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Director of Legislative Advocacy and Policy

Community Organizer – Central Valley

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DIRECTOR OF LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY AND POLICY

POSITION SUMMARY:
Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Policy and Legislative Advocacy Director is responsible for leading Health Access’ legislative and administrative advocacy efforts on behalf of California’s health care consumers.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Legislative Advocacy and Policy

  • Maintain Health Access’ leadership position across a broad spectrum of health care issues in Sacramento and the Capitol community.
  • Develop and manage policy proposals in consultation with Health Access’ leadership team, board of directors, coalition stakeholders, experts and researchers, and policymakers. Advance these proposals through multiple policy-making arenas, including legislation, budget process, and administrative/regulatory agencies.
  • Supervise our policy advocacy team, including two legislative advocates, and fellow and/or interns, from providing day-to-day direction to editing to strategic advice. Work with executive director to work with contract lobbyist.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with staff to plan and implement policy initiatives, involving a combination of legislative, budget, policy, communication, public education, and organizing strategies;
  • Analyze health care legislation and budget proposals. Recommend strategy and policy positions on legislation and budget proposals.
  • Lobby on behalf of California consumers in the Legislature and with the administration, for and against relevant legislation: review, track and analyze legislation to develop positions on a broad range of health care issues. This includes drafting letters, testimony and supporting materials as well as crafting legislation and amendments.
  • Engage in administrative advocacy on health care issues, at a number of agencies including Covered California, the Department of Managed Health Care, the Department of Insurance, the Attorney General and the Department of Justice, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and the Department of Health Care Services as well as others.
  • Build trusted relationships with lawmakers and their staff, agency decision-makers, the Governor’s office, lobbyists, and other stakeholders.
  • Represent Health Access and California consumers in meetings of ad hoc legislative coalitions and before various community and stakeholder groups; help to build and lead coalitions with diverse stakeholders and work in partnership with other organizations.
  • Write and develop fact sheets, reports, and other materials on Health Access’ policy agenda.
  • Assist with media and communications efforts to raise awareness of key policy issues with the public.

OTHER RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Work with the Executive Director and leadership team on management, fundraising, and media relations.
  • Assist with writing grants and grant reporting.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA required, JD or MA in public policy-related discipline preferred.
  • 5-10 years of work experience in legislative or relevant policy-related work, ideally including the development and coordination of issue or policy advocacy campaigns;
  • Experience supervising staff and leading teams; ability to listen, guide, and support people to achieve common goals;
  • Passion for, and a well-articulated knowledge of health care policy and the consumer advocacy work and mission of Health Access;
  • Political judgment and ability to assess the political environment for the prospect for action to move forward the Health Access agenda;
  • Analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate complex policy issues and to communicate them clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences;
  • Ability to edit the work of oneself and others;
  • Ability to develop allies and work collaboratively in coalitions; ability to navigate internal political dynamics among partner groups;
  • Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple projects simultaneously and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud, as multiple telephone conversations and normal office equipment continue throughout the day. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is a full-time position that may require work outside of the typical 9-5 workday (i.e. weekend and evening events).

ABOUT HEALTH ACCESS:
A nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving quality, affordable health care for all Californians, Health Access is the state-wide health care consumer advocacy coalition of organizations representing seniors, children, people with disabilities, immigrants, communities of color, health care professionals, people of faith, labor, and working families. For over 30 years, Health Access has been a leader in the state’s health care reform movement, most recently as the lead coalition working to pass, and then implement, the Affordable Care Act in California. Health Access was the leading sponsor of the California HMO Patient Bill of Rights, the Hospital Fair Pricing Act, and worked to expand and preserve Medi-Cal and Healthy Families health coverage.

Health Access offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits including health, life and disability insurance, 401k savings plan, and a fast-paced but casual work environment.

Promoting diversity is integral to the mission of Health Access. Health Access seeks applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. Health Access embraces equality of opportunity and treatment for all employees in all employment matters. Interested candidates should send all three: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Reference Director of Legislative Advocacy and Policy position in the subject line to: jobs@health-access.org.

COMMUNITY ORGANIZER – Central Valley

Position Summary:

Health Access seeks an experienced community, coalition, and/or political organizer to lead either our Central Valley advocacy activities—from organizing coalition meetings, delegation visits with policymakers, press conferences, town halls and other events to recruiting individual and organizational support for our goals to expand care and coverage for all Californians, implement and improve health reform, protect health care consumers from unfair practices or inflated costs by insurers or providers, win investments in our health care safety-net and public health, and encourage a healthier California.

