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Senior Policy Analyst (MPS3/ERB)

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

Job Description:

Medical Program Specialist 3



 Please Note: This position is open until filled. Application assessment will be ongoing and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.

This position will be reporting to the Employees and Retirees Benefits (ERB) Division Policy, Rules, and Compliance Section Manager, The selected candidate will be the Senior Policy Analyst within the section and function as a primary expert on eligibility and enrollment rules for the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) and School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Programs.  The Senior Policy Analyst is expected to provide advice and consultation to executive management, other Health Care Authority (HCA) divisions, and a diverse set of external stakeholders on a variety of eligibility and enrollment issues.  They also support the analysis and implementation of legislative directives and policy changes that have an operational or fiscal impact to state and school employee benefits, the HCA, and the state.  


You would have the opportunity to: 

  • Function as a primary expert on eligibility and enrollment rules for the PEBB and SEBB Programs and lead rulemaking activities as assigned. 
  • Manage the development of program specific administrative policy and implementation of Board policy resolutions.  
  • Be responsible for guiding program specific administrative policies and procedures through the approval process and serves as a consultant to operational teams.
  • Function as lead analyst reviewing legislative proposals and assigning them to other analysts based on subject matter during the state legislative session.
  • Lead projects to implement legislation or agency initiatives that have a significant impact on program members, state agencies, and state budget.


Required Qualifications: 

One year of experience as a Medical Program Specialist 2,


Two years of experience as a Medical Program Specialist 1,


A Master's degree with major study in public health, public administration, nursing, health administration, economics, business administration, or closely allied field, AND three years of consultative experience in employee benefits or a health services program.

Two additional years of qualifying experience may be substituted for the Master's degree provided a Bachelor's degree in one of the above fields has been achieved.


Equivalent education/experience.


Desired Qualifications:


Ability to:

  • Analyze and resolve complex problems related to employee benefit programs.
  • Analyze and draft legislative proposals.
  • Understanding of the Administrative Procedures Act.
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Develop recommendations and facilitate resolution of issues within project teams or with implementation of agency initiatives.
  • Work with division staff and a diverse set of stakeholders in a professional manner.
  • Manage multiple concurrent initiatives and balance quality of work with aggressive deadlines.




 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 360.725.1197 or email Wendy.Brand@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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Keywords: State of Washington, Olympia , Senior Policy Analyst (MPS3/ERB), Other , Olympia, Washington

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