Payment Innovation Director

Organization/Company Name: 
Oregon Primary Care Association
Position Description: 

What We Need:

OPCA seeks a Payment Innovation Director to leverage health center capacity to design and deliver the highest quality of care as they implement new financial and clinical processes, through adaptation and visionary oversight of the Alternative Payment and Advanced Care Model Program (APCM) and value-based pay (VBP) readiness.

Successful candidates will commit to an equitable and inclusive workplace, including but not limited to: racial equity, accessibility for individuals with disabilities, use of gender inclusive language, and cultural sensitivity. 

Who We Are:

Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA) is a nonprofit membership association for all of Oregon’s community health centers (CHCs), also known as federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). Our mission is to lead the transformation of primary care to achieve health equity for all.

OPCA celebrates both individual contributions and powerful teamwork. We thrive on innovation and collaboration. We support one another as healthy human beings who balance work with the rest of life. Our goal is to elevate and make space for candidates of color and other diverse communities in our hiring practices. Join our team as we lead the community health center movement with passion, vision and courage.

Who You Are:

A health care innovator with a vision for advancing sustainable and equitable health system transformation. Your experience in strategic planning, health policy, and health care delivery and management ensures that Oregon’s health centers are strategically positioned to support current and future payment, contracting and financial arrangements.

Your ability to think strategically and deliver technically allows you to combine an understanding of high level organizational and team goals with an impeccable attention to detail in your daily work. As a collaborative relationship builder with strong project management skills, you work closely with your team and other thought partners to advance OPCA’s mission of health equity for all.

What You’ll Bring:

An understanding of the current landscape of Oregon and Federal payment and care reform to optimize the transition away from fee-for-service to innovative payment and clinical models.

Innovative solutions and vision that will ultimately improve health center outcomes, sustainability, and health equity.

Ability to partner, communicate and build a high level of trust across team leads and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of personalities and organizations.

Knowledge and experience in strategic planning, health policy and models of safety net health care delivery and management.

Knowledge, skill, and experience in working with diverse populations and experience working with community-based Boards of Directors.

Broad knowledge and understanding of Community Health Centers and their/our mission.

Experience in researching models and concepts, tracking workflows, and sharing written information.

Ability to think strategically and deliver technically.

Project management experience.

Knowledge, skill and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of personalities and organizations.

Ability to work well in a professional yet fun team environment, including respect for different styles and personalities; enthusiasm for collaboration, communication, and celebration.

Ability to work with diverse partners and leverage areas of expertise.

Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication and organizational skills.

Ability to self-direct with a high degree of organization.

An ability to work with people who think, act, look, and/or live in a manner different from one’s self.

Effectively represent OPCA in a wide variety of settings

Strong computer skills, including thorough knowledge of Word, Excel, Power Point, etc.

What You’ll Do At OPCA:

Actively research financial and reimbursement innovation and monitor the current landscape of Oregon and Federal payment and care reform to optimize the transition away from fee-for-service to innovative payment and clinical models.

Direct the implementation and evolution of Oregon’s Alternative Payment Methodology (APM) and accountability arrangements with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), including oversight of management staff, key executive committees, partners, and consultants working to implement the methodology and successfully demonstrate the program’s impact and value.

Work with the Policy and Governmental Affairs Sr. Director and other key staff to support OPCA’s value-based payment strategies, including engagement in state and federal administrative and legislative policy to advance sustainable and equitable health system transformation.

In coordination with the Policy and Governmental Affairs Sr. Director, track and respond to administrative policy issues including health center payment reform and the Medicaid program requirements, such as the 1115 Waiver. 

Develop and/or identify opportunities in concert with Health Equity Manager that address the social determinants of health and drive health equity to optimize the use of value-based pay models and other payment approaches.

Build and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders at the state, regional and national level to advance priorities and organizational mission.

Oversee the development and implementation of training and materials to enhance VBP knowledge and spread new models of care and payment innovations.

Starting Range:

$79,960 - $98,000commensurate with experience

What Else You Should Know:

To view the full job description and to apply, please visit and send your resume and cover letter in an editable format (e.g. Word).

In order to be considered, you must include the following in your cover letter:

How your work and/or lived experience connects with this position and OPCAs mission

What unique or diverse perspectives you might add to a new team or organization

Where you saw this posting

We only accept applications that follow the above electronic process. No phone calls please.

Job descriptions for all open positions will be posted on our website:

Due to the pandemic, OPCA’s office and we are working remotely. We expect to conduct interviews and onboarding remotely until the office re-opens. Please note that new hires may be asked to briefly meet at our office in order to receive equipment, such as laptops, that will support remote work during the COVID-19 closure.


Position Function: 
Position Type: 
Full Time
$79,960 - $98,000 (Starting Range)

Robust health insurance coverage and generous paid time off


Required Qualifications and Experience: 

Minimal Qualifications:

Extensive business knowledge with comprehensive understanding of the organization and functional area. Extensive knowledge of the field with advanced leadership skills.

Generally requires a master’s degree and/or 7+ years’ experience; five years management responsibility.

Fluency in written and spoken English required.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

Experience in health policy analysis, particularly an understanding of healthcare financing and current payment landscape.

Experience and understanding of non-profit healthcare entities required, particularly with Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) organizations.



Required Education and / or Certifications: 

Master's Degree

333 SW 5th Ave, Ste 250
Portland, OR 97204
Where Will Work Be Performed?: 
Same as the Employer Address
Application Email: 
Application Address: 
Cindy Tan
Oregon Primary Care Association
333 SW 5th Ave, Ste 250
Portland, OR 97204
Application deadline: 
Sunday, July 18, 2021