Strong communication and motivational skills, work ethic, and passion for health care policy are essential.  Candidates must be able to work within a team, have proven leadership ability and experience handling a lot of responsibility. Strong self-direction and the ability to take initiative are also necessary qualifications. The position is based in the Central Valley and directly supervised by our Executive Director. Some travel is required.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Development, implementation and monitoring of strategies to carry out advocacy campaigns, building a large coalition partner network to support a broader regional and statewide advocacy agenda.
  • Coordinate regional health coalitions, including maintaining relationships with key members and informing them of developments in Sacramento and Washington, DC.
  • Organize press conferences, actions, and events to support statewide issue campaigns.
  • Serve as a regional spokesperson for the organization, including giving presentations to groups, and testimony at public hearings.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and county policies regarding health care a plus.
  • Ability to foster relationships with elected officials and key stakeholders.
  • Build strategic partnerships and alliances among diverse groups and constituencies in the region.
  • Formulate and execute strategy and tactics in political issue campaigns.
  • Recruit new members and affiliates to the coalition.
  • Identify and work with uninsured families, immigrants, seniors, and patients.
  • Maintain and add content to a health care consumer story bank.
  • Develop grassroots leaders to be active on health care issues.
  • Promote effective communication throughout the region by increasing regional presence in online social networks, sending email blasts, and responding to email and phone inquiries.
  • Record Keeping: Organizers will keep consistent records about meetings, events, contacts, and work schedule.
  • Assist in research, fundraising, and other organizational operations.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

None

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • General familiarity with health policy issues, California state politics, and nonprofit advocacy required.
  • A minimum of three years of relevant community or political organizing/advocacy experience required.
  • Experience with social media, online organizing strategies, and content development a plus.
  • Excellent speaking and writing, and analytical skills. Able to translate complex policy into clear and actionable language in person and on paper.
  • Experience with social media, online organizing strategies, and content development a plus.
  • Strong computer skills (MS Office environment).

Language and Communication Skills:

  • Read and comprehend general instructions, correspondence, and memos.
  • Ability to collaborate and participate in complex decision making processes.
  • Effectively present information in one-on-one and group situations.
  • Analytical approach to problem-solving.
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.

Other Skills and Abilities:

  • An independent thinker and problem-solver, who is also self-motivated and a team player.
  • Support the organization’s goal of quality, affordable health care for all Californians.
  • Have strong organizational skills, and ability to stay focused with attention to detail.
  • Ability to meet multiple, shifting deadlines and priorities with nimbleness and flexibility while maintaining a perspective on long-term goals.
  • Bi-lingual skills a plus

Work Environment:

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud, as multiple telephone conversations and normal office equipment continue throughout the day. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is a full-time position that may require work outside of the typical 9-5 workday (i.e. weekend and evening events).

About Health Access:

A nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving quality, affordable health care for all Californians, Health Access is the state-wide health care consumer advocacy coalition of organizations representing seniors, children, people with disabilities, immigrants, communities of color, health care professionals, people of faith, labor, and working families. For over 30 years, Health Access has been a leader in the state’s health care reform movement, most recently as the lead coalition working to pass, and then implement, the Affordable Care Act in California. Health Access was the leading sponsor of the California HMO Patient Bill of Rights, the Hospital Fair Pricing Act, and worked to expand and preserve Medi-Cal and Healthy Families health coverage.

Health Access offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits including health, life and disability insurance, 401k savings plan, and a fast-paced but casual work environment.

Promoting diversity is integral to the mission of Health Access. Health Access seeks applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. Health Access embraces equality of opportunity and treatment for all employees in all employment matters. Interested candidates should send all three: cover letter, resume, and salary requirements. Reference Central Valley Community Organizer position in the subject line to: jobs@health-access.org.


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Health Access has internship opportunities available for Fall 2018 in our Sacramento office. Health Access interns are a critical part of the team, and help assist the Policy, Communications, and Organizing teams to achieve Health Access’ mission of affordable, quality health care for all Californians.

Intern duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Drafting policy materials
  • Policy research
  • Delivering letters inside the Capitol
  • Writing blog posts
  • Helping with social media
  • Updating the website
  • Help with story collection and outreach to consumers
  • Assist with special projects

Internship Requirements:

  • Political science, public health, or social science majors preferred
  • 20 hour weekly commitment

If you are interested in applying, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Jose Torres, Internship Program Coordinator: jtorres@health-access.org

Interns receive a monthly stipend for parking