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Center for Evidence-based Policy
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU)

January 3, 2017

The Center for Evidence-based Policy’s mission is to address policy challenges with evidence and collaboration, and it excels in partnerships that develop non-partisan policy solutions and improve health. The Center, located at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR primarily works with state governments focused on broad health policy and decision-making, with particular emphasis on state Medicaid and other health programs. Working with over 20 states and multiple philanthropic foundations to advance its mission, the Center currently employs 42 people with an annual budget exceeding $6M. 

The State Policy and Services Directorprovides leadership and oversight to the Center’s Medicaid Evidence-based Decision Project (MED), a multi-state, non-partisan collaborative of Medicaid decision-makers applying evidence to state policy and operations.  This position further serves as a primary contact point for supporting current and prospective state customers in meeting their policy and operational needs through the Center’s unique combination of research, evidence, technical assistance, and stakeholder engagement. 

The position provides strategic and accountable direction to these projects, ensuring high quality and timely deliverables. The ability to work in a collaborative team environment, exercises sound judgement, effectively facilitate large group meetings in person and by phone/video, build strong relationships, and hold teams accountable for deliverables to state government clients is essential to this position. The director engages with a range of levels of leadership and policymakers in states throughout the country, from mid-level technical experts to agency executives and governors’ offices. The position actively promotes the Center’s work, meeting Center objectives for expansion of the MED collaborative membership, and working with Center leadership in the overall identification and advancement of the Center’s services to state governments. The position directly supervises multiple Project Leads and policy staff, and indirectly supervises several administrative coordinators.

Key Responsibilities & Performance Standards

Works closely with and provides leadership and guidance, including strategic and  accountable direction, to project leads, peers, and teams to ensure high quality and timely deliverables. Models integrity and professionalism, and leads by example. Provides leadership and guidance for project development and planning processes, recommends direction and ensures strategies and plans meet or exceed client expectations and are consistent with Center mission and goals. Oversees project improvement and change efforts. 

Builds positive relationships with state clients and supports the Center’s collaborative processes and projects. Ensures state client needs are met and overall state client expectations and perspectives are understood. Communicates appropriately and professionally with state clients and state leaders, exercising sound judgement and discretion. 

Effectively facilitates large group meetings both in person and by conference call. Develops processes to ensure that all Center staff are up to date on information regarding state clients, spanning multiple Center projects. Analyzes trends to anticipate future state client needs.

Establishes and maintains processes to understand health and human service policies, contexts and dynamics of current and potential client states. Actively markets and networks on behalf of the Center, exploring new avenues for project participation and development. Actively engages in identification and development of new opportunities for the Center, in collaboration with the Center’s leadership. 
Oversees project related budget development and management within OHSU guidelines and in support of the overall financial health of the Center. 

Oversees project reporting and provides feedback to the Center’s leadership regarding project timelines, obstacles, and opportunities. Supervises project leads, conducts performance evaluations and, on an ongoing basis, provides professional development coaching and mentoring and fosters an atmosphere of teamwork and shared responsibility. Establishes and maintains processes to understand health and human service policies, contexts and dynamics of current and potential client states. Actively engages in identification and development of new opportunities for the Center, in collaboration with the Center’s leadership. 

Education + Experience
An advanced degree or equivalent experience is required.  

•    10 years’ experience in public policy; working with or for state government. 
•    Familiarity with public policies, legislative and regulatory processes, and decision maker needs, and challenges. 
•    Familiarity with the tenets of evidence-based and value-based health care, the use of evidence in decision-making, including guideline development, and health care policies.
•    Familiarity with state level health transformation efforts and the “triple aim”.
•    Understanding of social determinants of health
•    Understanding of and experience with public sector budgeting.
•    Experience building and sustaining large and complex collaborative initiatives, including partners with diverse needs and expectations.
•    Experience providing staff support or facilitation to public bodies or elected officials.
•    Experience speaking in public to multiple audiences with varying levels of subject matter expertise.
•    Experience directing multiple and concurrent projects.
•    Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
•    Experience in multiple states.
•    Strong preference for experience staffing public policy bodies (such as legislative committees, public commissions or decision-making bodies, etc.) or public policy related membership organizations.
•    Familiarity with Medicaid is preferred.
•    Familiarity with Managed Care is preferred.
•    Familiarity with the ACA is preferred.

How to Apply
Go to http://www.ohsujobs.com, click on “Search for Jobs”, and enter IRC56451 to apply.

Job posted on 5th January 2017
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