Health Management Administrator


Recruitment #240307-2549MD-100


Are you a licensed physician in Connecticut with a passion for improving the health and well-being of individuals in DSS programs? Do you have extensive knowledge and experience with Medicaid and CHIP, along with a background in clinical services or medical directorship?

We're seeking a dynamic individual to join our team as a Health Management Administrator, where you'll play a crucial role in designing and implementing integrated care delivery and value-based payment contracting. As a key leader, you'll collaborate with diverse stakeholders, including federal agencies, policymakers, health providers, and advocates.

What we can offer you:
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'ForbesState of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • NEW: A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • The State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings.
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year.
  • Professional growth and development opportunities.
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees.
What you will be doing:
  • Leading the management team of DSS' Division of Health Services (DHS).
  • Reporting to the director of Connecticut's HUSKY Health (Medicaid and CHIP).
  • Serving as the medical director for Connecticut's HUSKY Health program.
  • Playing a critical role in the mission, reform agenda, and operations of DSS and DHS.
  • Administering HUSKY Health and federal Money Follows the Person grant.
  • Implementing associated care delivery and value-based payment (VBP) reforms.
  • Supporting over 840,000 Connecticut residents through these initiatives.
Who we are:
The State of Connecticut, Department of Social Services (DSS), has a mission that we, along with our partners, provide person-centered programs and services to enhance the well-being of individuals, families and communities. The CT Department of Social Services is the single state agency for the Medicaid program and is responsible for the overall administration of the program. 

Position details:
  • Anticipated vacancy in this leadership position within the management team of DSS' Division of Health Services (DHS).
  • Located at Central Office at 55 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT.  
  • Full-time, 40 hours per week.
  • First shift, 8:00am – 4:30pm.
  • Monday through Friday.  
  • Telework usually offered at the maximum level permitted by state and agency policy.

Selection Plan

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  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules. 
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class. 
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DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL SERVICES: this class is accountable for administering the health or behavioral health programs and operations for clients served by the department or clients served by other departments under memoranda of agreement.


  • Administers staff and operations of division and/or program; 
  • Develops, implements and evaluates division and/or program policies, goals and objectives; 
  • Designs and develops division and/or program activities; 
  • Oversees and monitors program implementation; 
  • Determines appropriate staffing levels; 
  • Designs and implements training programs and performance review standards for division and/or program staff; 
  • Assists with preparation of agency budget;
  • Collects and disseminates data and other information to promote and manage healthcare quality and access; 
  • Maintains contacts with individuals within and outside of division who might impact policy or program activities; 
  • Represents department at meetings and conferences of officials, professionals and lay groups; 
  • Plans research activities including monitoring, evaluation and accountability procedures; 
  • Prepares and recommends proposals for securing grant funds; 
  • May assume responsibility of division in absence of Deputy Commissioner;
  • Leads the recruitment and hiring of staff, including outreach, interview and selection;
  • Performs related duties as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of
    • and ability to apply management principles and practices; 
    • relevant state and federal laws, statutes and regulations; 
    • various public health systems and programs; 
    • one or more of the following programs: maternal and child health, handicapped children, social work, oral health, nutrition, veterans health or human services, behavioral health or substance abuse; 
    • medical care for abused, neglected or individuals with intellectual disability and/or other underserved groups; 
  • Knowledge of public health education principles and practices; 
  • Considerable
    • interpersonal skills; 
    • oral and written communication skills.


Two (2) years of experience in a managerial capacity in a health care organization/division related to agency's service population.

NOTE: Managerial capacity is defined as formulating program goals and objectives, developing and implementing program procedures, initiating program policies and developing and/or monitoring a budget.


  • Connecticut licensure as a physician.
  • Commitment to improving the health and well-being of people served by DSS programs.
  • Knowledge of, experience with and training in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) and direct experience as a medical director or providing clinical service to Medicaid and CHIP members.
  • Interest and knowledge in clinical best practice as it pertains to supporting Medicaid and CHIP members.
  • Expertise and experience in designing and implementing integrated care delivery and value-based payment contracting.
  • Experience in leading dynamic teams.
  • Experience and skill in liaising with diverse stakeholders, including federal government agencies, policymakers, health providers and advocates.
  • Expertise in translating complex concepts into accessible messages.
  • Capacity to creatively and rapidly react to changing circumstances and to produce high quality deliverables within rapid time frames.


  • Incumbents in this class who are physicians, dentists or psychologists must possess and retain a license to practice in Connecticut.
  • Incumbents in this class who are physicians may be required to be board certified in pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, internal medicine, family practice, child psychiatry, emergency medicine, preventive medicine or infectious disease practice. 
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess appropriate current licenses, certifications or permits. 
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.

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