Director, Health Policy

25 Oct, 2022


Director, Health Policy

Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First
Denver, CO

About the National Service Office

The National Service Office is the central operational engine for two evidence-based programs: Nurse-Family Partnership and Child First. In 2020, what was formerly the National Service Office solely for Nurse-Family Partnership united with Child First, a merger empowering two proven models to share complementary expertise, infrastructure and integrated services. The resulting unified entity works to ensure that healthcare, early childhood development, and the mental wellness of the entire family are served in proven ways to achieve long-term positive outcomes.


Our Commitment to You

We recognize that inequity stems from policies and practices that cause and justify inequitable distribution of rights, opportunities, and experiences across underserved communities, including various racial, ethnic, gender, religious, and sexual orientation groups.  The NSO is committed to addressing its principles and practices that cause inequality and is committed to promoting anti-racism, anti-oppression, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our research, education, and operations. We respect and honor differences in race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status and have an ongoing commitment to identify and address issues that affect our staff and the communities we serve.


Position Description

The Director, Health Policy will lead the development and promotion of public policies in the U.S. health care system that advance the sustainability and growth of Nurse-Family Partnership (NFP) and Child First as the nation’s leading preventive health programs for families and communities most affected by adversity. In addition to research and policy analysis to support improvements to health care policy priorities, the Director will lead efforts to drive innovative partnerships with policymakers and organizations that support and direct the health care system. This position will also lead our business development with health care systems and managed care organizations as partners in an effort to align our service delivery with health care systems.


This position is remote and can be located anywhere in the United States.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage and diversify the NSO’s health policy portfolio and positions relative to maternal and child health, Medicaid and CHIP coverage, mental and behavioral health, substance use prevention, and other issues or services that impact NFP and Child First.
  • Develop and manage the organization’s Medicaid strategy to achieve stronger and more efficient Medicaid coverage and reimbursement for the NFP and Child First programs.
  • Direct and oversee relationships and contracts with managed care organizations and health plans.
  • Manage the policies and financing structures of state and federal agencies that administer public funding or entitlements (e.g. state Medicaid agencies), administrative and financial intermediaries (e.g. Managed Care Organizations), and providers that deliver health care (e.g. clinics, hospitals).
  • Oversee and provide research and analysis on these policies and financing structures and their impact on the NFP and Child First programs.
  • Lead strategic consultation to internal (e.g., Government Affairs Managers) and external (e.g., network partners, state and federal agencies, administrative and financial intermediaries, health care providers) stakeholders on opportunities to improve health care policies to advance the NFP and Child First models within the health care system.
  • Oversee and develop federal and state health public policies, reforms, developments that impact families and network partners in partnership with the federal and state government affairs teams.
  • Develop connections to health policy and health care organizations to promote further NFP and Child First sustainability and expansion.
  • Advance policies and innovations with health care system payers, providers, and other stakeholders that improve access to the NFP and Child First programs for high-risk families and improve coordination of the programs with other health and social service programs.
  • Oversee and expand the organization’s partnerships and contracts with managed care organizations, health plans, hospitals, health care systems, and other Medicaid providers.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy, Public Health or related field or equivalent experience required.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience with federal and state laws, healthcare reform, rules and regulations regarding Medicaid and maternal and child health services.
  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in people and/or program management
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience with managed care organizations, or experience with state government policy and regulation of managed care.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of the time (dependent upon public health orders and business need)
  • Strong communication and writing skills, with an ability to simplify complex information for different audiences.
  • Capacity to work in a fast-paced but collaborative environment.
  • Ability to work independently, and to work effectively across departments and programs.


Supervisory Responsibilities

This position reports to Chief Policy & Government Affairs Officer and has up to 3 direct reports.



  • Salary is determined based on experience and skill set. Geographical adjustments will be considered.
  • Range: $105,009 – $134,739/year



The National Service Office offers the following benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k, Group Term Life Insurance, Short-term and long-term disability, vacation time, personal time, sick time and 14 paid holidays.


Core Organizational Values

  • Be tenacious caregivers by bringing passion and excellence to our clinical practice and professional services
  • Actively listen to and persistently serve our families and our implementation network
  • Provide leadership in the field of evidence-based and home visitation programs
  • Seek and find solutions
  • Innovate and stay relevant
  • Translate and enhance the science of pregnancy, brain, and early childhood development to serve vulnerable babies and families
  • Promote health equity and eliminate disparities to improve outcomes for the moms and babies we serve now and beyond.
  • Respect and honor differences in race, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status
  • Be respectful, collaborative and tenacious in all our interactions with each other and on behalf of our families and implementation network

Learn more here

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Job posted: 2022-10-25