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January 18, 2018 at 4:29 pm


This job posting is located at 4900 N. Lamar Blvd., Austin TX or somewhere within Texas.  This is not laid out within the posting linked below.  Please share with anyone who may be interested.  This position closes 1/31/2018.  Requisition number 369865.
Salary Range: $4,023.16 – $5,301.29 monthly

Job Description:
The Program Specialist (Program Specialist V) is selected by and reports to the Manager of Policy and Program Development in the Medicaid and CHIP Services Department (MCSD). The Program Specialist performs advanced consultative and technical work related to the planning, development, implementation, and maintenance of person-centered planning (PCP) initiatives and programs and services for individuals who are aging and individuals with disabilities across the HHS system, including Medicaid programs and services. This position will provide additional support around programs and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). The Program Specialist is expected to provide subject matter expertise on PCP and IDD issues to agency staff, governmental agencies, community organizations, provider organizations, and the general public; coordinate and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to develop policy; oversee the development of operational policy, including contract, administrative rule, manual, and procedural requirements; assist in ensuring compliance and resolution of PCP and IDD-related issues; participate in and help to facilitate meetings with stakeholders, including managed care organizations, provider associations, people receiving services, and advisory committee members; serve as agency liaison to pertinent advisory committees or workgroups; ensure policy and guidance documents are up-to-date; prepare high quality written reports, correspondence, and other documents; draft and complete legislative reports; provide training on person-centered thinking; and analyze program policies and legislation. The Program Specialist works under direction of the Policy and Program Development Manager and the guidance of the PCP Coordinator and IDD Specialist, with latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Experience with and knowledge of PCP and/or IDD issues is preferred and the selected candidate will be expected to work toward certification as a Person-Centered Thinking trainer.
Essential Job Functions: Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

(25%) Plans for and oversees the analysis, development, implementation, and documentation of federal and state legislation and regulations. Provides oversight in the development of legislative analyses, research papers, reports, and legislative information.

(25%) Develops and/or oversees the development and implementation of program and policy options for state initiatives impacting HHSC agencies, including policy analysis, option development, timelines, projects structures, financial analyses, and detailed work plans.

(20%) Establishes, facilitates, and participates in multiple workgroups and committees, including inter-agency workgroups and committees. Sets goals and objectives, makes assignments, and reviews and approves work products. Coordinates and provides training to internal staff and external entities.

(20%) Prepares and approves high quality written documents, including project updates, memos, summaries, legislative reports, rules, waivers, state plan amendments, and other documents.

(7%) Works with and presents to community and professional groups to coordinate, improve and secure support for programs. Consults with public and private agencies to resolve problems, identify training needs and discuss effectiveness.

(3%) Other duties as assigned.

Registrations, Licensure Requirements or Certifications: N/A
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of federal and state Medicaid and CHIP laws and regulations.
Strong skills in analyzing and evaluating complex federal and state legislation, program, policy, and operations issues.
Knowledge of person-centered principles and issues surrounding individuals with IDD.
Skill in project management.
Skill in policy analysis.
Skill in performing research.
Skill in synthesizing, analyzing and evaluating highly complicated and technical information and translate it easily understandable and concise documents and oral presentations for agency execution, elected officials and the public.
Skill in developing creative and workable solutions to complex problems and policy issues.
Skill in interpersonal relationships, including the ability to work with people under pressure, negotiate among multiple parties, resolve conflicts, and establish and maintain effective working relationships with various level personnel in governmental entities.
Ability to exercise judgment and work independently with minimum supervision.
Ability to work cooperatively as a team member in a fast-pasted, deadline-oriented environment.
Ability to use word-processing and spreadsheet applications in a windows environment.
Demonstrated skill in communicating effectively orally and in writing.</td>

Initial Screening Criteria:
Three years full-time experience with policy research and analysis, project management, program management. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university. A master’s degree may substitute for one year of the work experience listed above. Each additional year of full-time work experience in excess of the required three years may substitute for one year of college on a year-per-year basis.
Final Selection Criteria:
Knowledge of federal and state Medicaid and CHIP laws and regulations.
Strong skills in analyzing and evaluating complex federal and state legislation, program, policy, and operations issues.
Ability to learn quickly and manage initiatives in a face-paced environment.
Experience with or knowledge of person-centered practices and/or IDD is preferred.
Additional Information:
The posted salary range reflects the minimum and maximum allowable by state law. Any employment offer is contingent upon available budgeted funds. The offered salary will be determined in accordance with budgetary limits and the requirements of HHSC Human Resources Manual Chapter 7.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

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Requisition #369865