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Director, Senior Researcher - UHG Center for Health Care Research at UnitedHealth Group

Director, Senior Researcher - UHG Center for Health Care Research

UnitedHealth Group Work From Home, TX Full-Time

If you want to achieve more in your mission of health care, you have to be really smart about the business of health care. Challenge yourself, your peers and our industry by shaping what health care looks like and doing your life's best work.(sm)

The UnitedHealth Group Center for Health Care Research, based in Minneapolis and Washington, D.C., seeks an outstanding and experienced senior researcher to serve on a high-performing, close-knit team of innovative health care researchers and analysts working within a mission-driven, results-oriented, restless, and highly successful Enterprise. The Center’s research supports UHG’s commitment to the development of a next-generation health system in a socially conscious manner and the implementation of actionable, practical, and timely policy and market solutions that can achieve universal coverage, affordability, better experiences for patients and physicians, and improved health outcomes. The successful candidate will possess the highest level of analytic, strategic thinking, and communication skills (both oral and written); deep and broad knowledge of health care policy and markets; passion for health care transformation; and excellent judgment. The successful candidate will help lead the development and execution of a robust research agenda, including publishing research that advance business objectives, and manage high-profile partnerships with prominent researchers at leading universities.

You’ll enjoy the flexibility to telecommute* from anywhere within the U.S. as you take on some tough challenges.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • The successful candidate will have a broad range of strategic and operational responsibilities related to producing and publishing research deliverables, building and maintaining key relationships and public visibility of the Enterprise, and internal leadership and management
  • Conceptualizing, developing, advancing, delivering, and publishing research – both internally generated research and research produced in collaboration with external academic partners
  • Leading and collaborating on discrete research projects from the early stages of development through project completion.
    • Conceptualizing, drafting, developing, and producing distinct, timely, and incisive research on pressing health care issues
      oPartnering with UHG Communications leaders on the release of UHG-branded deliverables
    • Designing, executing, and managing research and analysis
  • Developing forecasts to assess the potential economic, budgetary, and/or clinical impacts of advances in health care delivery, policy reforms, and market shifts
  • Working with senior business executives, clinical leaders, and subject matter experts throughout UHG to identify and manage the development of research initiatives that leverage the Enterprise’s distinctive data insights, analytic assets, technology and its population health, benefit, provider, and care delivery models
  • Collaborating with external research partners on all aspects of research studies, from conceptualization to publishing
  • Translating research and providing policy, and strategic insights to UHG leadership in areas including health care spending and financing issues, delivery system reforms, clinical practice advancements, and health information and financial technology innovation in private markets and public programs
  • Building and maintaining key relationships and public visibility of the Enterprise
  • Building internal relationships and collaborating with Enterprise leadership to inform, execute, and elevate UHG research deliverables; integrating expertise from across UHG; and ensuring the Center’s work aligns to a UHG-wide perspective on key issues
  • Developing, leading, and maintaining external relationships with industry thought leaders and key stakeholders outside the Enterprise, including policy experts and researchers, for the purposes of informing the Center’s work and maximizing its impact
  • Collaborating on diverse aspects of coordinating the Center’s work and its team
  • Anticipating data needs of the future and develop and execute data strategy for the Center

You’ll be rewarded and recognized for your performance in an environment that will challenge you and give you clear direction on what it takes to succeed in your role as well as provide development for other roles you may be interested in. 

Required Qualifications:

  • PhD or Master’s degree in economics, finance, biostatistics, mathematics, public policy, public administration, public health, or a related field
  • 10+ years of professional experience working for one or more health care organizations, consulting firms, universities, research institutions, think tanks, government agencies, or similar organizations, in a research leadership capacity, including as a lead author of publications on health care markets, health policy, and/ or health care delivery
  • Experience managing all aspects of a research project
  • A versatile and skillful professional with a broad scope of expert knowledge and a deep, nuanced understanding of health policy and market issues, including a coherent big-picture vision and the ability to master details at a granular and technical level. Specific expertise will include:
    • Major legislation and market forces that impact the health care marketplace
    • The market for providing health care services, particularly around the dynamics in technology-enabled solutions and their impact on the evolving delivery system
    • Health care insurance, including Employer-Sponsored Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Public Exchanges
    • Patterns and emerging issues in health care spending, provider payment models, care management frameworks, and service delivery redesign
    • Microeconomics and applied behavioral economics in a health care setting
  • A broad and flexible set of key skills and attributes, including the ability to: construct spreadsheet models, analyze claims data, and interpret and assess the results of empirical studies; communicate effectively with business leaders and policy experts, translating policy-relevant analysis into business-relevant analysis and vice versa; write effectively, and think strategically and creatively in a dynamic environment
  • Solid oral and written communication skills and comfort presenting to a range of audiences, including business executives, academics, policy makers, and the broader public
  • Mastery of Word and Excel, and comfort in PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications

  • Possess higher-level quantitative analytical skills in research methods
  • Designing methodologically sound research studies
  • Administrative databases, including claims, EMR, and registry data
  • Retrospective study designs using secondary data
  • Knowledge of SQL, SAS, STATA or similar software products
  • Knowledge of, and experience working with, publicly available data

To protect the health and safety of our workforce, patients and communities we serve, UnitedHealth Group and its affiliate companies require all employees to disclose COVID-19 vaccination status prior to beginning employment. In addition, some roles and locations require full COVID-19 vaccination, including boosters, as an essential job function. UnitedHealth Group adheres to all federal, state and local COVID-19 vaccination regulations as well as all client COVID-19 vaccination requirements and will obtain the necessary information from candidates prior to employment to ensure compliance. Candidates must be able to perform all essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodation. Failure to meet the vaccination requirement may result in rescission of an employment offer or termination of employment

Careers with UnitedHealthcare. Let's talk about opportunity. Start with a Fortune 5 organization that's serving more than 85 million people already and building the industry's singular reputation for bold ideas and impeccable execution. Now, add your energy, your passion for excellence, your near-obsession with driving change for the better. Get the picture? UnitedHealthcare is serving employers and individuals, states and communities, military families and veterans where ever they're found across the globe. We bring them the resources of an industry leader and a commitment to improve their lives that’s second to none. This is no small opportunity. It's where you can do your life's best work.(sm)

*All Telecommuters will be required to adhere to UnitedHealth Group’s Telecommuter Policy.

Colorado, Connecticut or Nevada Residents Only: The salary range for Colorado/Connecticut/Nevada residents is $134,200 to $257,700. Pay is based on several factors including but not limited to education, work experience, certifications, etc. In addition to your salary, UnitedHealth Group offers benefits such as, a comprehensive benefits package, incentive and recognition programs, equity stock purchase and 401k contribution (all benefits are subject to eligibility requirements). No matter where or when you begin a career with UnitedHealth Group, you’ll find a far-reaching choice of benefits and incentives.

Diversity creates a healthier atmosphere: UnitedHealth Group is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.

UnitedHealth Group is a drug-free workplace. Candidates are required to pass a drug test before beginning employment.

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