Senior Program Officer, High-Value Care

May 2017

Foundation Overview

The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) is dedicated to advancing meaningful, measurable improvements in the way the health care delivery system provides care to the people of California, particularly those with low incomes and those whose needs are not well served by the status quo. We work to ensure that people have access to the care they need, when they need it, at a price they can afford. CHCF's work is oriented around three goals:

  1. Improving access to coverage and care for low-income Californians
  2. Ensuring high-value care
  3. Informing decisionmakers

The High-Value Care Team

The care many patients receive doesn't reflect what they want, what we know works, and what provides value. CHCF supports policies and care models that align with patient preferences, are proven effective, and are affordable. Current funding priorities are:

  • Maternity care. Improving the health of mothers and babies by reducing unnecessary interventions and delivering appropriate care.
  • Care for people with complex behavioral conditions and high medical costs. We aim to improve care delivery and health outcomes for patients with complex conditions and high medical costs.
  • End-of-life care. Ensuring patient choices are honored through implementation of advance care planning and Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST), as well as expansion of access to palliative care.

Position Overview

The senior program officer (SPO) will join the High-Value Care (HVC) team and focus on behavioral health integration program work. The position has the potential to assume responsibilities in other areas over time. The SPO reports to the director of High-Value Care, and will work collaboratively with staff across the organization.


  • In collaboration with the HVC team and external partners, lead work to integrate behavioral and physical health care to meet the needs of complex patients
  • Depending on the needs of the organization, lead new or existing work in other topic areas within High-Value Care
  • Plan and convene meetings of key stakeholders to obtain input on ideas and projects and to guide new work
  • Manage a portfolio of grants to ensure that they achieve the highest level of performance and advance CHCF's goals and objectives
  • Produce and present written summaries, analyses, and recommendations for proposed projects and initiatives for peer review
  • Work collaboratively with the communications team to disseminate the results of projects through publications, social media, convenings, or other outlets and to align work with CHCF's policy priorities
  • Manage external consultants as needed
  • Participate and present at local, state, and national meetings and conferences
  • Keep abreast of key trends and activities in the California health care environment, specifically as they pertain to behavioral health integration and other areas within the HVC portfolio
  • Respond to requests for information and unsolicited grants, both inside and outside CHCF
  • Contribute to the overall success of CHCF through foundation-wide activities
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Professional clinical degree or master's degree in psychology, social work, public health, public policy, health care administration, business, or related field
  • On-the-ground experience in health care delivery systems, with particular expertise in working with low-income populations
  • At least five years of project management, operations, or applied research experience in either private or public sector health organizations
  • Demonstrated experience independently developing and managing complex projects
  • Excellent interpersonal and collaboration skills, and demonstrated effectiveness in building relationships with and working with people at all levels and in multidisciplinary teams
  • Excellent analytic and critical reasoning skills, and ability to anticipate needs, recommend options, and implement solutions
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with an ability to translate complex ideas into clear, easy-to-understand concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strategy, develop work plans, multitask, and deliver quality work on time
  • Motivation and commitment to CHCF's mission, with an ability to operate in the present, plan for the future, and inspire others to do the same


  • Demonstrated experience with California mental health and/or substance use treatment systems

Salary and Benefits

Salary is commensurate with training and experience. The foundation provides a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, vision, disability, life and long-term care insurance; a cafeteria plan; commuter checks or paid parking; EAP and wellness programs; educational assistance; paid time off; and retirement benefits.

To Apply

Please email a cover letter that summarizes your qualifications, describes your interest in the position, and includes your recent salary history. Attach your resume in Microsoft Word or PDF format and send to Please reference the position code (SPOHVC) in the subject line of your email. This position is based in our Oakland office; there will be no paid relocations or telecommuting. We will accept resumes until the position is filled.

The California Health Care Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.