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 three positions:

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POSITION DESCRIPTION  

TITLE:                 Program Director, CompScope™ Benchmark Studies
REPORTS TO:     Deputy Director and Counsel 
LOCATION:         Cambridge, Massachusetts 

OVERVIEW/GENERAL SUMMARY:  

The Workers Compensation Research Institute seeks a knowledgeable WC professional who wants to move to next level of impactful work.  The successful candidate will direct the nation’s premiere research program that benchmarks the performance of WC systems.  S/he will have the opportunity to manage and expand a research team of currently 6 researchers that has had very significant impact on state systems for the past 15 years.  This is a new position and unique opportunity that has been created to support the growth of the WCRI CompScope™ Benchmark Program.  

The successful candidate will have track record of rapid expanding responsibility, and is currently considered to be a “go to expert” by colleagues and/or clients.  His/her WC knowledge may come from a variety of employment tracks, including:

  • A multistate compliance background for a bill review or managed care firm

  • An attorney with a workers' compensation practice

  • Claim actuarial roles analyzing multistate differences

  • State WC agency research function

  • Legislative staff where WC has been a major and persistent subject of legislation

  • Consulting firm advising state governments about improving WC systems or advising clients on state specific business strategies

Key Responsibilities 

Overall:  This position provides the leadership and operational management, supports the program vision, and manages a group of researchers and technical experts, research and report production processes, and day to day operations of the CompScope™ program. 

The position has the responsibility for delivery of the CompScope™ products with high quality, on schedule, and within budget. The position has responsibility for producing valuable studies, but does not have direct responsibility for program revenue. 

In addition, the successful candidate may also lead several state studies, write publishable reports, and present findings at meetings and conferences, depending on interests and qualifications.

  • Manage and motivate the research team to meet program objectives for quality, quantity, timeliness and impact of studies

  • Report status to WCRI management and recommend mid-course correction where needed

  • Manage and document key processes and lead the continuous improvement effort

  • Create professional development plans for and mentor the researchers to strengthen needed competencies

  • Review and provide constructive critiques of written work and presentations by team members

  • Manage and improve teamwork and information sharing processes as needed

  • Conduct descriptive data analysis, write publishable reports, and give presentations to various groups

  • Be a major resource for other team members and other WCRI researchers on the laws, regulations, and practices of diverse state workers' compensation systems

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Law Degree or Master’s Degree in economics, statistics, public health, public policy, or similar field, or equivalent experience.

  • Significant expertise in workers’ compensation systems – experience with multiple systems is a plus

  • At least 8 years of relevant and increasingly responsible relevant professional experience

  • Demonstrated experience managing complex descriptive data analysis and delivery of analytic products to internal or external “customers”

  • Familiarity with basic statistical methods appropriate for descriptive statistics

  • Significant project and team management experience involving complex projects – experience with products that are updated periodically is a plus

  • Experience analyzing  complex descriptive data, developing actionable findings, writing reports, and presenting findings to senior officials is a plus

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • High integrity, embodies WCRI values.

  • Strong interest in public policy research and issues.

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

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

  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment.

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POSITION DESCRIPTION 

TITLE:                 Senior Research Analyst 
REPORTS TO:     Deputy Director 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.

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POSITION DESCRIPTION 

TITLE:                 Research Analyst
REPORTS TO:    
Deputy Director 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.

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Please email or fax a resume, including a cover letter to:

 Workers Compensation Research Institute, Attn:  HR Dept.
955 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Email:  rtanabe@wcrinet.org
Fax: 617-661-9284

 

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