Cover Oregon Posts Executive Director Job Announcement

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Update, Feb. 19: Since posting this story on Feb. 13, the job announcement has been slightly revised to reflect input from the Cover Oregon board. See our more recent story on the candidate search and the revised job announcement


The recruitment announcement for a new executive director at Cover Oregon has been posted on the website of Karras Consulting, an Olympia, Wash.-based firm that is leading the search for a new director on behalf of the Cover Oregon board.

Karras Consulting describes itself as a firm that specializes in executive search services for elected and appointed government officials in the Pacific Northwest.

The firm posted the job announcement on its website on Feb. 12, according to the board’s vice chair, Teri Andrews, who is on the executive director search committee.

Andrews told board members during their monthly meeting on Feb. 13 that the job was posted at noon the day before and that there had already been four replies. She said the response indicated “a lot of interest” in the position.

The job announcement will soon be listed on the Cover Oregon site as well. Andrews said the job will be posted until March 13. The deadline for applying is March 14.

Board Chair Liz Baxter said the search committee plans to change the announcement’s description of the educational background that is desired for the position.

Under “desirable qualifications,” the education requirement is currently written as follows: “A bachelor’s degree in public health or a related field. An advanced degree is preferred.”

Baxter said that description is “very narrow” and will be broadened.

For experience, the description currently calls for:

Ten years increasingly responsible business management experience that includes five years executive-level experience managing a large, critical business function in a mid-sized company or government agency. Preferred candidates will have a successful track record of complex project management experience in the health insurance industry (private or public) and/or with health insurance-related policy development, with significant knowledge of the national health care reform law and health care delivery system trends and issues. Experience demonstrating creative policy-making and problem-solving skills is essential.

Cover Oregon’s former executive director, Rocky King, went on medical leave on Dec. 2, 2013, and the Oregon Health Authority’s director, Dr. Bruce Goldberg, became acting executive director at that time. King permanently resigned on Jan. 1, 2014.