LA Medicaid Director

The Louisiana Department of Health is now recruiting for an experienced, highly motivated and energetic individual to join the Department’s executive leadership team as Medicaid Director.  This is an exceptional opportunity to join an impactful team of professionals providing new and creative solutions in the administration of Medicaid, combining vision and practicality to shape the future of health for 4 in 10 Louisianans. Working with the Department’s executive leadership, this position will oversee and manage a health care coverage program with an annual budget exceeding $12 billion and covering over 1.6 million children and adults.

The Director is responsible for administering the state’s Medicaid program, in close coordination with the Offices of Public Health, Behavioral Health, Aging and Adult Services, and Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, the operations of which are integrated under the Department’s organizational umbrella. The Director represents Medicaid to key stakeholders, including the Governor’s office and state legislature, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, provider communities and managed care plans, and other stakeholders and advocacy groups.  The Director will oversee eligibility and enrollment and the implementation of payment and delivery system reform, including managing the state’s managed care program and its population health and quality improvement strategies.

Candidates must have experience interpreting complex federal and state law; creating and implementing strategic operational plans for a large and multi-faceted organization; proactively and accurately identifying issues while seeking resolutions to meet immediate needs and positioning the agency for future requirements, and finally, the leadership role in negotiation, design and execution of multi-billion dollar service contracts emphasizing quality, efficiency, performance and outcome measurement. The Director must have excellent communication skills and a proven track record of managing staff.

If you are interested in joining our team, please submit a cover letter and resume to

Qualifications / Requirements

Qualified candidates must have a deep commitment to the mission of the department in addition to 6 years of progressively responsible experience in health and/or government administration, health care, public policy and/or public administration. A bachelor’s degree is required and a graduate degree in law, public policy, public administration, health administration, health policy, or similar disciplines that has included Medicaid policy and regulation and Medicaid finance is highly desired. Experience with developing, managing or administering Medicaid managed care programs is also strongly preferred.

This position is a classified Civil Service position with a salary range set by the State Civil Service. The state’s benefit package is very competitive. The salary range, depending upon experience is currently $89,211 to $175,552.