The mother of all turnarounds: Cover Oregon seeks executive director

The mother of all turnarounds: Cover Oregon seeks executive director
FILE -- Cover Oregon is looking for a new executive director after Rocky King (shown here) resigned. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

Wanted: "credible and unifying leader who has the necessary talents and expertise, is energetic, visionary and effective." And who can manage a complex information technology project — in fact, one of the most high profile and infamous public IT projects in the U.S.: Cover Oregon.

The recruitment announcement for the executive directorship of Cover Oregon is officially out, two and a half months after Rocky King announced he was taking a medical leave and Oregon Health Authority Director Dr. Bruce Goldberg stepped in on an interim basis.

The ad makes no mention of the IT issues that have plagued the insurance marketplace ever since its debut last October, or the investigation into the source of the problems.

The ad does tout Oregon as a “great place to work, play and be part of a community” and shows pictures of Haystack Rock, vineyards, the Portland skyline, the Columbia River and a smiling family of three.

It also gives background on the establishment of Cover Oregon and duties of the executive director.

The ideal candidate “should bring strengths in overseeing large, complex rollouts of high profile projects, experience in both external relations and high-level internal management,” the ad copy reads. Preferred candidates “will have a successful track record of complex information technology management.”

The announcement is on the website of Olympia, Wash.-based Karras Consulting, which is leading the search on behalf of Cover Oregon’s board of directors.

“We’re going to be looking for people who are ‘glass half-full’ rather than ‘glass half-empty,’” Karras told State of Reform’s Amy Snow Landa.

The ad doesn’t list a salary. To be considered for the first round of interviews, application materials must be submitted by March 14.

Elizabeth Hayes covers health care for the Business Journal.

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