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

CHCS is seeking a dynamic and highly-organized individual to serve as a Program Officer focused on child health policy and programs, particularly in the area of children’s behavioral health. The position will work in a team-based structure to design and carry out initiatives that improve the outcomes of care for children from early childhood through transition age, many of whom have complex health and behavioral health needs and are involved in multiple public systems. The individual in this position will work on projects that focus on children receiving publicly-financed health, behavioral health, child welfare and early childhood services. The ideal candidate will have some knowledge of – and some experience with – policy and practice related to these areas. Some understanding of Medicaid financing is also preferable.

This full-time, mid-level position will report to a senior-level manager and is based in the CHCS office, near Princeton, NJ. Occasional local and national travel will be required. Local candidates are desired; candidates living outside the NJ/NY/PA area will be considered but will be required to travel to the home office periodically, in addition to the position’s regular travel responsibilities.

This is not a clinical position; individuals with policy experience are sought.

Primary Responsibilities

Position responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work within a team to support the development and/or execution of initiatives in children’s behavioral health, early childhood services, and child welfare;
  • Assist with project management including developing and managing project work plans, tracking to-dos and proactively initiating/supporting follow-up, developing meeting agendas and summaries, and tracking deliverables;
  • Provide technical assistance to state and local agencies, health plans and other key stakeholders regarding health- related care and social services for children with complex needs;
  • Support planning and conducting face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, and webinars for project participants;
  • Develop policy briefs and presentations on topics relevant to the specified programmatic areas; and
  • Contribute to funder reports highlighting project activities and impacts.

Requirements/Core Competencies

  • Passionate about the mission and work of CHCS in promoting health equity for underserved populations.
  • Master’s degree in public administration, public health, behavioral health, social services or a related field;
  • 3 – 5 years of relevant work experience in local, state, or federal health/human service agencies, delivery systems or community-based organizations related to the development of policy and/or provision of services to children and youth with behavioral health and/or health-related social needs;
  • Strong interest in children’s behavioral health-related health policy and practice issues, child health quality improvement efforts, child welfare systems, and/or early childhood services.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills; attention to detail, and ability to work both independently and in teams;
  • Ability to manage numerous project activities and interface with multiple partners, including state and federal agencies, consultants, funders, and technical assistance providers;
  • Ability to write clear and effective materials for a wide range of audiences;
  • Ability to confidently present to and facilitate small groups.
  • Dedicated to advancing CHCS organizational commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity
  • All CHCS employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of their vaccination status before their start date. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) through Human Resources to this requirement.

Salary and Compensation

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

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and at least two writing samples (2-3 pages) via CHCS’ Career Center. The cover letter should include the following elements:

  • Why you are interested in the Program Officer position.
  • Any additional 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.