Title:  Commissioner - Vermont Health Access

Application Deadline Date:  *Do not apply online - please see instructions bel
Req ID:  48817
Department:  Vermont Health Access

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Exempt
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  Commensurate with experience and education.

How to Apply

*Do not apply online*


Qualified applicants should send a resume and a cover letter to Kristin Kellett at kristin.kellett@vermont.gov.


The Agency of Human Services (AHS) is seeking an innovative executive to lead the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA). The Department, which administers Vermont’s publicly funded health plan (Vermont Medicaid), is a national leader in advancing value-based payments for health care and moving away from fee-for-service reimbursement. The Department is also responsible for administering the state’s health insurance marketplace, which offers Vermonters options for obtaining health insurance including through Vermont Medicaid and qualified health plans certified by the Department. 


The Commissioner serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for advancing the mission and priorities of the Department. The Commissioner will join a dynamic and experienced leadership team in overseeing DVHA’s 370 employees.  DVHA’s mission is to improve Vermonters’ health and well- being by providing them with access to high-quality, cost- effective health care. The Department has three main priorities that support achieving the mission: adoption of value-based payments, management of information technology projects to improve and modernize existing systems, and operational performance improvement. In service of these goals, the Commissioner will join with the Agency of Human Services to implement Vermont’s Global Commitment to Health Medicaid demonstration waiver as well as Vermont’s current All-Payer Model (and future potential multi-payer model) initiatives. Both federal agreements are crucial for Vermont’s continued progress towards a statewide health care reimbursement model that emphasizes better health at a lower cost for Vermonters.

The Commissioner is accountable to the Governor of Vermont, the Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, the Vermont Legislature, federal partners, Medicaid members, Medicaid-participating providers, and Vermont taxpayers. The Commissioner is responsible for day -to-day operations of Vermont’s publicly funded health plan (Vermont Medicaid) and collaborates with the State Medicaid Director on strategic direction for the program.  The Commissioner speaks on behalf of the Department, which may include presentations at committees, boards, and national conferences. The Commissioner also provides statements to the media, as well as official testimony at the request of the Vermont Legislature. This position requires a strong leader who is collaborative and who can communicate clearly and effectively with a broad array of audiences. 

The Agency of Human Services seeks a leader for the department who is dedicated, responsive, adaptable and who can effectively maneuver through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics. 


Commensurate with experience and education.

Equal Opportunity Statement

The State of Vermont celebrates diversity, and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect and meaningful inclusion that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. The State does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, membership in an employee organization, family medical history or genetic information, or family or parental status. The State’s employment decisions are merit-based. Retaliatory adverse employment actions by the State are forbidden.

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