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Program Specialist 5 (ERB)

Company: State of Washington
Location: Olympia
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

 Program Specialist 5 (ERB) 


This job posting will remain open until filled.  Screening of application materials will begin immediately and will be on-going.  It is in the applicants' best interest to submit their application materials as early as possible.  The hiring manager reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any time.  This job posting may be closed at any time without notice. 


This position provides expert advice and consultation to executive management for efforts including new product design, policy and procedure improvements, short- and long-term strategic initiatives, and topics of high political sensitivity.   The selected candidate will perform annual renewal and procurement activities and contract negotiations in coordination with executive management.  This position will manage new project implementation activities and prepare agency-wide systems enhancements.  It is the subject matter expert for its contracts and must be immediately available for executive staff regarding matters of intense public scrutiny or political sensitivity. 


You would have the opportunity to: 

  • Collaborate with executive leadership and contracted actuaries to draft high quality requests for proposals, contracts, contract amendments, and work orders.  
  • Work in collaboration with contracts staff to meet all legal requirements related to state contracting.  Negotiate agreements for high-cost goods and services. 
  • Represent HCA on litigation involving the applicable contracts.  
  • Participate in bidder selection and negotiation of new contract terms.  
  • Review contracts for consistency and uniformity with similar contracts in other areas.

Required Qualifications: 

Bachelor's degree in a health care discipline, public health, public administration, business administration, or other health care field directly related to the work of health care benefits or health insurance administration; 


Two years' experience in employer or health plan administration, health management programs, or negotiating, administering or managing health plan contracts.


Minimum of 6 years' experience in employer or health plan administration, health management programs, or negotiating, administering or managing health plan contracts.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in health education, health promotion, healthcare administration, public administration, business administration, or closely allied field and three years of management or consultative experience in a health services program.
  • Experience in the state procurement process.
  • Project management skills, ability to develop and implement population-based intervention plans across multiple audiences, and using all forms of media.
  • Clinical experience, education, or training and/or experience with evidence-based medical management concepts and application. 
  • Skilled in the planning and execution of strategies for purchasing and administering employer sponsored health care. 



 The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) purchases health care for more than 2 million Washington residents through Apple Health (Medicaid), the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, and, beginning in 2020, the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. Our agency is committed to whole person care, integrating physical health and behavioral health services for better results and healthier residents. As the largest health care purchaser in the state, we lead the effort to transform health care, helping ensure Washington residents have access to better health and better care at a lower cost.


 What we have to offer:

  • Meaningful work with friendly co-workers who care about those we serve Voices of HCA 
  • A clear agency mission that drives our work and is person-centered HCA's Mission, Vision & Values 
  • A healthy work/life balance, including alternative/flexible schedules and mobile work options. 
  • Infants in the workplace Infants at the Workplace Video 
  • A great total compensation and benefit package WA State Government Benefits 
  • A safe, pleasant workplace in a convenient location with restaurants, and shopping nearby. 
  • Tuition reimbursement. 
  • And free parking!

About Olympia and Washington State

 Washington State offers a total work/life package of pay, benefits, flexibility, and workplace opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and out of life. Washington State is a great place to work, play, and be a part of a community, offering quality of life that is unsurpassed. From the high energy urban center of Seattle, one of the nation's top ranked cities, to the more relaxed pace of our rural communities, Washington's distinctive Northwest lifestyle blends a progressive, creative culture with a casual nature.


 How to Apply: 

Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their State application will be considered. Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification.  To apply for this position you will need to complete your profile and attach:

  • A letter of interest with specific language on why you are interested this position
  • A current resume that is no more than two pages in length. 
  • A list of contact information for three professional references.

If you have questions about the process, or need reasonable accommodation, please contact the recruiter before the posting closes.  


Washington State is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources Office at 360.725.1180 or email Sanyu.Tushabe@hca.wa.gov.


  • Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position. *


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