Research Associate

Common Ground Health - Rochester, NY


Position Title: Research Associate

Department: Research & Analytics

Reports to: Associate Director of Research & Analytics

Classification: Full-time, Exempt

Manages Others: No

Organizational setting:

Founded in 1974, Common Ground Health is one of the nation’s oldest and most effective regional health planning organizations. Located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, the nonprofit serves the nine-county Finger Lakes region. We bring together leaders from health care, education, business, government and other sectors to find common ground on health challenges. Using the region's most comprehensive health data, together we hammer out strategies for better care, smarter spending and healthier people. Through all of these activities, Common Ground Health seeks to promote population health improvement and reduce health care disparities in the Finger Lakes region.

General Purpose:

The Research Associate will primarily be responsible for planning, designing, and executing analytic approaches and resulting reports for various stakeholders and staff, interpreting and preparing results and reports for both technical and lay audiences. This position requires an analytically-oriented person who is comfortable working in a dynamic, multi-faceted, fast-paced setting for which planning, management, data analyses, and interpretation of results are essential. The position will involve working with: project managers, various committees, and representatives of all stakeholder groups involved with Common Ground Health. The Research Associate serves as an analytical and technical resource for the planning staff and guides methodological approaches to questions posed by internal and external stakeholders. The incumbent will require the ability to work effectively on multiple complex projects simultaneously and maintain flexibility to adapt to a changing environment. The Research Associate will demonstrate a commitment to the mission, vision and values of Common Ground Health.

Responsibilities / Accountabilities:

Research, Analysis & Dissemination

The Research Associate will be involved individually and as part of a team, in the development of analyses to support various agency projects and goals. Analyses will focus on the utilization, quality and cost of healthcare and health in the Finger Lakes region. The incumbent will be expected to clearly articulate findings through both written and verbal communications. The Research Associate will play a key role in organizing, planning, and producing reports addressing health care utilization and cost for Finger Lakes region using agency data bases including a large multi-payer claims database. Specific activities include:

  • Conducts research and analyses to support various agency projects, utilizing internal and external data sources.
  • Designs and executes novel analytic approaches techniques to accurately measure quality and cost.
  • Manages external requests for information and fulfills those requests with the direction and support of the director and other team members, as necessary.
  • Maintains knowledge of evolving science, policies, laws, trends and developments in the area of health by reading appropriate policy notices, health and health-related journals and attending training and educational sessions and relays relevant information to team members.
  • As directed, leads the analytical support of commissions, workgroups, or committees formed to perform more in-depth analysis on a particular health or healthcare topic. This may include presenting detailed analysis written and / or verbally to a varied audience.
  • Identify technical issues that arise and work with the project team to resolve issues and create new approaches.
  • Work with the project teams to continually improve the process including adding new measures and data sources.


  • Exceptional analytical reasoning and quantitative skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills including the ability to summarize complex analyses or literature for a wide range of audiences.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in database and reporting tools and experience with relational database structures. SPSS, STATA, or SAS statistical analyses software and SQL Server Management Studio experience required.
  • Experience working with health care claims, public health, electronic health record, and clinical data preferred.
  • An extensive understanding of health care and chronic disease and commitment to improve health care and health outcomes.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and poise to work directly with senior leaders, partners, staff and all stakeholders. Must have the ability to foster strong, supportive relationships with colleagues and peers.
  • The ability to work effectively on multiple complex projects simultaneously and maintain flexibility to adapt to a changing environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in public health, public policy, health informatics, economics, or statistics and at least 4 years of experience in complex data analysis or measurement of cost, quality and health, preferably a doctoral degree.
  • The ability to conduct complex statistical analyses utilizing health and community data utilizing
  • Experience working with health care claims and clinical data preferred
  • Exceptional planning and organizational skills; good problem-solving and development of creative solutions; ability to manage time efficiently, meet deadlines, work independently and within a team structure.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and poise to work directly with senior leaders, partners, staff and all stakeholders. Ability to foster strong, supportive relationships with colleagues and peers.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability and willingness to travel locally, as needed. Sits for long periods. Works long hours on a computer. Uses a keyboard. Reads printed materials or from a computer monitor.
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • In support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this job description lists only those requirements and qualifications deemed essential to the position.

Job Type: Full-time


  • complex data analysis: 4 years (Required)


  • Master's (Required)


  • NYS Drivers License (Required)

Work authorization:

  • United States (Required)