MACPAC Job Description: Executive Director
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About the Commission

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) is a Congressional support agency that advises the U.S. Congress on Medicaid and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). MACPAC is mandated to issue reports to the Congress by March 15 and June 15 of each year to provide the Congress with information about the structure and performance of the Medicaid and CHIP programs, their roles in the U.S. health care system, and the key policy and data issues outlined in the Commission’s statutory charge. MACPAC develops the analytic base for these reports and carries out its mission by conducting independent policy and data analysis and health services research on key Medicaid and CHIP topics, leading to recommendations for the Medicaid and CHIP programs. MACPAC produces analytic products, including issue briefs, statistics and data, fact sheets, research reports, Congressional testimony, and other products endorsed by its Commissioners. More information about MACPAC and its authorizing statutory language is available at

Position Summary and Major Duties

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall operation of the Commission and its staff providing senior leadership, strategic direction, and management and oversight of all activities necessary to fulfill MACPAC’s stated mission. This includes (but is not limited to):

  • Serving as primary contact with the Commission Chair, Vice Chair, and MACPAC Commission members.
  • Directing all MACPAC analytic activities and reports, including the two mandated reports to the Congress, analyses of proposed regulations and reports to Congress from HHS, and development of all Commission analyses and products, issue briefs, and contributions and Congressional testimony.
  • Communicating on a regular basis with Congressional staff working for relevant Congressional committees, and other external stakeholders such as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and MedPAC, on MACPAC’s progress and strategic direction and research priorities.
  • Representing MACPAC in meetings with members of Congress, Congressional staff, and members of the Executive Branch and State government as well as with the press and outside groups through meetings and conferences.
  • Interacting with all key stakeholders, including federal, state and local officials and stakeholders who legislate and implement Medicaid and CHIP policies, as well as stakeholders who advise and advocate for enrollees served by the Medicaid CHIP programs.
  • Providing senior leadership and overseeing administration of overall operations of MACPAC, including reviewing and evaluating the results of program activities, ensuring that continuing contractual obligations are being fulfilled, hiring and terminations, allocating resources for greater program effectiveness and efficiency and developing organizational and administrative policies and program objectives to meet MACPAC’s mission.
  • Serving as obligating official for all MACPAC funds to carry out MACPAC’s mission, and serving as contracting officer for all contracts, including research, policy analysis, data analysis, administration, and operations.


To be qualified for this position, the applicant must provide evidence of ability to serve in a senior leadership capacity with responsibility for providing strategic direction and conducting policy research and analysis on health care issues. The applicant must possess sophisticated analytical skills, superior written and oral communication skills, and experience in interacting with government and non-government officials and in managing a multi-disciplinary analytic staff. Typically, experience of this nature is gained at or above the Senior Executive Service (SES) level, a GS-15 or equivalent grade level in the Federal service, or its equivalent with state or local government, the private sector, or nongovernmental organizations.

Given the complexity of the Medicaid and CHIP programs and their multiple roles in the health care system, demonstrated knowledge of program history, structure, and policy is critical. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their experience and expertise in the following areas: Medicaid/CHIP and related health policy; research and analysis; federal and state regulatory/legislative experience, public affairs, and senior management team experience. Experience working with the policy and legislative community at the federal level in a senior capacity is required.

A doctorate or a master’s degree or other graduate degree in health policy, health services research, public policy, public health, or related field or discipline and 15 or more years of policy experience are required.

Other Important Information

Applicants for the Executive Director must be U.S. citizens. This is a full-time position based in Washington, DC.

Application Process

An application cover letter, e-mail or phone contact and c.v. must be submitted by November 20, 2012 to Applications will be held in strict confidence. After submitting your application for this position you will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application materials. MACPAC will contact you if we wish to schedule an interview or require additional information or references.

Salary for the Executive Director will be commensurate with experience. All MACPAC employees are considered employees of the United States Senate with access to federal benefits and with an upper limit on compensation set at $169,000 per year. Information relating to health and other benefits with the federal government can be found at