Senior Policy Specialist (HealthySteps)

11 Sep, 2021


Senior Policy Specialist (HealthySteps)

Zero to Three

Job Description


Job Title:  Senior Policy Specialist    

Department: HealthySteps

FLSA Category: Exempt 

FTE: 1.0 (Full-time)

Reports To: Senior Director, Growth & Sustainability, HealthySteps 

Work Location: Flexible 

Posting Date: September 3, 2021


About the Organization

Founded in 1977, ZERO TO THREE works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development. Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential. Our Core Values Statement: We believe that how we do our work is as important as what we do.  To learn more about ZERO TO THREE, please visit our website at


Our Commitment to Diversity

ZERO TO THREE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, advancement, and professional development and is dedicated to diversity in its work, its staff and with community partners. This is an exceptional opportunity for a professional who shares our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and supports our mission to enhance outcomes for ALL children.



The Senior Policy Specialist is part of the HealthySteps National Office team. HealthySteps is an evidence-based, national initiative that emphasizes a close relationship between healthcare professionals and parents in addressing the physical, emotional and intellectual growth and development of children from birth to age three. 


This position is primarily responsible for leading HealthySteps sustainability efforts in multiple states and working with heath systems, key stakeholders, payers and policymakers

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

    • Lead overall HealthySteps National Office sustainability efforts in states to help secure long-term funding for service delivery to children and families. 
    • Educate and collaborate with local stakeholders and policymakers on HealthySteps growth and scale, the HealthySteps business case and value proposition and national sustainability best practices and innovations. 
    • Assist sites with the development of the HealthySteps business case.
    • Serve as liaison and coordinate overall state sustainability efforts between the state agencies, Medicaid health plans and other potential payers, local stakeholders and funders. 
    • Serve as a key subject matter expert and oversee all HealthySteps related policy and sustainability activities within select states.
    • Interpret potential implications of key state and federal policy and finance changes for HealthySteps National Office.
    • Collaborate and coordinate with ZTT Policy Center and National Office staff on messaging and advocacy as relevant to states. 
    • Lead development of responses to relevant requests for information, applications and comments received from state and local partners.
    • Represent HealthySteps at national and local conferences, stakeholder meetings and in discussions with potential partners. 
    • Collaborate with HealthySteps Development Manager on reports for funders and ZERO TO THREE as needed.
    • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings and other organizational meetings.
    • Participate in special projects as needed.


  • Perform other duties as assigned to ensure the efficient and effective functioning of the project.  



Essential Skills and Experience 

  • Five years of relevant work experience working with public programs, including Medicaid and CHIP. 
  • General knowledge of insurers, managed care and/or healthcare operations.
  • General knowledge of Medicaid statutory requirements as well as public program financing and reimbursement.
  • General knowledge of early childhood preferred.
  • Experience managing workplans, deliverables and client relationships.
  • Ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team.
  • Excellent conceptual, written and oral skills.
  • Proficiency in using Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.



Essential Qualities

  • Ability to think creatively to develop solutions to key healthcare policy and finance issues impacting HealthySteps sites and payers.
  • Ability to synthesize information and present findings or recommendations to high-level executives and stakeholders.
  • Ability to work independently and conduct research on health policy topics.
  • Ability to collaborate and work well within a team environment and with multidisciplinary groups.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Encourages and practices critical thinking.
  • Is self-reflective and empathetic.
  • Recognizes the influence of workplace relationships on outcomes and results. 
  • Maintains a respectful and accepting approach to others.
  • Awareness of the influence of the larger context on individual behavior.
  • Collaboratively and creatively supports the work efforts of colleagues at all levels and in all areas of the organization.
  • Exhibits work behaviors consistent with the organization’s core values.
  • Is curious and interested in exploring ways of attacking problems and opportunities.
  • Is committed to racial equity and inclusion.
  • Ability to travel (anticipated between 20-30%).



Bachelor’s degree. Advanced degree (MHA, MPH, MPP, MSW, MBA) preferred. Equivalent combination of degree and experience will be considered. 


Physical Requirements 

While performing the responsibilities of the job, the employee is frequently required to use finger dexterity as well as sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of reading a computer screen. Also, may need to remain seated for long periods, have the ability to perform repetitive motions, stand, walk, communicate verbally and hear well enough to detect nuances and receive detailed information. The employee may be required to grasp objects, push or pull objects, bend, squat, reach or kneel. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision for preparing and analyzing data and expansive reading. May need to life up to 30 pounds



Working Conditions

The work conditions described here is representative of those an employee encounters while performing this job. Depending on work location, the incumbent will typically work indoors in a heated and air-conditioned office, with a mixture of natural, incandescent and fluorescent light with low to moderate noise levels or be subject to working conditions conducive to a home office. When travel is expected, the incumbent will be exposed to outside environmental conditions during those times. 


ZERO TO THREE is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Women, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or national origin. 


How to Apply:


Interested candidates should click on the link below and submit your Resume and Cover Letter detailing relevant experience:

Job posted: 2021-09-11