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Job Title: Deputy Secretary for Medicaid and Public Health      (to directly link to this job posting, copy this link)   
Req. No:185542
Agency:Dept of Health & Environment
Posting Type:External
Applications accepted through: 
Job Description:

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment verification document upon hire. KDHE participates in E-Verify and will provide the Social Security Administration and, if necessary, the Department of Homeland Security, with information from each new employee’s Form I-9 to confirm work authorization.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) is seeking qualified candidates for the role of Deputy Secretary for Medicaid and Public Health. KDHE is a cabinet level agency in the state of Kansas. KDHE’s mission is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

The deputy secretary will help oversee the Divisions of Public Health and Health Care Finance. This person will take a leadership role in many initiatives, like KDHE’s groundbreaking work in whole person care that includes the social determinants of health and in the development of a modular IT infrastructure for management and oversight of the Medicaid enterprise.

Key responsibilities for the deputy secretary include:

• Serving as a member of the KDHE Executive Team.
          o Takes a leadership role in a team-based management structure overseeing an organization with an annual budget in excess of $3 billion and more than 1,000 employees.
          o Interacts on a regular basis with and provides counsel to state leadership including, the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, legislators, partner organizations, and other state, federal and local agencies.
          o Directly oversees the Division of Health Care Finance and Division of Public Health.

• Functioning as the KDHE executive lead for the Kansas Modular Medicaid System (KMMS) project. KMMS is a first in the nation modular Medicaid system that is based on a service-oriented architecture designed specifically to be cloud-based, easily upgradable, and highly expandable. The system will provide the basis for future development of a person-centered plan of service, providing the right services at the right time to the citizens of the state. KMMS will provide Kansas Medicaid and Human Services the platform for development for the foreseeable future.
         o Provide guidance and ensure adherence of all workgroups to the long-term vision for KMMS during all facets of the project.
         o Work with State and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) leadership to define possible future KMMS uses.
         o Manage relationships with project vendor and subcontractor leadership to ensure the project is both on time and on-budget.
         o Work within a team format to develop the vision for the utilization of the KMMS system as a basis for the Kansas Medicaid Enterprise (KME). KME will tie together data from the Public Health, Aging, Disability, and Medicaid programs to provide a complete view of the individual.

• Providing leadership to the Kansas Eligibility Enforcement System (KEES) project. KEES is a first in the nation Health and Human Services eligibility system that provides a highly automated eligibility determination platform.
         o Responsible for executive level oversight of the KEES project leadership.
         o Member of the project steering committee, which is responsible for overseeing the work and direction of the project.
         o Serve as state lead for vendor relationship and management related to the primary vendor (Accenture).

•  Assisting in the development of the KanCare (Kansas’ Medicaid and CHIP capitated risk-based managed care program) 2.0 request for proposal (RFP).
         o Develop an RFP that firmly establishes Kansas as a leader in the nation as it relates to managed care programs.
         o Ensure RFP and the vision for KMMS and KEES are aligned.
         o Manage RFP development contractor.

The application process has 3 STEPS.

STEP 1:  Register by completing the online Personal Data Form  (
(Skip this step if you already have an Applicant ID number.)

STEP 2:  Complete the State of Kansas Application Form ( and submit to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment

STEP 3:  Email these additional documents to Include the job requisition number and your last name in the subject line.

• Resume
• Cover Letter
• Copies of Official transcripts if a degree is required or preferred
• Kansas Tax Clearance Certificate

KANSAS TAX CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE REQUIRED: Each applicant applying for a State of Kansas job vacancy must obtain a valid Kansas Certificate of Tax Clearance by accessing the Kansas Department of Revenue's website at  A Tax Clearance is a comprehensive tax account review to determine and ensure that an individual's account is compliant with all primary Kansas Tax Laws. A Tax Clearance expires every 90 days. All applicants, including current state employees, are responsible for submitting a valid certificate with all other application materials to the hiring agency.  This is in accordance with Executive Order 2004-03. If you need assistance with the tax clearance, please contact 785-296-3199.

Recruiter Contact:
KDHE – Office of Personnel Services
ATTN: Recruiter
1000 SW Jackson, Suite 580
Topeka, KS 66612
Phone: 785-296-1135
Fax: 785-559-4271

How You Will Be Evaluated:
Your application will be considered incomplete and you may be found ineligible if you fail to submit all required documentation. Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the minimum and any necessary special requirements. Next, your application will be evaluated and rated based on preferred selection criteria and competencies for the position.

What To Expect Next:
After your application is evaluated and ranked, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome after the selection process is complete. You may call or email the recruiter contact listed to inquire about your application.

Veterans Preference’ Eligible (VPE):
Former military personnel or their spouse that have been verified as a "veteran" under K.S.A. 73-201 will receive an interview if they meet the competency factors of the position, including any preferred selection criteria established in accordance with K.A.R. 1-6-3. The veterans' preference laws do not guarantee the veteran a job.  Positions are filled with the best qualified candidate as determined by the hiring manager. See for additional Veterans' Preference Information.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to contact the agency recruiter if reasonable accommodations are needed for any part of the application or hiring process.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. KDHE encourages applications from all persons. Federal and state legislation prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, disability, and veteran status. Persons with disabilities are encouraged to contact Human Resources at 785-296-1539 if accommodations are needed in completing an application, interviewing and any other aspect of the employment process.  EOE

The mission of KDHE is to protect and improve the health and environment of all Kansans.

Find out more about us at our website

Class/Uncl: U    Full/Part Time: F    Grade 001    Hiring Rate: $0.00    Pay Frequency: Biweekly   

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