WCRI Job Opportunities
 

WCRI STAFF MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

Workers Compensation Research Institute is internationally recognized as the leading public policy research organization on workers' compensation issues.

WCRI provides high quality information needed by those responsible for the improvement of the widely varied and primarily state level systems for helping workers, employers, insurers and health services providers deal with the effects of workplace injuries and diseases. The Institute has launched a variety of initiatives to benchmark system performance and to evaluate innovation in disability management and health policy.

Thank you for your interest in joining WCRI's team committed to excellence in research.  We currently have openings in the following positions:

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POSITION DESCRIPTION 

TITLE:                 SAS Programmer - Research 
REPORTS TO:     Executive Vice President and Project Managers
LOCATION:         Cambridge, Massachusetts 

OVERVIEW/GENERAL SUMMARY:  

WCRI is recognized worldwide as the leading public policy research organization on workers' compensation issues. WCRI conducts and publishes peer-reviewed studies, benchmarks system performance, analyzes trends and the impacts of reforms, and examines a wide range of labor economics and health policy issues. The studies meet high standards of publishable journal articles, while providing practical, actionable research findings that are regularly used by public officials and diverse system stakeholders to improve their systems. However, WCRI does not take positions on issues nor make recommendations. WCRI maintains a proprietary database with detailed information on over 30 million episodes of illness and injury. For a subset of these episodes, it collects patient outcome data via telephone interviews.

NATURE AND SCOPE:  

WCRI seeks a full time SAS Programmer in Cambridge, MA. An individual in this position will work with researchers and project managers to provide comprehensive analytic support across multiple projects. The SAS Programmer will work with large, complex insurance claim databases from diverse sources and develop/modify/document programs to support statistical analysis for peer reviewed studies of healthcare and public policy issues.

EXPERIENCE, SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS:  

Empirical and policy analysis of complex descriptive data, identifying actionable policy implications, writing reports for publication, and giving presentations and legislative testimony.

  • 7-10 years of SAS programming experience for research projects

  • Experience constructing and working with large databases used for research

  • Strong commitment to quality, and delivery on schedule

  • Familiarity with statistical terms and concepts

  • VBA programming experience desired

  • Experience working with and contributing to a multi-disciplinary group of researchers

  • Ability to write clear technical memoranda, technical sections of reports, and program and process documentation

  • BA/BS in Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, Operations Research or related discipline

  • Experience coding Excel macros, and with healthcare and/or insurance data is a plus

  • Experience programming in SAS or related languages in a social science or public policy research environment

HOW TO APPLY:  

All applicants for this position must submit a resume and cover letter to:

WCRI
955 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Fax: 617 661 9284
rtanabe@wcrinet.org
EOE

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POSITION DESCRIPTION 

TITLE:                 Economist/Public Policy Researcher/Senior Economist 
LOCATION:         Cambridge, Massachusetts 

OVERVIEW/GENERAL SUMMARY:  

The Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) has openings for ECONOMISTS and PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSTS at the M.A. and Ph.D. levels and SENIOR ECONOMISTS at the Ph.D. level in health economics, labor economics, health policy, and public policy.  WCRI researchers work on a range of empirical studies, including analyses of workers' compensation insurance cost drivers, benefit adequacy, dispute resolution, healthcare reimbursement, patient outcomes assessment, and public program evaluation.  WCRI researchers have access to a unique database that is comprised of over 30 million episodes of disability and observations from nearly 20,000 interviews with injured workers. WCRI researchers publish in the WCRI peer-reviewed monograph series and present their findings to stakeholders in state workers' compensation systems, including legislators and senior level members of the state agencies responsible for these systems. WCRI additionally supports and encourages presenting at academic conferences and publishing in academic journals.

QUALIFICATIONS:  

Applicants should have demonstrated research skills, a strong interest in empirical research applied to public policy issues, the ability to explain technical research results to non-technical audiences, and excellent written and oral communication skills.  Applicants for the Senior Economist positions should have 5 to 10 years of relevant post-doctoral experience, and superior research skills as demonstrated by a history of publications.  WCRI offers competitive salary and benefits packages.  Applications should be submitted to personnel@wcrinet.org or via mail to Personnel, WCRI, 955 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139. Please submit a cover letter, vita, research paper, and three letters of reference. WCRI will be interviewing at the 2016 ASSA meetings in San Francisco.  An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

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POSITION DESCRIPTION 

TITLE:                 Senior Research Analyst 
REPORTS TO:     Executive Vice President and Counsel 
LOCATION:         Cambridge, Massachusetts 

OVERVIEW/GENERAL SUMMARY:  

The Workers Compensation Research Institute seeks a Senior Research Analyst to play a leadership role in the nation’s largest and most impactful studies that benchmark the performance of a $60 billion social program. This program is a unique model for other social programs in that it is the only one that is financed and administered through the private insurance mechanism. The program also involves alternative models of health care financing and delivery with potential lessons for health care reform.  

