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State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources Senior Policy Advisor in Augusta, Maine

Senior Policy Advisor

Augusta, Maine, United States| Management| Full-time

Apply by:April 9, 2020

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Public Service Coordinator IIOpening Date: March 26, 2020Closing Date: April 9, 2020Job Class Code: CA32

Grade: 32

Salary: $64,001.60 - $87,859.20

Position Number: 02022-2721

Agency information:

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provides supportive, preventive, protective, public health and intervention services that safeguard the public health and assist our customers in meeting their needs. The Office for Family Independence (OFI) within DHHS is responsible for administration of and eligibility determination for a number of programs, including MaineCare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and Food Supplement and Child Support.

This position is located in Augusta.

Job duties:

As the OFI Senior Policy Advisor, you will provide a diverse group of stakeholders in DHHS with high level expertise and guidance in matters pertaining to OFI programs and operations. You will provide the Director of OFI with analysis and advisement on regulatory, legislative and programmatic issues affecting the Office. You will identify systemic issues and potential issues arising from changes in Federal or State laws, rules and regulations affecting OFI programs; and provide an impact analysis to the OFI Director and senior management team. You will also research and interpret laws and statutes including proposed legislative activity with potential impact on the Office.

Your core duties will include:

Serving as a member of the OFI senior management team and providing high level analysis and advisement on statutory and regulatory matters, including state and federal requirements, pertaining to programs, operations, policies, services and initiatives.

Serving as the Office’s subject matter expert on complex issues of law and regulation concerning eligibility for long-term-care MaineCare (Medicaid), advising OFI staff on such matters and serving as a liaison with the Office of the Attorney General and with applicants’ counsel as needed.

Researching, evaluating and drafting legislation, regulations, and policies/rules/regulations affecting OFI programs.

Drafting, reviewing, and interpreting RFP’s, contracts, agreements, and quasi-legal documents for OFI.

Advising OFI leadership on compliance with program requirements, participating in federal and state audits where appropriate and reviewing responses to findings.


To qualify for this position, you must be a member of the bar in good standing in any U.S. state or territory and have a minimum of eight (8) years combination of education and experience including law school and undergraduate studies. The background of well-qualified candidates will demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills, including a demonstrated ability to tailor communications to a variety of audiences.

  • Proficiency in researching laws, rules, and regulations and offering sound advice to executive managers.

  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to balance competing priorities under tight deadlines.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage large projects and accountability for completing within projects within time, budget and quality constraints.


For additional information about this position please contact Lee Freeman at (207) 624-4191 or by e-mail at To request a paper application, please contact Ashley Smith


Value of State’s share of Employee’s Retirement: 19.27% of pay

Value of State-paid Dental Insurance: $14.31 biweekly

Value of State-paid Health Insurance*:

Level 1: 100% State Contribution = $461.75 biweekly (employee pays nothing)

Level 2: 95% State Contribution = $438.66 biweekly (Employee pays: 5%)

Level 3: 90% State Contribution = $415.58 biweekly (Employee pays: 10%)

Level 4: 85% State Contribution = $392.49 biweekly (Employee pays: 15%)

*The level of actual value of state paid Health Insurance will be based on employee’s wage rate and status with regard to the health credit premium program as of July 1, 2019.

The Department of Health and Human Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.