The Associate supports client engagements and internal project team requests and policy projects by developing research plans; conducting research; collecting data and policy information; judging the relevance and applicability of data collected, or policies identified; analyzing data; interpreting data; analyzing market trends, health policies, and reimbursement approaches; developing summary information used for presentations to internal and external staff; and presenting to clients as needed.
Essential Job Duties:
Understand requirements: Participates in discussions regarding client engagements to understand the client's objectives, identify how the work will be done, and understand client deliverables. May participate in client meetings for this purpose.
Develop Research Strategy: Identifies research strategies for obtaining data of interest to the client, or critical to the analysis to be performed.
Conduct Research: Obtains information via literature search, Internet search, telephone interviews with knowledgeable individuals, reference texts, on-line databases, and other sources.
Analyze Findings: Reviews data collected to determine market trends, relevant policies, effects of policies and overall implications for a client company of the information collected. May make judgments about the accuracy and validity of data, data quality, and methods for altering project course if required.
Prepare Summaries: Prepares summary information illustrating key points, patterns, and trends found in research data and policy information May abstract and summarize data from medical literature or other sources.
Develop Findings and Recommendations: Assists in using information and data to consider client needs; and prepare findings, and recommendations.
Prepare Deliverables: Drafts written memos, correspondence, slides, and other deliverables.
Presents findings: May attend presentations or final engagement meetings to present findings.
Support Internal Practices: Supports functions of other firm practices by understanding needs, conducting research into issues of interest to internal project teams.
File Documents: Organizes materials prepared during engagement, stores and catalogs information electronically, and maintains files of work papers for future access.
Conduct Policy Analysis: May conduct preliminary analysis into policy issues under supervision of associates and senior staff.
Adheres to budget. Evaluates budget for project, adheres to timing required and associated tasks; may identify budget variance and recommend strategies for adhering to budget.
Evaluate Engagement: Participates in the internal evaluation of engagement, including review of original workplan, budget, individual assignments, client response and potential for future work.
Support Teams from Other Areas: Works with project teams on joint projects or in times of high demand for the services of the firm.
The Associate typically holds an undergraduate degree in the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, or business administration from an outstanding college or university. May require some policy training on the job.
Strong communication, organization, and analytical skills. Demonstrated proficiency in various software programs, including Excel, MS Word and PowerPoint preferred. Knowledge of policy resources and search strategies. Works effectively in a team environment. Collaborates and works with peers to accomplish tasks assigned.
Although previous Full time work experience is not required, the Associate generally will have had part-time or summer employment in the health care field, with experience as a research assistant or in a comparable role preferred.