Policy & Advocacy Manager

12 Sep, 2021


Policy & Advocacy Manager

T1International USA
New York, NY

About T1International 

T1International is a global grassroots patient advocacy organization led by people with and impacted by diabetes, with a focus on type 1 diabetes. We believe in a world where everyone with type 1 diabetes has the opportunity to thrive, with affordable and sustainable access to the medicine and supplies they need. We are patient led in our work and values, and our team and community reflect a range of allies and impacted communities from caregivers, to parents, to partners, and those committed to health equity work. T1International (T1I) is leading the charge in the fight for affordable insulin and supplies worldwide. We do not accept funding from the pharmaceutical industry or any medical device manufacturer to maintain our independence and ability to speak out freely.

About the role 

The Policy Manager helps advance our federal and state policy priorities. The central role of the Policy Manager is to propose and implement T1I’s US federal policy priorities and tactics, in service of the organization’s broader strategies; to support volunteer advocates whose advocacy includes state and federal legislative advocacy goals; to build sustainable structures to support the achievement of those goals through a patient-led approach; and to hold relationships with volunteer advocates and professional staff of partner organizations in support of those goals. Alongside two Advocacy Managers and the National Director, the Policy Manager implements T1I’s US federal policy priorities and tactics, in service of the organization’s broader strategies and ensures that the work is done in tandem with volunteer advocates, and in alignment with our community developed values.

A successful candidate will have strong research, writing, and project management skills; experience with volunteer coordination and partnership building and knowledge of and experience with lobbying on health policy issues. We’re seeking someone who cares deeply about the pressing issues of our day including advancing T1I’s equity and inclusion commitments by engaging in ongoing racial justice competency-building workshops, participating in internal equity meetings, and bringing a focus on antiracism to volunteer work and with colleagues. We are a small (7 FT staff), fully remote team doing this work for just over a year, so candidates must be comfortable with working in an environment that is constantly learning and iterating as we go and whose systems are not yet fully built out. You will have many opportunities to shape the way we operate including this role, including firming up our advocacy model and this should excite you.

Core Responsibilities

Implementation of T1International’s state and federal-level policy agenda

  • Develop and maintain insulin and drug pricing related policy expertise (including insulin pricing issues, legal and political drug pricing issues, the pharmaceutical industry, other diabetes organizations, etc.) in order to analyze federal bills, communicating key points and impacts on the diabetes community
  • Lead the Federal Working Group alongside a Volunteer Co-Leader to ensure federal advocacy priorities are done in alignment with patients and those most impacted
  • Attend, take part in, and contribute to hearings, meetings, and other activities related to insulin and drug pricing policy in the USA, representing T1International and the type 1 diabetes community
  • Quickly analyze state – and federal-level bills, communicating key points and impacts on the diabetes community

Partnership Building

  • Interact with the community – including volunteer advocates, thought leaders, influencers, agency heads and staff, and elected officials and their staff
  • Build and sustain partnerships including with experts on legal and educational efforts (such as amicus curiae briefs, learning about patent reform, organizing educational series) related to access to insulin and other medicines
  • Establish and deepen strategic partnerships with community-based organizations working in diverse communities across the USA, and help build and participate in coalitions by fostering alliances with potential partner organizations and targeted community groups

Resource Creation and Education

  • Provide information, education, prepare content (resources, policy briefs, talking points) with an emphasis on ensuring language and content of complex policy matters is accessible to all
  • Produce formal regulatory comments and policy writing (long and short form) on regulatory and legislative efforts involving drug pricing policy
  • Conduct policy research, as needed

Administrative Project Management and Special Projects Management

  • Management of policy and national partnership related projects, including development and maintenance of project plans, leading and facilitating internal and external work teams, and ensuring ongoing internal and external communication and completion of project milestones
  • Clearly and comfortably delegates both routine and important tasks and decisions

Ideal candidates would have:

  • Minimum of 5 years direct experience with/in policy advocacy at the state, local or federal level preferably on issues that fall within T1I’s strategic priorities; this may include experience attained interning, volunteering, or through paid employment with a nonprofit, state/federal-based agency, elected or appointed official, or in public policy or government affairs
  • Has a proven track record in at least some of the following: type 1 diabetes, advocacy, global health, access to medicines, non-communicable diseases, drug pricing policy and movements, legislation and policy analysis, the nonprofit sector, community/grassroots organizing
  • Ability to produce high-quality analysis of laws and/or legislation as well as plain-English education resources under short notice and in a variety of formats (e.g. written and verbally)
  • Strong research, policy analysis, writing, editing, and proofreading skills alongside experience tracking legislation and analyzing bills for their immediate and long term impact
  • Strong project management and organizational skills; ability to manage many distinct areas of work at once
  • Capacity to assess what is needed and develop internal processes and procedures that are efficient, scaleable, and reliable
  • Communicates and facilitates feedback, summations of next steps, brainstorming, expectations, and etc. efficiently and effectively over email, Slack, telephone, and video meetings with internal stakeholders (partners, personnel, and contractors) and external stakeholders (nonprofit grantees, for profit clients, and partner organizations)
  • Experience with transparent project and task management for yourself, internal stakeholders, and external stakeholders in a remote environment
  • A strong commitment to working on teams that prioritizes diversity, equity and inclusivity
  • Excitement in helping build an organization and its practices, culture, and vision, from the ground up
  • An enjoyment in creating solutions with internal and external team members to meet the needs of T1I as it evolves and grows

How to Apply

To apply

To apply, submit the following to us@t1international.com:

  1. Your resume
  2. A writing sample or relevant material(s) you have created
  3. Answers to the following three questions (either as a cover letter or in place of a cover letter):
  • Why do you want to join T1International as Policy Manager and what do you think you could bring to our team?
  • Can you tell us what you understand about our strategy and our approach for change?
  • How do your skills and/or prior experience with advocating and/or lobbying on health policy issues align with this role?

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

We especially encourage people who have type 1 diabetes to apply. Additionally, we strongly encourage BIPOC, people with disabilities, people with diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions and identities to apply.


Ideal candidates will be available to start as soon as possible. Please note that this job posting will be live through October 8, 2021, and we will be contacting candidates on a rolling basis. The application process will include a brief phone screening, at least two video interviews by Google Meet, a task based exercise related to this role, and reference checks.

Please, no calls or emails—we will be in touch if we think you might be a fit for this position.

Job posted: 2021-09-12