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Research and Survey

Senior Research Director - Medicare/Health Care Research - Remote

Apply now Job no: 499007 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Bethesda, MD Capability Area: Health Care


Join the Health Care Evaluation Department at NORC as the newest Senior Research Director. Here you will have the opportunity to contribute to the continued success of the one of the nation's most respected research institutions, significantly impacting NORC’s success and service to our clients during a time of strategic growth. The Senior Research Director will direct program and policy projects related to Medicare and/or Medicaid, including projects involving policy analysis, focus groups, literature reviews, structured interviews with stakeholders including health care providers, insurers, policymakers, and patients, and quantitative analysis.

NORC recognizes that talented and skilled researchers live throughout the U.S. and actively supports remote work arrangements.  Occasional trips to client sites or the office may be required.

As a condition of employment, all NORC employees and contractors – including those working remotely - must be fully vaccinated (as defined by current CDC guidance) against COVID-19.

DEPARTMENT: Health Care Evaluation

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.

  • Direct research projects with assistance from other staff, or manages components of large and complex projects
  • Supervise the design of data collection methodologies and procedures, questionnaires, and data collection forms to implement the study as specified by the client
  • Function in a leadership role with responsibility for all activities on project assignments, management of data, operational procedures required to deliver contracted deliverables. Must be adept at client interaction
  • Supervise and mentor junior staff
  • Monitor and oversee the financial and administrative aspects of ongoing projects.
  • Ensure effective project staffing for the range of projects supervised. Develop all training strategies and materials relative to project needs
  • May have significant budget responsibility on components of large research projects, including monitoring project budgets and schedules. Manage subcontracts. Oversee budget development
  • Interact with clients frequently to clarify their needs, report on progress, discuss contractual matters, resolve problems, allay concerns, and provide information and recommendations
  • Guide programs and policymakers in using evidence based research to make decisions
  • Ensure and manage staff development, providing mentorship, particularly in special areas of expertise (either substantive or methodological), management advice, performance evaluations, and other feedback on performance.
  • Engage in significant business development responsibilities, including idea generation, outreach, and authoring various sections of technical proposals -  generally including those most methodologically or conceptually challenging and/or those most substantive/technical in nature. Manage full proposal efforts of smaller scale project.
  • Master or Doctoral degree in Public Health, Health Policy, Public Policy or related fields (training in an array of social science disciplines will be considered)
  • At least 9 years’ experience in positions of increasing responsibility in evaluation research, policy analysis, survey research or related field (or equivalent education) including at least 3 years of social science project management
  • Knowledge of the Medicare and/or Medicaid programs, including delivery system reform, provider payment, access to care, and beneficiary experience
  • Familiarity with Medicare, Medicaid, and/or commercial claims data
  • Experience working for the federal government or a federal contractor, ideally with work focusing on the Medicare and/or Medicaid program
  • 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 for site visits and meetings may be required (once it is safe to do so.)


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.


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.




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