conduct environmental scans, as well as semi- structured interviews, focus groups, expert panels, and site visits.
|DEPARTMENT: HEALTH CARE
NORC’s expertise and ongoing work in health care delivery and financing — including access to insurance, payment and delivery-system reform, benefit design, and quality measurement — advance stakeholders’ understanding of policies and programs, facilitate implementation, and contribute to important improvements in cost and quality.
NORC’s expert staff has extensive knowledge of all aspects of health care delivery, from private marketplaces and employer-sponsored insurance to Medicare and Medicaid; from large health care systems to small clinics; and from the needs of children to those of older adults, people with disabilities, and ethnic and racial minorities. Our expert team includes social scientists that acquire, collect, and analyze data from health care organizations and patients; evaluators; health services researchers; health-policy analysts; and professionals with first-hand experience running and supporting health care programs.
- Collaborate with the Senior Vice Presidents, Executive Vice President for Research, and other Vice Presidents to develop and implement a strategy to strengthen and grow the department’s portfolio of work in program evaluation, technical assistance, quality reporting, survey, and program support projects for federal health clients.
- Foster an environment that promotes professional growth of Health Care staff.
- Support a cohesive, team-oriented culture across a geographically dispersed staff and promote communication and integration among all members.
- Lead business development efforts and maintain client relationships with the federal government clients (particularly CMS, VA, and DOD), foundations, associations, and commercial clients
- Develop and maintain key partnerships with other research organizations and research leaders that will support and advance the success of the Health Care Department.
- Further grow the Health Care Research team both through the development of current staff and the strategic recruitment of new professionals with additional capabilities.
- Serving as a senior leader within NORC’s Health Group, which comprises Public Health, Health Sciences, Health Care Programs, and Health Care Evaluation.
- An advanced degree in health services research, sociology, social psychology, economics, health economics, public policy, public health, business, or other related field
- At least 9 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in health care policy development, evaluation and program support work for Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and Administration for Community Living (ACL), Medicare or Medicaid policy analysis or policy development, or health care program support and analytics including at least 3 years of project management.
- Knowledge of CMS, DoD, or VA programs, including delivery system reform, provider payment, access to care, and beneficiary experience.
- Experience working for the federal or state government or a federal or state contractor, with work focusing on CMS, VA or DoD health care programs, including knowledge of financing, program operational framework, quality reporting, and health care delivery models.
- Experience with conducting policy analysis in a government or professional services environment.
- Experience with and knowledge of the principles of quantitative and qualitative research design, data collection, and data analysis.
- Experience with estimating project and proposal costs and managing project budgets.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills and aptitude in leading and working with project teams, coordinating multiple projects (including those run by others within NORC).
- Occasional travel to NORC offices and client sites may be required.
The position requires an individual with vision, proven leadership skills, extensive management experience, and a deep understanding of health care research. While no one candidate will embody all of the traits noted below, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional and personal qualities to this important role:
- An organized individual who can create and manage systematic processes that will support a well-run department
- An analytical thinker possessing the ability to understand, interpret, and process sophisticated qualitative and quantitative information
- An individual who has the ability to work within and manage a team-oriented environment, consisting of a multidisciplinary and diverse group of professional staff
- A willingness to invest considerable time and energy in getting to know the staff, affiliated researchers, and their work
- A broker and facilitator who can work through multiple agendas, determining what is best for individual team members and the group as a whole
- A leader and consensus builder who recognizes organizational and personal barriers in order to build bridges and design effective solutions
- A mature individual who is driven and determined
- An executive who is a strategic thinker, but also enjoys the details
- An energetic and performance-driven individual who will pursue excellence in evaluating the research being performed by the team
- An individual with impeccable integrity whose personal and professional values are consistent with NORC’s high standards and profound mission
- A person who has a sense of humor, is a supportive colleague, and enjoys a fun and open work environment.
|WHAT WE DO:
NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.
|WHO WE ARE:
For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.
NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.