Program Specialist V - 553143

Austin, TX

Teleworking opportunities are available, contingent on performance.

Job Description:

The Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) team within the Medicaid and CHIP Services (MCS) Office of Policy is seeking new team members who are passionate about improving critical services for fellow Texans. This team is responsible for developing programmatic policy requirements and ensuring the proper functioning of several long-term care programs critical to the safety and independence of thousands of children and adults in Texas with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and related conditions.

Applicants may be considered for Program Specialist V positions for any of the following programs:

* The Community Living Assistance and Support Services (CLASS) 1915(c) Medicaid Waiver;

* The Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) 1915(c) Medicaid waiver programs;

* The Medically Dependent Children’s Program (MDCP), Day Activity and Health Services (DAHS), Emergency Response Services (ERS), Special Services to People with Disabilities and Transition Assistance Services (TAS); or

* The Home and Community-Based Services (HCS) and Texas Home Living (TxHmL) 1915(c) Medicaid waiver programs.

Essential Job Functions:

(25%) Develops and revises Medicaid waivers, state rules, policies, amendments, and plans for LTSS programs.

(20%) Conducts research, analysis, and evaluation of complex program and policy issues and initiatives related to Medicaid LTSS programs.

(15%) Develops or implements projects or special initiatives related to the Medicaid LTSS program.

(15%) Participates as a subject matter expert in assigned Medicaid LTSS programs.

(15%) Coordinates with and speaks to internal and external stakeholders as a subject matter expert on assigned Medicaid LTSS programs.

(10%) Develops high quality written project updates, summaries, reports, executive presentations, bill analyses, and other documents

Knowledge Skills Abilities:

1. Experience with adapting to and implementing creative and workable solutions to complex problems.

2. Experience with exercising sound judgment with limited data and working independently with limited direction.

3. Experience in synthesizing complicated and technical information and translating it into easily understandable and concise documents and/or presentations.

4. Strong written communication skills.

5. Ability to work cooperatively and effectively in a team environment.

6. Ability to negotiate competing interests of multiple parties, resolve conflicts, and establish and maintain effective working relationships.

7. Strong verbal communication skills.

Registration or Licensure Requirements:


Initial Selection Criteria:

1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university (related experience and education may be substituted for one another).

2. Experience or education in a field focusing on the delivery of healthcare, public health, state government, social work or other related field. Experience in a field related to LTSS preferred.

3. Demonstrated experience with developing advanced deliverables, reports, or other technical writing work products.

 Additional Information:

• Additional information about the programs these positions support can be found on the 2022 edition of the Texas Medicaid Pink Book.

• Teleworking opportunities are available, contingent on performance.

• State of Texas employees participate in outstanding benefits:

o Excellent health benefits,

o Lifetime monthly retirement annuity,

o Generous time off benefits.

o HHSC is a qualifying organization for the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, which forgives the remaining balance on college student Direct Loans after making 120 qualifying monthly payments.

• Additional benefits of joining the MCS Office of Policy include:

• Leadership commitment to invest in and foster your professional growth or knowledge of the Texas Medicaid program and your career advancement.

• Having a profound impact to the lives of thousands of Medicaid clients that depend on LTSS throughout Texas.

• Being on the ground level of healthcare policy implementation, including the opportunity to work closely with stakeholders such as federal partners, providers, advocates, managed care organizations, and other healthcare contractors.

• Engagement with the Texas legislative process to analyze and inform legislators of potential impact of proposed bills.

• Being part of a team at the forefront of interpreting, implementing, and developing policy that has statewide impact.

• The opportunity to learn and engage with multiple domains of the healthcare delivery system, including managed care, fee-for-service, federal/state Medicaid partnerships and other activities related to the administration of the Medicaid program.

• Note: Factors including but not limited to HR Policies, budgetary limitations, qualifications, experience, and tenure will determine the final salary offer.


MOS Code:

There are no direct military occupation(s) that relate to the responsibilities, and registration or licensure requirements for this position. All active duty, reservists, guardsmen, and veterans are encouraged to apply if they meet qualifications for this position.

HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HHS agencies will provide reasonable accommodation during the hiring and selection process for qualified individuals with a disability. If you need assistance completing the on-line application, contact the HHS Employee Service Center at 1-888-894-4747. If you are contacted for an interview and need accommodation to participate in the interview process, please notify the person scheduling the interview.

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