Senior Policy Analyst

Health & Human Services Comm - Austin, TX (30+ days ago)3.5

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) seeks highly qualified candidates to fill the Senior Policy Analyst position within the Access and Eligibility Services, Policy Strategy, Analysis, and Development division. Access and Eligibility Services is driven by its mission to connect Texans, services, and supports by helping individuals and families in need of food, medical care, cash assistance, and other social services. The Senior Policy Analyst under the Medicaid for the Elderly and People with Disabilities (MEPD) team coordinates complex policy research and policy development support for MEPD. Work includes developing, implementing, and facilitating policy development processes, including policy handbooks, bulletins, state rules, applications, forms, state plan amendments, and waivers; coordinating and conducting complex policy research on best practices and state options; coordinating 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. Works independently and with team members under direction from Team Lead and Management. 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.

Essential Job Functions:
Plans, prioritizes, and performs complex policy research and policy development support for MEPD. Develops, and assists others with the development of policy documents, to include federal waivers, state plan amendments, and reporting and agency bulletins, broadcasts, and rules. Coordinates and conducts independent, comprehensive research of best practices and state options and synthesizes research into concise briefing and analysis documents. Establishes, facilitates, and sets goals and objectives for workgroups and develops and work products. Workgroups will include staff from all impacted areas within HHSC and external stakeholders, as appropriate. Prepares high-quality briefing documents, issue papers, correspondence, bill analyses, and memorandum for senior and executive management review and decision-making. Represents the department as a subject matter expert at business meetings, council and committee meetings, and conferences and seminars. Works collaboratively to identify innovative and effective solutions for customers and staff. Keeps supervisor informed as required or as necessary. Attends work on a regular and predictable schedule in accordance with agency leave policy and performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge Skills Abilities:
Knowledge of MEPD programs and eligibility policy. Knowledge of state and federal policy development processes. Strong skills in researching, interpreting, and analyzing complex data and policies. Skill in identifying policy options and impacts for decision makers. Skill in synthesizing complex information and translating it into clear and concise policy documents. Strong skills in communicating verbally and in writing and presenting information publicly. Ability to manage projects and coordinate workgroups and meetings. Ability to collaborate and develop effective professional relationships with coworkers and stakeholders. Ability to prioritize time and manage multiple project deadlines. Ability to develop work plans and organize work. Ability to research and synthesize information into easily understood format. Ability to develop policy documents. Ability to represent the department as a subject matter expert.

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 programs and eligibility 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.

Additional Information:
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 VETERANS: Use your military skills to qualify for this position or other jobs! Go to 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: For more information on military occupational specialty codes, see the Military Crosswalk Guide. req#387775

MOS Code:
There are no direct military occupation(s) related to the initial selection criteria and registration or licensure requirements for this position

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