AACF Seeks Health Policy Director

Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families, a nonprofit advocacy organization in Little Rock, is looking for a driven individual to lead our efforts to improve health care coverage, access, and quality for Arkansas’s low and middle-income children and families. Must have proven track record in health care policy analysis, state and federal Medicaid policy, and advocacy. Requirements include a master’s degree in public policy, public health, health care/public administration, economics, law, or related field. Complete job description follows:

Health Policy Director

Qualifications: Master’s degree in public policy, public health, health care or public administration, economics, law, or related field and 3 years of related experience.

Position Overview: The director of health care policy will lead the agency’s efforts to improve health care coverage, access, and quality for Arkansas’s low- and middle-income children and families. Candidates must have proven track record in health care policy analysis, state and federal Medicaid policy, children’s health care, and advocacy.  Candidates must have excellent analytical skills, excellent communication skills, experience in coalition building, and the ability to work in a team environment with diverse allies.

Job Summary: Leads our advocacy efforts with diverse allies and partners to improve health care for children and families; conducts analyses and develops policies that positively impact the health status of children and families; and provides technical assistance to other staff on health care related issues.

Skills Required:

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of health insurance and funding policies that impact children and families, including Medicaid, CHIP, and Affordable Care Act policies at the state & federal level
  • Knowledge and holistic understanding of children and family health issues, including early screenings, school health, oral health, mental health, social determinants of health, etc.
  • Ability to conduct analyses and develop policy options for improving child and family health
  • Ability to lead the agency’s advocacy efforts to improve children’s health and work with state and local constituency groups that might be engaged on children’s health care issues
  • Ability to convene partners, build coalitions, and work with a diverse set of allies, constituency groups, and community groups, including state agency officials, legislators, health care related groups, and advocacy groups
  • Ability to write grants, research reports, concept reports, and project reports
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills and the ability to communicate data findings and health insurance issues to external audiences, including policymakers, the media, and general public
  • Ability to work in a team environment and motivate others through consensus building

    Responsibilities:

  • Oversee and manage the work of AACF health care related projects
  • Manage the Access to Care Coalition
  • Conduct research and analyses and lead the agency’s analytical efforts to identify and develop public policy options that improve the health status of children and families.
  • Lead the agency’s advocacy efforts (including coalition building, convening partners, and public education) to promote the adoption and implementation of public policies that improve the health status of children and families
  • Working with the executive director and others, lead the development of the agency’s health care policy agenda
  • Working with the Governmental Affairs Director, lobby the state legislature on health related issues, tracking health related bills, and monitoring the public health committee during the legislative session
  • Working closely with state agency officials including the Department of Human Services, DHS Division of Medical Services (Medicaid), Department of Health, the Department of Education Office of School Health, and other health related state agencies to track programs and advocate for changes in policies and procedures
  • Working with the executive director and others, help the agency develop communications related strategies for health care
  • Represent the agency as needed on committees and coalitions related to health care policy
  • Work closely with national partners and networks to share information and seek advice on health issues.
  • Assist the Executive Director with raising grant funding, including finding potential funders, and writing grant proposals and grant reports. As requested, help educate donors on health policy.

Competitive salary and benefits. Send cover letter, resume, and references to jvazquez@aradvocates.org or 1400 West Markham St., Ste. 306, Little Rock, AR  72201.

 AACF is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. We strive to create an inclusive workplace that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives.