Job Posting: Chief, Medi-Cal Eligibility Division (CEA B)

Department of Health Care Services

Chief, Medi-Cal Eligibility Division (CEA B)
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/Department) is looking for a mission-driven, exceptionally motivated individual to serve as the Chief, Medi-Cal Eligibility Division (MCED). DHCS is comprised of a dynamic team dedicated to preserving 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, the Chief, MCED, provides leadership, direction and coordination of eligibility policy and operations among the Department, California counties and the federal government regarding Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California) and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The Chief is responsible for ensuring consistency with current state and federal Medi-Cal and CHIP statutes, regulations, and policies. The Chief is responsible for oversight and management of issues pertaining to the eligibility and enrollment system infrastructure used to support Medi-Cal and CHIP eligibility determinations and providing policy direction for needed system changes. Furthermore, the Chief is responsible for the development and implementation of new eligibility categories and programs based upon changes to federal and state law. The Chief advises and consults with the DHCS Director, Chief Deputy Directors, DD, California Health and Human Services Agency, and Governor’s Office on matters of significant policy impact regarding program eligibility. The Chief represents DHCS with public and private organizations, and local, state, and federal government officials on Medi-Cal eligibility matters. The Chief also interacts with the Department of Finance, the Legislature and other state agencies, the State’s data center, and other departments, including the Departments of Social Services, and Developmental Services and Covered California. The Chief coordinates and directs program review activities in relation to program policy development and implementation and oversight of county administrative functions related to Medi-Cal eligibility determinations. The Chief, MCED, 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).


Note: This position is telework eligible and the assigned state office location could be any of the DHCS offices statewide. As a member of the DHCS Executive Staff team, the Chief, MCED, is expected to have a regular presence in Sacramento and will be required to be in Sacramento as needed. The ability to telework is limited to residents of California, and proof of residency may be required.

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, Medi-Cal Eligibility Division (CEA B)
    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: Tara Jackson
    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
    Tara Jackson
    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 questions.
    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:
    • Experience in the past five years in a County leadership/management role overseeing staff responsible for eligibility determination processes.
    • Knowledge of the State's Medi-Cal and CHIP programs, policies, regulations, and systems governing administration of eligibility determinations, Medi-Cal benefits, claims processing, and managed care.
    • Knowledge of the trends and issues in public health policy, including those that relate to eligibility determinations.
    • Ability to perform high-level administrative, management, policy development, and implementation.
    • Excellent collaboration and communication skills.

    Examination Information

    The examination process will consist of a Supplemental Application (questionnaire). Applicants are required to respond to the five supplemental questions below. These supplemental questions 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 questions 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 questions 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 QUESTIONS WILL BE REJECTED.

    When responding to the supplemental questions, 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 and provide examples of your leadership ability, including techniques of organizing and motivating groups, how you foster diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and your ability to deal effectively with a variety of individuals, stakeholders, organizations, and state, federal, and local governments. 

    2.    Describe your knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration, organization, and management. Include in your response experience in developing health policies and programs, and provide examples.

    3.    Describe your experience working with the California legislative and budgetary processes, state control agencies, and other governmental entities that are necessary for effective program development, implementation, and evaluation.

    4.    Describe your experience and provide examples that demonstrate your ability to analyze complex problems and recommend effective courses of action.

    5.    Describe your experience in the health care field (state, federal, and/or private sector), including any experience in developing and managing eligibility programs, and working with stakeholders on such efforts. Please provide specific examples.

    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:
    Darci Jurschak
    (916) 345-7160
    Hiring Unit Contact:
    Dana Ohara
    (916) 345-8524

    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