This position is responsible for analyzing and formulating health and social policy issues and legislation at the federal, state and local levels; for assessing the impact of proposed policy changes on members and the public; and for developing short and long-range initiatives which advance member interests. Mainly covers health care and the social service field, which encompasses a number of specialty areas including Medicaid programs; Affordable Care Act and other health care coverage programs; behavioral health; mental health, retardation and deinstitutionalization; public hospitals and accreditation; acute care facilities; nursing and boarding homes; in home custodial and health care; public health services; child protective services; foster care; immigration policy; welfare and public assistance; workforce development, unemployment insurance and employment services; child care and Head Start; and food assistance programs. This position is responsible for analyzing and formulating policy issues and legislation at the federal, state and local levels; for assessing the impact of proposed policy changes on members and the public; for developing short and long-range initiatives which advance member interests; and for analyzing public health care budgets and institution finances.
•Provides direct assistance to affiliates and councils in area(s) of concentration to conduct fact finding assignments, analyses of state and local legislative initiatives, writes testimony, develops strategies and issues for campaigns, analyzes and promotes job standards. Implements and follows through on all assistance offered.
•Keeps current with state and local statutes and conditions that impact on assigned area, as well as the economic impact that federal laws, funding and regulatory actions have on the states.
•Performs such analyses as day-to-day economic developments, briefings for press conferences and other public appearances; background information on state and local economic and fiscal conditions; analyses on issues affecting the administration of public programs including the impact of technology, program reorganization and outsourcing on AFSCME members.
•Prepares reports which outline and critique the issues, proposes options with implications, recommends best course of action and viable alternatives. Analyzes and writes comments in response to national proposed rulemaking.
•Develops allies and works with coalitions including community, religious and labor groups.
•Works in the field on organizing and political campaigns, sometimes for extended periods.
•Works directly with affiliate officials and members, state legislators, advocates and policy professionals.
•Serves in an advisory/fact-finding capacity to affiliates, public officials and interested community and labor groups.
•Alerts affiliates to emerging trends and specific legislative/legal actions with suggested courses of action to consider.
•Prepares and presents testimony before congress and state legislative committees and panels.
•Represents AFSCME at policy making meetings locally and around the country.
•Speaks at international, state and regional conferences on issues. Conducts seminars and workshops on specific topics of interest. Also serves as a conference panelist sponsored by outside organizations.
•Performs other duties as assigned.
Level of Language Proficiency
- Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with major course work in economics, health care policy, finance, public policy or public administration.
- A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant experience. The above qualifications or any combination of equivalent education or experience made be demonstrated by providing the following knowledge, skills and abilities.
•Knowledge of health care, public finance, public administration, public policy issues procedures and processes governing federal, state and local governments.
•Knowledge of unions and their internal and external working relationships.
•Familiar with the various interest groups involved in relevant policy issues.
•Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with AFSCME officials, councils, affiliates, the public and established partnerships.
•Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
•Ability to work independently on projects and complex tasks.
Travel and work hours:
- Travel and extended work hours may be required.
Minimum Education Required