|Title:||Manager, Policy and Advocacy|
|Department:||Practice Improvement and Consulting (PIC)|
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 3,200 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 introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 2 million Americans have been trained.
The Public Policy, Practice Improvement and Consulting Department (PPIC) is central to the National Council’s goal of providing timely and meaningful technical assistance and consulting to community behavioral health organizations and developing and promoting a federal policy and advocacy platform that is responsive to member needs and priorities.
The National Council is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and commit ourselves to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.
- Provides detail-oriented program support and management to National Council advocacy and grassroots initiatives, including supporting Ambassador Network growth by managing an Ambassador recruitment plan; providing support and outreach to Ambassadors to strengthen their engagement with the Ambassador Network; and targeting outreach to key states and districts to help Ambassadors strengthen their relationships with Members of Congress.
- Uses quantitative and qualitative data to understand advocacy/grassroots program performance and improve program effectiveness.
- Supports the planning and execution of the National Council’s annual Hill Day, along with other ad-hoc fly-ins organized around specific policy priorities.
- Writes policy and advocacy materials for newsletters, social media sites, blogs, fact sheets, email blasts, and other needs; manages and updates the policy portions of the website.
- Develops deep knowledge about policy and practice implications of federal legislation and regulations; advances the National Council and our members’ interests through visits with Hill offices and federal agency staff and planning and executing congressional staff briefings.
- Provides legislative and regulatory research and policy analysis and tracks policy decisions that directly affect organizational goals.
- Supports department activities, including by: supporting vendor relationships; executing procurements; and monitoring relevant project deliverables.
- Represents the National Council’s interests in selected national and state advocacy coalitions.
- Carries out other duties as assigned.
Occasional travel for work at non-local sites is required.
- Master’s degree in public policy, public health, or related field, plus 3+ years’ experience
- Knowledge of Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, and the mental health and addiction system
- Exceptional writing skills required
- Must be a skilled project manager with flawless attention to detail
- Experience collecting and using data analytics to inform program activities
- Experience with fly-in/lobby day planning and coordination
- Prior experience with a membership association preferred
- Ability to manage multiple concurrent tasks in a fast-paced environment
- Proven ability to work well across teams
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