Director of Federal Medicaid Practice – Mathematica Policy Research

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Position Description:
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We are currently seeking a Director of Federal Medicaid Practice to lead the management group within the Learning & Technical Assistance Community. The Director will exercise leadership through a group of supervisors and manages to performance targets for a portfolio of Medicaid program design and operations projects.


Work with the Vice President to manage the performance of the Learning & TA Community within the Federal Medicaid Practice by tracking revenue, backlog, billability, open project-staffing requests, and other metrics
Proactively engage unit and project leadership to anticipate and address project and proposal staffing needs
Work with the Vice President and Health Unit leadership to support strategic planning and execution
Serve as a senior resource for supervisors and project directors with staff challenges
Actively work to build and maintain the morale of the staff
Oversee recruitment activity by engaging area directors and the Vice President in staff pipeline assessments and target-setting, and by directing recruitment teams in their hiring efforts
Partner with HR and the Vice President to plan staff development and training activities to ensure the Learning & TA Community is adequately prepared to respond to new opportunities
Partner with HR to support the development of policies and processes for staff assessment and advancement, including the ongoing build-out of the CCF career pathways relevant to staff working in the Learning & TA Community
Maintain relationships with staff in the client space and advise others on client needs, preferences, and priorities
Work with the Vice President and other Federal Medicaid management to support the consistent communication of management policies, priorities, and updates to supervisors and staff
Where needed, work with Federal Medicaid management other Health Unit management to support staff management and the execution of initiatives across communities, departments, and divisions within the Health Unit
Actively support the advancement of organizational diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and apply a diversity, equity and inclusion lens across job responsibilities
Maintain project participation (50% of the role) on federal Medicaid TA projects

Position Requirements:

A master’s or doctorate degree in public policy, public health, economics, health services research, business administration, management, or other relevant discipline, or commensurate professional experience that may substitute for educational requirements
10 or more years of professional experience relevant to Medicaid policy and health care contracting
5 or more years managing or directing the work of a group of staff (for example, leading strategic initiatives or process improvement activities, reconciling staffing, managing recruitment targets, managing staff development, and directing projects.)
Experience leading and understanding the roles of staff with a wide range of skills relevant to Medicaid technical assistance work, including policy option development, qualitative and quantitative research, data management, data validation, statistical analysis, measurement, stakeholder facilitation, program design and monitoring, feedback reporting, and project management
Ability to gain trust and support from groups of senior staff using both formal and informal leadership structures

To apply, please submit your resume and a cover letter. Applications will be accepted through Monday, February 13, 2023.

This position offers an anticipated base salary range of $120,000 – $185,000 annually.

Various federal agencies with whom we contract require that staff successfully undergo a background investigation or security clearance as a condition of working on the project. If you are assigned to such a project, you will be required to obtain the requisite security clearance.

Available locations:
Washington, DC; Princeton, NJ; Cambridge, MA; Woodlawn, MD; Chicago, IL; Ann Arbor, MI; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA; Remote

To apply, please provide a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.

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