WHO ARE WE?
At Actuarial Research Corporation (ARC), we are committed to supporting government and other stakeholders in the health care financing system. Our mission is to provide our clients with timely, high quality, and expert research, analysis and cost estimates. We do this with staff members who are recognized experts in the disciplines of actuarial science, statistics, data analysis, economics and health services research.
We are a small company, with main offices in Annandale Virginia and Columbia Maryland, but most of us work remotely at least some days each week. In addition to benefits such as a comprehensive healthcare plan, we believe our low attrition rate is due in part to our more progressive benefits, such as:
- 401k employer contribution with no minimum individual contribution
- Flexible working hours, including an adjusted full-time model at 32 hours per week (we would also consider employing you on a part-time basis)
- 12 paid holidays (up to 5 can be used at any point during the year), up to 20 accrued vacation days, and up to 10 accrued sick days
YOU’LL KNOW THAT YOU’D FIT WELL WITH US IF YOU ARE:
- Educated. You earned, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a quantitative field with at least two semesters of statistics.
- Experienced. You have mastered social science methods as they apply to policy issues, programmatic questions and financing issues related to health care. You would be seen by management and by clients as a technical authority and key senior staff member for the activities listed below.
- A critical thinker. You have fluency with numbers and data, a desire to use those skills to untangle complex problems, and the ability to draw meaningful insights.
- A skilled communicator. You can present data in clear, straightforward prose that is appropriate for a range of audiences.
- Collegial. You enjoy working with other people, gaining insight into what they do, and making people laugh once in a while. You operate on an even keel and your ideal work environment is calm and drama-free.
- Precise. You want to get things right. Mildly obsessive about reviewing your own work, you are careful to make sure the internal logic of a survey is cohesive and the numbers you report are correct.
- Efficient. You complete work in a timely fashion, respect deadlines, and appreciate that other people need time to review your work before it is delivered to the client.
- Curious. You know a lot about health care financing, research or strategy. But you are driven to continue to learn and to grow professionally.
- Computer-friendly. You are proficient in Microsoft Office products. If you have experience with statistical software such as SAS, R, or Stata, that’s a plus.
MAJOR DUTIES YOU WILL PERFORM
As a senior member of our staff, you will lead teams working on specific projects for our clients, contributing your technical expertise as well as your leadership. You will develop and maintain contacts with current and potential clients, to secure and retain business — as a recognized expert, your reputation attracts business to ARC. You will also play a significant role in the preparation of bids and proposals for potential work.
Specifically, you will:
- Use quantitative and qualitative social science methods to answer policy and programmatic questions
- Work with data from a variety of public and proprietary sources to develop or modify models and tools
- Develop new models and adapt existing models to address project requirements
- Analyze and evaluate model outputs, formulate and test hypotheses, weigh alternatives, determine appropriate responses for actionable insights, and validate data for accuracy and completeness
- Document methods, data anomalies, and findings for technical and lay readers
- Direct team members in articulation and refinement of analytic specifications
- Interact with current and potential clients to explain ARC’s capabilities and to secure new or continuing work
- Lead and participate in development of technical responses to solicitations, requests for proposals, and other business opportunities
- Provide guidance and on-the-job training to lower-graded research analysts
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITY YOU WILL NEED
- Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others and to work effectively on teams
- Ability to write technical documents (describing data, methods, and results), explain complex methodologies, articulate fine differences in concepts, and communicate with technical peers and non-technical audiences regarding work activities and products
- Expert knowledge of the features of and interactions among major health insurance programs and systems (e.g. deductibles, copay, coinsurance, pricing methodologies, coordination of benefits)
- Expert knowledge of policy issues in the U.S. health care financing system
- Expert knowledge of, and skill in applying, social science methods to health care financing issues, for the following purposes:
- To devise approaches to broad projects;
- To diagnose data issues and gaps and suggest solutions; and
- To summarize findings in the context of the larger health care financing landscape
- Ability to communicate clearly with technical and nontechnical client staff, to identify task objectives, identify problems, and resolve issues, and to present findings and recommendations in audience-appropriate ways
- Ability to organize and manage staff of varying disciplines and experience levels to accomplish project goals in multiple concurrent projects
- Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with ARC staff, clients, and partners at all organizational levels
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED
- Send a copy of your resume and a good telephone number and email address by which we can contact you, to email@example.com