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Title:  Health Access Policy and Planning Chief

Application Deadline Date:  01/20/2019
Req ID:  783
Department:  Vermont Health Access

Waterbury, VT, US

Position Type:  Permanent
Schedule Type:  Full Time
Hourly Rate:  $29.30


The Department of Vermont Health Access, which administers Vermont Medicaid, seeks a dynamic team member to oversee the department's legislative work and related communications. The incumbent will assess the impact of pending and enacted state legislation on the Medicaid program and health reform activities, and will work with the Commissioner to articulate direction and priorities for major legislative projects. During the legislative session this position acts as liaison between the legislature and Department and will coordinate responses to legislative mandates and reports following the session. The position may also serve as a spokesperson and key contact for other stakeholders and the media.


Who May Apply

This position, Health Access Policy & Planning Chief (Job Requisition #783), is open to all State employees and external applicants.



If you would like more information about this position, please contact Cory Gustafson at


Resumes will not be accepted via e-mail.  You must apply online to be considered.


Please note that multiple positions in the same work location may be filled from this job posting


AHS BACKGROUND CHECKS:  Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position.  In accordance with AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, Vermont and/or national criminal record checks, as well as DMV and adult and child abuse registry checks, as appropriate to the position under recruitment, will be conducted on candidates, with the exception of those who are current classified state employees seeking transfer, promotion or demotion into an AHS classified position or are persons exercising re-employment (RIF) rights.

Class Definition

Planning, policy development and analysis work at a professional level for the Department of Vermont Health Access involving assessment of health care alternatives and their impact on the Medicaid program. Duties include coordination with all State departments administering programs funded by Medicaid. Supervision is exercised over a small professional staff. Work is performed under the general direction of the Medicaid Director. All employees of the Agency of Human Services perform their respective functions adhering to four key practices: customer service, holistic service, strengths-based relationships and results orientation.

Environmental Factors

Duties are performed primarily in a standard office setting, but with some travel, for which private means of transportation must be available. Strongly divergent opinions may be encountered in meetings with interest groups and the general public. Significant pressure from deadlines may be anticipated.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree AND five (5) years or more at a professional level in program and policy development, evaluation, and analysis.


Master's degree in a health care field or in public administration AND three (3) years or more at a professional level in program and policy development, evaluation, and analysis.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with and understanding of the legislative process.

Special Requirements

Candidates must pass any level of background investigation applicable to the position. AHS Policy 4.02, Hiring Standards, pursuant to 20 V.S.A. 2056c or other applicable statutory authority, requires criminal record checks for all AHS positions, including motor vehicle driving record checks and national record checks where appropriate.

Total Compensation

As a State employee you are offered a great career opportunity, but it's more than a paycheck. The State's total compensation package features an outstanding set of employee benefits that are worth about 30% of your total compensation, including:

  • 80% State paid medical premium
  • Dental Plan at no cost for employees and their families
  • Flexible Spending healthcare and childcare reimbursement accounts
  • Two ways to save for your retirement: A State defined benefit pension plan and a deferred compensation 457(b) plan
  • Work/Life balance: 11 paid holidays each year and a generous leave plan; many jobs also allow for a flexible schedule
  • Low cost group life insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Incentive-based Wellness Program
  • Qualified Employer for Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness Program
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Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

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