MACPAC Job Description: Deputy Director for Policy
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About the Commission

MACPAC is a Congressional support agency that provides independent, nonpartisan policy and data analysis on payment, access and other issues affecting Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).  MACPAC’s charge is to provide objective information to the Congress on Medicaid and CHIP, the federal government’s largest programs providing health care coverage to low-income individuals.  More information about MACPAC and its authorizing language is available at

Position Summary
The Deputy Director for Policy is a senior-level health policy expert on the U.S. health care system, such as Medicaid and CHIP.  The Deputy Director has extensive experience managing teams and directing policy and data driven analytic work focusing on major public health care programs. Areas of specialized experience may include:
  • Access to care;
  • Payment policy;
  • Managed care;
  • Prescription drug policy;
  • Medicare-Medicaid dual eligible populations;
  • Medicaid or Medicare data systems;
  • Health care quality; and
  • Health care financing.
The ability to develop and manage projects, translate research into meaningful policy analysis, develop and deliver presentations, and write effectively are key factors for successful candidates for all positions within MACPAC.

Major Duties

  • Implement strategic direction as defined by the Executive Director;
  • Assist the Executive Director in developing and managing the policy and research agenda;
  • Work with the Executive Director to oversee writing and editing of the annual March and June Reports to the Congress;
  • For multiple projects, provide guidance and oversight for the planning, design, development and implementation of quantitative or quality research projects on various Medicaid and CHIP topics;
  • Direct project teams that are responsible for project planning for internal and extramural policy analysis and research;
  • Coordinate and communicate responsibilities to Executive Director and team members, as appropriate;
  • Evaluate Medicaid and CHIP policies and programs, conduct literature reviews, develop options for considerations by the Commission, and present work in regular public meetings before the Commission;
  • Manage professional development activities for policy and program staff; and
  • Provide oversight to ensure the integrity of the databases and accuracy of statistical reports and data summaries, including graphics and tables that portray data, for use in policy analyses, research papers, briefings, and reports;
  • Review and prepare analyses of proposed regulations, write issue briefs, and contribute to the preparation of Congressional testimony; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Professional Qualifications

  • Senior level experience working on health care system and policy issues, including Medicaid and CHIP;
  • Demonstrated expert-level, technical knowledge of the health care system generally, state and federal Medicaid and CHIP policy and program issues, specifically, as well as the ability to apply knowledge outside of subject matter expertise and a willingness to learn about new complex issues relating to Medicaid and CHIP;
  • Progressively senior experience with and demonstrated skills in managing projects, staff and organizational teams;
  • Served in one or more leadership roles that demonstrate capacity for senior-level organizational, staff, and project management;
  • Expert research, problem solving, and analytic skills, including the ability to analyze and understand health policy trends from the perspective of multiple Medicaid and CHIP policy and program stakeholders;
  • Exceptional writing and editing skills, including experience in developing both short issue briefs and memos and longer reports, as well as the ability to explain complicated policy concepts and quantitative results in a concise manner;
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills;
  • Experience working for or with federal, state or local government (preferred);
  • Ability to lead and work in teams with a positive, professional, and solution-oriented attitude;
  • Experience in managing complex projects and meeting deadlines; 
  • Advanced Word, Excel, and PowerPoint skills; and
  • Experience with creating, organizing, analyzing and managing large Medicaid-related data sets and using statistical software (e.g. SAS, Stata, SPSS) (preferred).

Educational Requirements

PhD (preferred) or other graduate degree in health policy, health services research, public policy, public health, public administration, statistics, economics, or other related fields.

Other important information
All applicants for the Deputy Director for Policy must be U.S. citizens (or have applied for U.S. citizenship and naturalization).

After submitting your application for this position you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials.  Applications will be reviewed as received on a rolling basis.  MACPAC will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview.

Salary for the Deputy Director for Policy will be commensurate with experience.  In addition, employees have access to federal benefits. Information relating to benefits with the federal government can be found at

Please refer to for additional requirements and information regarding this opportunity.

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