Program Officer, Leadership Development and Capacity Building: The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS)

Posted March 26th, 2019 at 10:51 am.

The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) is seeking a dynamic and highly-organized individual to serve as a Program Officer on the organization’s Leadership and Capacity Building team. The position will work closely with program staff to provide state-based policy and leadership training for staff from Medicaid and other partners across health and human services agencies to ensure that Medicaid leaders can better serve 1 in 4 Americans, including low-income children and their families, elderly people, and adults with complex needs.  The ideal candidate will have experience with and interest in cross-agency partnership and Medicaid policy analysis. Familiarity with Medicaid, coverage and access needs of an expanding Medicaid population, payment reform models, and working with state/local public agencies and providers is a plus. Excellent project management skills and a background in health policy are also desired. This full-time, mid-level position will report to the Senior Program Officer and is based in the CHCS office, near Princeton, NJ.


  • Work within a team to develop and/or execute initiatives in the area of Medicaid leadership development and capacity building;
  • Plan and support face-to-face meetings, in-person trainings, teleconferences, and webinars for project participants;
  • Manage large project(s) including submitting project reports to funders, developing project plans, and tracking budgets, contracts, and work plans; and
  • Develop policy briefs and presentations on topics relevant to programmatic areas.

Core Competencies

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills. Ability to write clear and effective materials for a wide range of audiences;
  • Ability and desire to work collaboratively with project team, partners, and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects, track deliverables, and thrive in a fast-paced environment;
  • Ability to interface with multiple partners, including states, consultants, funders, and technical assistance providers;
  • Strong desire to improve care for low-income individuals; and
  • Ability to problem solve and analyze/synthesize trends in health policy, including qualitative and quantitative information.


  • Master’s degree in related field (public health, public policy, health management, etc.);
  • 4-6 years of related work experience in a state/federal government agency, health plan, policy organization, provider organization or consulting firm;
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to work both independently and
    in teams;
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel); and
  • Occasional national travel required.

Salary and Compensation

Salary is commensurate with experience; the benefit package is highly competitive.

Physical Requirements/Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work Monday through Friday.
  • Must be able to work in a climate controlled, office environment.
  • Occasional lifting up to 10 – 25 lbs.
  • Vision must be good or corrected to normal to perform normal job duties.
  • Hearing must be good to have the ability to understand information to perform job duties.
  • Ability to read and write in English in order to process paperwork and follow up on any actions necessary.
  • Sitting for extended periods of time.
  • Manual dexterity needed for keyboarding and other repetitive tasks.

To Apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter with salary requirements, resume, and at least two writing samples to demonstrate content knowledge and project-management skills. These should be sent to, with “Program Officer, Leadership Development and Capacity Building” noted in the subject line. No telephone inquiries.

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