Director of Legislative Advocacy and Policy

Job Type

Full Time



Application Deadline



United States



Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the Policy and Legislative Advocacy Director is responsible for leading Health Access’ legislative and administrative advocacy efforts on behalf of California’s health care consumers. 


Legislative Advocacy and Policy

·        Maintain Health Access’ leadership position across a broad spectrum of health care issues in Sacramento and the Capitol community.

·        Develop and manage policy proposals in consultation with Health Access’ leadership team, board of directors, coalition stakeholders, experts and researchers, and policymakers. Advance these proposals through multiple policy-making arenas, including legislation, budget process, and administrative/regulatory agencies.

·        Supervise our policy advocacy team, including two legislative advocates, and fellow and/or interns, from providing day-to-day direction to editing to strategic advice. Work with executive director to work with contract lobbyist.

·        Coordinate and collaborate with staff to plan and implement policy initiatives, involving a combination of legislative, budget, policy, communication, public education, and organizing strategies;

·        Analyze health care legislation and budget proposals.  Recommend strategy and policy positions on legislation and budget proposals.

·        Lobby on behalf of California consumers in the Legislature and with the administration, for and against relevant legislation: review, track and analyze legislation to develop positions on a broad range of health care issues. This includes drafting letters, testimony and supporting materials as well as crafting legislation and amendments.

·        Engage in administrative advocacy on health care issues, at a number of agencies including Covered California, the Department of Managed Health Care, the Department of Insurance, the Attorney General and the Department of Justice, the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, and the Department of Health Care Services as well as others.

·        Build trusted relationships with lawmakers and their staff, agency decision-makers, the Governor’s office, lobbyists, and other stakeholders.

·        Represent Health Access and California consumers in meetings of ad hoc legislative coalitions and before various community and stakeholder groups; help to build and lead coalitions with diverse stakeholders and work in partnership with other organizations.

·        Write and develop fact sheets, reports, and other materials on Health Access’ policy agenda.

·        Assist with media and communications efforts to raise awareness of key policy issues with the public.


·        Work with the Executive Director and leadership team with management, fundraising, and media relations.

·        Assist with writing grants and grant reporting.

·        Other duties as assigned.


·        BA required, JD or MA in public policy-related discipline preferred.

·        5-10 years of work experience in legislative or relevant policy-related work, ideally including the development and coordination of issue or policy advocacy campaigns;

·        Experience supervising staff and leading teams; ability to listen, guide, and support people to achieve common goals;

·        Passion for, and a well-articulated knowledge of health care policy and the consumer advocacy work and mission of Health Access;

·        Political judgment and ability to assess the political environment for the prospect for action to move forward the Health Access agenda;

·        Analytical, research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, as well as the ability to articulate complex policy issues and to communicate them clearly and effectively to a variety of audiences;

·        Ability to edit the work of oneself and others;

·        Ability to develop allies and work collaboratively in coalitions; ability to navigate internal political dynamics among partner groups;

·        Ability to work independently when necessary and keep organized in a fast-paced environment, manage multiple projects simultaneously and adjust strategy to frequently changing demands.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud, as multiple telephone conversations and normal office equipment continue throughout the day. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is a full-time position that may require work outside of the typical 9-5 workday (i.e. weekend and evening events).


A nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving quality, affordable health care for all Californians, Health Access is the state-wide health care consumer advocacy coalition of organizations representing seniors, children, people with disabilities, immigrants, communities of color, health care professionals, people of faith, labor, and working families. For over 25 years, Health Access has been a leader in the state’s health care reform movement, most recently as the lead coalition working to pass, and then implement, the Affordable Care Act in California. Health Access was the leading sponsor of the California HMO Patient Bill of Rights, the Hospital Fair Pricing Act, and worked to expand and preserve Medi-Cal and Healthy Families health coverage. Health Access offers a competitive salary with excellent benefits including health, life and disability insurance, 401k savings plan, and a fast-paced but casual work environment.

Promoting diversity is integral to the mission of Health Access. Health Access seeks applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, veteran status, or physical or mental disability. Health Access embraces equality of opportunity and treatment for all employees in all employment matters.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

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