Data Analyst – Medicare

LOCATION:  Washington, DC (remote until at least Spring 2021)
STATUS:  Full-time; Exempt; Two-year term position
PROGRAM AREA: Program on Medicare Policy

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF), a non-profit organization, is a leader in health policy analysis, polling and survey research, health journalism, and communications, dedicated to filling the need for trusted information on national health issues. KFF serves as a non-partisan source of facts, information, and analysis for policymakers, the media, the health care community, and the public.

KFF’s Program on Medicare Policy provides information and analysis on the Medicare program and the population it serves. Current areas of interest include: Medicare solvency and sustainability; the health and economic effects of COVID-19 on beneficiaries, plans, and providers; the growing role of private Medicare Advantage and prescription drug plans in Medicare; prescription drug coverage and costs; health care cost affordability challenges and retirement security; Medicare and health equity; issues facing people on Medicare with low incomes and/or significant health needs; access to care; provider payment rates; and the role of Medicare in the context of broader proposals to establish a Medicare-for-all system or a public option.

Position Summary

KFF is seeking applicants for a Data Analyst with the Program on Medicare Policy who will be responsible for developing and carrying out research projects and policy analysis related to Medicare, under the supervision of senior KFF staff. Qualified applicants will demonstrate strong analytic and communication skills, experience working with large data sets, and a genuine interest in health policy and issues facing older Americans. Applicants should be enthusiastic about the work conducted by KFF and interested in joining a team dedicated to the unique operating style and mission of KFF.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Build, manage, and analyze datasets to support the work of the Program on Medicare Policy.
  • Develop and conduct quantitative analysis, including defining research questions and analytic approaches, debugging and running code to carry out analyses, and writing up descriptions of methodologies and results.
  • Conceptualize and prepare creative data displays, including figures, tables, interactives, and other data visualizations.
  • Keep abreast of existing and new datasets, as well as current health policy issues, with an emphasis on Medicare and other issues facing older Americans.

Experience and Skills

  • Minimum of one to two years working with large datasets, preferably health care claims, surveys, or administrative data.
  • Minimum of one to two years experience and demonstrated competence in statistical programming, including experience in R.
  • Proven ability to apply research methods and statistical and economic concepts, as demonstrated by academic training and/or work experience.
  • Experience developing compelling data visualizations, preferably using Tableau or DataWrapper.
  • Ability to work independently on concurrent projects and balance multiple priorities.
  • Strong organizational skills and a high level of attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and communicate quantitative findings for non-technical audiences.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work in a highly collaborative environment.

This full-time position will be based in KFF’s Washington, DC office, located downtown near Metro Center. The position is term-limited for 24 months.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. KFF offers an excellent benefits package.

How to Apply

If this opportunity interests you, and you have the requisite experience and qualifications, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining how your background matches the job requirements to Please submit these documents as separate attachments, labeled as “Last Name_First Name_Document Title”, and include “Data Analyst_Medicare” in the subject line of your email.

KFF has an efficient applicant review process and will contact candidates who have applied for this position and whose qualifications most closely fit the criteria for the job. No phone inquiries, please.

It is the policy of KFF to actively promote a diverse and inclusive workplace in every respect, and to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees in every phase of employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender-identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, political affiliation, arrest or conviction records, or other categories protected under the law.

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Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues, the Kaiser Family Foundation is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.