Communications Associate

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Job Opening: Communications Associate

Start/End Date: January 2020 – June 2020

Location: Brookline, MA

The Lown Institute seeks a full-time Communications Associate to join our team and assume duties related to media relations, social media, website, and email. This is a six-month position. 

The Communications Associate will report to the Vice President of Communications, and will work with other members of communications and project teams.  

Are you passionate about developing engaging digital content, including videos, images, blog posts, and memes? Is your writing clear and compelling? Are you quick, collaborative, and creative? If so, read on!

Here’s what you’d do in the job:

  • Assist in the development of two new Lown Institute websites, including strategic development, content loading, editing, and image management.
  • Create editorial and graphical content for websites and social media.
  • Assist in media relations for Lown Projects, including drafting press releases and other media-facing content, responding to media inquiries, and tracking media hits.
  • Develop new video and podcast content to promote Lown projects.
  • Track, report, and learn from data analytics on the performance of digital content.
  • Assist the communications team in other projects as needed.

You could be great for this job if you have:

  • Helped manage social media channels for a campaign, brand, or organization.
  • Assisted with media relations for a campaign, brand, or organization.
  • Used WordPress (or similar CMS) and have a general understanding of web design principles.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills; good time management and organizational skills; meticulous attention to detail.
  • Creativity, flexibility and ability to learn quickly in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Commitment to the Lown Institute’s mission of exposing the harms of the current health care system and guiding a path toward a just and caring system of health.

Although not required, a strong candidate may also have experience with some of the following:

  • Data and analytics — web, social media, email 
  • Graphic design
  • Audio and video editing/production and podcasting
  • Managing social media accounts
  • Basic proficiency with html
  • Knowledge of user experience principles and strategies
  • Interest in health care policy, health system reform, and advocacy

Compensation, Benefits, and Work Schedule: 

This is an entry-level, full-time position. The position is temporary with the possibility of extension. Salary is competitive and may vary based on experience. Health insurance, paid time off, life insurance, disability insurance, and other benefits are included. 

To Apply:

Please submit your application through Indeed. 

The deadline to apply is 1/30/19 or until the position is filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. No phone calls please. We sincerely regret that we will not be able to respond to all applicants. Only those considered for the position will be contacted to interview.

Data Scientist

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The Lown Institute has a full-time position for a Data Scientist to join our collegial and talented team working on projects to improve our health care system. The Data Scientist should have a passion for data, for improving the healthcare system, and for creating solutions that have impact. The successful candidate will spend time working both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team focused on specific deadlines. While this is an individual contributor role, the ideal candidate should be able to collaborate with others to solve complex problems.

The Data Scientist’s primary responsibility will be for developing SAS code to support data analysis, data cleansing, and data integration with other applications including SQL. The Data Scientist will also be responsible for developing analytics and reporting solutions. The role will require optimizing and maintaining data, creating data tables, and writing code to provide the team with tools to synthesize and transform complex data sets into functional modules for analysis and reporting. Familiarity with statistical modelling is essential.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in statistics, public health, epidemiology, biostatistics, computer science, or informatics
  • Mandatory 3+ years of working experience
  • Experience in statistical methods, particularly survival analysis, Cox and logistic regression and multilevel modeling
  • Proficiency in SAS/BASE and SAS/STAT is a must
  • Ability to understand and work with complex data sets and relationships
  • Experience with Medicare or commercial claims data strongly preferred
  • Significant experience with database manipulation and advanced data analysis, including computer programming skills needed to carry out analysis and understanding of the theoretical basis of these methods
  • Working expertise with relational datasets and database management software, proficiency in SAS strongly preferred
  • Proficiency in SQL, R, Python, or a similar programming language strongly preferred (willingness to learn is required)

Additional Qualifications:

  • Experience with healthcare billing and coding
  • Understanding of claims data, how data is stored in analytical platforms, and how to use and apply claims data
  • Ability to support other statistical applications, and is able to implement statistical models in a self-guided manner
  • Ability to drive projects independently with moderate support
  • Strong command of verbal and written English
  • Outstanding critical thinking and attention to detail
  • Strong communication and collaborative research skills
  • Ability to appropriately summarize and effectively communicate results
  • Time management skills to complete work within allocated time frames

Core responsibilities and specific duties:

  • Managing the assigned day-to-day activities of Lown Institute data projects
  • Extract, clean, and validate data in preparation for analysis, starting from raw data in a large relational database
  • Use advanced data analysis methods (from machine learning, artificial intelligence, statistics, epidemiology, etc) to assist in building predictive models of healthcare outcomes from a large integrated administrative records database with over 100 million patients (2 trillion+ rows, 22,000+ columns of data)
  • Translate requirements into functional code and solutions
  • Establish credibility and strong working relationship with the entire team to review design and code for adherence to established standards and best practices
  • Maintain repository and relevant documentation
  • Design, build, and maintain efficient, reusable, and reliable code
  • Ensure the best possible performance, quality, and responsiveness of code
  • Identify bottlenecks and bugs, and devise solutions to mitigate and address these issues
  • Help maintain code quality, organization, and automatization
  • Help write algorithms
  • Assist non-SAS developers when needed with miscellaneous development tasks

Additional Tasks

  • Carry out exploratory analyses and prepare reports summarizing results
  • Assist in publishing papers on our findings, systems, and methodology
  • Implementing and configuring reporting solutions
  • Data visualization and dashboarding

Compensation: competitive based on experience.

Job Type: Full-time, one-year contract, renewable.

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Writing Intern

Potential Responsibilities

  • Assist staff with researching and writing short items on health care news in the weekly newsletter
  • Assist staff in research for white papers
  • Assist staff in researching for blogs to be distributed through digital network


  • Current undergraduate or graduate student, or recent graduate
  • Demonstrated experience writing about health care
  • Strong time-management skills, organized, and detail-oriented
  • Able to work independently
  • Ability to search PubMed and other databases a plus
  • Knowledge of journalism and/or marketing a plus
  • Familiarity with reference managers, like Endnote, a plus
  • Our internships have a flexible start and end date but typically run for 3-4 months. This is an unpaid part-time or full-time internship opportunity.

To apply, email a resume and cover letter to No phone calls or faxes please. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer that values workplace diversity.