State Advocacy Manager, Capacity Building for State and Community/Local Partnerships

Job Type

Full Time


Details: competitive




United States


Join an organization at the forefront of health advocacy across the nation

Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build consumer and community leadership to transform the American health system. Our first priority is quality, affordable health care for all and to ensure that all individuals and communities sustain the power to influence local, state and national decisions that affect their health. Since 1998, we have provided leadership and support to consumer organizations, policymakers and foundations working to ensure the health care system serves everyone – especially historically marginalized communities. Community Catalyst strengthens organized consumer voices in communities, at statehouses and on Capitol Hill when advocates fight for changes that improve our health.

As an organization, we believe an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for our employees. Additional information is available at

The Position

Our Children’s Health team is seeking a specialist on State and Local Partnerships. The specialist will build the capacity of local groups who work in partnership with state health advocates to increase access to health services and related wraparound supports. This new and exciting area of work has a core focus on advancing programmatic, policy and systems changes that target health inequities and in the process, builds sustained community engagement in health related issues. Our work is building broad-based consumer advocacy to change local, state and national policies and practices.

The State Advocacy Manager (SAM) will work with state and local organizations on cutting-edge health advocacy campaigns to defend, leverage and transform Medicaid in addressing other determinants of health such as economic, food and housing insecurity. A key element of the position is coaching advocacy groups and community organizations on planning issue campaigns, coalition-building, grassroots organizing, strategic communications, policy strategy, and financial sustainability. In some cases, the advocacy manager will support smaller community groups, helping them build their capacity to drive campaigns and to partner with other groups to create a system of advocacy in their community and their state. The SAM will join a team that is an organizational leader on issues of racial equity. The successful candidate will be a bold team player and a catalyst.


The State Advocacy Manager will be supervised by the Project Director for the Children’s Health Initiative.


·        Build and manage relationships with state and local partner organizations across the country, including day-to-day interactions, grants and program requirements.

·        Assist state and local partners to implement policy campaigns with special focus on coalition development and management, grassroots advocacy strategy, and strategic communications including social media.

·        Build the capacity of state-based and grassroots organizations to advocate for change through coaching and facilitating peer-to-peer learning. Pay special attention to organizations of color. Areas of support include: issue campaign planning, coalition-building, grassroots organizing, strategic communications, policy strategy, financial sustainability and organizational development.

·        Train individual consumers in advocacy strategies and facilitate interactions between grassroots individuals and groups, and state and national organizations.

·        Research and write talking points, blogs, fact sheets and other materials for advocacy.

·        Help our team bring health equity to the fore in our program work and in the organization’s overall work.

·        Build and maintain strategic relationships with national organizations, especially those working on transformative approaches to addressing SDOH, trauma and integration of services, and connect their state or local affiliates with Community Catalyst partners.

·        Collaborate with other Community Catalyst staff to maintain up-to-date knowledge of local, state and federal policy initiatives and advocacy strategies in order to identify and share potential issues and/or opportunities with local and state partners. Focus on issues affecting substance use disorders and transformation of the health care system to better serve marginalized populations.

·        Assist our team with new and existing program design, proposal development, planning, evaluation and reporting.

·        Assist Community Catalyst staff and directors in other relevant work projects as appropriate.

·        Monthly travel is required.


·        Bachelor’s degree plus 3 years relevant work experience, Master’s degree plus 1 years relevant work experience, or 5 years relevant work experience

·        Demonstrated commitment to social justice and health equity

·        Experience in social change activism such as political/policy issue campaigns or legislative advocacy; grassroots organizing; and/or managing diverse coalitions

·        Experience providing technical assistance, coaching or training

·        Proven experience in facilitation: workshops, trainings and presentations

·        Proven skills in team-building, relationship development and collaboration

·        Some knowledge Medicaid/ Affordable Care Act

·        Experience working with residents or community members

·        Strong verbal communication skills including experience with public speaking

·        Strong writing skills, including the ability to convey complex information so it is easily understood by the public

·        Strong organizational skills including the ability to manage several projects at once, respond to tight timelines, pay attention to detail and operate effectively and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment

·        Experience working in a multicultural environment

·        Ability to travel, on average about once a month (average 1-2 days per trip)


·        Work with schools or education stakeholders

·        Some knowledge of trauma, adverse childhood events (ACEs) and approaches to address trauma and ACEs

·        Experience bridging the health, education and social service systems

·        Experience managing policy issue campaigns

·        Experience conducting health policy research or analysis

·        Knowledge of social determinants of health 


Community Catalyst is based in Boston, MA with additional offices in Pittsburgh, PA; Atlanta, GA; Washington DC; St. Louis, MO; Lansing, MI; and New York City. We expect the State Advocacy Manager to be based in our Boston office, but to work with organizations across the country.



·        Competitive salary

·        Generous paid time off policy

·        Robust benefits package

·        Convenient downtown Boston location

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Applicants should submit a resume with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “State Advocacy Manager, State/Local Partnership” in the subject line.

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status. It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.