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 seeks a dynamic and highly-organized individual to serve as a senior program officer (SPO) on the Medicare-Medicaid/Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) team to help drive its initiatives to improve programs for older adults and people with disabilities who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid as well as individuals who need LTSS. This position will work within a team-based structure and will be responsible for: (1) leading stakeholder engagement activities in California to inform Medi-Cal and LTSS reform; (2) supporting states and stakeholders in the development of Medicaid managed LTSS programs; and (3) developing and supporting various other LTSS-focused initiatives.

The ideal candidate will have knowledge of both Medicaid policy and program implementation and oversight as well as experience working on state programs to provide LTSS. CHCS is particularly interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to advancing health equity and/or addressing social determinants of health, especially pertaining to older adults, people with disabilities, and people with low incomes or dual eligible status. Experience working deeply in several of the following areas: Medicaid managed care, managed LTSS, integrated Medicare/Medicaid care models required. Experience working with aging and disability stakeholders a plus.

This full-time, senior-level position will report to the Director, Medicare-Medicaid/LTSS and is based in the CHCS office, near Princeton, NJ. Occasional local and national travel will be required. Remote candidates outside of the NJ/NY/PA 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

  • Manage assigned projects, including developing project proposals, work plans, holding accountability for successful completion of project/contract deliverables, overseeing junior staff activities, and developing and managing project budgets.
  • Develop content for, facilitate and present at large and small-scale in-person meetings, conference calls, and online webinars.
  • Lead interviews and small group listening sessions with states, health plans, providers, consumers or other stakeholders including identifying appropriate participants, developing discussion guides, leading the meeting, and summarizing themes.
  • Conduct policy analysis including reviewing managed care contracts, waiver language, state and federal legislation, regulations, and other guidance.
  • Plan and facilitate convenings of states, federal partners, and stakeholders through the development of agendas, meeting planning, participant outreach, etc.
  • Author policy briefs, blogs, reports and tools and develop presentations on topics relevant to integrated care and LTSS.
  • Act as the primary contact with funders, leading meetings, producing reports and communicating project activities and their impact.
  • Supervise and support junior team members.
  • Collaborate with leaders of other teams through peer group strategy and planning discussions.

Core Competencies/ Requirements

  • Ten (10) or more years of relevant experience working in the design or implementation of integrated Medicare/Medicaid models, developing or supporting programs that use managed care delivery systems for Medicaid, LTSS, and/or integrated care models.
  • Master’s degree in related field (public health, public policy, health management, gerontology, social work, disability studies, etc.) or equivalent professional experience.
  • Experience working with state Medicaid agencies, managed care organizations, and/or health care provider organizations.
  • Experience working in California health policy environments including state government, Medi-Cal health plans, advocacy, and/or providers. Strong stakeholder networks and relationships in California a plus.
  • Ability to analyze, problem-solve and synthesize qualitative and quantitative health policy information.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to work effectively with CHCS stakeholders such as funders, federal and state policymakers, and other experts in the field.
  • Expert facilitation skills to lead internal team meetings and meetings with policymakers, providers and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated experience leading project teams, developing junior staff, promoting efficient work and fostering positive team culture.
  • 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.
  • Experience engaging consumer voices in policy projects, including focus groups, listening sessions, interviews with older adults and people with disabilities who are eligible for Medicaid, dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, and/or use LTSS.
  • Enthusiasm in promoting and institutionalizing systemic change and a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity.

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, resume, and salary requirements to CHCS’ Career Center with “Senior Program Officer, Integrated Care/LTSS Team” referenced in the subject line. No telephone inquiries. 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.