Director, Strategic Development

Website CalOptima

Department(s): Strategic Development
Reports to: Executive Director, Public Affairs
FLSA status: Exempt
Salary Grade: R – $144,000 – $204,000

Job Summary:

The Director Strategic Development will lead and assist the organization with developing and successfully implementing short and long-term strategic goals and objectives in such areas as, but not limited to, strategic planning and monitoring, business development and operational planning, as well as grants leadership and management. In collaboration with CalOptima leadership, the incumbent will play a key role in the identification of needs and opportunities, as well as coordination and implementation of CalOptima’s new initiatives to improve and expand programs. The incumbent will lead strategic grantmaking for the agency to support plan administered federal or state grants funded through Medi-Cal managed care plans and will serve as a central point of contact for peer funders. The Director Strategic Development will ensure grantmaking fosters innovation and delivery system transformation that is consistent with CalOptima’s strategic vision, mission, and values. The incumbent will be responsible for monitoring, analyzing, and reporting to senior staff on marketplace conditions and program opportunities affecting or available to CalOptima.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Facilitates the development, monitoring, and successful implementation of the annual and long-term strategic plan.
  • Supports leadership and departments in identifying, monitoring, and reporting initiatives aligned with Board identified priority areas.
  • Assists the agency in developing and meeting Board approved success factors on an annual basis.
  • Leads or assists the organization through the ideation, planning and implementation phases of new or enhanced products, programs, or pilots.
  • Provides research and analysis and prepares whitepapers to assist CalOptima leadership in making decisions regarding the future direction of the agency.
  • Represents CalOptima, in conjunction with Government Affairs, on key industry workgroups such as Local Health Plans of California (LHPC) and California Association of Health Plans (CAHP) to vet the impact of proposed pilots and delivery system changes.
  • Supports the development of roadmaps for organization-wide strategic initiatives, in conjunction with other departments.
  • Develops grant-making strategy and oversees strategic distribution of public dollars as it relates to project design, grantee application development, reporting guidelines and tools, and Board reporting, as applicable.
  • Advises and assists the administration of grant initiatives administered through Medi-Cal managed care plans. Creates and maintains grants management tools to inform leadership on the developments, recommendations, and workflow demands.
  • Ensures funded projects are sustainable through a managed care model.
  • Partners with other organizations, in collaboration with Community Relations, to leverage opportunities to benefit members and community.
  • Manages the agency’s relationship with key funders.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.

Possesses the Ability to:

  • Analyze complex issues, develop alternative solutions, and present clear alternatives and recommendations.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with CalOptima leadership and staff, other agencies, firms and organizations, and the public.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.
  • Lead intradepartmental teams and evaluate the work of contracted consultants.
  • Perform project management, program evaluation, and grantmaking.
  • Present updates directly to the Board of Directors Advisory Committees and others as required.
  • Build infrastructure for grantmaking, including staffing, financial tracking, program evaluation, grantee assessment, and contract monitoring.
  • Supervise the work of department staff; encourage the professional performance and development of subordinate department staff.
  • Utilize computer and appropriate software (e.g., Microsoft Office: Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word) and job specific applications/systems to produce correspondence, charts, spreadsheets, and/or other information applicable to the position assignment.

Experience & Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration, Business Administration, or relevant field; or the equivalent combination of education and experience in strategic or organizational planning, or a related field required.
  • 7 years’ experience in the health care field at a health plan, community-based organization, legislative or government agency is required.
  • 5 years’ progressive leadership experience, including direct supervision of staff, in key areas of strategic development required.
  • Experience with public or private grants required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Public Policy, Public Health, Health Care Economics, Business Administration, or a related field strongly preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • Policies, practices, and regulations of Medi-Cal, Medicare.
  • Principles and practices of managed health care.
  • Federal and state legislative and administrative processes, public policy, and applicable legal provisions to managing a public entity and health care management agency.
  • Principles and techniques of effective supervision, including training and evaluation.

CalOptima is an equal employment opportunity employer and makes all employment decisions on the basis of merit. CalOptima wants to have qualified employees in every job position. CalOptima prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee, or applicant for employment, based on race, religion/religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, sex stereotype, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transitioning status, age, sexual orientation, immigration status, military status as a disabled veteran, or veteran of the Vietnam era, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws. CalOptima also prohibits unlawful discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics or is associated with a person who has, or is perceived as having, any of those characteristics.

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Job Location: Orange, California

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