Washington State Senior Health Policy Analyst (71041296) in Olympia, Washington


Senior Health Policy Analyst (71041296)** Full-time, Project position through January 31, 2019 Olympia, WA

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is Washington's largest health care purchaser, responsible for providing comprehensive health coverage to more than 2 million residents through the Public Employees Benefits and Medicaid programs. The agency provides health purchasing leadership, benefiting both public and private sectors with a focus on moving the health delivery system away from volume toward higher value and better outcomes.

The Olympia office is located in downtown Olympia, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bus lines, and less than one mile from the freeway.

Position Objective: The Health Care Authority is statutorily directed to study all state-purchased health care, alternative health care delivery systems and strategies for the procurement of health services and to coordinate state agency efforts to develop and implement uniform policies across state purchased health care programs. The Health Care Authority's Policy, Planning, and Performance Division serves as the focal point for coordinating the agency's strategy and health policy efforts. The division is structured to provide expert direction, consultation, and support for these activities.

The Medical Program Specialist 3 contributes to a broad range of health care policy development activities related to the transformation of the health care system and directly supports the following Healthier Washington strategies:

  • Building healthier communities through a collaborative regional approach
  • Integrating how we meet physical and behavioral health needs so that health care focuses on the whole person
  • Improving how we pay for services by rewarding quality over quantity This position manages and directs the development of statewide health care initiatives and strategies to support a value-based payment structure and improved health outcomes. Specifically, this position is part of the Community Transformation Team and will partner with the regional Accountable Communities of Health to improve health outcomes through a collaborative regional approach. This position also provides consultative expertise regarding specific Healthier Washington programs and investments related to the strategies identified above.

This position will perform the following work:

  • Research and develop new strategies, and manage the development and implementation of statewide health care initiatives and policy directives.
  • Coordinate with other leads and Healthier Washington partners to ensure communication and efforts are aligned.
  • Research health care trends, reform, innovative models, and connect with counterparts in other state on these items in order to find evidence-based policy and lessons learned for the development of Washington Health Policy.
  • Anticipate, frame and pose questions for critical policy analysis and evaluate results in order to determine validity.
  • Participate in and support Healthier Washington efforts, including Accountable Community of Health meetings and other regional or state meetings, webinars or conference calls.
  • Provide ad hoc webinars, presentations, technical assistance, and guidance to inform and highlight the implementation of Healthier Washington efforts and continued development of ACHs.
  • Communicate and coordinate with key stakeholders, including advocacy groups, consumer groups, health plans, legislators or legislative staff, other states, national partners, etc.
  • Synthesize feedback and provide recommendations or develop strategies to address identified issues, concerns or opportunities.


Required Qualifications: A Master's degree from an accredited college with a major study in health care, public policy, public health, public administration, business administration, social work or closely related field and three years of supervisory, research or consultative experience in health services, health insurance, health care or public policy, social service, Medicaid or social security disability programs.

Two additional years of qualifying experience will substitute for the required Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college has been achieved. Each additional year of qualifying experience will substitute for a year of academic credit.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: Experience with:

  • Intra and interagency coordination.
  • Public or private health care delivery systems.
  • Stakeholder identification/management and community engagement.
  • State and Federal laws and regulations related to health care policy and purchasing, including Medicare and Medicaid.
  • Management of budgets and external consulting resources.
  • State budget and legislative processes. Knowledge of:
  • Healthier Washington strategies and investments.
  • State policies and regulations related to health care programs and health improvement initiatives.
  • Principles and practices of program planning and evaluation.
  • Current trends and economic problems relating to health and health care costs, including state and national health care reform.
  • Health organizations and associations at all levels.
  • Federal grant process and requirements Ability to:
  • Embrace ambiguity and innovation, responding with initiative, creativity and agility.
  • Support a team-oriented approach that relies on the success and coordination of multiple teams over the success of one or more individual's contributions.
  • Think at a systems level, including an understanding of how different programs, agencies and investments can best work toward a common goal.
  • Analyze and resolve complex problems related to health care programs.
  • Create and propose policy and other solutions in the absence of established protocols, models, or processes.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively both orally and in written form.
  • Evaluate systems and provide qualitative and quantitative analysis.
  • Develop, implement, manage and evaluate programs and contracts.
  • Collaborate with program staff, leadership, and other partners with a high level of political awareness and emotional intelligence.

How to Apply: Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification. To apply for this position you will need to complete your profile within http://careers.wa.gov and attach to your profile before completion:

  • A cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Three professional references Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their State application will be considered.

If you have questions about the process, or need assistance, please contact the recruiter listed below before the posting closes. The candidate pool certified for this recruitment may be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to the next six months.

Contact us:

For inquiries about this position, please contact Ryan Dahlstromat 360-725-0945 or email to ryan.dahlstrom@hca.wa.gov.

**Persons under final consideration for initial appointment with HCA are subject to a background check.

Washington State is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources Office at 360.725.0945 or emailryan.dahlstrom@hca.wa.gov.

Job Type: Project (limited duration)

Job Number: 2016-08068

Department: Health Care Authority

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $58,548.00 - $76,812.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA