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Senior Program Associate

Work daily to advance the goal of better health and better care – at a lower cost – across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!

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The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional Senior Program Associate to serve as the lead contact for a portfolio of the HPC’s grant investment awardees. This is a terrific opportunity for a health care professional to support program development, administration, and operations of nationally recognized grant investment programs, totaling more than $21 million.

The successful applicant will work with HPC’s Strategic Investment Team to support the implementation of care delivery transformation awards. In a team based environment, with individual responsibility for Awardee relationships, the Senior Program Associate will ensure successful project implementation, management, and analysis. As a member of the Strategic Investment Team, the Senior Program Associate will support the strategic direction of the program and policy work central to the goals and mission of the HPC to drive improvements in health care quality and affordability.

Candidates must be results-oriented with the ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously to consistently meet deadlines and expectations. The best candidates will have previous client-facing project work experience in settings such as provider or consulting organizations. Further, they will have demonstrated experience in healthcare process improvement or program / project management and a proven record of problem-solving, managing client relationships, and communicating effectively with team members.

The Senior Program Associate will report directly to the Senior Program Manager of the Strategic Investment Team, under the leadership of the team’s Director.

Duties of this position may include, at minimum:

  • Serve as a primary HPC point of contact for assigned Strategic Investment Awardees;
  • Communicate with Strategic Investment Awardees, including Awardee leads, clinical, operational, and administrative staff, and leadership as appropriate;
  • Cultivate in-depth relationships with awardees and community partners through conducting site visits, attending program meetings, and other engagement activities at Strategic Investment Awardee sites to provide implementation support and project oversight;
  • Convene and facilitate knowledge sharing among Strategic Investment Awardees, including identifying and gathering input from subject matter experts;
  • Collaborate with other members of the Strategic Investment team to identify barriers to success and best practices/ lessons learned for dissemination to inform policy development;
  • Support Strategic Investment program teams for Learning and Dissemination publications and activities through contributing input for content design and development;
  • Assist with administrative tasks of the investment process, including routine and ad hoc reporting, tracking awardee compliance with contract requirements, and assisting with evaluation of the projects and the program;
  • Manage other internal projects as needed to support Strategic Investment programs and Care Delivery Transformation initiatives, including maintaining project plans, communicating with project staff and relevant teams.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five (5) years of relevant full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities to succeed in the duties of the position.
  • Experience in managing projects or project teams, and demonstrated ability to meet project milestones and deadlines for complex, long-term initiatives.
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills and ability to be flexible in prioritizing tasks.
  • Excellent speaking and writing skills, including an ability to organize information and concepts clearly, concisely, and logically to tailor communication for various audiences.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently, as well as to function as an effective member of a small team.
  • Ability to learn new information quickly.
  • Strong attention to detail, judgment, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Familiarity with the Massachusetts health care system and current health care policy issues.
  • Knowledge of federal and state policymaking processes.
  • An individual of unquestioned ethics and professionalism, with an interest in public service.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ability to travel to healthcare sites across the Commonwealth, as may be required.
  • Ability to cultivate the dual role of serving as a representative of the Health Policy Commission and technical adviser to grant awardees.  

Experience working in a public department or agency will be strongly considered. Salary is commensurate with experience. The HPC may adjust title and responsibilities depending on the experience, education, and expertise of the individual selected. 

Total Compensation:

As employees of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Health Policy Commission staff are offered a great career opportunity working toward the goal of better health and better care at a lower cost across the Commonwealth – but it's more than just a paycheck. The state's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits which should be considered toward overall compensation, including:

  • 11 paid holidays per year and generous sick, vacation, and personal time
  • 75% state paid medical insurance premium
  • Reasonable health, dental, and vision plans offered through the Group Insurance Commission
  • Flexible Spending Account and Dependent Care Assistance programs
  • Low-cost basic and optional life insurance
  • Retirement Savings: State Employees' Pension and a Deferred Compensation 457(b) plan
  • Tuition benefit for employee and spouse at state colleges and universities
  • Extended sick leave program participation
  • Professional development and continuing education opportunities
  • Qualified employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC), established in 2012, is an independent state agency charged with monitoring health care spending growth in Massachusetts and providing data-driven policy recommendations regarding health care delivery and payment system reform. Key activities include setting the health care cost growth benchmark; monitoring provider and payer performance relative to the health care cost growth benchmark; creating standards for care delivery systems that are accountable to better meet patients’ medical, behavioral, and social needs; analyzing the impact of health care market transactions on cost, quality, and access; and investing in community health care delivery and innovations. The HPC's 11-member Board provides oversight to the activities of the agency. 

Our Commitment:

The HPC is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


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