“Position Fact Sheet” outlines requirements for DHCS Director position

The California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) is still in the process of finding its next Director, following Jennifer Kent’s resignation from the position in September. Richard “Fig” Figueroa currently serves as acting director.

To assist in the search, consulting firm Wilcox Miller & Nelson developed a “position fact sheet” for distribution to potential applicants outlining requirements and expectations of the job.


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As described in the fact sheet, the person who takes over as director will be charged with leading 4,000 employees in DHCS’s Sacramento headquarters and the 24 field offices throughout California. They will also be responsible for spending over $100 billion in public funds each year, and funding health care services for over 13 million Californians.

The fact sheet outlines several expected outcomes for the director in their first year:

  • Create a person-centered, data driven execution plan around the vision and the subsequent successful implementation of California Advancing and Innovating Medi-Cal (CalAIM). CalAIM is a multi-year initiative by DHCS to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of our population by implementing broad delivery system, program and payment reform across the Medi-Cal program:
    • Build a health California for all
    • Integrate health and human services
    • Improve the lives of California’s most vulnerable
  • Materially strengthen key strategic relationships and look for new opportunities
  • Build, strengthen, and empower staff
  • Manage looming liabilities areas of concern; prevention-focused and possessing a strong audit intelligence

Note: The name of DHCS’s CalAIM initiative has since been changed to “Medi-Cal Healthier California for All”

Candidates are expected to have “significant experience” managing 5-10 departments in a large, multi-dimensional health care delivery system, experience managing in a “fairly political and highly complex” environment, and have a minimum of 5 years of experience as CEO, Executive Director, or similar leadership.

The position has a salary of $177,000 – $215,000. Resumes are due January 31, 2020.