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Job Posting: Chief, Health Plan Research and Administration

Public Employees Retirement System

Chief, Health Plan Research and Administration
C. E. A.

$10,831.00 - $14,085.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 1/31/2022

Job Description and Duties

This recruitment requires a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ). Responses to the identified qualification factors is required for this CEA recruitment. Please see instructions for the SOQ under the Special Requirements section of this job posting.

CalPERS is currently seeking a talented leader to become the next Chief of Health Plan Research and Administration (HPRA).

CalPERS purchases health care for 1.5 million Californians, making it the largest group purchaser of healthcare in California and the second largest group purchaser in the United States (US). Annually, CalPERS spends over $10 billion on healthcare, $1.5 billion of which is spent on pharmaceuticals. The HPRA Chief oversees contracts with 11 health maintenance organizations that provide care to approximately 1.1 million CalPERS members, as well as a self-insured preferred provider plan covering 450,000 members. The Chief also oversees annual negotiations with CalPERS’ health plans that determine the premiums paid for healthcare. The Chief is responsible for helping the CalPERS Board of Administration (Board) to determine covered benefits; sets CalPERS policy for managing health care costs, including pharmaceutical costs, and for ensuring that CalPERS members receive high quality care in every county in the state; leads CalPERS’ Federal policy engagement, recommends positions on State legislation to the Board, and oversees research and policy teams that develop solutions to the challenges facing large purchasers of healthcare; and sets data policy for the CalPERS health program, which has one of the richest claims-based data repositories in the US.

Telework Information
This position has been designated as eligible for telework in an office-centered capacity. This is defined as the team member working an average of three (3) or more days per week in the office.

You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

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.

    Position Details

    Job Code #:
    Position #(s):
    Working Title:
    Chief, Health Plan Research and Administration
    C. E. A.
    $10,831.00 - $14,085.00 B

    CalPERS, the nation's largest public pension fund, offers cash compensation which includes base salary and annual incentive award opportunity. As a CalPERS team member, you'll also be eligible for many other generous benefits (see Benefits, below).

    This position is eligible for an annual incentive award. The annual incentive opportunity is 0-15% of salary and is based on the level of achievement against several quantitative and qualitative measures.
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    Sacramento County
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Department Information

    The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is the nation’s largest public pension fund in providing retirement and health benefits to public employees, retirees, and their families and employers. Headquartered in downtown Sacramento, we are a destination employer within Northern California. CalPERS is situated near the Napa Valley, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe, and other desirable destinations. CalPERS offers benefit packages, competitive salary, and opportunities for advancement. Join an organization with an international reputation for leadership and innovation.

    If you are interested in becoming part of a diverse and inclusive workforce where talent, experience, and expertise are valued, CalPERS invites you to apply for this employment opportunity. At CalPERS, we’re committed to people – the people we serve, those who work here, and the larger community around us. As the nation's largest public pension fund and an organization with global impact, fostering an inclusive culture that welcomes diversity of thought, experience, and background is vital to what we do. If you’re interested in becoming a part of this engaging culture, CalPERS invites you to apply for this employment opportunity. To find out more about our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts, visit our website!

    To take a look at CalPERS as a destination employer, view this YouTube video.

    Special Requirements

    Statement of Qualifications

    A Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) is required and serves as the examination for this CEA recruitment and must be included with your application.

    You must provide responses including specific examples and indicate years of experience for EACH of the qualification factors outlined below. It must not exceed two pages in length, must not have font smaller than 11 point, and each response must be numbered and answered listing all relevant experience, education, and training, including places of employment, dates, and duties performed. Failure to follow this format and Application Instructions may result in disqualification. Your SOQ must address the following:

    1. Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with the design, negotiation, and management of public and private health insurance benefits, contracts, and quality assurance.

    2. A clear understanding and knowledge of the legislative process, and the ability to effectively present CalPERS health policies and perspectives to members and Staff of the State Legislature, the Governor’s Office, other Executive Branch entities, Congress, and the Federal Government.

    3. Demonstrated capacity to work cooperatively and promote partnerships within State purchasing and regulatory agencies, such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Covered California, and the Department of Health Care Services.

    4. Experience working on major health policy issues such as health care reform, managed health care, prescription drug policy, or Medicare.

    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: 1/31/2022

    Who May Apply

    Individuals who are eligible to be appointed to this Career Executive Assignment (CEA) by the State of California.

    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:

    Public Employees Retirement System
    Attn: JC#280957/SB
    Human Resources Division
    P. O. Box 942718
    Sacramento, CA 94229-2718

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Public Employees Retirement System
    400 Q Street, LPN, Room 3260
    Sacramento, CA 95811
    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 optional. It may be included, but is not required.
    • Statement of Qualifications - *REQUIRED - Please see Special Requirements for details.
    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.

    Examination Qualification Requirements

    All applicants must possess the knowledge and abilities, and any other requirements, described in this announcement.

