Policy Advisor, Health Policy
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 www.unidosus.org or follow us on Facebook,
Instagram, and Twitter.
The Policy Advisor is part of UnidosUS’s Policy and Advocacy department and member of the
Health Policy team. UnidosUS’s Policy and Advocacy department is one of the most influential
and visible national advocacy think tanks championing public policy on behalf of Latinos. The
Health Policy team strives to increase the opportunity and ability for Latinos to achieve optimal
health and thrive no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they earn. The Health
Policy team has a proven track record of achieving significant policy change, advancing work at
all phases of the policymaking process, from legislative to regulatory action and, ultimately,
federal- and state-level implementation. As a leading advocate on health policy encompassing
the Latino perspective, UnidosUS’s successes include restoring Medicaid and Children’s Health
Insurance Program (CHIP) access for hundreds of thousands of legal immigrant children and
pregnant women, and playing a key role in the passage and implementation of the Affordable
Care Act (ACA), leading to major coverage options for millions of low-income and uninsured
The Policy Advisor will play a key role in helping shape and execute efforts to advance
UnidosUS’s federal and state health policy agenda. The Policy Advisor will be responsible for
contributing to policy ideation across the portfolio which includes issues such as health
coverage and care, nutrition and health weight, and an emerging body of work on social and
emotional well-being. The Policy Advisor will also play a key role in writing policy papers, issue
briefs, and congressional testimony in a variety of lengths and formats for diverse audiences
and work with colleagues to plan, conduct, and publish various analyses of data, programs, and
emerging issues. This position may also be responsible for convening an effective network of
civil rights organizations, community leaders, researchers, and policymakers to effectively
frame a federal health policy agenda that is strategic, innovative, and targets relief to the most
vulnerable in our society. Success in this role will also require the ability to effectively
collaborate across teams and components, including civic engagement, legislative affairs, our
Policy Analysis Center and communications and marketing.
The Policy Advisor will report to the Director of Health Policy. Ideally, this position would be
based in Washington, DC, but consideration could be given to other locations, depending on
candidate qualifications. This would require occasional travel to Washington, DC.
• Develop and execute a project plan and agenda for evaluating and analyzing relevant health
policies that affect the Latino community.
• Analyze emerging public policy issues and trends and produce UnidosUS policy publications
including issue briefs, white papers, conference papers, presentations, and testimony, using
primary and secondary research sources; facility in data analysis strongly preferred.
• In coordination with Director, represent UnidosUS in high-visibility forums, including
delivering presentations and testimony before congressional staff, policymakers, issue
experts and stakeholders, national conferences, and the media.
• Lead and participate in coalitions of experts and advocates on health issues.
• Provide strategic recommendations, as appropriate, to various levels of UnidosUS
• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university required. Post-graduate degree
• Minimum of seven to 10 years of in-depth policy experience required, with a demonstrated
ability to analyze, and develop new policy ideas.
• Extensive and strong writing ability—including developing and writing articles, studies,
reports, or other publicly available documents is required.
• Substantive knowledge of health policy issues, including those related to UnidosUS health
policy portfolio, required; coverage of other health policy issues as needed.
• Experience communicating policy ideas in public settings such as coalition meetings,
congressional hearings and briefings, major conferences, and with the media.
• Outstanding project management skills suited to a dynamic work environment with
multiple ongoing responsibilities, tight deadlines, and expectations for high-quality work.
• Displayed commitment to social justice, health equity, and UnidosUS’s mission.
• Bilingual ability (English/Spanish) strongly preferred.
• Flexibility for occasional travel.
Please note: Only those applicants who submit a cover letter and writing sample along with a
résumé will be considered for this opportunity. Please include “Policy Advisor, Health Policy” in
the email subject line.
SEND COVER LETTER, WRITING SAMPLE, AND RÉSUMÉ TO:
Raul Yzaguirre Building
Attn: Steven Lopez
1126 16th Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
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: 2020-06-12