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Manager, Policy
Title:Manager, Policy
Department:Public Policy
Location:Washington, DC or Remote

Organizational Overview

Founded in 1969, the National Council for Mental Wellbeing is a membership organization that drives policy and social change on behalf of nearly 3,500 mental health and substance use treatment organizations and the more than 10 million children, adults and families they serve. We advocate for policies to ensure equitable access to high-quality services. We build the capacity of mental health and substance use treatment organizations. And we promote greater understanding of mental wellbeing as a core component of comprehensive health and health care. Through our Mental Health First Aid program, we have trained more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. to identify, understand and respond to signs and symptoms of mental health and substance use challenges.

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

Position Summary

The Public Policy department works to enact state and federal policies, including funding appropriations, to strengthen National Council members’ ability to deliver timely, high-quality care. Central to this goal is our effort to advance the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model through our interdisciplinary, cross-team CCBHC Success Center. In collaboration with the policy team, the CCBHC Policy Manager provides project management support and policy development expertise for multiple CCBHC initiatives involving state agency officials, state legislators, CCBHCs and other treatment providers, state associations of health care providers, law enforcement and criminal justice partners, researchers, universities and other stakeholders. This is a high-visibility position with the opportunity to assist in the development of state and federal policy and cross-sector relationship building.

We seek candidates with state and federal health policy experience who are positive, inventive, proactive, and efficient while demonstrating an ability to work effectively across teams in a flexible environment. The National Council is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and commit ourselves to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.


  • Develop knowledge about policy and practice implications of state-level CCBHC implementation efforts and understand how this care delivery model aligns with efforts for alternative payment and value-based models.
  • Understand the federal implications of the CCBHC legislation for the demonstration and grants on state efforts.
  • Advance state-level CCBHC implementation through education, technical assistance to state governments, and cross-sector coalition-building and messaging efforts.
  • Provide state-specific research and policy analysis relevant to adoption of the CCBHC model and write policy and advocacy materials to meet a variety of needs.
  • Effectively manage work plans for multiple concurrent state-specific projects while envisioning and planning for efforts that will lead to program portfolio growth.
  • Actively work to connect and integrate CCBHC implementation efforts with other organizational activities, including the broader National Council federal and state policy agenda, 988 crisis call line implementation, primary care integration, trauma-informed care and more.
  • Identify opportunities to assist or lead in building cross-sector relationships, including with law enforcement and criminal justice groups, health-related associations, quality improvement groups, policy researchers or think tanks with both a state and federal focus, universities, government agencies, philanthropic funders, and other stakeholders.
  • Coordinate and collaborate with team staff, consultants and subcontractors and partners within the CCBHC Success Center as well as other National Council departments to provide support for state associations, their clinic members, and state and local government officials.
  • Develop and monitor work plans for policy projects and contracts of varying sizes and degrees of complexity, including grassroots advocacy efforts, technical assistance for government leaders, and education and messaging efforts for communities and states. Monitor project finances, including the development of project budgets, staffing allocations and financial projections.
  • Monitor project performance and communicate areas of risk and opportunity to the project director and other National Council leadership, where appropriate.
  • Support proposal and business development efforts.
  • Carry out other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelors’ Degree in public policy, public health or related field with 4-6 years of project management experience, or Masters’ degree with 2-4 years of project management experience (PMP certification is desirable)
  • Experience managing projects and contracts with government officials on health-related issues
  • Experience analyzing and influencing state and federal policy, with deep knowledge of state legislative and budgeting cycles
  • Knowledge of state plan amendment processes and development of Medicaid waivers is preferred
  • Experience managing grants and contracts for multiple concurrent projects
  • Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Results-oriented with a high attention to detail
  • Able to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment
  • Proficiency in virtual meeting/collaboration, project management software and Microsoft Office (e.g., Word, Excel, Outlook, Teams and PowerPoint)
  • Ability to quickly learn new software platforms and programs
  • Ability to travel up to 10%

General Competencies
  • Initiative
  • Problem Solving
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Results Oriented
  • Financial Management/Budgeting

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.

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