Program Associate, Federal Policy

28 Jan, 2023


Program Associate, Federal Policy

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Alexandria, VA

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is the national membership organization for the nation’s federally qualified health centers (also known as FQHCs or Community Health Centers). Health centers are nonprofit, community-directed health clinics that provide access to high-quality, culturally competent, and comprehensive care to people living in medically underserved areas. NACHC strengthens the health center movement through advocacy, training, and technical assistance, clinical and operations support. NACHC is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.


Primary Objectives:

The Program Associate, Federal Policy is a full-time, Alexandria, Virginia-based position reporting to the Director, Regulatory Affairs.  The Program Associate will provide policy, administrative, and logistical support for the NACHC Federal Policy team. The Program Associate will be responsible for assisting with federal policy analysis and research, member casework and communications, policy resource development, event planning and preparation, and other key support functions. Position is an integral member of a high-functioning, effective national government relations department representing a nationwide constituency of health care providers and patients.


Essential Functions:

  • Provide policy and administrative support to the NACHC Federal Policy department.
  • Cover a specific federal policy portfolio of issues and projects, developed in coordination with the Director of Regulatory Affairs.
  • Support the development and preparation of materials and resources to educate health centers and partners on federal policy issues and to be tailored for use in meetings with federal policymakers.
  • Manage and develop content for newsletters to state Primary Care Associations, the NACHC website, and blogs with input from members of the Federal Policy team.
  • Track monitor and report on Federal policy developments using online tools including media.
  • Attend policy briefings and coalition meetings on behalf of NACHC.
  • Organize, schedule/coordinate, and provide logistical support for events. Events include webinars, conference sessions, teleconferences, department meetings, workgroup meetings, and other events, as assigned.
  • Provide project management support.
  • Logistical support including scheduling, copying, scanning, filing, expense/reimbursement tracking.


Qualifications for Position:

  • Degree (B.A. minimum) in political science, public policy, public health, or a related field.
  • At least two years of policy experience (internships may qualify). Previous work experience with community health centers and/or Primary Care Associations, preferred but not required.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills, ability to communicate internally and externally with tact and professionalism.
  • Ability to synthesize and clearly communicate complex health care policy issues to community health centers and primary care associations.
  • Flexible and creative problem-solving abilities.
  • Team-spirited, has a positive and can-do attitude, and hard working.
  • Able to work in fast paced environment with the ability to juggle multiple tasks.
  • Strong proficiency with technology (MS Office Suite, Web publishing, databases).

Job posted: 2023-01-28