Co-Director for Public Policy and Government Relations

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Job Description

Co-Director for

Public Policy and Government Relations


The Massachusetts Association for

Mental Health (MAMH) convenes stakeholders across the behavioral health and

public health communities to address policy, program, regulatory, budgetary,

and legislative issues affecting those at risk for or living with behavioral

health conditions. MAMH disseminates knowledge emerging from clinical research

and the literature, program evaluations, and innovative developments to inform

and activate diverse audiences in the Commonwealth and beyond. MAMH advocates

for reforms in public policy and service delivery to end disparities in receipt

of a broad range of benefits, treatments, and recovery supports upon which our

constituents depend to protect and improve their mental health and well-being.


MAMH has grown significantly in the

last three years in the breadth and depth of its policy and program portfolio

and in its revenue sources. Accordingly, its staffing has grown and its

organizational chart has expanded.


Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


The Massachusetts

Association for Mental Health (MAMH) team has been expanded to include two

Co-Directors for Public Policy and Government Relations. Each Co-Director has

shared responsibility to lead policy and legislative strategy and advocacy at

MAMH. This is a senior level position to advance and operationalize the state

and federal policy goals of the organization.


The two

Co-Directors are responsible for establishing relationships and working closely

with the Commonwealth’s executive, legislative, and judicial branch members and

staff to educate them about issues impacting behavioral health policy,

financing, and service delivery frameworks, while promoting key policy and

legislative priorities of MAMH. Partnership is a major strategic driver of MAMH

policy and legislative work; thus, the Co-Directors will work on a regular

basis with other advocacy organizations with similar goals, and with mental

health providers and programs to gain their views and insights on issues and to

work collaboratively with them to reach consensus. The two Co-Directors will

work hand-in-hand and will be responsible for aggressively driving the policy agenda

and workplan to accomplish MAMH’s goals and objectives.


The exact

delineation of responsibilities between Co-Directors will depend on the skills,

experience, and interests of each of the individuals in these positions. Both

Co-Directors are responsible for working on cross-cutting strategies related to

improving access to care, ending discrimination and disparities, working at the

intersection of behavioral health with other health, human service, criminal

justice, public education, and affordable housing systems. Both will work with

the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government and with MAMH’s

strategic partners in promoting and advocating for MAMH’s policy agenda.



Co-Directors will work collaboratively with the President and CEO, and with the

Director for Knowledge Dissemination and Technical Assistance in designing and

executing strategy to

achieve the

MAMH mission by operationalizing the key goals and strategic objectives of



External Relations


Along with the

President and CEO, and in collaboration with the other Co-Director and the

Director for Knowledge Dissemination and Technical Assistance, this position

will be a public face for MAMH and will be expected to:


·      Cultivate and

develop relationships that increase the organization’s profile and stature as a

leading advocacy organization in the Commonwealth advocating for improvements

in behavioral health policy, supporting implementation of best practices, and

promoting mental health and well-being;

·      Maintain

excellent relationships with members of the state legislature and its

committees, executive branch officials, judicial branch officials, and other

advocacy and stakeholder organizations, provider groups, people with lived

experiences with mental health conditions, and their families; and

·      Be a highly

visible and articulate spokesperson for the organization and advocate for

people with lived experience of behavioral health challenges or at risk for

those conditions.


Reporting and Accountability


The Co-Directors report to the President and CEO of the

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health and are accountable, along with the

President and CEO to the Board of Directors for achieving the MAMH mission.


Internal Management and Strategy



collaboration with the President and CEO, other Co-Director, and the Director

for Knowledge Dissemination and Technical Assistance, the individual in this

position will share responsibility to:




and motivate staff and stakeholders to join in providing MAMH with broad

perspectives and promoting MAMH goals and advances in mental health practices

and policies;



MAMH’s strategic goal to be an agent for change by identifying, developing, and

implementing advocacy opportunities, strategies, and tactics to advance reform


·      Help ensure work of the organization

is supported by effective processes for planning, communicating, measuring,

governing, and delivering high-quality services;



and make operational a strategy for legislative and policy reform of mental

health and behavioral health systems;



operational and manage implementation of key deliverables of the organization;



effective interaction and relationships among the MAMH team members by

fostering open communications, team building and individual initiative;



and act on opportunities to extend the organization’s reach including

development of new markets and business models, and collaboration with




the organization’s marketing, branding and development strategies, working with

staff and Board to diversify funding sources and grow unrestricted capital;



policy reports and issue briefs working with the MAMH team; and



to inquiries for information and assistance from consumers and their families,

community members and public officials.


Ideal Experience:


Knowledge and Capabilities


The Co-Director

for Public Policy and Government Relations will have:




passion for the MAMH mission; a record as a strong catalyst able to articulate

the mission with conviction and clarity;



commitment to social justice and to ending disparities in access to benefits

and care;



of Massachusetts state government including the legislative, executive and

judicial branch roles and responsibilities and what strategies are most

effective in getting work accomplished to meet MAMH goals;



working as a staff member, intergovernmental relations representative, lobbyist

and/or advocate with the Massachusetts General Court and Executive Offices,

and/or experience with public policy work in nonprofit, private, and/or

philanthropic sectors;



knowledge of the mental health, substance use and public health communities in

Massachusetts including providers, programs, and non-profit organizations;

·      Strong

understanding and knowledge of behavioral health or related services and other

issues related to mental health;



for successful management at a senior executive level with an entrepreneurial,

multifaceted organization in government, nonprofit or the private sector;



and the demonstrated ability to think creatively and thrive in a fast-paced,

complex public health/social service environment, juggling numerous projects

and satisfying numerous constituencies simultaneously;



success developing and implementing a plan to drive organizational growth;



oral and written communication skills;



organizational and problem-solving skills;

·      A

persuasive negotiator able to achieve consensus among differing opinions; a

decision-maker who can be firm and fair yet flexible as needed;

·      An ethical individual who imparts stability,

trust, integrity, sensitivity, common sense, advances equity and inclusion, and

who motivates others in a similar vein;

·      An experienced and collaborative team player;

·      Someone with energy, a sense of humor and

maturity in order to maintain perspective and a sense of balance.





is seeking candidates with:



or more years related work experience;



degree in liberal arts, psychology, public policy, or related field; 



MA, MPH, MPP, MSW, PhD, PsyD or other advanced degree in psychology, social welfare,

public policy or related field preferred.




commensurate with experience and benefits include professional development,

health insurance, and standard leave provisions.




must submit a resume AND a cover letter to MAMH by email to: Applications are due on or

before Friday, April 23, 2021.


MAMH is an equal opportunity

employer. Applicants from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, sexual

orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran and/or disability communities

are encouraged to apply.


About the Massachusetts Association for

Mental Health (MAMH):


Since 1913, MAMH has worked to improve

understanding of mental health conditions and combat disparities in health

services access. We envision a day when all individuals and families across the

Commonwealth have the resources and opportunities they need to promote resilience

and protect overall health. MAMH disseminates knowledge, convenes diverse

stakeholders, and advocates for policy change.











Job Description

Co-Director for

Public Policy and Government Relations


The Massachusetts Association for

Mental Health (MAMH) convenes stakeholders across the behavioral health and

public health communities to address policy…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    June 1, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 26, 2021
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required


Salary commensurate with experience


professional development, health insurance, and standard leave provisions

professional development, health insurance, and standard leave provisions


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Boston, MA
Associated Location
Boston, MA

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