Deputy Director | Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


At CMS, we believe that at the core of our organization are the employees that carry out the Agency’s vision of advancing health equity, expanding coverage, and improving health outcomes.


About the role:


As the Deputy Director for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), you will share responsibility with the Deputy Administrator / CMMI Director for providing executive leadership to the planning, organization, coordination and management of the program and administrative activities for innovative models aimed at improving quality of care and reducing costs for Medicare and Medicaid and the beneficiaries served by these programs.


What you’ll do:


  • Oversight of a 10-year, $10 billion budget for activities initiated under Section 3021 of Affordable Care Act (ACA), ensuring appropriate use, reporting, and internal controls.
  • Leads and develops a diverse group of 400+ staff and managers that includes researchers, clinicians, health insurance specialists, IT specialists, data scientists.
  • Manages, plans and develops methods to test innovative payment and service delivery models to reduce program expenditures while preserving or enhancing the quality of care, and improving the coordination, and efficiency of health care services.
  • Works with stakeholders, including patients and beneficiaries, and model participants in the development, issuance, launch and administration of innovation programs, models and initiatives.
  • Provides advice and guidance to the Deputy Administrator/CMMI Director related to CMMI strategic planning as well as to the establishment of performance goals and measures for CMMI and its leadership team and staff.
  • Undertakes highly complex and sensitive assignments involving Section 3021 of ACA strategies, initiatives and other operational and program issues.
  • Advises the Deputy Administrator/CMMI Director on major operational and program issues involving personnel, financial, model development and implementation and other priorities of the Center.
  • Maintains strong working relationships with other parts of the CMS organization, and coordinates closely with the Department, other Federal agencies and other non-Federal organizations necessary to CMMI?s operations.
  • Represents the Deputy Administrator/CMMI Director before key officials of CMS, the Office of the Secretary, the White House, Congress, other Federal and State agencies, and other stakeholders on matters relevant to and impacting CMMI?s priorities.
  • Promotes principles of quality management (e.g., a culture of teamwork and collaboration; customer focus; employee involvement and career development; diversity, equity and inclusion; and continuous improvement in carrying out responsibilities).


Experience we’re looking for:


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”


  • Demonstrated expertise in payment and delivery system reform and a deep understanding of Medicare and Medicaid, the challenges facing these programs and the beneficiaries they serve. Leadership skills to build coalitions and partnerships with health care stakeholders to advance health system transformation.
  • Ability to lead the development, implementation, evaluation and validation of complex new care models and payment approaches to improve quality, advance health equity, and address health expenditures and affordability for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries. Detailed knowledge and in-depth understanding of tools and levers to improve quality of care, payment incentives, and affordability through innovation models and initiatives.
  • Experience working directly with CMS staff and agency leaders on matters impacting Medicare and/or Medicaid. Understanding of the organizational structure, responsibilities and operational aspects of CMS, HHS, the Executive Office of the President (including the Office of Management and Budget), congressional committees with jurisdiction over Medicare and Medicaid, and other relevant Federal and State agencies that impact CMMI’s priorities.


You MUST apply through USAJOBS to be considered.


To see the full list of qualifications and eligibility criteria, click apply to review the job announcement on USAJOBS.


Apply by 2/18/22!


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