Director of Policy and Government Affairs

10 Nov, 2022


Director of Policy and Government Affairs

Community Health Councils
Los Angeles, CA

Program Area: Policy

Job Classification: Exempt Full-time

Reports to: CEO

Last updated: September 2022

Salary Range: $89,000 to $100,000 (+ benefits worth 23-25% of yearly salary)

Community Health Councils (CHC) is a non-profit, community-based health education, advocacy and policy organization established in 1992 in response to the growing health and healthcare crisis. CHC’s mission is to collectively build equitable systems. CHC has been at the forefront of systems change work to eliminate disparities in health and well-being. Our policy areas include Health Systems, Food Justice, and Community and Economic Resiliency. Each area represents a unique opportunity to engage members of impacted communities in program and policy development through a wide variety of community interventions and strategies as well as representation and leadership through the coalitions and collaborations convened. With a primary focus on South Los Angeles, CHC works at the local, state, and national level to improve the health of under-served and marginalized communities.

The Director of Government Affairs, reporting to the CEO, is responsible for leading CHC’s Government Affairs team and developing, leading, and executing legislative strategy for the corporation. The Director must be able to think critically, act independently, and manage multiple projects at once. They also need strong communication skills to effectively coordinate with other departments and stakeholders. As the senior policy and government affairs professional, the Director serves both as the leader of the policy team as well as the advisor to the CEO on all matters of legislative consequence. The Director is also responsible for the development and implementation of the policy department’s yearly strategic plan.

Community Health Councils (CHC) has been on the cutting-edge of public policy and program development, working to strengthen community participation and inform state and local policies that improve community health and wellbeing. Each year the organization identifies annual policy priorities that guide CHC’s policy platform. These are the 2022 policy priorities:

  • Expand Funding for the Community-Based Healthcare Workforce in California
  • Increased Awareness of CA Reparations Task Force
  • Guaranteed Basic Income Pilot Program
  • Inglewood Oil Field
  • Strategic Initiatives
  • Manage an internal advocacy team and external policy resources/relationships, including trade associations, coalitions, consultants, think tanks, and third-party allies.
  • Establish and promote CHC policy initiatives with key policymakers, funders, other nonprofits, and general community via webinars, policy briefs, conference speaking engagements, and social media.
  • Directs government relations strategy, lobbying, and advocacy on issues of strategic importance to CHC at the federal and state levels.
  • Sets strategic direction and develops proactive, effective, and best-practice driven approaches to achieving CHC’s policy priorities.
  • Conducts and coordinates ongoing environmental scanning to ensure that CHC is proactively addressing current and emerging public policy issues that impact the health and wellbeing of BIPOC communities.
  • Ensures that CHC’s policy initiatives are proactively and consistently communicated through various channels to CHC stakeholders.
  • Serves as a media spokesperson on public policy issues.
  • Gives presentations to various groups.
  • Leads, manages, develops, and/or participates in various coalitions.
  • Serves as a member of the CHC Management Team.
  • Coordinates legislative fly-ins, grassroots campaigns, and grasstops initiatives.
  • Identifies and fosters relationships with third party allies and community groups who share CHC’s vision of financial inclusion and social justice.
  • Builds and implement innovative programs to solve problems and strengthen standing with elected officials, policymakers, and communities.
  • Drives organic growth, business development, and grant RFP responses to support the sustainability of the department and organization.
  • Serve as an external CHC ambassador to ensure a robust new business pipeline by pursuing opportunities with potential new clients.
  • Supervisory responsibilities for the following positions:

o  Policy Admin Coordinator

o  Policy Analyst – Generalist

o  Sr Policy Analyst – Healthcare

o  Policy Analyst – Environmental

  • Employee may be assigned additional or alternate duties as organizational needs require.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required typically required.

  • Graduate degree in relevant field preferred; urban planning, public health, public administration, public policy, or other health related field.
  • Must have a minimum of five years of experience in a related field. This experience can include working as a sr. policy analyst, sr. legislative assistant, or legislative director. The candidate must also the combined experience of government relations experience in Sacramento and/or Washington.
  • High political acumen with a thorough understanding of the decision-making processes of executive and legislative branches of government.
  • Must have meaningful relationships with elected officials, senior government staff, and access to senior personnel of key government agencies.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and diplomatic skills, emotional intelligence, and ability to work as a member of a highly functional team required.
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills required.
  • Media relations experience required.
  • A deep understanding of contemporary advocacy communications strategies and tactics required.
  • Expertise in healthcare-related public policy required.
  • Proven ability to multi-task, with an entrepreneurial spirit, meets deadlines and functions effectively in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.
  • An ability to work with a wide range of personalities and interests, including industry colleagues, policymakers, staffers, academics, community leaders, and internal executives.
  • A proven team player attitude with extensive experience managing, mentoring, and leading teams
  • A self-motivated, assertive, and self-confident disposition with the ability to act with urgency and an ability to anticipate and respond quickly to business requirements
  • Strong organizational skills to maintain a high level of productivity, innovation, and priority-setting
  • An ability to manage multiple projects efficiently and concurrently and think through complexity and ambiguity, make thoughtful, integrated, timely and meaningful decisions, and take corresponding actions
  • Strong technical background, understanding, and experience in primary and secondary research, ideally.
  • Experience working with BIPOC communities, with deep self-awareness of how you show up and how to position research as a tool to drive equitable outcomes for all people.
  • Unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a willingness to speak up when CHC or its team members fall short. You firmly believe that diversity of experiences and spaces where those voices are heard and respected leads to better outcomes, and they will have demonstrated a consistent commitment to this belief both personally and professionally.
  • Fluency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) is a must.
  • Knowledge of Asana Project management is ideal but not a must.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to:

This job requires that the employee must rarely lift or move up to 5 pounds.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties listed. The inability to cope with a stressful work environment does not constitute a protected disability.

Community Health Councils is a non-profit, community-based health advocacy, policy, and educational organization. We offer a competitive salary and generous benefits including medical, dental, vision and matching 403b plans, vacation, sick and holiday benefits. CHC is an equal opportunity employer. Women and persons of color are encouraged to apply. The totality of these benefits is between 23-25% of a person’s salary.

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Job posted: 2022-11-10