Title: Sr. Policy Consultant Commensurate with Experience / Posted thru: 12-6-18 Employee: TBD Supervisor: James Bell Purpose: Under the direction of the Director of Policy & Engagement, the Sr. Policy Consultant will work on (1) business development, (2) project development, (3) project management and (4) policy management. In addition, this position is responsible for learning the business side of running a program including financial management, human resource management, client management, and IRB/Privacy functions. Duties and Responsibilities:
• Business Development: o Actively seeks new clients and respond to requests from clients for new program/project development. o Ensures timely and accurate follow up with prospective and current funders. o Builds relationships with existing and new clients o Makes presentations to individuals, public and private organizations on the Institute’s mission, goals, activities and development efforts. o Serves on task forces, committees, etc., as necessary to facilitate the development of linkages between the Institute and other organizations engaged in similar activities at the national and regional levels.
• Project Development: o Identifies, conceptualizes, writes and produces proposals. o Prepares budgets and work plans. o Negotiates with partners and funding sources. o Reads and reviews literature and materials. o Seeks opportunities for project development and additional funding. o Remains current on literature in key areas.
• Project Management: o Manages projects to ensure that timelines and objectives are met. o Assesses project needs and provides leadership for project planning and implementation. o Identifies and prioritizes and assigns project tasks. o Monitors task status and participates in proactive planning to maintain project schedules and budgets. o Coordinates and participates in the development of all project reporting requirements, such as project quarterly reports, annual reports, final reports and special reports. o Provides project updates on the completion status of tasks, ongoing activities, and project issues. o Regularly corresponds with clients and subcontractors, funding agencies and project partners.
• Policy Management: o Identify policy issues to be addressed. o Analyze and interpret federal regulations, client business model, state laws/statutes, administrative rules, and current policy. o Develop white papers/draft documents regarding proposed policy changes that describe the policy and its impact on beneficiaries, providers, community health centers, access to care, provider participation, capitated plans (medical) and overall management direction of the program. o Alert leadership to problems/concerns/events that could affect policy and/or reimbursement decisions. o Learn the general principles of lawmaking and rulemaking and the nature of the state/federal relationship that affects client business. o Provide technical assistance in the interpretation of policy and reimbursement issues. o Research and respond to internal and external inquiries for policy issues not addressed in written policy. o Respond verbally and/or in writing on issues of policy interpretation and application. o Assess the social, economic, political, operational, and organizational implications of existing and proposed policies and program direction. o Clarify new issues within the context of current policy and/or recommend changes. o Conduct analysis, including defining business needs, determining capability gaps, developing solutions, and defining business cases. o Analyze complex data to assess policy effectiveness and to recommend development or modification of policies or strategies.
• Provide oversight for the recruitment, hiring, supervision, evaluation, and development of personnel. • Establish and maintain positive, strong, credible, professional and interpersonal relationships with all parties relevant to MPHI projects, including government and university officials and faculty, and foundation representatives. Maintain and represent the best interests of MPHI at all times. Qualifications/Requirements: Education: Master’s degree required in public health, public policy, social work, social science or relevant discipline preferred, Bachelor’s degree required. Experience: A minimum of 5 years of related and progressively more responsible experience in program planning and management; business development; policy/facilitation; and management; and administrative leadership.
Important Skills and Characteristics: • Excellent communication, written, and organizational skills. • Strong interpersonal and small group interaction capabilities; ability to work in team situations. • Strong mentoring, negotiation, and leadership skills. • Demonstrated ability to be an effective supervisor. • Sensitivity to political issues. • Ability to plan, organize and effectively present ideas and concepts to a wide variety of groups in a culturally sensitive way. • Ability to bring in money. • Ability to assimilate information from a variety of sources, analyze information, and recommend course of active to be taken, • Ability to work well under pressure, with short timeframes and multiple, competing demands. • Creativity in problem solving. • Commitment to timely completion of projects and responsibilities. Work Environment and Physical Requirements: Job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of less than 35 pounds and involves viewing of monitor (CRT or VDT screen) 25% to 75% of the time. Standard office environment. May require valid vehicle operator’s license where needed to perform duties of the position.
RESPONSIBILTY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: Supervisors hire, discipline, and conduct the performance review of staff, or make effective recommendations for their hire, discipline and performance review.
IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES, AND OPERATIONS: The conduct of this position has a substantial impact on the reputation and continued viability of MPHI. This position supports the overall mission and increases the projects and resources available. This position interacts with MPHI clients, potential clients, and other MPHI Directors concerning projects that influence MPHI’s reputation, financial position, and its ability to respond appropriately to the interest of its clients.
REQUIRED COMMUNICATION Contact Person/Group Frequency Purpose 1. Director Daily Progress reports, planning 2. Chief Strategy Officer Monthly Progress reports, planning 3. Project Staff Daily Coordination, monitoring 4. Clients/funders Weekly Coordination, reporting, planning
“For purposes of employment standards, this classification is “Exempt” from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”