Job Posting: Chief Medical Officer

Covered California

Chief Medical Officer

$0.00 - $0.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 6/1/2020

Job Description and Duties

The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) is the executive leader responsible for clinical strategy, medical policy, medical management, and other clinical operations to continuously improve the health services provided by health plans contracted by Covered California and promote improvement in California’s delivery system. The CMO directs and leads the implementation of medical programs and policies, while enhancing the relationships with health care providers, Qualified Health Plans (QHPs), state and federal regulatory agencies, and other stakeholders. The CMO is ultimately responsible for ensuring the clinical strategy, tactics, and resources are in place to successfully advance the mission of Covered California.

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To learn more about this exciting opportunity, we encourage you to contact Kaley Cooper by phone at 916-228-8786 or by email at  

Minimum Requirements

This position does not have a Classification Specification. Requirements and qualifications for this position can be found in this announcement. For additional questions, please contact the hiring department listed below.

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    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Chief Medical Officer
    $0.00 - $0.00 Compensation commensurate with experience.
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Exempt Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    Covered California’s mission is to increase the number of insured Californians, improve health care quality, lower costs, and reduce health disparities through an innovative, competitive marketplace that empowers consumers to choose the health plan and providers that give them the best value. We currently serve nearly 1.5 million consumers throughout the state of California.

    Join the Covered California Team! If you are looking for a challenging career in a uniquely innovative, highly team-oriented culture, where you can achieve your career goals AND make a difference in the lives of Californians – look no further! Covered California offers competitive pay, excellent healthcare and retirement benefits, work life balance, and free parking. 

    Special Requirements

    Background Check: All applicants shall be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The investigation will consist of completion of a pre-employment questionnaire, fingerprinting, and an inquiry to the Department of Justice to disclose criminal records.

    The position may be subject to the disclosure and disqualification requirements concerning economic conflict of interest in government work, pursuant to the California Health Benefit Exchange, also known as Covered California's Conflict of Interest Code and the Political Reform Act. 

    Please Note: Per GC 100500 (f)(1)'...staff of the Exchange shall not be employed by, a consultant to, a member of the board of directors of, affiliated with, or otherwise a representative of, a carrier or other insurer, and agent or broker, a health care provider, or a health care facility or health clinic while serving on the board or on the staff of the Exchange. A member of the board or of the staff of the Exchange shall not be a member, a board member, or an employee of a trade association of carriers, health facilities, health clinics, or health care providers while serving on the board or on the staff of the Exchange.' Applicants who may fall under Government Code 100500(f)(1) will be considered ineligible for appointment with the Exchange.

    Application Instructions

    Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

    Final Filing Date: 6/1/2020

    Who May Apply

    This is a non-testing Classification, therefore, anyone meeting the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification may apply for this position. Individuals in specific programs, such as the Welfare to Work Program, are encouraged to apply and will be given priority according to the applicable Laws and Rules. Please note on your application your current participation in these programs. Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Exempt Position by the State of California.

    Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
    Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

    How To Apply

    Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

    Address for Mailing Application Packages

    You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

    Covered California
    Attn: Human Resources Branch - Kaley Cooper
    1601 Exposition Blvd.
    Sacramento, CA 95815

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

    You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

    1601 Exposition Blvd.
    Sacramento, CA 95815
    08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

    Required Application Package Documents

    The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

    • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
    • Resume is required and must be included.
    • Statement of Qualifications - Please include your Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) with application submission. Any application received without a SOQ may not be considered. Please note that a resume and/or cover letter will NOT be accepted in place of the SOQ. Please see below for specific SOQ instructions. 
    Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

    Desirable Qualifications

    In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
    1. California licensed physician with Board Certification in a specialty recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties; internal medicine or primary care specialty is preferred.
    2. Minimum of 15 years of professional experience working for health plan or provider organizations, 5 years of which were in a direct clinical practice capacity beyond post-graduate training. 
    3. Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience, with demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and mentor clinical staff and teams.
    4. An advanced degree including one of the following: MBA, MPH, MMM, MS- HQSM, MS-POPH, MS-SHCD, MS-ASHI or equivalent.
    5. Experience presenting to, influencing, and collaborating with executive management, board of directors, high-level stakeholders, and health plan issuers on medical policy and health plan contracting matters.
    6. Demonstrated knowledge of population health management, health care quality measurement and improvement strategies, accreditation processes and health plan and provider oversight processes.

    A SOQ is required as a part of the application package. Any applications received without a SOQ may be rejected. Resumes and/or cover letters will NOT be considered a substitute for the SOQ.

    The SOQ should be typed in 12-point Arial font, single-spaced, on standard sized paper (8.5" x 11"), and limited to one page per item, not to exceed four (4) pages in total. The SOQ should be numbered in the same order as the statements listed below and should provide detailed examples and an overview of your experience.
    1. Please explain how your professional experience, accomplishments, and education make you a successful candidate for the Chief Medical Officer position.
    2. Provide an overview your experience with health plan performance management, including the use of utilization and quality metrics to improve quality of care. 
    3. Please describe your leadership philosophy and management style and share your experience with guiding change and promoting innovation amongst your team. 
    4. Please describe your experience partnering with governing boards, executive level staff, external stakeholders, health plans, as well as state and federal public and private sector agencies such as the following:
    • Integrated Healthcare Association (IHA)
    • National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA)
    • California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS)
    • California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC)
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)


    Covered California is an exciting, innovative, and unique State Department with a strong emphasis on company culture. We take pride in offering training opportunities, professional development, and work-life balance. All Covered California locations offer free parking and our Headquarters location, where this position is based, has an on-site gym.

     For more information on the excellent benefits offered by State of California please CLICK HERE. 

    Contact Information

    The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

    Human Resources Contact:
    Kaley Cooper
    (916) 228-8786

    Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Adrian Recio
    (916) 228-8291
    California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

    Work Environment

    Work in a climate-controlled office under artificial lighting; exposure to computer screens and other basic office equipment; office space is open and thus noisy; work in a high-pressure fast-paced environment, under time critical deadlines; work long hours; must be flexible to work days/nights, weekends and select holidays as needed; during peak periods, may be required to work overtime; appropriate dress for the office environment.

    Essential Physical Characteristics

    The physical characteristics described here represent those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable an individual with a qualified disability to perform the essential functions of the job, on a case-by-case basis.  Ability to attend work as scheduled and on a regular basis and be available to work outside the normal workday when required.  Continuous: Upward and downward flexion of the neck.  Frequent: sitting for long periods of time (up to 70%); repetitive use of hands, forearms, and fingers to operate computers, mouse, and dual computer monitors, printers, and copiers (up to 70%); long periods of time at desk using a keyboard, manual dexterity and sustained periods of mental activity are need; frequent: walking, standing, bending and twisting of neck, bending and twisting of waist, squatting, simple grasping, reaching above and below shoulder level, and lifting and carrying of files, and binders.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

    It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.

    Application Methods:
    Electronic (Using your CalCareer Account)
    By Mail