Job Posting: CEA B, Chief, Pharmacy Benefits Division

Department of Health Care Services

CEA B, Chief, Pharmacy Benefits Division
C. E. A.

$11,102.00 - $13,226.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: Until Filled

Job Description and Duties

The Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is looking for a mission-driven, exceptionally motivated individual to serve as Chief, Pharmacy Benefits Division. DHCS is comprised of a dynamic team dedicated to preseving and improving the overall health and well-being of all Californians, and the Department's mission to provide the most vulnerable residents with access to affordable, integrated, high-quality health care.

Under the general direction of the Deputy Director (DD), Health Care Benefits and Eligibility (HCBE), the Chief, Pharmacy Benefits Division (PBD), is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing policy formulation and oversight for all aspects of Medi-Cal’s pharmacy, medical supply, enteral nutrition benefits (collectively known as Medi-Cal Rx), and Medi-Cal Vision Benefit programs, including state supplemental drug rebate negotiations and the federal drug rebate program. The Chief, PBD, is responsible for ensuring ongoing effective coordination and communication with other Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) program areas including but not limited to Health Care Delivery Systems, Behavioral Health and Program Operations, regarding the administration of Medi-Cal Rx. The Chief, PBD, initiates and manages the development of all Medi-Cal drug program policies and procedures and oversees the administration of the Pharmacy Benefits and Vision Benefit programs; providing expert policy guidance and consultation on all Medicaid pharmaceutical matters to the Administration, the Legislature, other state departments, the federal government, and all other private and public internal and external stakeholders. The Chief, PBD, is a member of DHCS’ Executive Staff and subject to the Department’s Conflict of Interest Code and filing a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).


The Chief, PBD, is also responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the work of a multidisciplinary staff of pharmacists, research, analytical, and administrative staff, in the development, interpretation, evaluation, and implementation of highly complex and sensitive pharmacy policy and legislative regulatory language. The Chief PBD’s scope of responsibility includes pharmacy, enteral nutrition, and medical supply vision benefits and services provided under Medi-Cal along with any changes to state and federal laws. The Chief, PBD, represents the Department in contact with the public and private organizations and local, state, and federal government officials in response to PBD responsibilities (e.g., pharmacy, enteral nutrition, etc). The Chief, PBD, is responsible for decision-making and implementation, which has a significant impact on the DHCS' mission to provide Californians with access to affordable, integrated, high-quality health care.


The Chief, PBD, consults with the Legislature, Department of Finance, state control agencies, and other departments (e.g., Department of Social Services, Department of Public Health, and the Department of Managed Health Care). The Chief, PBD, consults with and makes recommendations to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for amendments to the Medicaid State Plan pertaining to covered outpatient drugs under Medi-Cal. The decisions made by the Chief, PBD, require analysis and interpretation of pharmacy, enteral nutrition, and medical supply, as well as vision benefits and services fiscal data that may have a statewide impact on DHCS' benefit programs, including the potential for significant financial and/or program consequence.

NOTE: This position will be eligible for DHCS' telework program. This position is a statewide recruitment, the incumbent will be headquartered in the county nearest their residence but will be required to report to DHCS headquarters located at 1501 Capitol Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95814 as needed.

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:
    CEA B, Chief, Pharmacy Benefits Division
    C. E. A.
    $11,102.00 - $13,226.00 B
    # of Positions:
    Work Location:
    United States
    Job Type:
    Career Executive Assignment - Non Tenured, Full Time

    Application Instructions

    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: Until Filled

    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:

    Department of Health Care Services
    Attn: Kevin Vang
    MS 1300
    P.O. Box 997411
    Sacramento, CA 95899-7411

    Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

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

    Department of Health Care Services
    Kevin Vang
    1501 Capitol Avenue, Suite 71.1501
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    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.
    • Supplemental Application -

      Responses to the five supplemental items.

    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:

    (1) 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 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Program objectives; and a manager’s role in the EEO Program.

    (2) 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 EEO 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:
    • Knowledge of the state’s Medi-Cal program and policy and regulations governing the administration of Medi-Cal’s outpatient pharmacy benefit, vision services and medical supplies, claims processing, and state contracting.
    • Knowledge of trends and issues in public health pharmacy policy including those that relate to outpatient covered drugs under Medi-Cal and Medicaid.
    • Knowledge of the interrelationship of federal, state, local, and professional and voluntary health and human services agencies, and programs and services of such agencies.
    • Ability to perform and execute high-level administrative, management, and policy development and implementation.
    • Ability to work cross-functionally and organizationally to achieve desired outcomes.
    • Possesses a license as a clinical pharmacist with expertise in health policy development

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of a Supplemental Application. Applicants are required to respond to the five supplemental items below. These supplemental items are designed to identify job achievement in specific areas that demonstrate the ability to successfully perform at the CEA B level. Responses to the supplemental items will be assessed based on pre-determined job-related rating criteria. In appraising the relative qualifications of candidates, consideration will be given to the extent and type of pertinent experience and education over and above that which is required under the minimum qualifications.

    Each applicant for this examination must complete and submit his/her responses to all five supplemental items that follow. Supplemental responses and application must be postmarked, personally delivered, or received via interoffice mail by the final filing date. APPLICATIONS RECEIVED WITHOUT RESPONSES TO THE SUPPLEMENTAL ITEMS WILL BE REJECTED.

    When responding to the supplemental items, applicants must follow these guidelines:

    • Responses must be typewritten on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, using no smaller than a 12 point font.
    • Responses to the five supplemental application items must be limited to a total of four pages, single-sided. Therefore, the supplemental application document must not exceed a total of four pages.
    • Identify each page with his/her full name.
    • Responses are to be complete, specific, clear, and concise.
    • Answer each numbered item separately indicating the corresponding item number for each response.

    1. Describe your leadership ability including techniques of organizing and motivating groups and/or employees, how you foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and your ability to deal effectively with a variety of internal and external colleagues (individuals and organizations).


    1. Describe your ability and experience in working with customers and stakeholders.


    1. Describe your knowledge of, and experience with, the California legislative and budgetary processes, State control agencies, and other governmental entities that are necessary for effective program implementation.


    1. Describe an experience that demonstrates your ability to analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action.


    1. Describe your knowledge and experience in the health care field (state, federal and/or private), especially as it relates to the development of pharmacy benefit policy within publicly financed programs.

    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.


    Benefit information may be obtained by visiting: California State Civil Service Employee Benefits Summary - CalHR.

    Contact Information

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

    Human Resources Contact:
    Kevin Vang
    (916) 345-7199
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Tiffany Davis
    (916) 345-8537

    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:
    EEO Officer
    (916) 440-7370
    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.

    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