Washington State Financial Information and Data Analyst (A450, A451) in Olympia, Washington


Financial Information and Data Analyst WMS Band 2 Olympia, WA

The Health Care Authority (HCA) is Washington's largest health care purchaser, responsible for providing comprehensive health coverage to more than 2 million residents through the Public Employees Benefits and Medicaid programs. The agency provides health purchasing leadership, benefitting both public and private sectors with a focus on moving the health delivery system away from volume toward higher value and better outcomes.

The Olympia office is located in downtown Olympia, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, bus lines, and less than one (1) mile from the freeway.

The HCA Financial Analytics Section ensures HCA's fiscal integrity. The Section is part of the Financial Services Division (FSD) and reports to the Section Manager of Forecasting and Financial Analytics (FFAS). The FFAS Section Manager reports to the HCA Chief Financial Officer (CFO) who is responsible to develop and monitor the $20 billion biennial HCA budget.

The FFAS Team performs high level financial analysis to inform policy decisions with the CFO, the FSD Management and HCA leadership teams, Office of Financial Management (OFM), and the State Legislature. FSD staff performs a variety of critical financial functions including:

  • Monitoring approximately $20 billion in total program and administrative spending,
  • Developing rates for the Public Employees Benefits, hospitals and professional services, and Apple Health managed care programs
  • Creating and monitoring the biennial HCA budget
  • Preparing fiscal notes, bill analyses and decision packages
  • Preparing special reports and responding to legislative requests Position Objective: The FIDA will provide advanced level research advice to the FFAS Section Manager and the CFO. The FIDA will perform assigned tasks of a highly specialized and technical nature. The tasks will include the responsibility of determining method of development, design, analysis and coordination of complex research projects and studies regarding various subject matters including, but not limited to, services provided to medical assistance clients, State and National health care trends and efficient healthcare budgeting.

This position will perform the following work: This position provides advanced level financial research and analytic expertise for HCA and its medical assistance programs. This position is responsible for analyzing medical services data which is used to guide the agency's budget request and policy decisions and is responsible to:

  • Organize and coordinate both ad-hoc and proactive research projects in order to detect trends, correlations, or any other patterns in financial data pertinent to the operations of the HCA or value based purchasing decisions;
  • Perform highly specialized complex activities in planning, directing and coordinating research requirements; develop procedures for reporting research information; provide comprehensive statistical analysis; and provide expert level advice on data elements that are used to populate databases.
  • Analyze reports prepared by other state and federal agencies to evaluate their impact on, or relationship to, the HCA's goals, objectives, and budget;
  • Establish project data requirements and collection methods, including downloading from computer mainframes, interpreting and analyzing data collection using mainframe or microcomputer application software, etc.;
  • Lead intra- and inter-agency teams and provide expert advice and high-level technical skills to guide the development and finalization of essential HCA financial and analytic products including budget and decision packages, fiscal notes, bill analyses and ad hoc financial models.
  • Collaborate with other divisions within HCA, partner agencies and stakeholders to support the goals of Healthier Washington, HCA realignment, and efforts to introduce value-based purchasing options to Washington's health care system.
  • Represent the Section Manager at meetings and conferences, periodically to make public presentations. The position also works closely with internal and external staff - including senior management and legislative staff - on ad hoc projects requiring information and analysis. Analyses are often sensitive due to political implications and require objectivity, sound judgment and awareness of HCA's political environment.

Representative duties, tasks and functions include:

Monitor and report on the status of HCA's financial health, including review and report on anomalies and trends shown in regular agency financial status reports such as:

  • Monthly Financial Services
  • Monthly forecast tracking
  • Monthly managed care organization utilization Work with FSD Management Team to coordinate production of complex financial models used to inform decision making, including decision packages, bill analyses and fiscal notes.

Respond on behalf of the Section Manager or CFO to internal and external requests regarding the agency's budget and fiscal status.

The position must achieve a thorough understanding of HCA medical services and Medicaid, including Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regulations and reporting requirements, Washington Administrative Code and Revised Code of Washington.

Qualifications Required Qualifications: Master's Degree in economics, statistics or related field. Experience within the State or other government entity is strongly preferred. Or Bachelor's degree in economics, statistics or related field and three or more years of experience working with large and complex data is required. Experience within the State or other government entity is strongly preferred. Significant experience in working with large and complex data, moderate experience and knowledge of the state budgetary process, including knowledge of Office of Financial Management and the State Legislative approach to the budget process.

Preferred/Desired Qualifications: Experience working with data visualization software. Experience working with financial data. Experience working for the Washington State legislature process. Experience working for the federal government, and Familiarity with the State and Federal laws, rules, and regulations that impact/govern the State's Medicaid, CHIP, PEB, and state funded health programs.

*Please Note the Following: * Application assessment will be ongoing and the hiring authority reserves the right to offer the position at any time during the recruitment process. It is to the applicant's advantage to apply as early as possible.

How to Apply:

Failure to follow the application instructions below may lead to disqualification. To apply for this position you will need to complete your profile within http://careers.wa.gov and attach to your profile before completion:

  • A cover letter
  • Current resume
  • Three professional references Only candidates who reflect the minimum qualifications on their State application will be considered.

If you have questions about the process, or need assistance, please contact the recruiter listed below before the posting closes. The candidate pool certified for this recruitment may be used to fill future similar vacancies for up to the next six months.

Contact us:

For inquiries about this position, please contact Sanyu Tushabeat 360-725-1180 or email to Sanyu.Tushabe@hca.wa.gov.

**Persons under final consideration for initial appointment with HCA are subject to a background check.

Washington State is an equal opportunity employer. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may call the Human Resources Office at 360.725.1180 or emailSanyu.Tushabe@hca.wa.gov.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09205

Department: Health Care Authority

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $60,672.00 - $84,936.00 Annually

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA