Associate Director of Policy  (Full Time)
Select Company:: Alameda Health Consortium

Organizational Description

The Alameda Health Consortium and Community Health Center Network (CHCN) are two non-profit organizations founded by community health centers to support advocacy for low-income and uninsured communities and to work together on managed care. 


Position Title:   Associate Director of Policy

Department:     Policy & Planning  

Reports To:       Chief Policy & External Affairs Officer

Classification:   Exempt    

Status:              Full-Time (Regular)

Location:          Candidate must be willing to have primary residence in California.  This position is currently temporarily remote.  The candidate must be able to come in to our offices in San Leandro, CA, at any point, as needed, and be able to work in the office in person when offices re-open.  For licensing and tax purposes, we are unable to hire candidates residing outside the state of California starting on the date of hire.   



The Associate Director of Policy is responsible for local, state and federal public policy/legislation important to the community health centers and the communities we represent.  The Associate Director represents Alameda Health Consortium to state and national associations, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, elected officials, and other collaborating partners and stakeholders.



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. 


Policy Strategy, Analysis and Implementation

•Lead policy prioritization and platform development for the organization based on an understanding of health center priorities and the policy and political landscape.

•Design and implement strategies to apply a racial justice and health equity lens to legislation.

•Serve as the public policy point person for the organization, both internally and externally.

•Identify, track, analyze, prioritize, influence and strategically act on policies/legislation.

•Actively apply the implications of current events, relevant publications, media and trends in the political, economic, and policy landscape to our work.

•Conduct quantitative analysis and synthesize findings on health coverage and access (U.S. Census, federal HRSA/UDS, State OSHPD, Uniform and County MICRS uninsured data).


Executive-Level Communications & Advocacy

•Present policy updates and recommendations to health center leaders (CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CMOs, Policy & Planning, Dental Directors, Member Services and Compliance Officers).

•Represent AHC to local, state and federal public audiences, policymakers and partners.

•Disseminate relevant, timely information and action items to team members and health centers.

•Lead team-based advocacy campaigns.

•Direct and facilitate the Policy and Planning Peer Group of health center leaders. 

•Cultivate strong relationships with health center leaders, government officials, community leaders, advocacy groups, external organizations and stakeholders.

•Initiate and lead meetings with key partner organizations.

•Develop and deliver written analyses, public testimony/comments and presentations that promote the work  and policy objectives of health centers.

•Provide concise policy content for external audiences, such as: policy briefs, presentations, data  visualizations, content for the general public, health center policy newsletters.


Administration and Leadership

•Write and manage policy-related grant applications, deliverables and reports. 

•Manage interns and consultants/contractors, as needed.

•Guide internal teams in strategic planning.

•Manage project teams, drive consensus, and deliver quality commitments on time.

•Actively engage in staff development; serve as a leader and mentor to team members.

•Maintain a strong professional network.

•Work with other AHC & CHCN staff to maintain a team-oriented work environment.

•Foster an environment that promotes diversity, inclusion, trust and collaboration.

•Direct outreach activities, agency advocacy, and serve on ad hoc committees, as needed.

•Manage programs, if applicable.

•Other duties as required.




Supervise interns and oversee consultants/contractors, as needed.



•Minimum 5 years’ experience in health policy analysis and/or government affairs.

•Understanding of health care policy, legislative process, delivery systems, financing, and coverage (Medi-Cal, FQHCs, 330 Grant, ACA, Public Hospitals, and Covered California).

•Demonstrated commitment to underserved populations (e.g., low-income, communities of color, re-entry populations, homeless, immigrant populations).

•Track record of successful legislative input, influencing, and operating advocacy campaigns.

•Demonstrated ability to build and sustain relationships with policymakers and leaders.

•Experience managing teams, leading projects, and mentoring/developing staff.

•Strong strategic planning, communication and presentation skills.

•Prior experience with representing and agency at meetings with external partners.

•Critical thinking skills: the ability to read, analyze, and process complex information, then draw and communicate strategic recommendations. 

•Proven ability to clearly and concisely communicate policy positions, analyses and actions, and influence policymakers, stakeholders and executives. 

•Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

•Demonstrated proficiency in facilitating strategic meetings with high-level stakeholders, often with varying perspectives.

•Experience managing projects including facilitating meetings and leading teams to achieve results.

•Experience effectively managing multiple projects, all of which have competing deadlines and require cooperation of various people inside and outside the organization.

•Ability to work professionally and collaboratively to establish positive relations with diverse individuals and organizations.

•Ability to take initiative and work independently with only general supervision.

•Mastery of all Microsoft Office applications (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint and Excel).

•Willingness to travel to nearby health centers, community meetings and offices, as well as to Sacramento and D.C. for conferences and meetings with elected officials, as needed.



Master’s Degree; degree in public health, health care administration, public policy or related field preferred; or eight years of equivalent experience. 


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