MACPAC Job Description: Research Assistant
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About the Commission

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is a Congressional support agency that provides independent, nonpartisan policy and data analysis on payment, access and other issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  MACPAC’s charge is to provide objective advice to the Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, the federal government’s largest programs providing health care coverage to low-income individuals.  More information about MACPAC and its authorizing language is available at www.macpac.gov.

Position Summary

Research assistants have knowledge of state and federal Medicaid and CHIP policy and program issues.  Research assistants are familiar with qualitative and quantitative health policy research sources and methods, and assist with research projects on and information gathering for several Medicaid and CHIP policy issues to support Commission meetings and reports.  Research assistants are expected to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment, balance multiple project responsibilities, and have exceptional oral and written communication skills.

Major Duties

  • Assists with quantitative or quality research projects on various Medicaid and CHIP topics, as directed;
  • Supports staff teams in the project planning for internal and extramural policy analysis and research;
  • Identifies, gathers and summarizes information to support evaluations of Medicaid and CHIP policies and programs and policy options for considerations by the Commission;
  • Provides support for senior staff presentations in regular public meetings before the Commission;
  • Assists in preparing and fact-checking the analytic content for two annual reports to the Congress in March and June of each year as mandated in statute;
  • Coordinates with team members, as appropriate;
  • Assists in preparing analyses for technical support of staff of Congressional committees, as directed by the Executive Director;
  • Assists in maintaining databases and compiles statistical reports and data summaries, including graphics and tables that portray data, for use in policy analyses, research papers, briefings, and reports for senior staff;
  • Uses spreadsheet and statistical software (e.g., Excel or SAS) to conduct statistical analyses, as applicable;
  • Assists in preparing analyses of relevant legislative and regulatory documents; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Professional Qualifications

  • Strong research and analytic skills;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills;
  • One-two years of experience working on one or more of the Medicaid and CHIP policy issues, which may include but is not limited to payment policies, access to care, health care quality, managed care issues, benefits and enrollment, Medicaid data systems, and/or Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible populations;
  • Experience in statistics, research methods, economics, health services research, or survey research; and
  • Experience working for or with federal, state or local government (preferred).

Education Requirements

Completed an undergraduate or graduate degree in public policy, public health, public policy, public health, public administration, statistics, economics, or other related field.

To Apply for a Research Assistant Position at MACPAC 

All applicants for the Research Assistant must be U.S. citizens (or have applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization). 

Please send your resume and one-page cover letter to resumes@macpac.gov.  In your cover letter, please include concise responses to the following questions:

  1. Why are you interested in working at MACPAC? 
  2. What are your primary areas of expertise or interest in Medicaid and CHIP policy?  Please include no more than three issue areas. 
  3. Are you proficient with using Microsoft Office Suite software applications?
  4. Are you proficient with statistical software package (e.g., SAS, Stata, SPSS)?
  5. How did you hear about this position?
  6. Are you a United States Citizen, or have you applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization? If applicable, include the date of citizenship if naturalized.

Please indicate if you have or have ever had a Federal security clearance identify the level and dates held. Employees at MACPAC are required to undergo a national security clearance.


Other important information

After submitting your application package for this position you will receive an email confirming receipt of your application materials. Applications will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis or after the closing date. Applicants not selected for further consideration will be notified via email when the selection process for the current session has been completed.

Salary for the Research Assistant position will be commensurate with educational level and experience. 


Please refer to www.macpac.gov for additional requirements and information regarding this opportunity.


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MACPAC Administrator,
Apr 11, 2012, 1:56 PM