Program Manager for MACRA Measure Development Cooperative Agreement

Job Type

Full Time




800 Maine Avenue Southwest
District of Columbia
United States



The Program Manager will be responsible for the overall management and accountability for meeting APA’s 5.4-million-dollar cooperative agreement with CMS, over the next three years, from the MACRA Measure Development for the Quality Payment Program (QPP) goals and commitments made in the APA submission. As a Lead Recipient of this measure development project our overall goal is to develop, test, and steward expert informed quality measures for implementation into the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) QPP. This includes contract and fiscal program management, communication and outreach efforts, the development and engagement of the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) and federal relationships, and the tracking and reporting of milestones and quality measures. The program manager will collaborate with staff across the relevant APA offices to facilitate this effort.


Note: this position is for the granting period 9/2018 – 9/2021



  • Manages and oversees the administrative and daily operations of the grant.
  • Monitors budget expenditures; prepares budget revisions; provides interim status reports on all accounts; oversees, coordinates, and/or assists with proposal writing to develop potential changes to the grant or seeks additional funding.
  • Assists in establishing and implementing short- and long-range goals, objectives, policies, and operating procedures.
  • Plans, directs, and coordinates assigned projects to ensure goals and objectives are accomplished within prescribed time frames and funding parameters.
  • Provides technical and/or professional coordination and leadership in the execution of day-to-day program activities, as appropriate to program objectives and defined in the Implementation Plan.
  • Develops and implements systems and processes to establish and maintain records for the operating unit.
  • Identifies and recruits stakeholders to the TEP.
  • Coordinates TEP meetings and related details (e.g., travel, reimbursement).
  • Engages with NCQA staff to plan Consumer/Family Panel meeting details.
  • Oversees and/or coordinates the educational activities for the TEP and CFP.
  • Maintains the strategic view of the cooperative agreement’s objectives and the Implementation Plan in relationship to other organizational projects.
  • Prioritizes project criteria, processes and contributes to decisions regarding project direction.
  • Works with outside agencies/partnering organizations to achieve project goals and outline deliverables.
  • Works with Communications and Marketing; Education; as well as Membership staff to produce, develop, and market information (news releases, Psych News articles, handouts, etc.) about the cooperative agreement and its goals.
  • Coordinates manuscript submission into determined appropriate peer-review journal.
  • Communicates with senior staff involved in grant execution on a regular basis.
  • Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.



  • 5-8 years of experience in project management; project management certification a plus.
  • BS/BA preferred
  • Experience in quality, research or health care delivery policy in the public and private sector.
  • Mental health /psychiatric systems understanding a plus.
  • Measure development experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management, federal grants preferred
  • Strategic and innovative thinker with experience developing and executing multi-year plans with measurable objectives.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, cost estimating, and fiscal management principles and procedures
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.
  • Skilled in organizing resources and establishing priorities.
  • Experience working in a matrix environment, data analysis, demonstrating ability to lead, while building trustful relationships.
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently, as well as in multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.



  • Normal demands associated with an office environment.
  • Ability to work on computer for prolonged periods, communicate with individuals by telephone, e-mail and face to face.
  • Some travel may be required.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement