NASHP Job Opportunities

Project Director, Center for State Health Care System Costs NASHP seeks a project director for its Emerging Policy Issues Team to help organize and lead The Center for State Health Care System Costs (The Center), a new NASHP initiative supported by Arnold Ventures. The successful candidate will have strong project management skills and demonstrated expertise in hospital and health system financing and costs, and their impact across all payers, as well as knowledge of innovative state efforts to curb rising health costs. Experience in state government is strongly preferred and the ability to develop and support practical solutions that states can implement a must. More information and to apply.

Project Director, Chronic and Vulnerable Populations NASHP seeks an experienced project director to manage federal and foundation-supported projects in its Chronic and Vulnerable Populations portfolio. These projects focus on underserved or vulnerable populations, behavioral health, and issues affecting older adults. The successful candidate for this position must have in-depth knowledge of state health policy, with a particular focus on Medicaid, long-term care, family caregiving, and/or other state and federal initiatives that support older adults. The candidate should have demonstrated experience in developing and managing projects in support of state health officials; ability to work well with external partners to carry out project activities; and excellent writing, critical thinking and analytical skills for a national and state policymaker audience. Experience in state government strongly preferred. More information and to apply.

Project Associate, Chronic and Vulnerable Populations NASHP seeks a health policy associate for its Chronic and Vulnerable Populations team in its Washington, DC office. The candidate should have experience and a strong interest in state policies related to mental health and substance use disorder, long-term services and supports, and payment and delivery system innovation focused on older adults, individuals living with disabilities, and individuals living with complex conditions. More information and to apply.

Opportunities in the States

Congressional Budget Office Chief – Health Systems and Medicare Cost Estimates Unit The Congressional Budget Office is looking for a leader with superior analytical skills who can manage and motivate a highly skilled staff, help them develop professionally, and encourage collaboration that crosses organizational lines. The position requires an ability to convey complex material clearly and concisely and to communicate effectively with Congressional staff. Candidates must be able to manage a variety of work products in a complex and constantly evolving legislative environment. Experience with the federal budget and knowledge of Congressional budget and legislative processes are strongly preferred, as is a familiarity with the financing of Medicare, other health care systems, or prescription drug coverage in the United States. Candidates must have an advanced degree in public policy, public administration, economics, mathematics, or a related field. 8/12 More information and to apply.

Iowa Medicaid Enterprise – Bureau Chief of Managed Care The Bureau Chief of Managed Care is directly responsible for assuring the effective oversight of the managed care organizations (MCOs). Key areas of oversight include the provision of quality services and program improvement activities, member and provider support services, working closely with the actuary to develop MCO and PAHP appropriate rates, including PACE, IA Health Link, and Dental Wellness. The chief reviews all pay for performance and incentive calculations, contract amendment development and/or review, annual quality strategy for MCOs and PAHPs, annual health plan reporting, and additional initiatives. The chief will effectively and efficiently manage the Encounter Data and Data Analytics teams, and directly supervises and deploys a total of 14 staff in the Bureau whose primary duties include MCO oversight and contractual compliance. The job is based in Des Moines. 8/12 To apply send cover letter and resume to

Hilltop Institute at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) Director/Manager of Behavioral Health Studies The ideal candidate will be passionate about advancing the health and well-being of Medicaid and uninsured enrollees through improved behavioral health care delivery and possess a proven track record in leading client engagements, developing new relationships and funding resources, managing staff, and conducting data analytics, policy analysis, and research. The director/manager serves on Hilltop’s senior management team, and will project-manage its behavioral health portfolio. He/she is responsible for providing strategic vision in the area of behavioral health research and policy, leading behavioral health work consistent with Hilltop’s strategic plan, developing and managing related research and policy initiatives, and developing new partnerships, projects, and funding sources. 8/15 More information and to apply.

American Hospital Association Regional Executives (2) The American Hospital Association (AHA) has retained WittKieffer to aid in the recruitment of two regional executives for Regions 4 and 8. The AHA is a leading voice on national health care issues that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. More than 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks, other providers of care and 37,000 individual members come together to form the AHA. Reporting to the Vice President and Senior Vice President, Field Engagement, the Region 4 Regional Executive scope includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Region 8 Regional Executive scope includes Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.  He/she will represent the AHA as the primary point of contact for hospitals and health systems in the region, and maximize the impact of AHA’s influence across the region (members and non-members). 8/23 More information and to apply.

