Executive Director, Medicaid Innovation Collaborative | Acumen


Acumen America is looking for an Executive Director with 15+ years of experience to lead, grow, and resource the Medicaid Innovation Collaborative, a new, innovative program to advance health equity in Medicaid. Knowledge of and experience with Medicaid is a must.

About Acumen

Acumen is changing the way the world tackles poverty by investing in companies, leaders and ideas. We invest patient capital in businesses whose products and services are enabling the poor to transform their lives. To date, Acumen has positively impacted 309 million lives by investing $137M in 139 innovative, early-stage companies in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and the United States. But investment isn’t only about capital, we’ve been investing in innovators for years, connecting with emerging leaders around the world and engaging them in collective dialogue, moral inquiry, and skill building.

About Acumen America

Acumen America focuses on investing in early-stage social enterprises developing products and services for underserved, low-income Americans. Since 2015, we have invested in 31 companies reaching over 69M low-income Americans. These companies are led by founders that reflect the diversity of the U.S.: 55% of companies were founded by BIPOC founders and 39% are led by founders that identify as women, and 80% of companies were founded outside of San Francisco and New York.

Medicaid Innovation Collaborative, a joint venture

We recently launched Medicaid Innovation Collaborative. Our partners in this program are The Center for Health Care Strategies and Adaptation Health. Together, we aim to improve health and wellbeing for low-income Americans through improved partnership between State Medicaid Agencies; Medicaid Managed Care Organizations; and private sector, market-based, digital innovations.

The Medicaid Innovation Collaborative delivers hands-on technical assistance to State Medicaid Agencies, deep beneficiary research to center on Medicaid members, and an Innovation Showcase to highlight the best innovations from across the country that are poised to meet States’ health equity priorities. In the first cohort, Arizona, Hawaii, and West Virginia are participating, with a focus on innovative solutions for maternal behavioral health and adolescent behavioral health.

About The Role

The Executive Director will be responsible for leading and growing the Medicaid Innovation Collaborative including refining the strategy and operating model, building long-term funding and partnerships, driving daily operations, representing the work in public fora, and leading a small team of skilled professionals who are passionate about closing the health equity gap in Medicaid. Accountabilities include”

Leadership & Management

  • Work closely with the MIC Advisory Board (made up of national leaders from across the Medicaid innovation ecosystem) to ensure that MIC operations align with its vision and provide well-defined opportunities for board engagement
  • Lead strategic planning, resourcing needs, and oversight of the organization
  • Help define the model with MIC founding partners
  • Lead day-to-day operations of MIC cohorts and ensure MICs long-term success
  • Serve as the external face for MIC in high-level public and private forums with potential funders, decision makers, media, and other stakeholders
  • Develop and manage MIC staff, incorporating principles of diversity, equity, inclusion, and access

Relationship & Stakeholder Management

  • Manage relationships with key stakeholders including State Medicaid Directors, funders, foundations, MCOs, community members, etc.
  • Build partnerships to expand MIC impact on Medicaid beneficiaries
  • Develop relationships with founders and investors working to innovate within Medicaid, connect to and network with the private sector healthcare ecosystem.

Budget & Fundraising

  • Lead, organize and execute fundraising: identify, reach out to and pitch to potential sponsors; establish and manage relationship with funders
  • Develop and oversee budget

Skills And Qualifications

  • 15+ years of progressive leadership and management experience in healthcare, Medicaid, or closely related area
  • Bachelor’s degree in Public health and or related area or equivalent experience
  • Graduate degree in Health or related field or equivalent experience preferred
  • Experience successfully working with a Board of Directors
  • Experience with long term resource management (fundraising, long-term budgeting)
  • Ability to coach staff to execute strategy within a budget
  • A team builder and leader with strong emotional intelligence and social skills who can work with diverse groups of people
  • Action-oriented and entrepreneurial; ability to adapt to quick, changing situations and comfort with an early-stage organization
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills; a persuasive and passionate communicator with the ability to listen to and present ideas clearly
  • Experience managing diverse set of stakeholders and partners
  • Experience specifically focused on health equity is preferred
  • Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging
  • Permanently authorized to work in the U.S.


Apply as early as possible as applications will be reviewed and interviews scheduled on a rolling basis.


Clipped from: https://www.linkedin.com/jobs/view/executive-director-medicaid-innovation-collaborative-at-acumen-2996560595/?utm_campaign=google_jobs_apply&utm_source=google_jobs_apply&utm_medium=organic