The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is a policy design and implementation partner devoted to improving outcomes for people enrolled in Medicaid. We connect people and ideas to spark insights, build expertise, strengthen leadership, and spread innovations. Across sectors and disciplines, we support our partners to make more effective, efficient, and equitable care possible. The passion, expertise and creativity of CHCS’ staff make our work possible. We are committed to a diverse workforce that brings distinct perspectives, cultures, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, experiences, and abilities to the table.

Position Overview/Primary Responsibilities

CHCS seeks Program Associates to support a variety of national initiatives to improve care for individuals enrolled in Medicaid. This full-time, junior-level position will work directly with senior program staff to: (1) research relevant policy issues; (2) support day-to-day project management; and (3) contribute to technical assistance (TA) tracking and management, webinar and meeting planning, and development of written products to support states, providers, and health plans in transforming care delivery models.

This position will report to a senior-level manager and is based in the CHCS office, near Princeton, NJ. Local candidates are desired; remote candidates located outside of NJ/NY/PA will be considered but will be required to travel to the home office from time to time, in addition to the position’s regular travel responsibilities.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Contribute to the research and writing of policy briefs, technical assistance memos, blog posts and presentations on topics relevant to programmatic areas;
  • Support in-person and virtual meetings, periodic TA calls, and webinars through the development of agendas, note-taking, planning, participant outreach, etc.;
  • Track and manage TA requests and support project activities by assimilating information from e-mails, meetings, and calls to support internal and external project team members;
  • Support project management tasks, including managing project work plans, writing project status reports, and tracking invoices;
  • Conduct policy research to track program activities on related efforts across the country; and
  • Facilitate weekly internal team meetings.


  • Master’s degree in related field (public policy, public health, health management, RN, LCSW/LSW) preferred or equivalent work experience;
  • At least one year of continuous work experience;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work both independently and in teams;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel);
  • Occasional local and national travel will be required; and
  • Prior experience or familiarity with Medicaid, managed care organizations, and/or health care provider organizations on health policy or in a clinical setting is preferred but not required.

Core Competencies

  • Passionate about the mission and work of CHCS in promoting health equity for underserved populations;
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills with the ability to write clear and effective materials for a wide range of audiences;
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively with project team, partners, and external stakeholders;
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple projects, track deliverables, and thrive in a fast-paced environment; and
  • Ability to problem solve and analyze/synthesize trends in health policy, and complex care including qualitative and quantitative information.

Salary and Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience and education level. CHCS also offers a highly competitive benefit package.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample (2-3 pages) via CHCS’ Career Center no later than April 7, 2023. The cover letter should include the following elements:

  • Why you are interested in the Program Associate position.
  • Policy areas of interest.
  • Which CHCS priority area(s) you are most interested in contributing to:
    • Child and Family Health;
    • Adults with Complex Care Needs;
    • Delivery System and Payment Reform/Population Health and Health Equity; and
    • Medicaid/Medicare Dual Eligibles and Long Term Supports and Services
  • Any professional and/or personal experience that informs your qualifications for the position that otherwise is not obvious from your resume.
  • Your salary requirements for the position.

This description is not intended to limit the responsibilities of a prospective employee to the duties listed above. Responsibilities may vary based on company and individual capabilities.
The Center for Health Care Strategies provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.