Chief of Policy and External Affairs  (Full Time)
Select Company:: Alameda Health Consortium

Organizational Description

Alameda Health Consortium is the association of community health centers based in Alameda County, California, that works together and supports the involvement of our communities in achieving comprehensive, accessible health care and improved outcomes for everyone in the County. AHC’s policy, advocacy, and program activities have resulted in our becoming a credible, trusted leader in promoting and improving the quality of health care for our communities. Our vigorous pursuit of community alliances and our dedication to collaborative efforts help eliminate duplication of services and ensure that we will continue to deliver affordable, coordinated services that honor both the health care needs and the cultures of those we serve.

 

Organizational Description

Community Health Center Network (CHCN), sister organization to the Alameda Health Consortium, is made up of the eight federally qualified community health centers in Alameda County.  CHCN functions as the managed care MSO for our health centers, contracting with the Alameda Alliance for Health and Anthem Blue Cross.  In order to help our health centers meet their missions of providing the best possible care to their communities, we also provide a broad range of training, technical assistance, quality improvement, information technology, and data analytic services.

 

Position Title:      Chief of Policy and External Affairs

Department:        Policy & Planning 

Reports To:          Chief Executive Officer

Classification:       Exempt

Status:                   Full-Time Regular

 

POSITION SUMMARY

The Chief of Policy and External Affairs leads the strategic health policy work for the Alameda Health Consortium (AHC) and Community Health Center Network (CHCN). This individual is responsible for strategic thinking, planning, and implementation for both externally facing (e.g., government relations, policy development, political advocacy) and internally focused programs that impact health policy. This is a key liaison role with counterparts within Alameda County, the state of California, and Federal Government.. This is a leadership position that supervises staff and has budgetary responsibilities. 

 

ESSENTIAL POSITION RESULTS

The essential functions listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification. They are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks and responsibilities. Employees may perform other duties as assigned. 

•Work closely with CEO to manage relations with AHC and CHCN Board of Directors and other health center executives.

•Serve as a member of the AHC/CHCN Joint Leadership Team.

•Monitor County, State and Federal legislative and regulatory affairs pertaining to community health centers, examples include: Medi-Cal managed care, health center funding, immigrant legal rights impacting health center patients, and HealthPAC. 

•Advance strategic relationships with Alameda County agencies, health plans, and provider organizations to improve inter-agency coordination and plan new initiatives; represent AHC/CHCN in meetings with Alameda County Health Care Services Agency, Public Health Dept., Behavioral Health Services, Alameda Health System, and Alameda Alliance for Health plan.

•Maintain strategic partnerships with community organizations and advise AHC/CHCN and health center members based upon knowledge gained from community partnerships.

•Develop and maintain existing strategic relationships with County, State and Federal elected officials and staff; 

•Receive and respond to inquiries from stakeholders, including legislators and community advocates.

•Coordinate advocacy efforts with regional consortia, the CA Primary Care Association and the National Association of Community Health Centers. 

•Lead the development of a communications strategy for AHC and CHCN including development of messaging to convey organizational missions and priorities.

•Oversee print and social media, including talking points, fact sheets, presentation materials, website, and social media channels.

•Oversee and supervise staff work on advocacy, communications, policy, etc.

•Develop AHC/CHCN grant proposals with health centers and other partners.

•Produce grant deliverables, manage grant budgets and expenses, and write reports to funders.

 

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

 Yes

 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

•Advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in public health, public policy, law, or related area. 

•Five or more years of health care advocacy, and/or public policy experience. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

•Demonstrated mastery/competency in the following areas:

oSupervision, management and development of staff.

oLeadership utilizing strategic thinking/planning.   

oCommunication with stakeholders designed to inform, influence, and move ideas into action.

oExpertise with issues related to populations with racial/ethnic health disparities. 

oFluency with healthcare financing and delivery systems.

oUnderstanding of government funding agencies and contracting practices.

oCompetency with local health care safety net system issues.

oKnowledge of managed care principles.

oFacility with Microsoft Office products.

oAbility to express thoughts verbally and in writing with ease and across different organizational levels in an appropriate manner.

 

CERTIFICATES AND/OR LICENSES

•Effective form of transportation to allow participation in frequent off-site meetings and events.

•If using a personal vehicle, a valid Drivers’ License and in-force automobile insurance. 

 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds (or adjust weight for your specific role). Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.

 

WORKING CONDITIONS AND ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to an inside and outside environment.

 

Alameda Health Consortium values diversity and is committed to working towards health care for all people regardless of insurance, immigration and socio-economic status.

 

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