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Director, Strategic Projects, French Camp, CA

Health Plan of San Joaquin


French Camp, CA

September 7, 2018

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Date Posted: 8/31/2018


Under limited supervision, the Director of Strategic Projects is responsible for 1) thorough market, legislative, regulatory, and community capacity research and development of innovative strategies, products and services HPSJ would consider to improve healthcare delivery; and 2) professional project management of the implementation of key strategies, products and services to include the planning and coordination of pilot projects. Work is highly varied and complex, and requires a high degree of discretion and independent judgment.

Essential Functions

  • Conducts extensive needs analysis and coordinates cost and/or benefits analyses to determine areas of the healthcare delivery system that can be improved through new technology or innovative strategies.
  • Leads research and development of innovative or pilot programs, services, products, and ventures as directed by the Vice President of Network Management.
  • Develops and implements HPSJ’s frameworks for opportunity exploration, partnering with executive team members and external stakeholders.
  • Provides strategic and tactical support to the Vice President of Network Management to coordinate and help drive the development strategic plans.
  • Researches, analyzes and documents relevant market assessment, industry standards, and input from internal and external sources.
  • Works with internal and external resources to develop financial models, feasibility analysis, and other key critical targets.
  • Manages multiple, sometimes disparate, innovation and strategic projects.
  • Takes an active role in building HPSJ’s innovation culture and mindset.
  • Serves as the key content expertise for innovative strategies, technologies and projects.
  • Socializes understanding of new initiatives and strategies among the HPSJ executive team members, directors and other key stakeholders.
  • Actively participates in industry trade associations as appropriate for strategic and innovation projects currently in process.
  • Develops positive and energetic relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Promotes and maintains an environment that supports HPSJ’s strategy, vision, mission, and values.
  • Represents HPSJ in a highly professional manner that promotes a positive image of HPSJ in the community; serves on internal and external committees and other leadership forums.


Required Skills

  • Advanced project management skills
  • In-depth knowledge of the health care industry, its critical issues and major challenges.
  • In-depth knowledge of health care delivery systems.
  • Strong knowledge of health care core administrative functions, their strategic impact and integration with other health care functions.
  • Basic working knowledge of Medi-Cal programs and regulations.
  • Financial acumen: Interprets and applies understanding of key financial indicators to make better business decisions.
  • Manages complexity: Makes sense of complex, high quantity, and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Decision quality: Makes good and timely decisions that keep the organization moving forward.
  • Strategic mindset: Sees ahead to future possibilities and translates them into breakthrough strategies; identifies, plans, leads and executes to meet changing organizational and community needs, and regulatory requirements.
  • Advanced assessment and analytical skills, including the ability to synthesize, distill concepts, draw conclusions and identify implications.
  • Resourcefulness: Secures and deploys resources effectively and efficiently; organizes people and resources to solve problems and identify opportunities. Plans and aligns: Plans and prioritizes work for self and others to meet commitments aligned with organization goals.
  • Ensures accountability: Holds self and others accountable to meet commitments.
  • Drives results: Consistently achieves results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with individuals at all levels inside and outside of HPSJ.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate professionally and persuasively to diverse individuals and groups inside and outside of HPSJ.
  • Advanced presentation skills, including but not limited to the ability to tailor presentations to a specific audience, be persuasive and identify key messages.
  • Strong collaboration skills, including but not limited to the ability to create and foster a collaborative work environment, and organize people and resources to solve problems and identify opportunities.
  • Builds networks: Effectively builds formal and informal relationship networks inside and outside of the organization.
  • Organizational savvy: Maneuvers comfortably through complex policy, process and people-related organizational dynamics.
  • Persuades: Uses compelling arguments to gain the support and commitment of others.
  • Manages ambiguity: Operates effectively, even when things are not certain or the way forward is not clear.
  • Very strong project management skills, with the ability to function as a sponsor and owner on complex projects; a track record of successful large project implementations.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • In-depth knowledge of change management theory, with ability to anticipate and implement effectively.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate and support HPSJ’s vision, mission, values and strategy, integrate into management practices, and foster their manifestation among staff.
  • Advanced skills in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio and project management software.
  • Ability to speak and be understood in English.
  • Ability to treat confidential information with appropriate discretion.


  • Familiarity with political, business, education, non-profit and other community leaders in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties and/or surrounding areas.
  • Knowledge of the economic and healthcare issues, and issues affecting the underserved in San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties and/or surrounding areas.
  • In-depth knowledge of federal and state regulations applicable to managed care.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Healthcare Administration, Marketing or similar disciplines; and
  • At least five years’ experiences in project management in the healthcare industry and;
  • At least five years’ experience in product development, strategic planning, or healthcare delivery system innovation; and
  • At least two years experiences in developing and executing strategic initiatives and business plans based on rigorous analysis.


  • Project management certification
  • Master’s Degree in Business, Healthcare Administration, Marketing or similar disciplines.
  • Strong understanding of the California healthcare landscape.

Licenses, Certifications

  • Valid California driver license and reliable transportation or, the ability to obtain transportation on demand if prohibited from getting a driver license due to a medically documented disability.
  • Project management certificate or equivalent experience.

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