Financial Officer

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has an exciting opportunity for a dynamic forward-thinking, self-directed, innovative professional with strong analytical skills who can excel under pressure as a Financial Officer. This individual will report to the Division Administrator and will have primary responsibility for forecasting and developing the Medicaid budget. This includes directing and performing complex financial analysis and accounting for the Division of Medicaid.  

They are seeking an individual with executive leadership experience, strong communication and problem-solving skills including managing multiple programs, dealing with ambiguity, and providing vision and strategic leadership in a public environment. The ideal candidate will also have prior experience in healthcare finance, be adept at cultivating strong stakeholder relations, and have an adept ability to manage budget issues that are complex, diverse, and cross multiple subject areas.

This individual will join an agency which is the second largest healthcare payer in Idaho with a budget of $2.4 billion dollars annually. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare provides healthcare coverage and services to promote the social, economic, mental, and physical health of over 300,000 Idahoans, promoting an outcome-based, efficient health and human services delivery system.

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare offers a competitive benefits package which includes excellent medical, dental and vision insurance; generous vacation and sick leave accrual beginning as soon as you start; ten paid holidays a year; participation in one of the nation's best state retirement systems; multiple savings plans and optional 401K; life insurance; wellness programs; ongoing training opportunities; and more.

This announcement will be used to fill the current vacancy in Boise only. If you have previously applied for Financial Officer and wish to be considered for this vacancy, you must reapply under this announcement. Previous scores will not be used.


  • Exercise broad authority in planning, organizing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating division financial operations and the financial condition of programs administered by the division.
  • Develop, prepare and provide accurate and reliable monthly budgeting and forecasting projection reports based on financial modeling. Include narratives, setting forth conclusions, potential risks and recommendations.
  • Represent the division at recurring budget meetings, providing exceptional customer service and communicating essential information about financial issues with the Division Administrator, Deputy Directors, and budget analysts from both the Governor’s Office, Division of Financial Management (DFM) and Idaho’s Legislative Services Office.
  • Provide a global overview of the division budgeting activities. Directly support Division Administrator with preparation of annual legislative appropriations presentation and testimony language.
  • Promote division credibility with legislature and others through professional preparation and quality presentation of information and data. Maintains the focus of the public debate on the issues rather than the mechanics of data generation. Work with division administrator to ensure that data provided is of professional caliber and geared to the need of the audience.
  • Key contributor responsible in setting the division’s $2.4 billion a year budget creation. Support and direct the preparation, submission and defense of the division annual budget requests, line items, supplemental and maintenance. Review, edit, explain and defend the division budget during the budget preparation process.
  • Compile, analyze and report statistical data, evaluating and recognizing trends, shifts and distribution of information to aid in managing financial risks of the agency. Prepare complex data packages and reports to document the divisions financial performance.
  • Combine knowledge of applicable state and federal rules, regulations, policies and laws, division and department program objectives, best practices and policies, and governmental accounting and budgeting policies and procedures to identify financial issues, potential problems and propose solutions.
  • Monitor division revenue and expenditures to ensure appropriations are not exceeded and that program spending best achieves division objectives, utilizes federal funding whenever possible, and avoids penalties. Identify potential cross-organizational impacts of program budgets.
  • Identify long term budgetary adjustments. Assist managers in developing new budget proposals. Consolidate budgets, verify the accuracy and content of budget documents prepared by division and program staff.
  • Provide management, leadership, and supervision for the Office of Program and Financial Analysis Unit. Interview, hire, direct, train, discipline, and if necessary, discharge supervised employees in compliance with department procedures and guidelines.
  • Review work of professional staff as necessary. Review work of immediate subordinates in terms of accomplishment of program objectives. Spot check critical work assignments and provide input and guidance to staff on difficult or controversial assignments. Evaluate overall work performance and initiate corrective action as required.
  • Coordinate responses to information requests from the department Director, Division Administrator, the Governor’s Office, legislators or legislative staff, or the public.
  • Identify and resolve financial problems involving computerized accounting systems and subsystems. Provide independent financial management, analysis and support to the Administrator and other division leadership.
  • Perform the required federal reporting, providing the financial data for monthly and quarterly CMS reporting. Validate Medicaid budget and expenditures data derived from source documents, including data warehouse, invoices, cost reports and eligibility records.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Good knowledge of accounting principles and practices; management practices.
  • Experience: supervising others; auditing and interpreting computerized financial reports and data; auditing or designing and maintaining computerized financial reporting systems and subsystems; auditing or establishing internal financial reporting controls; preparing financial management or audit reports; preparing and making oral presentations.

Additional Qualifications: Are not required; however, having the minimum qualifications and the education and/or experience below will increase your score.

  1. Considerable knowledge of health care management. Typically gained by at least ten years of executive level experience related to health care management in a public or private organization which included managing multiple highly visible programs and responsibility for each of the following: development of program rules and policies; development of long- and short-range goals and plans; program evaluation; and budget preparation.
  2. Good knowledge of state and federal Medicaid requirements, including Title XIX (Medicaid), Title XXI (CHIP), and Title XVIII (Medicare). Typically gained by at least one year of professional experience where understanding of related laws and regulations was a job responsibility.

Please visit the job posting for more information about applying.

Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Date Posted: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Date Closing: 
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Full or Part Time: 
Full Time
Financial Officer, Medicaid