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Job# 6039 - Health Care Economist (Seattle, WA)
Full Time
Posted: February 13, 2013
Closes: February 28, 2013

WHO MAY APPLY: This recruiting effort is open to all qualified applicants.

WORK SCHEDULE:This fully benefited position is exempt from the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act, and is not overtime eligible. The typical workweek is 40 hours Monday - Friday.

POSITION SUMMARY: King County is seeking a dynamic individual to provide research and analysis of employee health care costs and utilization patterns to determine effects of strategies (e.g. health promotion initiatives, disease management programs, plan design changes etc.) on health, costs and trends; develop predictive models to determine best options for future health promotion and disease management initiatives; design research projects that test hypotheses, ensuring quality data are collected and prepare reports and manuscripts for publication or presentation.

The successful candidate will provide research and technical consulting in a variety of health related areas such as healthcare reform, public health, and the impacts of human resource policies (e.g. sick leave, long-term disability, etc.) on health and costs.

This position is part of a team of analysts and may serve as an advisor to other team members on their projects. A successful candidate will also thrive in fast-paced, changing environment and in an organization that values learning, creativity, fairness, and social justice.


Interested individuals should submit an online application, resume and cover letter indicating how you meet or exceed the requirements of the position. You can find the online application at http://www.kingcounty.gov/jobs.aspx. Electronic submission is preferred. For further inquiries, please contact Brittany Hagen Crosser at brittany.hagen@kingcoungy.gov or 206-296-5172.


  • Develop metrics and analytic methods to assess impact of health promotion and disease management, interventions, and changes in health plan design on employee health status and costs.
  • Manage a multiyear baseline and cost trend analysis model to examine recent health care expenditures to determine key cost drivers.
  • Develop predictive models to determine best opportunities for short and long term impact on cost and utilization of health care.
  • Maintain and enhance a large-scale relational database of encrypted health care claims, health risk assessment questionnaire responses, payroll and other information.
  • Serve as an advisory resource for analytical and statistical expertise.
  • Draft and assist in the development of new research proposals and work scopes
  • Build data sharing relationships with other agencies to obtain comparison data needed for meaningful cost trend analysis and as a control to understand market trends without intervention.
  • Create data charts, table, etc., interpret findings and prepare other materials (such as briefs, information papers, and factsheets) to clearly communicate results to stakeholders.
  • Present information and analysis to staff, elected officials, and the general public.
  • Represent King County to other governments and at professional conferences and community organizations.


  • A graduate or other advanced degree in the social sciences (ideally statistics, public health, public policy, or economics) or related field and three years’ work experience conducting statistical analysis or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with managing, manipulating, integrating, and analyzing large and complex healthcare claims-related data sets.
  • Advanced expertise in statistical or mathematical techniques, including classification, regression, and simulation.
  • Facility in SQL and in a high-end statistical package (such as SAS, STATA, or R).
  • Expertise in analysis of large administrative datasets, model building, and forecasting.
  • Excellent communication and client-service skills.


  • Advanced academic training in econometrics, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, or medicine may be substituted, dependent on supporting coursework.
  • Experience with large health care administrative data sets, performance metrics, and government heath data and analytics (e.g. MEPS, NDC coding).
  • Research experience with large-scale database analysis, model building, data mining/business intelligence, or forecasting.
  • Peer reviewed publication experience.

For more info please see http://agency.governmentjobs.com/kingcounty/default.cfm?action=viewJob&jobID=595744&hit_count=yes&headerFooter=1&promo=0&transfer=0&WDDXJobSearchParams=

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