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

The Senior Program Officer will be responsible for leading and supporting the day-to-day operation of an array of projects on CHCS’ Delivery System and Payment Reform team. This position will help to lead initiatives focused on improving health care delivery for Medicaid enrollees.

This full-time, exempt, senior-level position will report to a Senior Fellow and is based in the CHCS office, near Princeton, NJ. Local candidates are desired; remote candidates outside of the NJ/PA/NY area 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

  • Work within a team-based environment to support CHCS’ stakeholders (e.g., state Medicaid agencies, health plans, health systems) in developing and/or executing initiatives in the areas of delivery system and payment reform, including:
    • Delivery system innovations to improve care and reduce disparities for Medicaid enrollees at a state level;
    • Implementing evidence-based coverage and payment policies that improve population health; and
    • Payment reform strategies that can incentivize improved and equitable health outcomes for Medicaid enrollees.
  • Manage assigned projects, including developing project proposals, work plans, holding accountability for successful completion of project/contract deliverables, and developing and managing project budgets.
  • Provide and oversee technical assistance to state agencies, health plans, health systems, and other key stakeholders in these programmatic areas.
  • Author policy briefs, blogs, and tools and develop presentations on topics relevant to these programmatic areas.
  • Plan, facilitate, and present at face-to-face meetings, teleconferences, and webinars for projects.
  • Convene representatives from multiple stakeholder groups to share learnings and best practices.
  • Produce funder reports and other dissemination vehicles highlighting project activities and their impact.
  • Supervise and support junior team members.
  • Collaborate with other senior program officers through peer group strategy and planning discussions.

Core Competencies/ Requirements

  • Passionate about the mission and work of CHCS to strengthen the U.S. health care system to ensure better, more equitable outcomes, particularly for people served by Medicaid.
  • 7 – 10 years of relevant experience in advancing delivery system, population health, and payment reform within a health policy or related setting. Experience working for or with state Medicaid agencies or managed care organizations is preferred. Experience with Medicaid benefit design is strongly preferred.
  • Master’s degree in related field (public policy, public health, health management, nursing, social work) or equivalent professional experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to interact effectively with internal and external team members from varying backgrounds and the ability to work with a diverse group of community members, payers, providers, and other stakeholders across the nation.
  • Enthusiasm in promoting and institutionalizing systemic change and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage a complex array of projects and activities simultaneously through organization and attention to detail.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; able to write clear and effective materials for a wide range of audiences.
  • A thought leader who is creative, innovative, able to discern and articulate the motivating factors and steps required to implement change, and comfortable taking risk by both communicating and receiving challenging ideas.
  • Occasional local and national travel required.

Salary and Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience. CHCS’ benefit package is comprehensive and highly competitive.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to CHCS’ Career Center. The cover letter should include the following elements:

  • Why you are interested in the Senior 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.