Lead Public Policy Analyst

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Location: Baltimore, MARYLAND

Lead Public Policy Analyst - (210000G4)
The Institute for Innovation and Implementation in the University of Maryland, Baltimore School of Social Work has an opportunity for a Lead Public Policy Analyst in the Policy, Finance, and Systems Design Division. This position will apply in-depth, expert-level knowledge, concepts, principles, and skills to multiple projects across The Institute's Ruth Young Center for Maryland and National Center. The Lead Public Policy Analyst will work across projects, which may include the Maryland Quality Service Reform Initiative; Nevada Family First Prevention Services Act; Hawaii System of Care; and, other projects. This position will be responsible for developing and achieving goals and objectives in alignment with defined strategy and will have wide latitude to make managerial decisions within the area of responsibility. The lead policy analyst will work with principal investigators, project directors, and subject matter experts to recommend significant strategic decisions and will serve as a resource to others within The Institute and externally. The Lead Public Policy Analyst will engage with federal, state, and local child- and family-serving system leadership (e.g. State Behavioral Health Director, State Child Welfare Director). The Lead Public Policy Analyst may supervise, mentor, and/or coordinate the work of others. The Lead Public Policy Analyst will report to the Director of the Policy, Finance, and Systems Design Division.
This Exempt, Regular position offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
Essential Functions

  • Perform research and data analysis to develop methods of implementation and/or sustainability of various policies and programs. Identify solutions and strategies to assess the potential impact on programs of proposed legislation, regulations, and policies.

  • Applies advanced, expert-level knowledge, concepts, principles, and skills related to public policy, financing, implementation (including related to Medicaid State Plans), amendments, waivers, and federal policy document development (e.g. Family First Prevention Plans). Review public policy, regulations, and legislation to determine the impact on programs and provide best practices to mitigate the impact. Makes recommendations for appropriate action in alignment with programmatic strategy.

  • Reviews agendas for meetings and leads meetings, including with State and local leadership (e.g. State planning meetings, federal settlement agreement meetings, etc); reviews meeting notes for accuracy and may be responsible for key action steps and assisting staff with implementing action steps.

  • Monitors key changes in children’s behavioral health, Medicaid, child welfare, and juvenile justice policy at the local, state, and national levels. Summarizes key policy topics for consumption by peers, senior leadership, or external entities. Reviews cost-benefit analysis of proposed recommendations.

  • Influences strategy, program, policy development, and best practices and engages in strategic planning, internally and with external stakeholders to achieve short- and long-range planning goals. Lead through the use of subject matter expertise other policy or program staff.

  • Authors or provides expert contributions to reports, white papers, position papers, briefs, presentations, strategies, toolkits, testimonies, legislation, regulations, policy directives, implementation guidance, and impact statements for internal and external audiences. Provides presentations and technical assistance to internal or external entities on specific areas of expertise, including as a subject matter expert related to financing strategies and policy options.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public health, public policy, social work, public administration, or a related field. Master's Degree preferred.
Experience: Eight (8) years of experience in public sector policy review, analysis, implementation, and/or design at the local, state, and/or federal level, including working with federal and/or state Medicaid authorities.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Has expert skill and knowledge related to financing of child- and family public services, including Medicaid, child welfare, juvenile justice, and/or behavioral health. Understands Medicaid authorities and requirements.

  • Possesses a thorough knowledge of position requirements and able to perform the position in compliance with all requirements/regulations/laws. Ability to maintain high standards with the work being performed and maintain awareness with trends and influences. Assumes personal responsibility for all outcomes; makes effective and timely decisions; and effectively uses technology. Skill in relevant PC applications and programs such as Microsoft Office. Maintains productivity and uses knowledge strategies to increase knowledge base.

  • Ability to work independently under minimal supervision. Ability to delegate work and train/mentor personnel. Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles. Ability to effectively attend to various duties on simultaneous assignments. Ability to develop new methods for operation and/or streamlining of processes. Skill in exercising initiative, resourcefulness, and sound judgment with an ability to solve problems and make decisions. Ability to prioritize ongoing and new projects necessary to implement a specific organizational program.

  • Ability to effectively communicate both verbal and written thoughts, ideas, and facts. Writes and presents information in a clear and concise way. Interprets and understands written information and is able to listen attentively to verbal and non-verbal cues that lead to a deeper understanding.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with others and demonstrates professional, ethical, respectful, and courteous behavior when interacting with others. Capable of interacting pleasantly and positively with others to meet customer expectations, and provide follow-up with customers. Able to demonstrate, understand, apply, and adhere to UMB Core Values of Accountability, Civility, Collaboration, Diversity, Excellence, Leadership, and Knowledge. Able to do work that is grounded in research, a commitment to social justice, experience and expertise from the field, adult learning theory, and implementation science.

Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at HRJobs@umaryland.edu.
If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request . You may also contact HRDiversity@umaryland.edu. Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.
: Reg or CII Exempt Staff - E1473G
Employee Class : Exempt Regular
Full Time/Part Time: Full-Time
: Day Job
Financial Disclosure: No
: School of Social Work - Institute Personnel
Job Posting
: May 7, 2021
Unposting Date
: Jun 20, 2021, 11:59:00 PM
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