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Job Title: State Advocacy Manager, Children's Health Initiative
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Organization: Community Catalyst
Posted: 9/14/2017
Type: Full-Time
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Boston,  MA    USA
Position Description: Community Catalyst’s Children’s Health Initiative seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of children by ensuring that all children and their families have access to high quality health care. We identify and promote new and proven ways to increase coverage and access to services, strengthen benefits, and leverage the health care system to address the social and economic determinants of health. We approach all of this work with the goal of lifting up the consumer voice, with particular attention paid to communities that have struggled to be heard in health care decision making and face higher health disparities.

The State Advocacy Manager (SAM) manages relationships with state-based advocacy organizations throughout the country, providing advocacy campaign guidance to consumer advocates, providers and policymakers who are working to improve state and local health programs to better serve the needs of children and families, particularly children of color.

The SAM will have the opportunity to support two state pilots that are focused on strengthening state and local partnerships to protect and enhance Medicaid. In addition, the SAM will support a several other states working with advocates on cutting-edge health advocacy campaigns in their efforts to expand coverage, access and benefits, and strengthen opportunities for prevention for children and families.

The State Advocacy Manager will be an active member of the Children’s Health Team and its State Advocacy Managers Team. The successful candidate will be a leader and catalyst in the design and implementation of cutting-edge health advocacy campaigns with some of the best health advocacy organizations in the country. Supervision:

The State Advocacy Manager is supervised by the Project Director, Children’s Health Initiative.

Responsibilities: ? Manages relationships with state- based and community-based partner organizations, working with health advocacy organizations from a variety of states, managing day-to-day relationships, grants and program requirements. ? Offers timely, efficient, and tailored support to state-based partner organizations from several states, in the following areas: o Campaign Strategy o Policy analysis o Coalition-building o Grassroots education and outreach o Strategic communications o Generating resources, including funding o Evaluation • Coordinates and works closely with other Community Catalyst program staff to maintain up-to-date knowledge of local, state and federal policy initiatives affecting children and families as well as advocacy strategies used in other states in order to identify potential issues and/or opportunities for state partners. • Contributes to training and educational activities for staff and advocates, such as our learning community for advocates (webinars, listserves and knowledge management/sharing); development of materials including toolkits, issue briefs and reports; planning in-service trainings, workshops and conference activities. • Contributes to success of the Children’s Team programs through proposal development, management and strategic direction of the grant program and other projects as assigned.

Qualifications: Competencies and Qualifications Required • Bachelor’s plus 5 years, or Master’s plus 2 years • Commitment to social justice and experience in social change activism such as: legislative advocacy or political/policy issue campaigns; grassroots organizing; working with coalitions and stakeholders; and/or implementing communications strategies; interest in health equity including identifying and addressing structural and institutional racism through equitable policymaking and programming • Proven skills in leadership, relationship development, collaboration and team building • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the political process and its interface with health policy • Knowledge of health policy issues related to public health and social service programs serving low-income consumers (e.g. Medicaid, CHIP and Title V) • Proven written and verbal communications skills, including experience with public speaking, training, facilitating, and/or coaching • Ability to convey complex information in writing and speaking so that it is easily understood by the public • Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage multiple tasks at once, respond to tight timelines, pay attention to detail, and operate effectively in a fast-paced environment • Highly-developed attention to detail, with the ability to manage effectively in a fast-paced environment • Ability to work in highly collaborate, team-like environment while also being able to work independently on projects and tasks • Ability to work with diverse groups of people • Ability to travel • Bilingual/bicultural background highly desirable • A passion for developing relationships and managing these relationships across state boundaries

Organization Description: Community Catalyst, a national advocacy organization, has been giving consumers a voice in health care reform for two decades. We provide leadership and support to state and local consumer organizations, policymakers and foundations that are working to guarantee access to high- quality, affordable health care for everyone. Our contributions, which range from policy analysis and strategic assistance to managing national campaigns, enable consumer groups to provide leadership in the hard work of transforming the U.S. health care system. Since 1997, in states and communities across the country, we have been a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and action in health care reform. Additional information about Community Catalyst can be found at

Closing Date: 12/14/2017
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Contact Name: Community Catalyst,  State Advocacy Manager, Children's Health Initiative
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How to Apply: Applicants should submit a resume with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “State Advocacy Manager Children’s Health” in the subject line.

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio- economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status. It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

Additional Information: Benefits ? Competitive salary ? Generous paid time off policy ? Robust benefits package ? Convenient downtown Boston location

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