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Associate Director, Complex Care in Medi-Cal, Oakland, CA

Organization: California Health Care Foundation
Category: Associate Director
Location: Oakland, CA
Date Job Posted: June 11, 2022
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Associate Director, Complex Care in Medi-Cal

Foundation Overview

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. CHCF's work is oriented around three goals:

  • Improving access to coverage and care for low-income Californians
  • Advancing people-centered care
  • Laying the foundation for change

Advancing People Centered Care Team Overview

All Californians deserve care that addresses the fullness of their health needs and allows them to live healthier lives. Too many Californians receive care from multiple systems that are fragmented, uncoordinated, and disconnected from the experiences of the people they serve.

The Advancing People-Centered Care team helps catalyze care systems to work collaboratively to ensure people receive responsive, comprehensive, and coordinated services that support their health and well-being, and prevent and reduce inequities in care.

Position Overview

The associate director of Complex Care in Medi-Cal serves a leadership role in the foundation’s People-Centered Care team, supporting the program director in development of key strategic initiatives, fostering alignment of activities across the organization — ensuring the organization’s effectiveness and impact within the CalAIM program and other transformational Medi-Cal initiatives that look to catalyze more responsive, equitable, and integrated services for Californians with low incomes.

Primary Responsibilities

Responsibilities fall into four key categories: strategy, grantmaking, consultation/collaboration/coordination, and general.


  • Work with the director to establish clear objectives and measurable goals and strategies for the People-Centered Care team and bodies of work, which address improving coordinated services for Medi-Cal members with complex needs across the foundation.
  • Participate in strategy development, discussion, and review of programs and initiatives across the foundation, especially with an eye toward promoting integrated (behavioral, medical, and social needs) perspectives and approaches.
  • Promote statewide learning and uptake of behavioral health policies that support quality and equity.
  • Keep abreast of key trends and activities in the California health care environment, specifically as they pertain to complex care.


  • Develop and manage a portfolio of grants and activities that advance the People-Centered Care team’s goals and objectives, and organizational initiatives supporting transformations in the Medi-Cal delivery system aimed at aligning multiple systems of care to meet the needs of the most complex patients, including the CalAIM program.
  • Produce and present written summaries, analyses, and recommendations for proposed projects and initiatives for peer review.
  • Actively participate in peer review and collaboration with colleagues to advance projects across the foundation’s teams that advance CHCF’s mission.

Consultation, Collaboration, and Coordination Within and Across Teams

  • Act as CHCF’s “point person” on CalAIM and related policy programs (including PATH, HCBS waiver, etc.) with internal colleagues, state and county government stakeholders, plans, providers, and other foundations.
  • Provide consultation to colleagues within the team and across the foundation who are working on projects related to CalAIM and related policy programs.
  • Convene and support colleagues across program and functional areas to develop and align strategies and approaches to addressing the medical and social needs of Medi-Cal’s most complex members.
  • Work collaboratively with the External Engagement team to engage external audiences, to disseminate CalAIM-related projects, and to evaluate and continuously improve CalAIM engagement strategies.
  • Coordinate efforts across the foundation regarding CalAIM.
  • Specifically act as liaison with other teams and other associate directors to align projects and initiatives with the People-Centered Care team’s goals where appropriate.


  • Supervise staff, including a program associate and potentially others.
  • Plan and convene meetings of key stakeholders to obtain input on ideas and projects and to guide initiative development.
  • Participate and present at local, state, and national meetings and conferences.
  • Respond to requests for information, both inside and outside CHCF; represent CHCF at various venues.
  • Contribute to the overall success of CHCF through foundation-wide activities.
  • Provide other support to the program director, as needed.


The ideal candidate will possess the following:

  • Graduate degree in public health, public policy, business, or related field (appropriate experience may be substituted)
  • Ten or more years of project management experience; five years’ experience in a leadership position
  • Demonstrated commitment to health equity
  • Demonstrated commitment to CHCF’s mission and to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Skills and Competencies

  • Conscientious and consultative approach to problem identification and resolution, with an ability to anticipate needs, recommend options, and implement solutions
  • Strong analytic, strategic, and critical thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strategy, develop work plans, and deliver quality work on time and within budgetary guidelines
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment
  • Conscientious approach to problem identification and resolution, with a strong sense of priorities and objectives
  • Ability to anticipate needs, recommend options, and implement solutions
  • Ability to lead and inspire a team to high-level performance, managing complex projects involving a variety of stakeholders
  • Creative, enthusiastic, independent, and results-oriented, with a high degree of initiative
  • Strong project management skills, with demonstrated experience managing multiple, complex projects that involve a variety of stakeholders
  • Excellent written and communication skills, with an ability to translate complex ideas into clear, easy-to-understand concepts and products
  • Comfort with ambiguity and demonstrated ability to remain flexible and nimble in a quickly changing environment

Other Qualifications

  • A passion for CHCF’s mission and values
  • Curiosity, humility, open-mindedness, and an eagerness to listen to and learn from CHCF’s grantees and other partners in the field
  • Exemplary commitment to collaboration; demonstrated effectiveness building relationships with and influencing staff at all levels of the organization
  • A professional and personal commitment to the ongoing work of becoming an anti-racist leader and to participating in CHCF’s organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion programs as a staff member
  • Ability to give, seek, and incorporate feedback in a healthy and productive manner
  • Prior experience working with or in the health care field; prior experience working in philanthropy a plus

Salary and Benefits

The full salary range for this position is $172,800 to $259,200 with a starting salary of $203,000. The foundation provides a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and long-term care insurance; commuter checks or paid parking; employee assistance program and wellness program; educational assistance; paid time off; and retirement benefits.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The California Health Care Foundation is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff and will honor your experiences, perspectives, and unique identity. We believe the power of diversity enriches all of us by exposing us to a range of ways to understand and engage with the world, identify challenges, and to discover, design, and deliver solutions. Read more about CHCF’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion vision.

COVID--19 19 Vaccination Policy

The California Health Care Foundation has a duty to provide and maintain a workplace free of known hazards. The foundation is adopting a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy to safeguard the health of its employees and their families, our grantees and visitors, and the community at large from exposure to COVID-19. This policy will comply with all applicable laws and is based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local health authorities.

As of December 1, 2021, all employees will be required to show evidence that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or have an approved accommodations request on file with human resources by that date.

CHCF will consider requests for accommodations, as required by law. Employees requesting accommodations due to a medical reason, or because of a sincerely held religious belief, must submit a completed Request for Accommodation application form to the human resources department.

How to Apply

To apply for a position at CHCF, please submit your interest via our online application system. Unless otherwise noted, we will accept resumes until a position is filled, and we will try to let you know the status of your application in a timely manner.

The California Health Care Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Employment offers will be contingent on a background check that is limited in scope and compliant with best practices for Fair Chance Hiring. We welcome formerly incarcerated people to apply for this role.

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