Policy Analyst – Healthy Minds
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Healthy Minds Policy Initiative, a fund of the Tulsa Community Foundation, is a nonpartisan team of policy and mental health experts who collaborate with state and local leaders to develop and advance innovative policies and capacity-building approaches in the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders in Tulsa. The organization was seeded by The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation in 2019, and has its roots in the 10-year Tulsa Mental Health Plan.
As an organization, we envision a future where robust thought-power and community coordination exist to support policymakers, law enforcement, schools and treatment providers in more effectively using resources, generating creative funding solutions, and using data and best practices to pursue transformational change in the way mental health is treated and prevented in our communities.
The policy position will become a trusted source of knowledge on the nuances of mental health policy issues and stakeholders in Oklahoma, and an effective contributor both to the development of policy solutions and strategies for implementing policy. This position will contribute to communitywide mental health policy conversations by providing policy research, recommending strategies, and facilitating policy conversations with community leaders and policymakers. In addition, this position will provide research and policy advice for 2-4 mental health fellows participating in the Tulsa Mental Health Fellowship. This position will report to the Executive Director.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position will be able to demonstrate exemplary research skills, writing ability, and political acumen. This position will also demonstrate an ability to learn and explain complex policy concepts and their practical implications for mental health treatment and prevention in schools, criminal justice settings, and treatment systems. In addition, this position will regularly meet with mental health fellows employed by the Healthy Minds Fellowship, and assist in facilitating the fellows’ work, research, and learning.
Research and analyze policy issues related to mental health prevention and treatment
Compile relevant research findings in written reports
Synthesize data and compelling talking points in meaningful, usable documents tailored to specific audiences
Work with the Director of Strategic Coordination to locate and develop data and research designed to advance policy objectives
Understand the status of the mental health landscape in Tulsa and Oklahoma, including gaps and opportunities at the policy and systems levels.
Develop/provide public education, presentations, and outreach regarding mental health issues as needed
Facilitate communication between mental health stakeholders, community leaders and policymakers within specific policy projects as assigned
Create and organize agendas and materials for meetings with stakeholders and partners
Make recommendations on the advancement of key policy issues, including state legislative strategy and systems implementation
Identify and propose creative solutions for addressing gaps and opportunities in mental health services, including national best practices
Manage invitations and attendance for meetings with stakeholders and partners
Provide logistical support for the external outreach activities of Healthy Minds, as needed
Provide advice to the Healthy Minds Fellowship, which includes:
Meetings with mental health fellows
Providing strategic advice to support fellows’ research projects
Communicating progress, challenges and opportunities around the fellowship
Other duties as assigned
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience
Bachelor’s degree required
At least 2 years of experience in public policy or related field
Familiarity with public health or mental health policy issues
Desired Strengths and Abilities:
Ability to understand public health problems and summarize them in common language
Ability to coordinate and maintain multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
Effective communication — to a broad range of audiences; comfortable working with diverse populations and knowledge of a wide subject matter
Strategic thinking and innovation – ability to reason and solve problems in high pressure situations; recognize strategic opportunities for systems change; introduce new tactics or approaches that significantly improve or revise existing systems
Self-motivation – results oriented, takes action, committed to continuous learning and growth
Collaboration – skilled in facilitating and staffing meetings and developing buy-in
Social acumen – social skills to navigate interpersonal relationships with policymakers and mental health fellows
Other Skills and Requirements:
Proficient in MS Office Suite
Regular and routine presence at established office in midtown Tulsa, when COVID-19 precautions are no longer required.
Ability to remotely work from home as part of temporary COVID-10 precautions.
Willingness to travel outside of Tulsa County, especially between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Overnight trips are possible on rare occasions.
Ability to lift objects under 25 pounds and set up presentations
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Job posted: 2020-10-14