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Senior Policy Advocate
Since 1953 Mental Health Colorado has been the state’s leading advocate for healthier minds
across the lifespan. Mental Health Colorado is an affiliate of Mental Health America, the
nation’s oldest mental health advocacy organization.
Our organization is looking to enhance our outstanding policy team by creating a new Senior
Policy Advocate position. The position will work closely with the President and CEO, VP of
Government Affairs, and communications team to create and implement the organization’s
policy agenda and help drive continued lasting impact for the people of Colorado.
The Senior Policy Advocate will:
- Maintain, cultivate, and effectively leverage our Brain Wave – the organization’s large network of behavioral health grassroots advocates from across the state
- Conduct policy analyses and develop specific recommendations for local, state, and federal policy changes
- Draft legislation and recommendations for regulations, policy memos, summaries or fact sheets, letters, testimony; talking points; questions for legislative hearings and others to support MHC’s agenda.
- Collect, monitor, and analyze state and national behavioral health data
- Effectively interact with policy experts, state department staff, and political leaders
- Support outreach and communications activities
- Work with the development department to draft grant proposals, grant report, and support other donor management needs
- Participate in public communication including podcasts, Facebook Live events, and external presentations
- Oversee the work of policy interns
- Track state legislation, state regulatory agenda, and local behavioral health tax initiatives
- Support the VP of Government Affairs in lobbying and other activities at the capitol (this role will have a strong presence at the Colorado capitol during legislative session).
- Bachelor’s degree
- 3-5 years of relevant public policy experience preferred
- Ability to work in a politically neutral manner and maintain confidentiality when required
- Skill and competence in basic research skills and tasks requiring attention to detail, including internet searches, accessing and analyzing government, public, and private policy documents, white papers, and other resources, and analyzing and synthesizing research and legislation.
- Organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines simultaneously. Ability to work under deadline pressure and adapt to changes in workload.
- Knowledge of state legislative and political processes
- Excellent communication skills with the ability to craft messages that resonate with multiple audiences
- Ability to be self-directed and take initiative
- Relationship and consensus-building skills, including experience working with or managing coalitions
- Emotional intelligence
- Ability to work independently and cooperatively as a part of remote team
- Experience reading, analyzing, or tracking legislation preferred; knowledge of and/or experience with behavioral health policy issues.
- Above all, the person in this position must have passion and empathy for the people Mental Health Colorado advocates for and represents. Lived experience is a preferred qualification.
This is a full-time position reporting the VP of Government Affairs and is eligible for Mental
Health Colorado’s generous PTO and benefits package and exceptional work/life balance.
Salary range is $70,000 – $85,000 annually and will be negotiated based on market and
experience. Employees have the choice of working remotely or working in-office; certain
meetings and events will require in-person participation contingent upon our ability to
gather safely, particularly during the legislative session.
Applicants should email a cover letter, resume and writing sample to
firstname.lastname@example.org; please use the subject line “Senior Policy
Advocate”. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. We regret that we cannot
respond to every applicant; only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Mental Health Colorado is an equal opportunity employer. It is Mental Health Colorado’s policy
to recruit, hire and promote persons in all job classifications without regard to race, color,
gender identity, age, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital status, or sexual
orientation. Individuals with disabilities, people of color, indigenous people, and LGBTQ+
candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.
Job posted: 2022-07-09