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Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year.

Program Assistant, Strategic Investment

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional Program Assistant to support the administration of the HPC’s investment programs. This is a terrific opportunity for an administrative professional or recent graduate to support the operations of two nationally recognized investment programs. The successful applicant will gain extensive knowledge in grant-making, program management, contracting, and agency administration while working with the HPC’s Strategic Investment Team (SI Team).

The SI Team administers the HPC’s investment programs, which work to make high quality care more accessible and affordable for Massachusetts residents. The Program Assistant will be a key contributor to the HPC’s $120 million Community Hospital Acceleration, Revitalization, and Transformation (CHART) Investment Program and $6 million Health Care Innovation Investment (HCII) Program.

In a collaborative, team-based environment and with an externally-facing role, duties include:

  • Coordinating meetings with HPC investment recipients;
  • Providing direct support to Strategic Investment staff, including scheduling, creating travel itineraries, compiling and distributing materials;
  • Coordinating regular stakeholder learning collaborative meetings for over 200 attendees;
  • Supporting overall team coordination and administration;
  • Responding to stakeholder inquiries; and
  • Assisting in other program administration-related duties. 

Manager, Behavioral Health Integration

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional Manager to support the HPC’s Behavioral Health Integration efforts. This is a terrific opportunity for an individual with experience in policy work related to behavioral health integration. The successful candidate will support the agency’s certification, investment, and research initiatives related to promoting behavioral health integration across the state while working with the HPC’s Accountable Care Team (AC Team).

The AC Team is responsible for promoting behavioral health integration through provider certification and investment programs. The team works to advance accountable care in the Commonwealth by developing partnering with senior policymakers at other state agencies, collaborating with the leaders of reforms in the payer and provider community, enhancing data transparency, and identifying key barriers and accelerators of reform. 

In a collaborative, team-based environment and with an externally-facing role, duties include:

  • Supporting the formulation and implementation of a holistic strategy for integration of behavioral health;
  • Promoting the integration mental health services through the development of new care delivery/payment models;
  • Assisting with the development of presentations, reports, regulations, guidance, and bulletins related to the behavioral health integration; and
  • Developing relationships with primary care, emergency department, and behavioral health providers, as well as relevant stakeholders and staff at other state agencies involved in related work.

Special Assistant

Work daily to help advance health care cost containment within the office of the Deputy Executive Director.

The Massachusetts Health Policy Commission (HPC) seeks an exceptional Special Assistant to support the HPC’s Executive leadership team and Board. This is a terrific opportunity for an administrative professional or recent graduate to support the operations of a national recognized health care cost containment agency.  The successful applicant will gain extensive knowledge in public administration, external affairs, project management, and event planning while working under the HPC’s senior leadership.

At minimum, duties of this position may include:

  • Supporting the HPC’s policy, legal, and research teams in advancing the HPC’s mission of controlling overall cost growth while improving the quality of patient care;
  • Assisting the Chief of Staff with maintaining and redesigning the HPC’s website;
  • Supporting the development of materials and communications for all relevant audiences, including the preparation of presentations, reports, publications, infographics, and related resources;
  • Assisting the Chief of Staff in planning for major public events and regular public meetings;
  • Performing scheduling and external affairs assignments, as needed, for senior management staff;
  • Maintaining public mailing lists and contacts for various programs; and
  • Special projects, as assigned.

Policy Associate, Accountable Care

The HPC seeks an exceptional Policy Associate to support the HPC’s Accountable Care Team.

Reporting to the Senior Manager for Care Delivery, the Policy Associate will sit on the HPC’s Accountable Care (AC) team.  Team AC is responsible for fulfilling the HPC’s statutory charge to develop and implement state certification programs for Patient-Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), to promote the integration of behavioral health with primary care, and to develop model payment standards to support these care delivery models.  The team works to advance accountable care in the Commonwealth by developing a coordinated strategy, partnering with senior policymakers at other state agencies, and collaborating with the leaders of reforms in the payer and provider community.  The team also works to advance accountable care through other avenues, such as enhancing data transparency, convening key stakeholders to better align models, and identifying key barriers and accelerators of reform. 

As a key member of the team, responsibilities of the Policy Associate will include:

  • Supporting the Senior Manager, Care Delivery, in formulating and implementing a holistic strategy for care delivery transformation in Massachusetts
  • Assisting with the ongoing development and implementation of certification programs for PCMHs and ACOs, including such tasks as:
    • Drafting key program materials, including certification standards, Q&As, and informational communications for stakeholders (e.g. emails, website postings, presentations),  
    • Creating and/or maintaining internal project plans
    • Serving as liaison to and day-to-day manager of contractors
    • Reviewing certification applications, including developing and/or maintaining processes for intake and application management
    • Analyzing and reporting on data collected through certification programs
    • Supporting development of technical assistance programs for participating PCMHs and ACOs
    • Performing research on other state and national approaches to implementing PCMHs, and ACOs, alternative payment models, and other care delivery and payment innovations
  • Performing similar tasks in support of other key workstreams within the Accountable Care team as needed, including behavioral health integration and quality measure alignment

Education: At least a Bachelor’s degree and three years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional or internship experience directly related to the position and which has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies, knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. A Master’s degree is preferred.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Unquestioned ethics and integrity to provide objective information, analysis, and recommendations without regard to any political or personal agenda.
  • A strong interest in public service and working to advance affordable, high quality health care for all Massachusetts residents. 
  • Experience and a strong interest in designing and implementing public policy and/or programs, including working with external stakeholders, setting up operational systems, project management, developing informational/promotional materials, conducting program monitoring/evaluation activities.  
  • Excellent analytic and communication skills, including the ability to interpret and distill complex information into succinct, meaningful reports, and to tailor communication for various audiences.
  • Strong project management skills.
  • Working knowledge of the Massachusetts health care system, including the organization and operations of health care provider systems.

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.  

Benefits Include:

  • Generous health and welfare benefit package through the Group Insurance Commission
  • 10 paid holidays, 12 vacation days, and 3 personal days annually
  • Pension and retirement contributions
  • Paid professional development opportunities

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.