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Mathematica Managing Consultant - Medicaid Solutions Management (Remote Eligible) in Topeka, Kansas

Position Description: About Mathematica


Mathematica applies expertise at the intersection of technology, data, methods, policy, and practice to improve well-being around the world. We collaborate closely with public- and private-sector partners to translate big questions into deep insights that improve programs, refine strategies, and enhance understanding using technology and advanced analytics. Our work yields actionable information to guide decisions in wide-ranging policy areas, from health, education, early childhood, and family support to nutrition, employment, disability, and international development. Mathematica offers our employees competitive salaries, and a comprehensive benefits package, as well as the advantages of being 100 percent employee owned. As an employee stock owner, you will experience financial benefits of ESOP holdings that have increased in tandem with the company’s growth and financial strength. You will also be part of an independent, employee-owned firm that is able to define and further our mission, enhance our quality and accountability, and steadily grow our financial strength. Read more about our benefits here: https://www.mathematica.org/career-opportunities/benefits-at-a-glance

  • About the opportunity

* Mathematica is searching for a self-motivated professional with a passion for solving clients’ pressing problems and improving operations, and a strong interest in our Medicaid project area. Managing consultants often work on more than one project at a time and are matched with projects that align with their interests and skills. Projects in the Medicaid area provide technical assistance to federal and state agencies, convene learning collaboratives and other types of meetings, document requirements and specifications for federal reporting, monitor reporting compliance and program performance, conduct research and analysis, and develop dashboards and other analytic products.

In particular, we are looking for individuals who can support current and emerging work across any number of areas related to monitoring and improving Medicaid programs such as: eligibility and enrollment, health equity, health related social needs, managed care programs, long-term services and supports, behavioral healthcare, measures of delivery and quality of services for beneficiaries, value-based purchasing and alternative payment models, and outcomes of innovative programs and policies.

Managing consultants participate in and lead a range of tasks at Mathematica, from overseeing small teams or managing projects, to developing solutions for some of our clients’ most challenging problems. While the duties of the position vary depending on project assignments, most managing consultants serve in roles that require a blend of policy expertise and management skills. This may include: 

  • Serving as task leaders, project managers, or deputy project directors on complex, fast-paced projects focused on Medicaid policy, oversight, and program operations
  • Developing and maintaining project schedules, staffing plans, and budgets
  • Collaborating with federal, state, and other clients and entities to develop and implement quality improvement strategies or technical assistance plans based on available data and subject matter expertise
  • Planning and executing of webinars or small group discussions with government clients, healthcare payers, and/or other entities and individuals; managing technical assistance or data review processes
  • Managing diverse perspectives and thinking creatively to design solutions that meet client needs
  • Authoring memos, standard operating procedures, data dictionaries, implementation guides, webinar slides, and other technical assistance tools to facilitate program improvement
  • Providing the energy, direction, organization, and quality control needed to help keep projects on time and on budget and to facilitate communications across and between internal and external stakeholders

Position Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, public health, healthcare administration, business, or a related field; or equivalent experience
  • Five or more years of experience managing complex projects or tasks related to healthcare or health policy.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead activities, manage tasks through the project lifecycle, and coordinate the work of multidisciplinary teams to deliver high-quality work to our clients on time and budget
  • Strong problem-solving and analytic skills, including the ability to think critically about issues relating to management, such as financial analysis, as well as policy implementation and program operations.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including an ability to explain technical concepts to diverse stakeholder audiences including program administrators and policymakers
  • Strong organizational skills and high level of attention to detail as well as the flexibility to manage multiple priorities, sometimes simultaneously, under deadlines
  • Strong mentorship skills to mentor early career staff members
  • Experience working at or with a state or federal agency, a foundation, a healthcare provider, or another policy research firm is highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with agile project management tools and techniques (e.g., Jira, Scrum) is a plus; Project Management Professionals (PMPs) also encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with human-centered design principles and/or quality improvement approaches (Lean Six-Sigma, PDSA cycles) is also desirable.
  • Knowledge and experience with Medicaid or Health Insurance Marketplace managed through healthcare.gov is a plus.

    • Application instructions:*

Please submit a cover letter, CV and work product that demonstrates your problem-solving or analytic abilities as well as your understanding of policy-related challenges facing the healthcare system.

More information: 

This position offers an anticipated base salary of $100,000 - $135,000 annually. This position may be eligible for a discretionary bonus based on company and individual performance.


Staff in our Health unit will eventually work with our largest client, Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS). Most staff working on CMS contracts will be required to complete a successful background investigation including the Questionnaire for Public Trust Position SF-85. Staff that are unable to successfully undergo the background investigation will need to be able to obtain work outside CMS. Staff will work with their supervisor to get re-staffed, however if they are unable to do so it may result in employment termination due to lack of work.

Available Locations: Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; Cambridge, MA; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Remote

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.