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$ 30.44-$ 43.75 hourly, $ 63,559-$ 91,350 annually

Date Posted:   08/20/2014
Closing Date:   09/02/2014
Working Title:   Health Policy Research Sup
Hiring Agency:   Health Department
Division/Bureau:   HP/Health Economics Program
Location:   Golden Rule Building; St. Paul
Who May Apply:   Open to all qualified job seekers
Posting Number:   14HEAL000313
Employment Conditions:   Permanent, Full-time
Work Shift:   Day Shift
Days of Work:   Monday-Friday , 08:00 AM-04:30 PM
Travel Required:   no
Job Grouping:   General Administration
Classified Status:   Classified
Job Description:   This position is located in the Health Economics Program of the Health Policy (HP) Division.

The Health Economics Program in the Minnesota Department of Health is the state's premiere location for conducting objective, applied health care market and policy research. The Health Policy Research Scientist Supervisor 2 is responsible for leading original research and data collection projects that provide critical information for the Commissioner of Health, the administration, lawmakers and health reform leaders as they make policy decisions in one of the most innovative and dynamic policy environments in the country. The study areas are broad and require innovative thinking and keen analytical skills. They include:

Health care market conditions and competition;

Health care spending, health insurance premiums, trends, and factors underlying the trends;

Health insurance coverage, health care access, population health and the uninsured; and

Economic evaluation of select public and population health initiatives.

The incumbent will supervise and coordinate the performance of research staff and contractors and ensure the development of timely and high quality research papers, policy issue briefs, legislative reports, and presentations for a diverse set of audiences.
Minimum Qualifications:   Master's degree in economics, public policy, health policy, health services research, or a closely related field;


Two years of advanced professional or supervisory experience related to health economics or health policy.

Background must include some combination of the following: 1) economics, with a particular focus on applying economic principles to public policy problems, 2) public policy or health policy, 3) health services research, 4) econometrics or other high-level statistical training including regression analysis, 5) methods of scientific and evaluation research such as experimental, quasi-experimental, and evaluation research designs; sampling theory and methods of data collection; basic and multivariate statistical analysis; structural equation model estimation; and computer simulation methods.

Excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to explain complex research and analysis to policy makers, the general public, and technical experts.

Demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced environment, with frequent short deadlines and changing priorities.

Ability to productively guide and contribute to abstract research design and program development discussions.

Ability to supervise, collaborate with and guide the work of professional research staff so that study results and recommendations are timely and useful to the Department, the legislature, health care purchasers and providers, consumers, patients, and other audiences.

Selection Process:   The selection process is a resume-based, skill-matching process. All applicants who apply to this posting will be evaluated against the Minimum Qualifications stated above. If your skills match the required skills for this position, the department may contact you.

Recently Separated Veterans (RSV) - Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy be granted an interview. To qualify as a RSV, you must meet all of the following criteria: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779. Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under the terms of this legislation.

Certain Disabled Veterans ? Effective August 1, 2012, legislations provides state agencies with the option to appoint certain disabled veterans on a noncompetitive basis if you meet the following criteria: 1) meet service requirements and has verified service-connected disability rating of at least 30%; 2) provide qualifying documentation verifying the disability; and, 3) meet all of the Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting. To be considered under this legislation you must submit all documentation by the closing date to or fax to 651-201-5779.
How to Apply:   This vacancy is open to all qualified job seekers. If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please do one of the following by the closing date:

1) Submit your resume through the on-line Resume Builder at You may copy and paste your existing resume or let the software create a resume for you. After you've completed your on-line resume, apply directly to this job posting (#14HEAL000313) by checking the "Apply for This Job" box and then clicking the "Apply to Selected Jobs" box at the bottom of the posting.

2) If you are unable to apply on-line via Resume Builder, submit your resume and a completed State of Minnesota Employment Application form to: Minnesota Management & Budget (MMB), 200 Centennial Office Building, 658 Cedar Street, St. Paul, MN 55155. Please include this job posting number (#14HEAL000313) on your application. The paper application is available on the MMB website at or by calling 651-259-3637.

Current State Employees: Please note that employment provisions (including but not limited to seniority and leave accrual) vary among the three branches of Minnesota State government. When considering a job with another branch of state government, you are highly encouraged to explore these differences. For assistance, please direct questions to your current or anticipated Human Resources office.
Contact for More Information:   Stefan Gildemeister, 651-201-3554/