Research Consultant, Lewin Group

UnitedHealth Group - Falls Church, VA3.6

Full-time
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We'll put you in the driver's seat on vital projects that have strategic importance to our mission of helping people lead healthier lives. Yes, we share a mission that inspires. We need your organizational talents and business discipline to help fuel ours. It's the opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

The Lewin Group is a premier national health care and human services consulting and policy analysis firm with 45 years of experience finding answers and solving problems for leading organizations in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Lewin's strategic and analytical services aim to help clients:

Improve policy and expand knowledge of health care and human service systems
Enact, run, and evaluate programs to enhance delivery and financing of health care and family services
Deal with shifts in health care practice, technology, and regulation
Optimize performance, quality, coverage, and health outcomes
Create strategies for institutions, communities, associations, foundations, governments, and people to make health care and human services systems more effective

In the wide-ranging field of human services consulting, The Lewin Group provides both depth and breadth of expertise. Currently, Lewin has more than 250 consultants drawn from industry, government and academia. They all share a strong commitment to Lewin's core values of objectivity, integrity, analytical innovation, vision and dedication to client satisfaction.

As a Research Consultant, you will perform a variety of research and analysis tasks to support consulting projects for federal and state governments, health plans, associations and foundations, hospitals, and health systems. This is an excellent opportunity to work with intelligent people on important policy issues in a positive team environment.

Primary Responsibilities:
Perform health care and/or health policy focused analysis using qualitative and/or quantitative skills

Qualitative tasks may include:
Conducting structured literature reviews of peer-reviewed or gray literature
Assessing the reputability and relevance of available sources
Synthesizing research findings to inform reports, briefs, and presentations
Developing qualitative data collection instruments such as semi-structured or structured interview protocols
Conducting qualitative data collection through phone interviews, focus groups, or site visits
Using qualitative analysis software such as Atlas.ti or NVivo to analyze qualitative data

Quantitative tasks may include:
Analyzing moderate to large datasets (e.g., 100k observations to billions of observations)
Using software such as Stata, SAS, Excel, or R to analyze quantitative datasets
Running existing programs or coding new programs in Stata, SAS, or R
Using Tableau for data visualization
Using Access to develop and maintain databases
Prepare information for clients, contribute to reports, and assist with project scheduling and coordination tasks
You must be self-directed and creative, as you will deal with some very interesting and complex issues
As a key resource to others, you must maintain a high degree of accuracy, along with attention to detail, excellent oral and written communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to always meet deadlines

Required Qualifications:
Master’s degree (from an accredited college/university) with some work experience (may include school experience (Bachelor’s degree at an accredited college/university with 2+ years of relevant work experience may substitute for a Master’s degree)

Competence with MS Office - Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Preferred Qualifications:
Preferred work experience includes performing qualitative and/or quantitative analysis, overseeing day-to-day management of project tasks, preparing presentations and reports for clients

Health care or policy experience

Familiarity with data analysis tools such as SAS, STATA, SPSS

Careers with Optum. Here's the idea. We built an entire organization around one giant objective; make the health system work better for everyone. So when it comes to how we use the world?s large accumulation of health-related information, or guide health and lifestyle choices or manage pharmacy benefits for millions, our first goal is to leap beyond the status quo and uncover new ways to serve. Optum, part of the UnitedHealth Group family of businesses, brings together some of the greatest minds and most advanced ideas on where health care has to go in order to reach its fullest potential. For you, that means working on high performance teams against sophisticated challenges that matter. Optum, incredible ideas in one incredible company and a singular opportunity to do your life's best work.(sm)

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.