    Note: Eligibility to take a CEA examination does not require current permanent status in the civil service.

    General Qualifications

    State civil service employees must possess essential general qualifications including integrity, initiative, dependability, good judgment, and ability to work cooperatively with others.

    Knowledge and Abilities

    Applicants must demonstrate the ability to perform high administrative and policy – influencing functions effectively. Such overall ability requires possession of most of the following more specific knowledge and abilities:

    • Knowledge of the organization and functions of California State Government including the organization and practices of the Legislature and the Executive Branch; principles, practices, and trends of public administration, organization, and management; techniques of organizing and motivating groups; program development and evaluation; methods of administrative problem solving; principles and practices of policy formulation and development; and personnel management techniques; the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the Equal Employment Opportunity Program.
    • Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multidisciplinary professional and administrative staff; analyze administrative policies, organization, procedures and practices; integrate the activities of a diverse program to attain common goals; gain the confidence and support of top level administrators and advise them on a wide range of administrative matters; develop cooperative working relationships with representatives of all levels of government, the public, and the Legislature and Executive branches; analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action; and prepare and review reports; and effectively contribute to the department’s or agency’s Equal Employment Opportunity objectives.

    These knowledge and abilities are expected to be obtained from the following kinds of experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation and/or evaluation of program policies (experience may have been paid or volunteer; in State service, other government settings, or in a private organization):

    CEA Level A - Responsible for broad administrative and program activities, including the execution and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level B - Responsible for extensive managerial and program administration or broad program manager experience with substantial participation in the formulation, operation, and/or evaluation of program policies.

    CEA Level C - Responsible for extensive highly professional influence and contributes to program, policy, and the methods to provide professional services needed to set policies, to meet the mission of the State department and often exercising technical and or professional skills that are required at this level.

    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:

    The ideal candidate for the position will be an exceptional leader with three critical qualities -
    • Have a deep background in health policy, the health care industry, health economics, finance administration and business strategies. The ideal candidate will have worked in a health-related governmental or private sector position for a minimum of 10 years, with experience as a senior manager in such an entity.
    • Be a proven leader capable of building and retaining a team of exceptional professionals, with a track record for identifying the right initiatives and leading a team that executes them; have demonstrated ability to think strategically and function effectively as a member of a top management team; and have experience in an administrative or executive capacity, at least equivalent to a Career Executive Appointment, Level A, with responsibility for policy development and program administration.
    • Be highly collaborative, capable of working with other exceptional leaders to identify and execute critical goals as a team.

    Examination Information

    The required Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) serves as the examination for this CEA recruitment.

    If you meet the requirements stated in this announcement, you may take this competitive examination. Possession of the Examination Qualifications requirements does not assure a place on the eligible list. Your performance in the examination will be compared with the performance of others who take this examination, and all successful candidates will be ranked according to their scores.

    A minimum rating of 70% must be attained in the Examination to obtain list eligibility for this position. All candidates will receive written notification of their examination results.

    The results of this examination will only be used to fill this position. Applications will be retained for twelve months.

    Hiring interviews for the Job may be conducted with the most qualified candidates.

    The examining Department reserves the right to revise the examination plan to better meet the needs of the service, if the circumstances under which this examination was planned change. Such revision will be in accordance with civil service law and rules and all competitors will be notified.

    Special Testing Arrangements

    If you have a disability and need special testing arrangements, answer the Reasonable Accommodations question appropriately on your Application (STD 678). You will be contacted to make specific arrangements. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this announcement.


    CalPERS team members are eligible for a number of benefits. Health benefits and leave programs are available for most permanent, full-time team members and some permanent, part-time team members. Benefit eligibility may depend on length of service and may be subject to collective bargaining agreements, which are contracts negotiated between the State of California and team member organizations that define team members’ wages, hours, and conditions of employment.

    Some added benefits CalPERS offers include:
    • Alternate Work Schedules
    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Independently run childcare facility
    • Onsite fitness center
    • Onsite café and walking distance to nearby restaurants
    For more details about employee benefits, visit the California Department of Human Resources website.

    Contact Information

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

    Human Resources Contact:
    Sandy Barton
    (916) 795-3931

    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:
    (916) 795-3675
    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.

    Additional Information

    Live Scan
    Candidates not currently employed at CalPERS are required to submit to a criminal history review process utilizing Live Scan fingerprinting.

    CalPERS Disclosure Requirements
    If employed, you may be subject to rules imposed by Personal Trading Regulations and Conflict of Interest Code that apply to CalPERS team members, which require disclosure of certain investment information and use of a designated trading platform for securities transactions, as well as filing a Statement of Economic Interest (Form 700)

    Background Investigation
    In addition to Live Scan, this position requires additional background screening prior to employment.

    Please do not include any confidential information on any documents in your application package. Confidential information that should be excluded or removed from these documents include, but is not limited to, your social security number, date of birth, marital status, personal photos, a copy of your driver’s license, and equal employment opportunity data.

    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