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Director, State Policy and Advocacy
Summary
Title:Director, State Policy and Advocacy
ID:132803
Department:Public Policy, Practice Improvement and Consulting (PPIC)
Description
Organizational Overview
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Together with our 2,900 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life.
The National Council’s Mental Health First Aid department leads a ground-breaking public education program with over 1.6M Americans trained to date. This program teaches people how to recognize and respond to mental health substance use challenges and aligns with the National Council’s full portfolio of public education, technical assistance and policy activities intended to promote healthy minds and strong communities. Positioning Mental Health First Aid as the premier public education program in the United States is one of the National Council’s strategic goals.

The National Council is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and commit ourselves to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

Essential Functions
  • Collaborate with the Vice President and President & CEO to develop, execute, and evaluate advocacy strategies that advance the interests of National Council members with state governments.
  • Supervise day-to-day operations of the state-driven Behavioral Health + Economics Network (BHECON), a multi-state initiative to support advocacy infrastructure development, collaboration among diverse social service sectors through public forums, and data-driven approaches to mental health reform. Manage relationships with funders, participating state associations, and other BHECON stakeholders.
  • Lead a cross-departmental team of staff and consultants working to implement Mental Health First Aid legislation in several target states.
  • Represent the National Council and our state associations in several workgroups of national organizations aligned around common policy activities in the states, including mental health and addiction parity, access to medications, and more.
  • Lead the National Council’s growing efforts to support state associations in advocating for improved managed care contracts and policies within their states.
  • Lead a team of staff and consultants working to improve access to telemedicine in the states.
  • Analyze state and federal legislation/regulations and write regulatory advisories, comment letters and testimony. Produce clear and concise issue and opinion analyses in oral and written formats, often in a rapid turnaround environment. Support National Council members by responding to inquiries regarding addiction and mental health policy, and providing technical assistance.
  • Deliver presentations to members and policymakers advocating policy positions of the National Council.
  • Support development of policy-focused workshops at the National Council’s annual Conference.
  • Support state associations’ and state captains’ participation in the National Council’s annual Hill Day.
  • Support department operations, including by supervising staff, developing and monitoring project budgets, fundraising, and other related activities.
  • Other tasks as required.
Position Qualifications
  • Masters’ Degree with 7-10 years’ experience in health policy, public policy, or public health.
  • Extensive knowledge and background in Medicaid, mental health and addiction care delivery, and state legislative/regulatory affairs.
  • Successful proven experience leading direct and grassroots advocacy campaigns, conducting public policy education and grassroots training, and supporting business development and relationship management.
  • Prior experience with a membership association preferred.
  • Proven experience simultaneously managing multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
  • Extensive demonstrated experience speaking to large groups, doing presentations, workshops and participating on panels.
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
  • Results-oriented with a high attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
  • Proven ability to work well across teams.
  • Ability to travel up to 15%.

The National Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.
The National Council uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please contact the Department of Homeland Security at 888-897-7781 or visitwww.dhs.gov/everify.
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National Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer - All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

National Council for Behavioral Health uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please contact the Department of Homeland Security at 888-897-7781 or by visiting www.dhs.gov/everify

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