Research Assistant - Medicaid and Health Care Programs
National Opinion Research Center (NORC) - Bethesda, MD

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NORC at the University of Chicago seeks a qualified Research Assistant to support the Health Care Department. This position is responsible for supporting operational tasks on several federal projects on new initiatives related to the Medicaid and Medicare programs. Activities will include researching, formalizing and helping implement processes to be followed by states and health plans participating in new initiatives, supporting the review of documents created by states, health plans and providers, and supporting the delivery of technical assistance to states and other Medicaid stakeholders. Traditional research tasks such as literature reviews; statistical analyses of primary and secondary data; and preparation of memos, tables and graphs may also be required.


Provide operations and management support related to new Medicaid and Medicare initiatives

Provide general research support related to social science (e.g. public health and health policy research) on assignments of low to moderate complexity

Conduct literature reviews, statistical analysis of primary and secondary data and prepare memos, tables, and graphs based on findings - under supervision of experienced professionals

Take notes at meetings and prepare initial draft of minutes. Take notes at telephone/in-person interviews

Develop project materials, such as report outlines, visual exhibits for reports, and serve as an editor for deliverables

Support business development efforts through coordination of document preparation and reproduction

Under the direction of senior staff, support the development of new business by conducting background research on programs, award history, agency goals and objectives

Perform other duties as assigned


Bachelors’ Degree or equivalent experience

Strong interest in new initiatives related to Medicaid and other federal health care programs

Basic knowledge of the principles, processes, and methods of survey research through reading literature and experience in the field; basic understanding of routine sampling procedures and of quantitative analysis

Problem solving skills

Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously

Strong proficiency with MS Office software

Occasional travel for site visits and meetings


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About NORC

NORC at the University of Chicago is an independent research organization headquartered in downtown Chicago with additional offices on The University of Chicago's campus and in Washington, D.C. and Bethesda, Maryland. NORC also supports a nationwide field staff as well as international research operations. With clients throughout the world, NORC collaborates with government agencies, foundations, educational institutions, nonprofit organizations and businesses to provide the data and analysis that supports informed decision making in key areas including health, education, economics, crime, justice, energy, security, and the environment. NORC’s 70 years of leadership and experience in data collection, analysis, and dissemination—coupled with deep subject matter expertise—provides the foundation for effective solutions.

NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce.

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