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Medicaid Policy Director

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Oct 8, 2023

A Medicaid Policy Director is expected, on a routine basis, to be able to:

Lead the analytic team by:
  • Working with executive director to develop strategic direction and manage MACPAC's policy and research agenda including development of analytic work plan, as well as the Commission's approach towards organizational growth and infrastructure, meeting agendas, and publications;
  • Directly supervising analysts and project teams including assigning work, reviewing work products, promoting teamwork, and fostering professional development;
  • Coordinating and communicating with executive director, policy directors, other organizational leaders, and analytic team members to manage workloads, ensure that performance standards are met, and identify and provide professional development opportunities; and
  • Identifying hiring needs and assisting executive director in recruiting analysts.
  • Design, direct, and conduct policy analyses and qualitative and quantitative research projects on Medicaid and CHIP policy issues by:
  • Conceptualizing and executing analyses and research projects, including managing work of MACPAC staff and external contractors; and
  • Directing the development of MACPAC products (e.g., reports, issue briefs, memos, presentations, congressional testimony, analyses of proposed regulations, and reports issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services);
  • Prepare analyses for technical support of congressional staff;
  • Present work at public meetings before the Commission, and to other professional audiences;
  • Represent MACPAC in meetings with congressional staff, stakeholder organizations, researchers, government agencies, and others interested in MACPAC's work;
  • Serve as project officer for external research and policy contracts;
  • Assist executive director in developing and ensuring compliance with policies and procedures; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned, demonstrating commitment to team and personal success.


Conditions of Employment .


Knowledge and Skills

In order to perform the major duties listed above, a Medicaid Policy Director must have:
  • Experience and demonstrated skills in supervising analytic staff, managing teams, and promoting teamwork;
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain strong working relationships with state and federal program administrators, national policy organizations, experts, and other key collaborators;
  • Involvement in directing data-driven health policy analyses, including work conducted by third-party contractors;
  • Senior-level experience working on health system and policy issues, including Medicaid and CHIP;
  • Strong research, problem solving, and analytic skills;
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, including the ability to explain complicated policy concepts and research findings in a concise manner;
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills;
  • Experience in and commitment to incorporating principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion into analytic work;
  • Experience working for or with federal, state or local governments; and
  • Experience in managing complex projects and meeting deadlines.
Experience with creating, organizing, analyzing and managing large Medicaid-related data sets and using statistical software (e.g., SAS, Stata, SPSS) is useful but not required.


The minimum requirements for the Medicaid Policy Director position include:
  • Graduate degree in health policy, health services research, public policy, public health, public administration, statistics, economics, or other related fields;
  • At least 5 years of direct or equivalent experience in managing people and teams; and
  • At least 15 years of experience in policy analysis or research and expertise in a substantive area related to the Commission's statutory authority.

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