The position involves sophisticated descriptive data analysis, report writing, presentations to public officials and diverse system stakeholder groups. The position will also be a major resource for other team members on the laws, regulations and practices of diverse state workers’ compensation systems.  

The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about workers’ compensation systems with a background in research, law, or the insurance industry. The benchmark reports are actively used in major public policy debates about healthcare costs and patient outcomes, benefits paid to injured workers, and costs paid by employers.  

PRINCIPLE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  

Works as part of a group of researchers that annually benchmarks the performance of state workers’ compensation systems.

Empirical and policy analysis of complex descriptive data, identifying actionable policy implications, writing reports for publication, and giving presentations and legislative testimony.

  • Be the team expert on the design and implementation practices of many state workers’ compensation systems.

  • Act as a mentor to researchers preparing and delivering the benchmarking studies with the goal of performing analyses and preparing study reports and presentations as efficiently and effectively as possible.

  • Review work by other researchers.

  • Help individual team members to strengthen their capabilities and the team as a whole.

  • Lead innovations in product and process improvement.

In conjunction with the field directors at WCRI, build and maintain relationships with public officials and advocates for the needs of business, labor, and healthcare providers—establishing and strengthening the credibility and impact of the studies.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High integrity, embodies WCRI values.

  • Law Degree or Masters Degree in economics, statistics, public health, public policy, or similar field.

  • Significant expertise in workers’ compensation and with workers’ compensation industry.  At least 8 years of relevant and increasingly responsible professional experience.

  • Demonstrated experience analyzing complex descriptive data, developing actionable findings, writing reports, and presenting findings to senior officials.

  • Strong interest in public policy research and issues.

  • Ability to synthesize all available information to see "big picture".

  • Able to function as an objective analyst, not an advocate.

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Applications should be submitted to rtanabe@wcrinet.org  or via mail to HR, WCRI, 955 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139. ___________________________________

 

POSITION DESCRIPTION 

TITLE:                 Research Analyst
REPORTS TO:     Executive Vice President
and Counsel
LOCATION:        
Cambridge, MA

OVERVIEW/GENERAL SUMMARY:  

The Workers Compensation Research Institute staff  conduct studies that shape public policy on health care, disability insurance, and income transfer issues.  WCRI is an independent non-profit research organization, publishing objective peer-reviewed studies meeting rigorous standards of social science research.  Workers’ compensation is a $50 billion social insurance program, each year it is used by 10% of workers and affects the competitiveness of American business.

WCRI Staff Make a Difference! 

WCRI seeks an analyst to participate on our team of 6 researchers that has had very significant impact on state systems for the past 15 years.   

NATURE AND SCOPE:   

The research analyst will lead studies and deliver the findings to state government officials and advocates for business, organized labor, and health care providers.  These studies will be actively used in major public policy debates about healthcare costs and patient outcomes, benefits paid to injured workers, and costs paid by employers.

 

The research analyst will analyze the data and develop findings about trends and interstate comparisons. Using the data, this position will also analyze and explain why large interstate differences or material trends occur. The data come from a large database maintained at WCRI that contains detailed information about the payments made to and on behalf of millions of injured workers. 

 

The research analyst will build and maintain relationships with public officials and advocates for business, labor and healthcare providers – establishing and strengthening the credibility and impact of the studies.  Some travel is required.  This position will also make presentations at both academic and business conferences. 

KEY RESPONSIBILITY AREAS: 

  • Perform qualitative and quantitative data analysis, examining workers’ compensation system outcomes in states using statistical and non-statistical research methods.

  • Designing relevant analytical, mathematical and conceptual frameworks.

  • Prepare tables and graphs and draft refereed reports that are easy to read and understand and actionable by public officials.

  • Ensure quality and effectiveness of all research products.

  • Perform report dissemination activities.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key influences in stakeholder groups and public agencies in assigned states.

  • Support funding efforts in assigned states.

TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Masters Degree in economics, statistics, public health, public policy or similar field.
     
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing complex descriptive data, developing valuable findings, writing reports, and presenting findings.
     
  • Strong interest in public policy issues.
     
  • Willingness to be an analyst, not an advocate.
     
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

Applications should be submitted to rtanabe@wcrinet.org  or via mail to HR, WCRI, 955 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA, 02139.

 

   
 

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