Director of the Office of Strategic Health Policy

CEBS Requirement: None

Madison, WI

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Are you a seasoned manager who is passionate about public health? Do you have extensive experience leading and managing benefit programs? If YES, then apply now for an opportunity to use your skills with an organization that truly makes a difference in the lives of thousands!

What We're Looking For: The Department of Employee Trust Funds is seeking a qualified individual to serve as Director of the Office of Strategic Health Policy. We’re looking for an innovative and self-motivated problem solver who can lead diverse teams and effectively negotiate with stakeholders to achieve program goals. The ideal candidate will also have experience in strategic planning and be committed to continuous quality improvement.

What We Offer: This is an excellent opportunity to develop a meaningful and rewarding career with ETF. Our employees have access to an excellent comprehensive benefit and compensation package, including generous paid time off so you can truly have work/life balance! If you have student loans and work full time in a public service job (like this one!) you may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. To learn more about ETF’s total compensation package, please visit our Total Rewards Calculator!

Looking to relocate and work for Wisconsin in Wisconsin? We offer reimbursement for relocation expenses to the selected candidate when meeting the applicable criteria. Please contact the recruiter for more information.

Who We Are: The Department of Employee Trust Funds (ETF) manages retirement, insurance, and other benefit programs for 650,000+ state and local government employees and retirees of the WRS. Our members are at the center of everything we do, and we're committed to enhancing their well-being by delivering expert guidance, strong, sustainable benefit programs, and an exceptional customer experience. We're looking for talented people who are active learners that build strong collaborative customer relationships (whether internal or external) and recognize the value different perspectives and experiences bring to our organization.

Where We're Located: ETF is located in the award-winning city of Madison. Just off University and Sheboygan Avenues, at 4822 Madison Yards Way, within walking distance to several parks, restaurants, and Hilldale Shopping Center.

Position Summary

This position serves as the Director of the Office of Strategic Health Policy and is responsible for the effective management of the Office and the programs it administers. This position also serves as a key member of the agency’s leadership team.

The Office of Strategic Health Policy is responsible for planning, developing, recommending, and implementing public sector insurance-related fringe benefit plans and overseeing the operation of the following plans: Group Health Insurance Program comprised of Wellness, Medical, Pharmacy, Dental and COBRA benefits; Vision Program, Long-Term Care Insurance Program; Section 125 Employee Reimbursement Accounts; and the State and Local Group Life Insurance Plan. Depending on the plan, the administration functions may be solely performed by third party administrators or between a third party, the Office and other ETF departmental units.

The Group Health Insurance Program (GHIP) and the Wisconsin Public Employer programs are the largest programs administered within the Office. The benefits may be fully insured by a third party provider, by ETF or jointly, requiring the Director to understand, negotiate and manage risks of claims’ relative to health plan rates and program funding reserves. The GHIP supports 58 State agencies, the State of Wisconsin Legislature, the University of Wisconsin (UW) System, the UW Hospital and Clinics, over 400 local government employers and provides insurance for employees, retirees, inactives (COBRA) and dependents. The GHIP and WPE programs make up one of the largest health plan groups in Wisconsin, spending $1.8 billion in health insurance premiums annually.

For more information, please review the full position description.

Salary Information

This position is in the Administrative Manager classification (pay schedule/range 81-01), with an annual salary between $112320 - $124800, plus excellent benefits. Pay for current and new state employees will be set in accordance with the Wisconsin State Compensation Plan in effect at the time of hire.

Job Details
This position is eligible for hybrid remote work. ETF offers hybrid remote/office work. If interested in remote work, this can be discussed in more detail during the interview process. The selected employee(s) must report to ETF’s office on the first day of employment. In addition, the employee may need to report to ETF on short notice as operational needs require.

ETF does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Prior to any appointments for position(s) filled from this announcement, candidates may be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check to determine whether the circumstances of any conviction may be related to the duties required of the position.

A 2-year Career Executive trial period or 1-year probationary period may be required.



Minimally Qualified candidates will have experience in all the following:

  • Leading and managing a program responsible for the provision of benefit services to participants
  • Working with group employee insurance plans (health, wellness, pharmacy, dental, vision, income continuation, life)
  • Serving in a senior leadership role developing a strategic vision, objectives, policies, and operating plans
  • Formal supervisory experience (e.g. hiring, evaluating performance, discipline, etc.)

Highly Qualified candidates will also have experience with some of the following:

  • Leading the design and implementation of employee benefit plans and evaluating for effectiveness
  • Leading the negotiation and administration of long-term contracts with third parties for the purpose of carrying out significant organizational or program goals
  • Overseeing the development and implementation of policy changes and legislation affecting benefit programs and operations
  • Working with actuaries and using actuarial data to assess program impact
  • Working with decision-making boards

How To Apply

To apply, click "Apply" and “Apply for Job” to start the application process. Follow the steps outlined in the application process and submit your application. To be considered for this position, you must attach a resume and letter of qualifications addressing your training and experience with the qualifications listed above.

Your letter of qualifications and resume are very important parts of your application and are used during our evaluation process to determine your eligibility for further consideration. For helpful tips, please review our instructions for developing your resume and letter of qualifications.

Online applications that do not include all requested materials may not be considered. Submitted materials will be evaluated by a panel of job experts and the most qualified applicants will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.

Current Career Executives should complete the application process described above by the stated deadline. Please contact ETF Human Resources, [email protected], if you need assistance.

Qualified veterans with a 30% or greater service-connected disability should send your cover letter, resume, DD-214 (honorable discharge), and documentation of your service-connected disability rating (dated within 12-months) to ETF Human Resources: [email protected]. Current State employees are not eligible for non-competitive appointment.

For applicant questions or employment inquiries contact ETF Human Resources: [email protected], 608-267-2199. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for general user information and technical assistance.

ETF is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer seeking a diverse and talented workforce. Veterans, women, people of color, LGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants and employees with disabilities.

Deadline to Apply

Application materials are due by 11:59 pm on June 4, 2024.

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