The Director, State Policy and Advocacy plays a critical role in supporting the National Council's robust and multipronged public policy agenda to ensure addiction and mental health treatment capacity, access, and quality. This position supports the National Council's growing policy and advocacy portfolio and will work directly with the Vice President and Senior Vice President to promote our legislative and regulatory agenda. This is a high visibility position and the incumbent will regularly represent the National Council and its members in numerous public policy forums, advocacy coalitions and public meetings. The Director, State Policy and Advocacy will balance a number of high-visibility written and oral deliverables to support National Council members in understanding the federal regulatory and legislative current events that impact their work. The incumbent will provide critical support in managing the planning and production of the National Council's annual Hill Day, the largest annual behavioral health advocacy event on Capitol Hill. The incumbent will also manage day-to-day operations of the Behavioral Health + Economics Network, 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. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Manage health regulatory and legislative policy issues related to addiction and mental health and the delivery of services at the state and federal level, including in Medicaid.
- Oversee planning and coordination of the National Council's annual Hill Day. Serve as central point of contact responsible for coordinating cross-department team around curriculum, logistics, materials production/review, attendee recruitment, and related Hill Day planning activities. Support Hill Day partnership management and communication.
- Analyze legislation and regulations at the state and federal level, conduct data analyses, and write regulatory advisories, comment letters and testimony. Support National Council members by responding to inquiries regarding addiction and mental health policy, and providing technical assistance.
- Support all activities and operations of the State Association Executives Committee and other Committees of the National Council Board, as needed.
- Masters' Degree with 7-10 years' experience in health policy, public policy, or public health. Knowledge and background in Medicaid, mental health and addiction care delivery.
- Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal skills.
- Successful experience in direct and grassroots advocacy, public policy education and grassroots training, legislative and regulatory affairs, business development and relationship management. Experience with fly-in/lobby day planning and coordination required.
- Proven experience simultaneously managing multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
- Results-oriented with a high attention to detail, ability to multi-task, and meet deadlines in a demanding, fast-paced environment.
- Comfortable with speaking to large groups, doing presentations, workshops and participating on panels
- Ability to travel up to 10%.
National Council for Behavioral Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled)
1400 K Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC, US 20005
Employment type:Full Time