Director, Health Policy Project

23 Jul, 2021


Director, Health Policy Project

Washington, DC

UnidosUS, previously known as NCLR (National Council of La Raza), is the nation’s largest
Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization. Through its unique combination of expert
research, advocacy, programs, and an Affiliate Network of nearly 300 community-based
organizations across the United States and Puerto Rico, UnidosUS simultaneously challenges
the social, economic, and political barriers that affect Latinos at the national and local levels.
For more than 50 years, UnidosUS has united communities and different groups seeking
common ground through collaboration, and that share a desire to make our community
stronger. For more information on UnidosUS, visit or follow us on Facebook,
Instagram, and Twitter.
The Director of Health Policy Project sets the overall vision and strategic goals for UnidosUS
health policy work. The Director will be responsible for a team of experts that address issues
related to expanding and strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid, expanding
immigrant access to the social safety net, investing in and improving federal nutrition
programs, and establishing new policy initiatives to advance Latino health equity. In addition to
internal leadership responsibilities, the Director serves as an institutional spokesperson on
Latino health policy, representing UnidosUS priorities in external meetings, including those with
congressional staff, policymakers, experts, and issue stakeholders. This position leads efforts to
provide decisionmakers, community leaders, and stakeholders with timely and relevant
information that shapes the content of policy proposals emanating from Congress, state
governments, and administrative agencies. They will also coordinate, develop, and participate
in public policy forums and summits, briefings, and other events where relevant policy matters
are discussed.
UnidosUS offers a collaborative, team-based environment that fosters a culture of
ideas and debate. We approach our work from multiple perspectives and methods,
understanding both the specific issues and their larger interrelated systems. The
Director will be part of the Policy and Advocacy component’s management team and
will report directly to the Senior Director of Public Policy. This position will be based
in Washington, DC.
• Set strategic direction and goal setting for the Health Policy Project.
• Conduct policy analysis and develop advocacy tactics in support of health access,
coverage, and nutrition.
• Establish and nurture relevant relationships with allies, partners, supporters,
policymakers, administrators, and Affiliate leaders.
• Recruit, hire, manage, and evaluate health policy staff.
• Manage and direct fundraising efforts in support of health policy and research work.
• Manage a budget of $800,000 to $1.5 million.
• Serve as a spokesperson internally and externally on health policy.
Education & Experience
• Bachelor’s and master’s degree in related field required.
• Twelve (12) to sixteen (16) years of relevant experience in policy and legislative
• Demonstrated success communicating health policy ideas in public settings such as
congressional hearings, major conferences, or written materials such as reports, or issue
briefs required.
• Broad experience managing a large budget preferred.
• A minimum of eight (8) years supervisory experience required.
• Previous experience in supervising and growing a team, fundraising, media, and
messaging experience required.
• Experience with and understanding of economic issues facing Latino, immigrant, or lowincome communities required.
• Demonstrated experience with program planning, staff evaluations, and project
• Relevant experience with community-based organizations and or advocacy at local or
national levels, a plus.
• Experience working for a nonprofit organization or on Capitol Hill a plus.
• Steadfast commitment to UnidosUS mission, vision, and values
(Excellence, Accountability, Respeto).
• Commitment to U.S. Latino community, Latino nonprofit organizations, and the Latino
market a plus.
• High degree of independence, initiative, and ability to work under tight deadlines with
minimal supervision required.
• Willingness to carry out a wide range of activities, including professional and logistical
• Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Teams), statistical
software, data sources, and internet queries required.
• Excellent Communication skills, both oral and written.
• Commitment to excellence and high standards.
• Acute attention to detail.
• Bilingual (Spanish/English) skills a plus.
Employment with UnidosUS is contingent upon successful completion
of a background screen.
Please note: Only those applicants who submit a cover letter, résumé, and writing sample will
be considered for this opportunity.
Subject Line: Director, Health Policy Project
Attn: Senior Vice President, Policy and Advocacy
No phone calls please!
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without
regard to race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political
affiliation, or enrollment in a college, university, technical school, or adult education.

Job posted: 2021-07-23