Commissioner – Vermont Health Access

State of Vermont - Department of Vermont Health Access
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Location: Washington County,
About the Job

The Agency of Human Services (AHS) is seeking an innovative executive to lead the Department of Vermont Health Access (DVHA). The Department, which administers Vermont’s publicly funded health plan (Vermont Medicaid), is a national leader in advancing value-based payments for health care and moving away from fee-for-service reimbursement. The Department is also responsible for administering the state’s health insurance marketplace, which offers Vermonters options for obtaining health insurance including through Vermont Medicaid and qualified health plans certified by the Department.

The Commissioner serves as the Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for advancing the mission and priorities of the Department. The Commissioner will join a dynamic and experienced leadership team in overseeing DVHA’s 370 employees. DVHA’s mission is to improve Vermonters’ health and well- being by providing them with access to high-quality, cost- effective health care. The Department has three main priorities that support achieving the mission: adoption of value-based payments, management of information technology projects to improve and modernize existing systems, and operational performance improvement. In service of these goals, the Commissioner will join with the Agency of Human Services to implement Vermont’s Global Commitment to Health Medicaid demonstration waiver as well as Vermont’s current All-Payer Model (and future potential multi-payer model) initiatives. Both federal agreements are crucial for Vermont’s continued progress towards a statewide health care reimbursement model that emphasizes better health at a lower cost for Vermonters. The Commissioner is accountable to the Governor of Vermont, the Secretary of the Agency of Human Services, the Vermont Legislature, federal partners, Medicaid members, Medicaid-participating providers, and Vermont taxpayers. The Commissioner is responsible for day -to-day operations of Vermont’s publicly funded health plan (Vermont Medicaid) and collaborates with the State Medicaid Director on strategic direction for the program.

The Commissioner speaks on behalf of the Department, which may include presentations at committees, boards, and national conferences. The Commissioner also provides statements to the media, as well as official testimony at the request of the Vermont Legislature. This position requires a strong leader who is collaborative and who can communicate clearly and effectively with a broad array of audiences. The Agency of Human Services seeks a leader for the department who is dedicated, responsive, adaptable and who can effectively maneuver through complex policy, process, and people-related organizational dynamics.

Employer's Approach to Diversity, Equity, & Belonging

As an agency we have a lot of different initiatives to promote DEIA (Diversity Equity Inclusion & Accessibility). Initiatives began, or running in the last year include: Work with the CMO's Office & ADS to standardize digital communications and ensure accessibility and provide and manage an statewide site on inclusion and accessibility. run state wide accessibility initiatives in collaboration with the AHS Accessibility Committee, DAIL, ADS, the CMO's office, and other partners. We worked with the Health Equity team to create and release a hiring bias training. We have worked with Kheya Ganguly, Rachel Edens from DCF, and other positions to provide learning opportunities and leadership panels. We include DEIA specific topics throughout the AHS Leadership Academy including a full day on inclusive leadership. We partnered with Health Equity, the Pride Center of VT, and CAPS to provide state wide Pride sessions in June that are now available on Demand in the LMS.

Wage or Salary
Commensurate with experience and education.