Oregon Health Authority Health Analytics Director The Oregon Health Authority (OHA) seeks a leader experienced in health data and analytics to transform and advance health care systems. This person will oversee professional teams responsible for analyzing and interpreting health data into useful and meaningful information to equitably improve Oregon’s health care system. This position plays a critical role in research and analytics of various health care data sources to inform future efforts and to improve health care for all Oregonians. Oregon is a nationally recognized leader in health system transformation, and at the core of that is our focus on increasing accountability and transparency in health system. This person will help OHA identify new or enhanced opportunities to analyze health equity data to inform understanding of disparities and support development of appropriate interventions. You will be responsible to establish overall priorities, reporting and accountability measure to meet the goal of health system transformation. More information and to apply.

National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Research Institute (NRI) Senior Director of Consulting and Research NRI, the organization that collects performance measurement data from the state psychiatric facilities for The Joint Commission and CMS reporting requirements, seeks a Senior Director of Consulting and Research to oversee the development and management of NRI’s Consulting Division and the development and management of the new Mental Health/Criminal Justice (MH/CJ) Research Center. The director, who will be based in Falls Church, VA, works with the CEO to develop the products and services of the Consulting Division that will be used to pursue RFPs and new relationships with the states and business partners. 7/19 More information and to apply.

Pennsylvania State-Based Marketplace Leadership Team Pennsylvania is seeking dedicated leaders to guide the implementation of its state-based health insurance exchange. The Commonwealth is recruiting members of the exchange’s core leadership team to champion the implementation of this impactful and exciting transition from a federal exchange to a state-based exchange.

The following positions are open:

  • Executive Director,
  • Chief Technology Officer,
  • Chief Financial Officer,
  • Chief Counsel,
  • Human Resources Director,
  • Communications Director, and
  • Project Manager.

Qualified individuals will have subject matter expertise in health insurance operations, technology, and vendor management. In addition to a dedication to improving health care access and affordability for consumers, ideal candidates will possess the drive to create novel solutions to resolve potential issues and persevere through operational challenges.  Familiarity with existing state-based exchange operations is preferred, but not required. Geographic basis within Pennsylvania is preferred. Interested applicants should send resumes to and clearly indicate the position of interest in the body of the email. 7/9

Pew Charitable Trusts Substance Use Prevention and Treatment Officer The substance use prevention and treatment initiative works to develop and support policies that address the opioid epidemic. The officer, based in Pew’s Washington, DC office and reporting to the manager, policy and analysis, conducts research and analysis and provides technical assistance in states to support the policy and programmatic objectives of the substance use prevention and treatment initiative. The work includes leading the development of Pew-branded publications; serving as the subject matter expert and lead for state engagements; generating analyses to support state and federal policy efforts; creating resources for policy makers; and developing issue area expertise on priority topics in the substance use field. The ideal candidate has expertise on local, state, or federal programs and policies related to substance use disorder prevention and treatment. The officer develops and executes research plans, prepares fact sheets, issue briefs and journal articles, and represents the project at conferences and public meetings. 8/2 More information and to apply.

Pew Charitable Trusts Communications Senior Associate (Health and Science) This position, based in Washington, DC, reports to the associate manager, communications, and is a member of the team supporting the health and science programs. The senior associate is an expert writer who works to draft web analyses, write and place opinion articles, and develop social media materials to support a portfolio that encompasses biomedical research, conservation science, marine research, and public health issues ranging from antibiotic resistance to food and drug safety, opioid use and health information technology. The position requires versatility and the ability to write clearly about highly complex health and science issues; excellent interpersonal and organizational abilities; proven writing and editing abilities for print and online platforms; and experience working with senior staff. The position occasionally supports institutional communications functions. 7/29 For more information and to apply.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Senior Policy Officer The foundation, based in Princeton, NJ, seeks a senior policy officer to lead the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to inform health policy at the local and state levels. Reporting to the senior vice president of Strategic Initiatives, the officer will help to shape the state and local policy priorities of the foundation and coordinate related grant-making, partnership development, and special projects with the ultimate goal of advancing health equity. The successful candidate will join a team of professionals working to disseminate evidence and build partnerships to inform health, social, and economic policymaking at the state level. The candidate will help set a strategic agenda for state-level engagement and policy priorities that are reflective of the foundation’s thematic focus areas. More information and to apply.

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