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Executive Director, Medicaid Chief Health Equity Officer

Primary Location Oakland, California Job Number 1206536 Date posted 11/29/2023
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This role is responsible for strategy and program development across the organization and in the community to ensure that health equity for Medicaid members is prioritized and addressed through internal health plan functions, operations, and external partnerships and initiatives. In partnership with KP executives, this position designs and oversees the implementation of health equity strategies and leads the organization’s commitment to provide health equity and reduce health disparities in KP’s entire member population. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Leads the generation and curation of evidence to support the design and maintenance of equity strategies for KP’s Medicaid population.

  • Key leader in the implementation of the organizational strategies and programs used to ensure health equity and to reduce disparities for Medicaid members.

  • Ensures compliance with California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) and Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) on regulatory and contractual requirements regarding health equity.

  • Accountable for ensuring that all organizational policies and procedures are promoting Medicaid health equity requirements where applicable, including, but not limited to: Corporate marketing and communications strategy, Care Delivery policies, Member and provider outreach, Community Advisory Committee, Quality improvement activities including delivery system reforms, Grievance and Appeals, Utilization Management.

  • Leads health equity efforts and initiatives in collaboration with KP cross-functional teams, subcontractors, network providers, community-based organizations, county departments, behavioral health, social services, child welfare systems and Medicaid members in health equity efforts and initiatives.

  • Implements strategies designed to identify and address root causes of health inequities including but not limited to systemic racism, social drivers of health and infrastructure.

  • Together with KP Quality leaders, develops quantifiable metrics that can track and evaluate the results of the targeted interventions designed to eliminate health inequities. 

  • In collaboration with other KP departments, ensures all KP, subcontractor, and network provider staff receive mandatory diversity, equity and inclusion training (sensitivity, diversity, communication skills, and cultural competency training).

  • Facilitates the Quality Improvement and Health Equity Committee (QIHEC) and supervises all QIHETP activities in collaboration with Medical Director, or Medical Director’s designee.

  • Serves as a KP representative and spokesperson in support of health equity with key governmental partners as well as with state and national organizations.

  • Participates in state and industry work groups such as California Department of Healthcare Services (DHCS), California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC), National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) , Association of Community Health Plans (ACHP), and others to expand influence on benefit design, regulations, and policy direction.

  • Leads other projects and performs duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications:


  • A minimum of five (5) years experience focused on identifying and addressing health inequities.

  • A minimum of five (5) years experience leading work related to the Medicaid program.


  • Doctorate degree in health care, public health, public policy, or related field required, or Medical Degree in related field from an accredited institution required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience advocating for and implementing change within a multi-cultural environment; developing and implementing diversity, equity, and inclusion programs; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Evidence of ability to provide leadership in diversity, equity and inclusion in a health care setting and the broader community.

  • Demonstrated ability to listen and communicate analytical vision and to understand front-line and management needs in clinical, operational, and functional areas.

  • Understanding of relationship management including developing, nurturing, and strengthening partnerships.

  • Demonstrated success at meeting deliverables and timelines.

  • History of developing successful partnerships across multiple organizations/constituencies

  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills.

  • Ability to develop and maintain an action plan to successfully meet tasks, timelines, and milestones.

  • Knowledge and understanding of Medicaid program in California and throughout the United States

  • Demonstrated ability to conduct, publish, and use research related to health equity relevant to the Medicaid population

  • Ability to communicate effectively at all organizational levels and in situations requiring instructing, persuading, negotiating, consulting, and advising.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with all levels of staff, other programs, agencies, and the general public.

  • Ability to work effectively within a matrix environment, influencing and leading others without a direct reporting relationship.

  • Ability to scope, define and interpret quantitative analyses of operational problems.

  • Ability to prepare business plans, analyses, financial projections, programmatic and operational reports.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • N/A


This position has a target base salary of $229,500 to $286,875 and is eligible for incentive compensation, comprehensive health, wellness, time off, savings, and retirement benefits, as well as relocation support, as applicable.

Primary Location: California,Oakland,Ordway Scheduled Weekly Hours: 40 Shift: Day Workdays: M-F Working Hours Start: 08:00 AM Working Hours End: 05:00 PM Job Schedule: Full-time Job Type: Standard Employee Status: Regular Employee Group/Union Affiliation: NUE Executives|NUE|Non Union Employee Job Level: Director/Senior Director Department: Po/Ho Corp - Office of the EVP Quality - 0308 Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time At Kaiser Permanente, equity, inclusion and diversity are inextricably linked to our mission, and we aim to make it a part of everything we do. We know that having a diverse and inclusive workforce makes Kaiser Permanente a better place to receive health care, a more supportive partner in our communities we serve, and a more fulfilling place to work. Working at Kaiser Permanente means that you agree to and abide by our commitment to equity and our expectation that we all work together to create an inclusive work environment focused on a sense of belonging and wellbeing.

Kaiser Permanente is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, parental status, ancestry, disability, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information, other distinguishing characteristics of diversity and inclusion, or any other protected status. Submit Interest