Policy Analyst/Legislative Counsel

09 Jul, 2020


Policy Analyst/Legislative Counsel

Compassion & Choices
Portland, OR/Washington, D.C./Denver, CO/Remote

Title: Policy Analyst/Legislative Counsel

Reports To (title): Policy Director/Senior Legislative Counsel Department: Legal Advocacy & Policy Organization

Across the nation, Compassion & Choices works to create a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities and beliefs. To make this vision a reality, we improve care, expand options and empower everyone to chart their end-of-life journey. Position Summary: This position is primarily responsible for (1) providing policy and legislative analysis in order to advance C&C’s legislative and regulatory agenda under abbreviated timelines and (2) supporting the development and drafting of policies in collaboration with legal, policy, and advocacy staff. This position is designed to improve person-centered care and align a person’s values and priorities with the treatment that they receive at the end of life. Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Core duties and responsibilities include the following (other duties may be assigned): ● Supports the development and implementation of program goals and metrics to achieve strategic objectives. ● Supports setting priorities, developing timelines, and ensuring completion of timely high quality deliverables. ● Collaborates with other C&C staff and coordinates in order to cultivate and maintain relationships and partnerships with healthcare industry stakeholders, regulatory agencies, allied organizations, academic policy experts, and other non-governmental stakeholders to leverage areas of common interest and achieve Compassion & Choices program goals. ● Monitors and reports on industry and government activity with potential impact on state and national programs. ● Conducts research and analysis to aid in the identification of opportunities and threats that impact existing initiatives and policies. ● Supports the legal advocacy and policy department in the development of policy and project proposals. ● Researches end of life issues in order to support the development of fact sheets and policy positions including topics related to diversity, equity, and inclusivity in end of life care. ● Supports the advancement of national policy internally and externally by assisting in the preparation of advocacy and educational materials such as toolkits, brochures, talking points, press releases, op-eds, and social media posts such as tweets and coordinates the development of template social media products. ● Assists in the identification and management of policy opportunities to increase C&C influence amongst thought leaders and experts. ● Represents and speaks on behalf of Compassion & Choices at professional healthcare organizations, task forces, councils and committees about the national programs, as needed. Supervisory Responsibilities: N/A Values: Must be energized by the idea of working at an organization with the following values: ● Compassionate in our conviction that dying patients should be free of unwanted treatment, suffering or outside interference. ● Respectful of the autonomy of individuals to decide what end-of-life options are best for them and their family. ● Courageous in our willingness to confront the toughest end-of-life health challenges, disrupt the broken status quo and protect an individual’s right to self-determination. ● Credible in all our education, advocacy and partnerships — our efforts are grounded in objective research and Date: 05/2020 demonstrable facts. ● Resilient in our capacity to respond to opportunities and threats in the movement so that we can achieve our vision as quickly as possible. Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: ● Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment. Manages competing demands. Changes approach or method to best fit the situation. Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events. ● Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information. Collects and researches data. Uses intuition and experience to complement data. Designs work flows and procedures. ● Critical Thinking – Ability to actively and skillfully analyze information and convert that analysis into effective and efficient solutions; Develops ideas to achieve organizational goals; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision making process. ● Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction. Takes responsibility for own actions. Keeps commitments. Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals. Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan. ● Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy. Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences. Educates others on the value of diversity, promotes a harassment-free environment. Builds a diverse workforce. ● Ethics – Treats people with respect. Keeps commitments. Inspires the trust of others. Works with integrity and ethically. Upholds organizational values. ● Initiative – Volunteers readily. Undertakes self-development activities. Seeks increased responsibilities. Takes independent actions and calculated risks. Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities. Asks for and offers help when needed. ● Interpersonal Skills – Works as a team player with others (staff, volunteers, etc.); Provides information to staff/volunteers on volunteer activities; Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audience; Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Active listening skills; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things. Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others. Maintains confidentiality. ● Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations. Listens and gets clarification. Responds well to questions. Demonstrates group presentation skills. Participates in meetings. ● Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner. Gathers and analyzes information skillfully. Develops alternative solutions. Works well in group problem solving situations. Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics. ● Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively. Edits work for spelling and grammar. Varies writing style to meet needs. Presents numerical data effectively. Able to read and interpret written information. Date: 05/2020 Qualifications: 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Education and Experience: ● Bachelor’s degree or higher (i.e. public policy or related field preferred). Juris Doctor strongly preferred or Master’s degree in public policy or a related field preferred. ● A minimum of 7 years of professional work experience in legal research and analysis, advocacy, or public policy. Advanced degree may substitute for work experience. ● Superb skills in policy and program analysis. ● Superb skills in persuasive and technical communication, written and oral. ● Demonstrated skills in policy writing. ● Demonstrated skills and ability to work with internal and external stakeholders to advocate for a common goal. ● Subject matter expertise around end-of-life healthcare, and contacts and relationships in the end-of-life healthcare world preferred. Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have working knowledge of related software (e.g., Google Cloud; Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat, Internet research and legislative tracking tools; spreadsheet; word processing, and database familiarity). Other Qualifications ● Certificates, Licenses, Registrations: Active bar license for Legislative Counsel ● Travel: Must be able and willing to travel across the country for meetings and media events (overnight and possible weekends). Up to 20% travel. Environmental ● Physical Demands: 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 functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit for longer periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to stand and walk (includes maneuvering through airports and hotels). The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. ● Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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Job posted: 2020-07-09