Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy

12 Nov, 2022


Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy

Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (League)
Boston, MA

The Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers (League) was founded in 1972 as one of the country’s first state Primary Care Associations (PCAs). Established under the same federal authorizing legislation as the health center program (Section 330 of the Public Health Service Act), PCAs are organized around a set of core functions and competencies that provide a framework for support and assistance to health centers and the communities they serve. The League is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization registered as a public charity with the Commonwealth’s Secretary of State. It maintains a professional staff at its headquarters in Boston and its training center in Worcester. Position Summary: To devise, direct, and implement strategies that advance health center operations and sustainability through improved policies and enhanced resources. To serve as a bi-directional communicator between government entities and community health centers. Essential Functions: (The following is a list of essential functions, which may be subject to change at any time and without advance notice. Management may assign new duties, reassign existing duties, or eliminate a role. Responsibilities include but may not be limited to the following.) Director of Government Affairs and Public Policy 1. Policy Support, Analysis, and Development • Work to devise annual Federal and State policy agendas that reflect organization’s strategic plan and set achievable goals in the context of current environment. • Working in conjunction with Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy and team, devise substrategies for legislative and administrative initiatives and directly implement all aspects of these strategies. • Draft legislative and budget language, including bills and amendments, for introduction by legislators. • Lead legislative hearing process: preparing panel speakers, draft testimony Serve as a registered state agent (lobbyist) for the League, engaging both the Executive and Legislative branches. • Staff Governmental Affairs Committee. • Research, analyze, document, and disseminate information on policy, legislation and budget irrelevant to health centers, both federal and state. • Draft comments to proposed rules at the federal and state level. • Facilitate communication and coordination among policy and non-policy team members. • Direct and support the League’s grassroots advocacy program. 2. Supervise Manager of Health Access and Government Affairs • Working in conjunction with Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy and Manager of Government Affairs and Public Policy, develop strategy for League’s grassroots advocacy campaigns at the state and federal level. • Oversee development and review of advocacy materials Supervise Manager’s execution of health access technical assistance and projects 3. Lead Boston Conference • Lead staff for Boston Conference of Community Health Centers. • Develop and maintain relationships with the Boston Public Health Commission and other Boston city agencies and elected officials. • Represent Boston health centers on, for example, city and private workgroups, committees, advisory groups, as requested. • Advocate for health center funding and other targeted initiatives within the city’s budget process as needed. • Facilitate development of mutual programming and activities between the Boston Public Health Commission and Boston health centers. • Identify and facilitate opportunities for programmatic collaboration with non-government partners in the City of Boston. 4. Provide Training and Technical Assistance to Health Center Members • Develop materials and trainings/technical assistance for health center members on relevant policies, rules, and regulations. • Actively develop, deliver, or contribute content to standing League training and technical assistance vehicles including committees, forums, and newsletters. • Engage in active and detailed problem identification and work with health center members and peers to map operational challenges to needed policy changes. • Conduct evaluation and verification of program activities. • Report on evaluation and impact data at team meetings and through the League’s association management software. 5. Complete other duties as assigned, including • Represent the League at meetings, with members and on policy issues. • Development of new services, programs, products or affiliations. • Provide business planning guidance to senior management. • Contribute to upgrading of personnel policies and job descriptions. • Any additional duties not listed on this document. Competencies/Skills: • Excellent interpersonal skills • Excellent oral and written communication skills • Effective computer skills (e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access/databases) • Ability to work with minimal supervision • Possess sound judgement • Ability to work with multiple projects and tasks simultaneously • Ability to comprehend and summarize complex policy language • Punctual and timely in work assignments • Be able to prioritize work to meet deadlines and balance multiple leadership and program needs • Education/Experience: 1. Education • Bachelor’s Degree • Masters degree or law degree preferred, or comparable work experience. 2. Experience • Minimum seven years professional experience in health care or policy development Requirements: Physical Requirements: Physical demands represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. • Most time spent sitting, with up to 1/3 of time walking or standing. There are no restrictions on ability to interrupt periods of sitting • Manual dexterity required for typing and filing • Minimal lifting • Vision requirements as appropriate for working on computer and with typed and handwritten materials • Ability to drive and travel to meetings in a variety of locations (Community Health Centers, conferences, legislative meetings) statewide and nationwide, many not accessible from Boston via public transportation Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must adequately perform each essential function. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. To Apply: Please use the link below; include your resume and cover letter. Candidates must supply two writing samples.

Job posted: 2022-11-12