Director, Coverage and Analysis Group

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Woodlawn, Maryland
Jan 11, 2021
Jan 19, 2021
Executive, Director
Full Time


This position is located in the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality (CCSQ), Coverage and Analysis Group (CAG) within CMS, in Woodlawn, MD.

As the Director, CAG, you will be responsible for overall executive leadership and coordination within HHS, CMS, the medical community, and outside organizations on the development, implementation, and alignment of evidence-based Medicare coverage policies and related activities.
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  • Oversee all facets of the Group's work by mobilizing a team of multi-disciplinary professionals managing and coordinating all facets of the Medicare coverage process.
  • Direct the administration of Medicare coverage policies and coordination with other agencies with related missions.
  • Oversee the development and modification of Medicare program coverage policies to reflect changes in beneficiary health care needs, program objectives, and the health care delivery system.
  • Serve as a technical expert to stakeholders on Medicare coverage policy, including the direction of a national coverage evidentiary system that supports clinically improved health outcomes for beneficiaries.
  • Oversee the ongoing clinical review of patient care trends and the scientific literature to evaluate existing and proposed Medicare coverage policy and provide clinical support for policy formulation.
  • Oversee the management and conduct of the Medicare Evidence Development and Coverage Advisory Committee (MEDCAC) meetings.
  • Direct the development of Medicare coverage policy recommendations based on MEDCAC discussions and recommendations, external technology assessments, and internal review and assessment.
  • Provide leadership in the communication of Medicare coverage policy and the basis upon which coverage determinations are made to the clinical and scientific community.
  • Promote coordination between Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to strengthen the local coverage determination (LCD) process.
  • Oversee the management of the Medicare Coverage Database and other related content on and for communicating with the public about the Medicare coverage process and national policies.
  • Serve as a key liaison to leadership from beneficiary and provider groups, medical technology manufacturers, special interest groups, and other external entities with interests in Medicare national and local coverage analyses and determinations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • One year SES probationary period required.
  • The Ethics in Government Act, PL 95-521 requires the applicant selected for this position to submit a financial disclosure statement, SF-278, prior to assuming the SES position, annually, and upon termination of employment.
  • Status applicants must submit a copy of their most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which verifies status.
  • All initial appointments to an SES position are contingent on approval from OPM's Qualifications Review Board unless the selectee has successfully participated in an OPM approved SES Candidate Development Program.
  • All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service. You will be required to sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
  • Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.


All competitive candidates for SES positions with the Federal Government must demonstrate leadership experience indicative of senior executive level management capability. To meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position, you must show in your resume that you possess the Fundamental Competencies, five Executive Core Qualifications, and the Professional/Technical Qualifications listed below. Evidence of this experience must be incorporated into your five page resume. Separate narratives for the Executive Core Qualifications and/or Professional/Technical Qualifications will not be accepted or considered. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the GS-15 grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Fundamental Competencies:
Interpersonal Skills, Oral Communication, Integrity/Honesty, Written Communication, Continual Learning, and Public Service Motivation.

Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs)
  • Leading Change: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
  • Leading People: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
  • Results Driven: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
  • Business Acumen: The ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
  • Building Coalitions: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.
  • Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs)

    This position also requires that you possess PTQs that represent knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in this role. The following PTQs must be evident in your resume.

    1. Demonstrated ability to mobilize a team of multi-disciplinary professionals to manage and coordinate all facets of the Medicare coverage process while coordinating this work with other agencies who have related missions. Ability should reflect executive level knowledge and experience coordinating within HHS, CMS, the medical community, and outside organizations on the development, implementation, and alignment of evidence-based coverage policies and related activities.

    2. Demonstrated executive level experience in providing authoritative recommendations including comprehensive, balanced analysis on all sides of emerging or precedent-setting issues or developments concerning Medicare coverage of medical technologies and treatments. Experience using medical evidence developed within the clinical research community, and other associated policy issues to improve the care and services for Medicare beneficiaries in all settings.

    3. Technical expert knowledge of a comprehensive national coverage evidentiary system that supports clinically meaningful improved health outcomes for Medicare beneficiaries. Demonstrated experience overseeing the ongoing clinical review of patient care trends and the scientific literature to evaluate existing and proposed coverage policy and provide clinical support for policy formulation.

    It is STRONGLY recommended that you visit the following Office of Personnel Management (OPM) webpage for more information regarding the Fundamental Competencies and ECQs.

    If selected, you will be required to complete an ECQ package by drafting narratives for each of the ECQs for submission and certification by an OPM Qualifications Review Board (QRB) in order to be placed in this position. If you are currently serving in a career SES appointment, are eligible for reinstatement into the SES, or have successfully completed an SES Candidate Development Program approved by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), you will not need to draft the ECQs.


    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    Salary for SES positions varies depending on qualifications. The annual salary range is found at the top of this announcement. The selectee for this position may be eligible for annual performance bonuses and performance-based pay adjustments.

    Veteran's Preference does not apply to the SES.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    We use a multi-step process to evaluate and refer applicants:
  • Minimum requirements: Your application must show that you meet all requirements, including the education and/or experience required for this position. You may be found 'not qualified' if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position. If your application is incomplete, we may rate you as ineligible.
  • Rating: A panel of Senior Executives will review your application and evaluate your qualification for this position based on the information in your application. Your application will be rated, based on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. Interviews will be at the discretion of the panel and/or selection official.
  • Referral: If you are among the top qualified candidates, your application will be referred to a selection official for consideration and possible interview.

  • Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    All applicants are required to submit and/or complete the following documents to be considered for the position:
  • Resume that contains your full name, address and phone number, and does not exceed the five page limit;
  • Cover Letter (optional);
  • Online Assessment Questionnaire. To preview the assessment questionnaire, click here:

    Applicants who are currently, or were previously, Federal employees must also submit:
  • An SF-50 showing your current or former civil service status; and
  • Proof of OPM Qualifications Review Board certification (OPM-approved SES Candidate Development Program graduates), if applicable.
  • NOTE: Documents submitted that are not listed in the Required Documents section of this announcement will not be considered or forwarded to the rating panel or selecting official.

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