Partnership HealthPlan of California

Improvement Advisor

Job Locations US-CA-Redding | US-CA-Eureka
Job ID
FLSA Status
Hiring Range
$ 91,163.24 - $ 118,514.23


Under the direction of the Manager of Performance Improvement, the Improvement Advisor is
uniquely positioned to drive improvement across PHC, our provider network, and the communities
we serve. The Improvement Advisor will work internally and externally with provider practices
and community partners to identify, plan, and facilitate quality improvement projects. Via
individualized facilitation, this position will coach and train improvement teams to build team
members’ quality improvement (QI) skills, develop their organizational capacity for QI work, and
help them meet their specific QI goals. In addition to working directly with improvement teams,
the Improvement Advisor will join PHC’s Performance Improvement training team, and will
facilitate workshops and learning collaborative sessions on topics such as improvement
methodology, QI measurement, process improvement, project management, and change


  • Coach provider practices. Specific work will be based on the practice’s needs and may

    • Facilitate team formation and advise on meeting hygiene and projectmanagement;
    • Help team develop project charter, including development of a clear aim statement measurement set and change ideas;
    • Work with team to test change ideas and implement and sustain successful changes;
    • Model and teach key components of the Model for Improvement;
    • Help team create a data collection plan and learn to track their data over time;
    • Provide data analytics training and support;
    • Provide project management training and support;
    • Work with practice’s leadership team on QI infrastructure development, staffing, etc.
  • Contribute to development and direction of the QI Department’s Performance
    Improvement training arm – the Partnership Improvement Academy:

    • Participate to improve current programs and develop future work; Lead endeavors both as a coach and a project manager.

    • Train provider network on QI Basics and other QI topics:

    • Work with QI Department leadership to identify provider network training needs and develop appropriate trainings;

    • Create and deliver select training curriculum, in person at learning sessions and remotely via webinar;


    • As needed, collaborate with expert consultants to design and implement provider trainings and other learning opportunities.

    • Lead strategic organization-wide initiatives.

    • Collaborate with QI Analysis team to evaluate data to identify barriers and opportunities for improvement.

    • Works directly with leadership team to develop effective, high quality projects and programs of moderate to high complexity with a major impact to department and the organization.

    • Develops and utilizes standard formats for routine correspondence and maintains a prioritized list of projects.

    • Design, build, and test pilots. Scale, spread, and then hand-off pilots to project or program managers.

  • Stay informed on key developments in the quality improvement field that impact our provider network, including patient-centered medical home certification criteria, meaningful use, primary care transformation best practices, and quality reporting requirements.
  • May mentor and provide guidance to PHC staff in development and execution of QI or
    broader continuous improvement projects, as assigned by leadership.
  • Train and/or coach on improvement methods and tools, and facilitation/coaching skills
    needed by staff to inform their own work.



Education and Experience

A Master’s degree strongly preferred or a Bachelor’s degree in
healthcare or public health and 4 years of experience or 10 years of
relevant experience in lieu of degrees. Practice coaching and/or
practice improvement experience is desired. Experience working in
primary care, safety-net clinics, and/or with vulnerable populations is
desired. Special knowledge of primary care transformation tactics, such
as building blocks, panel management, team-based care, access
improvement, etc. is desired.


Special Skills,

Licenses and


Proven ability to apply improvement methodologies such as the Model
for Improvement, Lean, or Six Sigma (PHC uses the Model for
Improvement as the foundation for most of our QI work). Relevant
certifications desired. Understanding of improvement measurement and
analysis using run charts (trending data over time), and making
decisions based on this data. Experience doing rapid-cycle testing
(PDSAs). Valid California driver’s license and proof of current
automobile insurance compliant with PHC policy are required to
operate a vehicle and travel for company business.






Strong written and oral communication skills. Good organization skills
to work on multiple projects simultaneously within established time
frames. Ability to plan, implement, and report on quality management
projects, and hold peers and superiors accountable to project
deliverables and timelines. Excellent interpersonal skills to
communicate with PHC provider network and different PHC
departments. Ability to teach and coach diverse health care staff on
quality improvement and practice transformation. Ability to lead
interactive, skills-based training. Skilled at facilitation, consensus
building, and identification of concrete action steps.


Work Environment

And Physical


More than 50% of work time is spent in front of a computer monitor.
Periodic travel to provider locations and in-person meetings is required.
When necessary, the ability to lift, carry, or move manuals and reports,
weighing up to 25 lbs. Must be able to work in a fast paced
environment and maintain courtesy and composure when dealing with
internal and external customers.


All HealthPlan employees are expected to:

  • Provide the highest possible level of service to clients;
  • Promote teamwork and cooperative effort among employees;
  • Maintain safe practices; and
  • Abide by the HealthPlan’s policies and procedures, as they may from time to time be updated.



$ 91,163.24 - $ 118,514.23




The job duties, elements, responsibilities, skills, functions, experience, educational factors and the requirements and conditions listed in this job description are representative only and not exhaustive of the tasks that an employee may be required to perform.  The employer reserves the right to revise this job description at any time and to require employees to perform other tasks as circumstances or conditions of its business, competitive considerations, or work environment change.


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