Public Policy Associate

26 Jan, 2021


Public Policy Associate

Chicago, IL

Job Details


Is social justice deeply important to you? Consider joining our innovative agency by becoming a Public Policy Associate! Thresholds is an established, award winning provider of mental health services. The Public Policy Associate works for the Senior Vice President of Public Policy & Advocacy to assist with the development and advancement of Thresholds’ federal, state, and local public policy and advocacy priorities. Our work in policy and advocacy work drives systems change in access to mental health and substance use treatment, affordable housing and meaningful employment opportunities for people living with mental health or substance use needs. Your work will be help break down barriers in access to care and other crucial services, and fighting for racial, social and economic equity


Supporting Thresholds’ policy and advocacy priorities by:

  • Facilitating strong systems change advocacy by engaging Thresholds staff in advocacy efforts that address racial and social inequities.
  • Assisting in the drafting and developing of issue and policy briefs, research reports, testimony for public hearings, talking points, fact sheets, social media posts and other advocacy materials.
  • Monitoring and analyzing federal, state and local legislation, and state and federal budget proposals that impact individuals living with mental health and substance use conditions.
  • Synthesizing the newest policies and/or research in other states that advance our policy objectives.
  • Becoming a go-to expert on mental health, substance use, healthcare and housing policy issues that impact our clients.
  • Participating in coalitions across the mental health, substance use, healthcare and housing sectors with our many partners.
  • Advancing the components of the Affordable Care Act, Medicaid, mental health and substance use parity and other laws that improve access to affordable care and housing.
  • Supporting the Senior Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy in advancing Thresholds legislative and policy initiatives.
  • Playing an active role as a leader and member of the Activate Thresholds advocacy group
  • This position may require travel to attend various lobbying activities and/or meetings in Springfield, Illinois or Washington D.C.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule as warranted (e.g.; related to timing of Legislative sessions).


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum 2 years work experience in advocacy, government, law, policy or academia on topics related to healthcare, mental health, substance use, or the human and civil rights of low-income individuals or marginalized populations.
  • Highly motivated self-starter with a can-do attitude and the capacity to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • The ability to work closely with internal and external partners.
  • Strong sense of commitment to Thresholds’ mission.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)

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Job posted: 2021-01-26