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Special Assistant for Innovation and Special Projects

Recruitment #19-002420-0001


****This recruitment is limited to current employees of the Medicaid Planning Administration.****




MDH-Medical Care Programs, Baltimore, MD

Main Purpose of Job

The main purpose of this position is to provide health program and policy leadership and support to the Planning Administration (Planning) in the Office of Health Care Financing at the Maryland Department of Health. This position provides expert consultation and technical advice on Medicaid-related polices and develops position papers and other reports to Planning leadership and, by extension, MDH leadership. This position initiates, plans, designs and executes projects overseen by Planning for the Medicaid Program, including new initiatives mandated by state or federal legislation, statute or regulations and those required for day-to-day operations of the Medicaid program. This position is responsible for evaluation of existing programs and initiatives. This position provides technical advice and guidance to lower-level Health Policy Analysts. This position is further responsible for review of work prepared by lower-level Health Policy Analysts for validity and reliability of findings, interpretations, conclusions, recommendations and final reports.

This position serves as the Special Assistant to Planning's Senior Program Manager and Division Chiefs and leads several other lower-level Health Policy Analysts on various projects. This position will be responsible for high-priority Medicaid policy and data analysis. The position will be primarily responsible for developing and implementing various health reform activities and special projects. The position will oversee grant- and waiver-related activities, including developing and writing new proposals, coordinating official correspondence and managing the financial and narrative reporting process. This position will provide subject matter expertise in projects focused on Maryland's Total Cost of Care Model, including strategic high-level policy analysis and direction in quantitative data analysis, as well as important monitoring and evaluation activities for federal programs. This position will also monitor and analyze state and federal legislative initiatives. Additional activities may include: evaluation of existing programs, recommending programmatic changes, and monitoring and producing analyses on the impact of Medicaid cost containment initiatives.


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Three years of experience evaluating, analyzing, researching and developing health care services, policies and programs.


1. A Master's degree in Health Sciences, Health Care Administration, Public Health, Public Policy or closely related field may be substituted for one year of the required experience.

2. A PhD in Health Sciences, Health Care Administration, Public Health, Public Policy or closely related field may be substituted for two years of the required experience.


****This recruitment is limited to current employees of the Medicaid Planning Administration****


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.