Program/Policy Analyst, Sr.

20 May, 2020


Program/Policy Analyst, Sr.

Orange, CA

Job Description


This position is responsible for developing and supporting CalOptima’s legislative priorities and maintaining CalOptima’s relationships with legislative offices at all levels of government. The Senior Program/Policy Analyst analyzes state and federal legislation and recommends strategies for advancing CalOptima’s legislative agenda. This individual will be responsible for researching various health care policy topics, providing strategic analyses, writing letters, memos, white papers, fact sheets, and other documents that are used by the CalOptima Board of Directors, executive team, staff, and key external strategic partners. The Senior Program/Policy Analyst ensures CalOptima’s advocacy goals are communicated effectively to all stakeholders and will serve as subject matter expert on health care policy, acting as a critical resource to the Director, Regulatory Affairs & Compliance. Additionally, the Senior Program/Policy Analyst may attend internal and public presentations and serve as a representative of CalOptima in the community.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Follows and analyzes key bills and budget developments throughout the federal and state legislative sessions.
  • Coordinates CalOptima’s legislative efforts by maintaining a legislative tracking matrix, conducting bill analyses, and drafting legislative memos.
  • Develops specific legislative advocacy strategies, official positions, and materials to promote and preserve CalOptima’s legislative priorities and serves as a subject matter expert in this area.
  • Articulates CalOptima’s programs and responsibilities as a community-based County Organized Health System (COHS).
  • Produces and maintains materials for key audiences, including CalOptima’s Board of Directors, executive team, staff, and key stakeholders.
  • Supports senior management in activities related to CalOptima’s Board of Directors, including writing staff reports for Board consideration, drafting memos, and attending Board meetings.
  • Maintains legislative contact list and serves as a designated point of contact and liaison between legislative offices and CalOptima for issues related to constituent casework, inquiries, and community events.
  • Organizes and conducts meetings and presentations at external community events, as well as internal events such as the CalOptima Boot Camp, brown bag events, or other internal briefing sessions.
  • Develops strategic relationships and ways to remain actively engaged with the Orange County legislative delegation while representing and sharing information about CalOptima.
  • Other projects and duties as assigned.

Required Skills



  • Adapt to the evolving health care policy landscape and continually learn complex health care issues.
  • Coordinate periodic outreach events to update the Orange County legislative delegation of relevant local, state, and federal issues affecting CalOptima.
  • Analyze policy issues and make strategic recommendations to senior staff.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing, with all levels of internal staff and external agencies, including legislative offices. This includes public speaking and presenting abilities.
  • Work in high-pressure situations, encouraging collaborative efforts to produce positive results.
  • Work independently and have exceptional initiative and follow-through on projects with limited supervision or guidance.
  • Prioritize, organize, problem solve, and manage various projects simultaneously.
  • Travel to attend legislative or related meetings and community-based organizations throughout Orange County as needed or required.
  • Utilize and access computer and appropriate software (e.g. Microsoft: Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and job-specific applications/systems to produce correspondence, charts, spreadsheets, and/or other information applicable to the position.


Required Experience


Experience & Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Health, or related field required. Master’s degree preferred.
  • 4 years of relevant work experience including health care policy, managed care experience, or combination of education and related experience in public policy, public administration, health care or managed care, required.
  • Strong legislative relationships with federal, state and local elected offices in Orange County preferred.
  • Approved means of transportation will be required for work away from the primary office up to approximately 15% of the time.


Knowledge of:

  • Advanced writing, research, and analyzation methods.
  • Managed care and government-sponsored health care delivery systems, such as Medi-Cal and Medicare.
  • County, state and federal legislative processes.
  • Policy implications and impact of policy decisions on an Organization.


Grade:  M



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Job posted: 2020-05-20