- Military Experience
- Health Insurance
- Dental Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Paid Time Off
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) seeks highly qualified and motivated candidates to fill a Policy Advisor position within the Access and Eligibility Services (AES), Program Policy division.
AES is driven by its mission to connect Texans to services and supports by helping individuals and families in need of food, medical care, cash assistance and other social services.
The Policy Advisor serves as the team lead for the Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities and Community Care Services for the Elderly (MEPD/CCSE) policy staff who are responsible for coordinating complex policy research and policy development support for MEPD and CCSE.
The MEPD program provides medical benefits to groups of low-income elderly and people with disabilities. The CCSE program provides services and supports which allow seniors or disabled individuals who are at risk of nursing home placement to remain in the community.
Job responsibilities include developing, implementing, and facilitating policy development, which includes, policy handbooks, bulletins, state rules, forms, state plan amendments, and waivers; coordinating and conducting complex policy research on best practices and state options; completing legislative analysis; reviewing, interpreting, and analyzing federal and state statutes, rules and regulations, guidance and procedures; providing options for senior and executive management decision; and effectively communicating policy and research orally and in writing.
The ideal candidate will thrive in an environment that emphasizes: innovation through new ideas, striving for excellence by taking pride in their work, embracing differences as a source of strength, accomplishing more through partnership, leading by example, and learning for continuous improvement.
We offer competitive benefits including free health coverage for you and affordable health plans for your family, dental and life insurance plans, paid holidays, accrued vacation and sick leave, promotional opportunities and the gratification of making a positive impact on individuals and families in need.
More information regarding available benefits can be found at: https://ers.texas.gov/Benefits-at-a-Glance.
A list of the State of Texas holidays is available at: http://www.hr.sao.texas.gov/Holidays.
Essential Job Functions:
Plans and prioritizes policy for MEPD and CCSE.
Develops and oversees the development of policy options. Requires advanced research on best practices; complex (senior level) analysis of laws, regulations, and guidance; complex (senior level) analysis of impacts to programs, systems, and operations; and coordination of the development of fiscal impact analysis. Provides guidance, direction, and technical assistance to staff on the team.
Prepares high-quality briefing documents, issue papers, correspondence, bill analyses, and memorandum for senior and executive management review and decision-making. Also prepares and oversees preparation of eligibility policies, agency rules, state plan amendments, and federal waivers.
Develops timelines and other project management documentation; and coordination and communication with senior and executive management, staff, and impacted stakeholders.
Establishes, facilities, and set goals and objectives for multiple policy workgroups and develops and approves work products. Workgroups will include staff from all impacted areas within HHS and external stakeholder, as appropriate.
Seeks guidance from and enters into discussions with federal partners on interpretation of federal statute, rules, regulations, and other guidance.
Works with stakeholders to provide information and request input. Represents Access and Eligibility Services as a subject matter expert at business meetings, council and committee meetings, legislative meetings, and conferences and seminars.
Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of MEPD, CCSE or other federal social service programs.
Knowledge of state and federal statute, rules, regulations, and guidance relevant to program areas.
Strong skills in researching, interpreting, and analyzing complex federal and state policies.
Skill in synthesizing complicated and technical information and translating it into understandable and concise documents and oral presentations.
Skill in developing and evaluating policies and procedures; assessing risk and developing contingency plans; and making recommendations and decisions.
Skill in problem solving and independent decision-making.
Skill in developing creative and workable solutions to complex problems and policy issues.
Skill in interpersonal relationships, including the ability to work with people under pressure, negotiate among multiple parties, resolve conflicts, and establish and maintain effective working relationships.
Skill in communicating effectively orally and in writing and at presenting information publicly.
Ability to develop work plans and organize and direct work.
Ability to prioritize time and manage multiple project deadlines.
Ability to represent the department as a subject matter expert.
Ability to plan and assign the work of others.
Registration or Licensure Requirements:
Initial Selection Criteria:
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor's degree preferred with major coursework in a relevant field (e.g., public policy, social work, and public health). Work experience may substitute for education. Applicants will initially be screened for knowledge of MEPD, CCSE or other social service programs and policy; knowledge of state and federal policy development processes; experience researching, interpreting, and analyzing complex data and policies; and experience synthesizing complex information and translating it into clear and concise policy documents.
Applicants may not have a history of substantiated fraudulent activity against HHSC or any programs it administers. Applicants who have a non-fraud overpayment with an outstanding balance must agree to repay the overpayment balance as a condition of employment.
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is committed to hiring veterans and creating a work environment that values and retains the skills that service members bring to the job. A veteran is an individual who has served in *the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, or Marine Corps of the United States or the United States Public Health Service under 42 U.S.C. Section 201 et seq., as amended; *the Texas military forces as defined by Section 437.001 of Texas Government Code; or *an auxiliary service of one of those branches of the armed forces; and *has been honorably discharged from the branch of the service in which the person served. For more information, see the Texas State Auditor’s Military Crosswalk at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx.
VETERANS: Use your military skills to qualify for this position or other jobs! Go to www.texasskillstowork.com to translate your military work experience and training courses into civilian job terms, qualifications and skill sets. Also, you can compare this position to military occupations (MOS) at the Texas State Auditor’s Office by pasting this link into your browser: http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/JobDescriptions.aspx. For more information on military occupational specialty codes, see the Military Crosswalk Guide.
There are no direct military occupation(s) related to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position.
HHS agencies use E-Verify. You must bring your I-9 documentation with you on your first day of work.
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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.