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 CHCS Population Health and Health Equity initiatives. This position is part of a team-based structure that leads initiatives to improve health and advance health equity for individuals enrolled in Medicaid, particularly communities experiencing inequities and racial injustices. This position leads initiatives focused on fostering cross-sector partnerships at the federal, state and local levels, as well as incorporating and valuing the perspectives of those enrolled in Medicaid to support the transformation of health care and systems to drive better, more equitable health outcomes.

This full-time, senior-level position will report to the Director of Population Health and is based in the CHCS office, near Princeton, NJ. Occasional local and national travel will be required. 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 and social service agencies, health systems, community-based organizations, health plans) in developing and/or executing initiatives in the areas of population health and health equity, including: bolstering partnerships across sectors and reducing silos at the state and local level; incorporating lived experiences of individuals enrolled in Medicaid in policymaking and program design, and implementing strategies at the state and local levels that address bias and racism.
  • 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 and local 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 in promoting health equity for communities experiencing inequities and racial injustices, including those enrolled in Medicaid.
  • 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.
  • Seven – 10 years of relevant experience in health equity, population health, and/or community empowerment within a health policy or clinical or community setting. Experience with Medicaid, managed care organizations, health care provider organizations, and/or social services is preferred.
  • Master’s degree in related field (public policy, public health, health management, nursing, social work).
  • Strong knowledge of, and experience with health care transformation and related policy and practice issues, especially as related to fostering multi-sector partnerships and advancing health and racial equity (policy experience preferred but not required).
  • An understanding of the policies and payer challenges that impact state and/or community-level delivery of health and social services, as well as an understanding of systemic racism and its impacts on health and well-being.
  • Strong project management skills and ability to manage a complex array of projects and activities simultaneously through organization and attention to detail.
  • 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.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; able to write clear and effective materials for a wide range of audiences.

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 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 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.