Senior Health Policy and Benefits Lead (Public Service Manager II)

Augusta, Maine, United States | Health & Wellness | Full-time | Partially remote

Apply by: March 31, 2023

Department of Administrative & Financial Services

Office of Employee Health & Wellness

Senior Health Policy and Benefits Lead (Public Service Manager II)

Code: MA30                     Pay Grade: 30 – $65,790.40 - $89,460.80 annually

Open for Recruitment:  March 17, 2023

CLOSES: March 31, 2023

If you want to serve your community, help the public, and make an impact with your next career, the State of Maine wants to hear from you!

The health and wellness of all Maine State Government employees is of the upmost importance to the State as an employer. As the Senior Health Policy and Benefits Lead for Employee Health and Wellness, you will work every day to ensure government employees have access to competitive benefit plans for themselves and their families.

As the Senior Health Policy and Benefits Lead for the Office of Employee Health and Wellness, you will:

  • Develop policies and procedures for all benefit programs to implement benefit changes, the transition to new carriers, and ensure the least disruptions for plan members
  • Provide leadership and support to develop policies and procedures and protocol for administrative best practices
  • Encourage collaborative and creative work to support the operations of Employee Health and Wellness
  • Develop and implement health care policy
  • Analyze, evaluate, and interpret health plan data
  • Serve as an expert on legislative, federal, and state laws for benefits and benefit administration

Successful candidates will excel at:  

  • Leading, and managing, in a positive and productive culture
  • Overseeing high-impact projects
  • Cultivating collaborative partnerships with vendors
  • Facilitating meetings and speaking in public
  • Thriving in a dynamic environment

Candidates must demonstrate a progressively responsible track record in health policy, (Including health policy development) and program management.

 In addition, candidates must demonstrate competency in the following areas:

  • Team building, including leading teams by example to create a positive, and productive culture
  • Project management
  • Interpersonal relations, and successful collaboration with internal, and external stakeholders (including vendors)
  • Facilitating meetings, public speaking, and effective listening


Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated understanding of health insurance programs, state and federal insurance laws and regulations, and the legislative process.

No matter where you work across Maine state government, you find employees who embody our state motto—"Dirigo" or "I lead"—as they provide essential services to Mainers every day. We believe in supporting our workforce's health and wellbeing with a valuable total compensation package, including: 

  • Work-Life Fit – Rest is essential. Take time for yourself using 13 paid holidays12 days of sick leave, and 3+ weeks of vacation leave annually. Vacation leave accrual increases with years of service, and overtime-exempt employees receive personal leave. 
  • Health Insurance Coverage – The State of Maine pays 85%-100% of employee-only premiums ($10,150.80-$11,942.16 annual value), depending on salary. Use this chart to find the premium costs for you and your family, including the percentage of dependent coverage paid by the State.  
  • Health Insurance Premium Credit – Participation decreases employee-only premiums by 5%. Visit the Office of Employee Health and Wellness for more information about program requirements
  • Dental Insurance – The State of Maine pays 100% of employee-only dental premiums ($350.40 annual value). 
  • Retirement Plan – The State of Maine contributes 17.96% of pay to the Maine Public Employees Retirement System (MainePERS), on behalf of the employee.  
  • Gym Membership Reimbursement – Improve overall health with regular exercise and receive up to $40 per month to offset this expense. 
  • Health and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts – Set aside money pre-tax to help pay for out-of-pocket health care expenses and/or daycare expenses. 
  • Public Service Student Loan Forgiveness – The State of Maine is a qualified employer for this federal program. For more information, visit the Federal Student Aid office
  • Living Resources Program – Navigate challenging work and life situations with our employee assistance program. 
  • Parental leave is one of the most important benefits for any working parent. All employees who are welcoming a child—including fathers and adoptive parents—receive four weeks of fully paid parental leave. Additional, unpaid leave may also be available, under the Family and Medical Leave Act.  
  • Voluntary Deferred Compensation – Save additional pre-tax funds for retirement in a MaineSaves 457(b) account through payroll deductions. 
  • Learn about additional wellness benefits for State employees from the Office of Employee Health and Wellness

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.