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Regulatory Advocate

Regulatory Advocate*

*Sacramento, CA (Hybrid)

Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Director of Policy and Legislative Advocacy, the Regulatory and Administrative Advocate is responsible for supporting Health Access’ regulatory and administrative advocacy efforts on behalf of California’s health care consumers—to expand coverage and access, control costs, protect patients, advance equity and justice in our health system.

The Regulatory and Administrative Advocate will represent Health Access as we engage with a variety of state, and sometimes federal, agencies and departments to forward our consumer-focused health agenda and implementation of health policies. We are seeking a team member committed to advancing equity within health care with a strong background in California regulatory advocacy and experience with legislative implementation and the rule making process.

The position is based at Health Access’ Sacramento headquarters, with the added flexibility to primarily work from home, as appropriate. There may be some travel, primarily in the state, to various regional offices and events.

This position is part of a bargaining unit represented by the UAW.

Specific Responsibilities Include

  • Coordinate with other members of the Health Access policy team and Health Access leadership to identify opportunities to support our agenda with regulatory and administrative advocacy.
  • Represent Health Access at work groups, public hearings, and other stakeholder meetings at a variety of state agencies and departments, including DMHC, DHCS, CDI, HCAI, and Covered California.
  • Track rulemaking and regulatory processes for legislation that our organization sponsored or is monitoring.
  • Work with the Policy and Legislative Advocacy Director and collaborate with Organizing and Communications teams to develop strategies to advance our administrative advocacy agenda.
  • Draft comments, correspondence, and talking points in response to proposed regulations and other administrative materials.
  • Testify and deliver comments before state agencies, departments, and other administrative settings.
  • Develop expertise related to a variety of health policy areas to provide strategic advice on how administrative advocacy can be leveraged to support our broader policy work.
  • Build trusted relationships with agency decision-makers, state department staff, coalition partners, lobbyists, and other stakeholders.

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Two to five years of experience working with California agencies or departments on rule making, legislative implementation, or other administrative processes related to policy.
  • BA required.
  • JD or MA in public policy-related discipline preferred. Experience with administrative advocacy can replace educational requirements.
  • Experience reading, analyzing, and drafting response to state regulations.
  • Demonstration of political judgment and ability to assess the political environment as related to our advocacy work.
  • Excellent 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.
  • Comfortable speaking publicly to a variety of audiences, including testifying before state agencies or other stakeholders.
  • Ability to demonstrate a high level of emotional intelligence, professionalism, and maturity in a high-stress, fast-paced environment.
  • Passion for health care policy, consumer advocacy, and mission of Health Access.
  • 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.
  • Ideal candidates would have existing relationships withing the Administration or relevant state departments.
  • Ideal candidates would have experience in health policy or working specifically with or within health-focused departments such as DMHC, DHCS, CDI, HCAI, or Covered California.

Other Skills and Abilities

    • Read and comprehend general instructions, correspondence, and memos.
    • Write professional correspondence.
    • Analytical approach to problem-solving.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • An independent thinker, resourceful, self-motivated, problem solver, and team player, with a commitment to excellence.
    • Excellent organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail; ability to stay focused on multiple tasks with competing deadlines.

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.

Compensation & Benefits

The anticipated salary range for the Regulatory and Administrative Advocate is $75,000-$95,000. Depending on qualifications, a successful candidate can be hired above or below this range.

Benefits include

    • Health, vision, and dental insurance with premiums 100% paid by Health Access for employee and dependents
    • Wi-Fi, phone, and parking reimbursement
    • 401(k) retirement plan with 8% employer contribution
    • 10 paid vacation days within the first year, 3 personal days, 12 days of sick time, and 13 paid holidays a year, with an annual office closure during the end of year holidays.
    • Health Access will provide furniture and technology for your home office setup.

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, implement, improve and defend 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, coverage expansions including opening Medi-Cal to all income-eligible children regardless of immigration status, and best-in-nation consumer protections on timely access to care, surprise medical bills, and prescription drug prices.

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.

How to Apply

Please email hajobs@health-access.org and include:

  • “Regulatory and Administrative Advocate in subject line of email
  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Contact information for three references