Advocacy and Policy Associate

09 Jun, 2020

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Advocacy and Policy Associate

Mary's Center
Washington, DC
Mary’s Center is committed to promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) within our organization and the communities we serve.  We embrace diversity of experiences, ideas, and individuals, and seek to bring diverse candidates to the table.
The Advocacy and Policy Associate is responsible for the execution of strategies designed to advance Mary’s Center public policy goals around health and safety net policy within the jurisdictions that Mary’s Center serves. The individual will work with the communications department and various leaders in the organization to generate public awareness to protect safety net and income support issues that support financially vulnerable populations, i.e. SNAP, WIC, TANF, Medicaid/Medicare and Immigrant specific issues, to mention a few.
The primary focus will be on educating the public and elected officials about the issues of health and human services that affect Mary’s Center. The advocacy and policy associate will help building a diverse set of stakeholders to support the work, collects stories and data, assist staff with testimonies, generate earned media, and develop capacity within the organization to engage in public policy efforts.
The individual will be expected to have working knowledge about health and financial stability policy, strong communications and public speaking skills, and experience driving advocacy campaigns.
Reportability                                                                                      
This position will report directly to the Director of Operations in collaboration with the CEO, communication, health and social services leadership.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities      
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. 
  1. Serve as Mary’s Center’s advocate and spokesperson in Maryland and the District of Columbia particularly for issues of health and human services.  
  2. Develop and maintain working relationships with members of the legislature, legislative staff and committees, executive branch representatives, and staff of other community health centers within Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and the District of Columbia.
  3. Identify and engage advocacy organizations/advocates on specific subject matters pertaining to community health center sustainability and priority issues.
  4. Build or join existing grass-roots coalitions through the engagement of representatives from Community Health Centers, county residents, faith-based organizations and other allies as identified. 
  5. Organize and develop a training for community members as advocates or oversee trainer selection and implementation of advocacy training for community members.
  6. Assist in the coordination of expertise within the county through direct participation in a range of Prince George’s County based meetings to advance the safety net implementation, identification of the primary care needs and solutions experienced by county residents.  Activities to achieve this objective include:
    1. Support the work of the Prince George’s Health Center Collaborative as related to safety net advocacy.
    2. Meeting planning and logistics for Mary’s Center and the Collaborative through sending reminders and agendas, documentation of minutes and action items, and identify areas to monitor and implement as well as delegate to others to achieve.
    3. Manage meeting planning and logistics for meetings with policymakers that include coordination with council staff to schedule meetings with Council, and managing all logistics surrounding said meetings.  For example, sending confirmation reminders, and preparing packets or materials.
  7. Complete basic research and analysis to support the safety net advocacy efforts in Prince Georges, Montgomery County and the District of Columbia.
Qualifications
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  1. Ability to effectively communicate (both verbally and in writing) and analyze state and national trends, issues, and political developments that could affect community health centers and Mary’s Center.
  2. General knowledge of the organization, functions, process and procedures of the Maryland legislature, executive branch and community health center service providers within Prince George’s County.
  3. Knowledge of current community health center issues and concerns.
  4. Ability to create and present effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to public groups, governmental leaders and or boards of directors in a timely manner often on short notice.
  5. Excellent interpersonal communication skills that require diplomacy, cooperation, judgement and tact. 
  6. Ability to organize and attend evening or weekend events.
Education and/or Experience – Bachelor’s degree, preferably in field related to healthcare/public policy, with one to two years of experience in a healthcare advocacy office preferred.
Physical Demands – Regularly required to sit; frequently required to reach with hands and arms, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, talk or hear; must be able to lift objects up to twenty-five (25) pounds. 
Work Environment – Mostly in a typical office and/or home setting with quiet to moderate noise level.  May be exposed to extreme cold, heat, and humidity due to outside weather conditions.
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Job posted: 2020-06-09