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Research Analyst, Principal - MED

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Posting Begin Date: 2024/02/06
Posting End Date: 2024/02/20
Category: Research
Sub Category: Professional
Work Type: Part Time Insurance and Retirement Eligible
Remote: Flexible Hybrid
Location: Statewide, ID, United States
Minimum Salary: 30.38
Maximum Salary: 33.00
Pay Rate Type: Hourly

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People Making a Difference!

Applications will be accepted through 4:59 PM MST on the posting end date. 

Do you enjoy working with population health data? Do you get personal satisfaction knowing that you are part of a statewide effort to promote the health and well-being of Idaho residents? The Division of Medicaid is looking for a part-time Research Analyst Principal to join the Bureau of Population Health. 

This position will be funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Overdose Data to Action grant which supports jurisdictions in collecting high quality, comprehensive, and timely data on nonfatal and fatal overdoses and in using those data to inform prevention and response efforts.

Besides analyzing, monitoring, and reporting of grant related data, this position will assist with CMS Coreset reporting, the population health strategy, and Idaho’s value-based care program: Healthy Connection Value Care. This position will also work closely with the Bureau of Pharmaceutical Care, responsible for drug coverage for people with Medicaid.

The data that will be analyzed will include Medicaid claims data such as healthcare encounters and prescription data, and data from public data sources such as Census data. Additionally, this position will collaborate with other Divisions and stakeholders to support substance use disorder and drug overdose prevention efforts.

Temporary positions are limited to working 1,385 hours in a 12-month period for any one state agency. Employees are eligible for benefits if they work twenty (20) hours or more per week and the term of employment is expected to exceed five (5) continuous months. 

The position may offer some options to work a flexible/hybrid schedule with one or more days on site at candidate's local IDHW office.



We have one of the Nation's best state retirement systems (PERSI) that offers a lifetime benefit. 


  • excellent medical, dental and vision insurance
  • generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start 
  • 11 paid holidays a year 
  • paid parental leave
  • multiple savings plans, optional 401K, and optional 457
  • basic life insurance for employee and family (employee covered at one times annual salary; spouse covered at $10,000; child covered at $5,000)
  • wellness programs 
  • ongoing training opportunities 
  • an opportunity for student loan forgiveness
  • and more!


  • Plans and directs development, implementation, and evaluation of major and complex research and statistical analysis projects. 
  • Writes documentation to define reporting field.
  • Establishes methods and procedures to assure quality of data collected to include data collection models, sampling techniques, and control mechanisms.
  • Consults with officials of state and federal agencies and private entities to coordinate development and design of research projects.
  • Identifies erroneous or questionable data and contacts stakeholders to verify and correct.
  • Reviews and updates data ensuring output is consistent with study.
  • Analyzes data and interprets trends and results of studies and develops conclusions.
  • Compiles and disseminates research results in formats appropriate to various users and makes oral presentations of findings.
  • Uses statistical software packages, database management tools to query and analyze data.
  • Collects quarterly and annual trend and outcome data for federal reporting on program outcomes.


You must possess all the minimum qualifications below to pass the exam for this position. Please make sure your resume or work history supports your meeting the minimum qualifications for this position. Failure to do this may disqualify you from being considered for this position. It is highly recommended to attach a one-page cover letter to your application to demonstrate how you meet the requirements below.

  • Experience that demonstrates considerable knowledge of modeling and trend analysis and simulation techniques. Typically gained by completion of at least two semesters of college level statistics in modeling, trend analysis and simulation techniques, AND at least two years of relevant practical experience and training in those areas.
  • Experience planning, developing, and implementing complex research and statistical projects and presenting the results. Typically gained by at least one year of work experience planning, developing, and implementing complex research and statistical projects, and presenting the results. Experience should include independently identifying or defining the scope of the project; analyzing the problem requiring research and statistical analysis; developing the research project; and implementing and presenting the research results. 
  • Experience using and interpreting output of a statistical analysis software package (e.g. SAS, SPSS, STATA, Number Cruncher, Excel, Minitab, etc.). Typically gained by at least one year of experience using and interpreting statistical output from a statistical analysis software package. 

Below is preferred experience. It is not required for the position but applicants with this experience may receive consideration over other applicants.

  1. Demonstrated experience analyzing health-related data such as medical claims data, Rx data, hospital discharge data, public health surveillance data, laboratory data. Typically gained through a degree in epidemiology or two semesters of college coursework or one year of work experience.
  2. Demonstrated experience using database applications such as “SQL Developer”, statistical and data visualization software such as “R”, “SAS”, and “Tableau”. Typically gained through two semesters of college coursework or one year of work experience.
  3. Demonstrated experience of working with large and complex data sets. Typically gained through two semesters of college coursework or one year of work experience.

Learn About a Career with DHW

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(answered Monday through Friday during business hours MST)

EMAIL: [email protected] 

PHONE: (208) 334-0681


The State of Idaho is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and prohibit discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities and prohibit discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, political affiliation or belief, sex, national origin, genetics, or any other status protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws.

The State of Idaho is committed to access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities, auxiliary aids and services are available upon request. If you require an accommodation at any step in our recruitment process, you are encouraged to contact (208) 334-2263 (TTY/TTD: 711), or email [email protected].

Preference may be given to veterans who qualify under state and federal laws and regulations.