Federal Policy and Advocacy Associate

14 Jul, 2021


Federal Policy and Advocacy Associate

National Council for Mental Wellbeing (National Council)
Washington, DC

Organizational Overview

Founded in 1969, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing (National Council) is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,500 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. The National Council is a 501(c)(3) association that advocates for policies that ensure people who have mental health and substance use challenges have access to comprehensive, high quality services. We also offer state-of-the-science education and practice improvement consulting and resources to ensure services are efficient and effective.

Position Summary

The Federal Policy Associate assists in the implementation of the National Council’s federal public policy initiatives and federal policy advocacy to effectively represent the interests of our 3,500 member organizations.


• Conducts research and analysis on public policy issues and prepares written materials (e.g. fact sheets, white papers, etc.) and analyses for publications.
• Tracks legislation and regulations and closely monitors relevant events. Produces information on the implications of government actions for the National Council and our members.
• Represents the National Council’s interests before federal, state or local government and advocacy groups/coalitions. Coordinates with organizations that have similar legislative or regulatory interests. Attends coalition and other external meetings as needed; develops meeting notes and summaries to share with the policy department.
•Contributes to e-newsletters, publications, and social media posts as needed.
• Supports National Council Public Policy Committee, Association Executive Committee, and Addiction Committee activities.
• Assists with National Council Hill Day and NatCon activities, including the production and dissemination of materials and other logistics as needed.
• Assists in the creation of a grassroots network in support of our advocacy efforts.
• Supports advocacy efforts by making Hill appointments and drafting and disseminating support letters, action alert data and other policy communications.
• Takes action to solve problems/issues that routinely arise in areas of assigned responsibility.
• Carries out other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel for work at non-local sites is required.

Position Qualifications

• Bachelor’s degree in health or public policy, plus 3-5 years’ experience in related field
• Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills
• Ability to contribute to a strong team-based environment
• Ability to operate in a fluid environment requiring multi-tasking to meet deadlines
• Demonstrated organizational skills, and ability to complete tasks as assigned, within timelines
• Strong attention to detail is essential
• Knowledge of office management/administration and systems required
• Preferred: knowledge of Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, mental health and substance use disorder services, and federal legislature/agencies.

National Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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Job posted: 2021-07-14