Director of Workers Compensation Research

at Workers Compensation Research Institute (view profile)
Location Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date Posted May 7, 2019
Category Health Economics and Outcomes Research
Job Type Full-time
Job Level Director or Senior Director
Sponsorship available? Yes


WCRI, a nonpartisan, member-supported nonprofit, seeks an experienced quantitative and qualitative researcher and project manager with knowledge of public policy research methods, including workers' compensation issues, to act as its Director of Workers' Compensation Research. The Director is the organization’s chief scientist, leading or approving the design of studies, overseeing their progress, and serving as the quality control officer for WCRI research. Other responsibilities include:

  • Designing the annual research agenda, developing projects and producing research results that are highly relevant to public policy debates, and credible to and understandable by a non-technical audience.
  • Assessing and approving the technical feasibility of proposed projects and associated resources, providing direction and methodological mentoring to research staff, and working collaboratively with staff to maintain execution of research and data management functions.
  • Presenting the results of WCRI studies to policymakers and other system stakeholders
  • Participating in key revenue raising activities and events.
  • Specific experience in applying standard and innovative advanced quantitative research techniques to public policy issues.
  • Demonstrated ability and temperament to mentor and lead a multidisciplinary research staff of high quality and dedication, including meeting deadlines and motivating intellectual curiosity.
  • Lead innovations in product and process improvement


  • Leadership stature in a relevant applied area of research, as recognized by authorities in the field and demonstrated in the course of at least 15 years of post-graduate experience in policy relevant research, including experience as a project or organizational leader. Experience focused on workers’ compensation systems is a plus, but is not required.
  • A PhD in economics, statistics, health policy, operations research or public policy (with strong technical training) is greatly preferred and experience with health and/or labor policy issues is a major plus.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
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