New York Policy Director

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Salary is commensurate with experience.




266 West 37th Street, 3rd Floor
New York
United States


The Medicare Rights Center ( is a national, nonprofit consumer service organization that works to ensure access to affordable health care for older adults and people with disabilities through counseling and advocacy, educational programs, and public policy initiatives. Medicare Rights’ unique blend of service, education, and advocacy ensures that real consumer experiences reach the highest levels of policymaking, and that policies and laws adopted at state and federal levels are translated for consumers and effectively implemented. Since its founding in 1989, Medicare Rights has provided assistance to millions of people and laid the groundwork for successful collaborations with advocates and policymakers in New York, Washington, DC, and other states.


The Position—New York Policy Director


The Medicare Rights Center currently seeks a New York Policy Director to be based in New York and reporting directly to the President. The Director will be responsible for New York-related policy and advocacy work—including work related to a variety of grants and contracts—and will develop, implement, and communicate a strategic policy agenda that encompasses state and federal laws, regulations, guidance, and fiscal realities, and consumer experiences. The person will work closely with senior management to develop and implement advocacy strategies that enable Medicare Rights to pursue improvements to health care access and affordability for lower-income New York Medicare beneficiaries, including those dually eligible for Medicaid. The Director will communicate Medicare Rights’ positions to a variety of stakeholders through meetings, letters and comments, conferences, newsletters, media placements, and related outlets, and advocate for the policies and resources needed to improve the Medicare program for older New Yorkers, those with disabilities, and their families.


Specific Responsibilities


  • With the President and senior management, develop and implement an outcomes-focused, New York-based policy agenda in line with organizational priorities (including grant- and contract-funded efforts and new funding opportunities), annual changes to the Medicare and Medicaid programs, and the ongoing implementation of New York State’s Medicaid and managed care redesigns.
  • Coordinate and oversee work to ensure that existing and future programs to integrate and align New York’s Medicare and Medicaid services—including long-term services and supports for dually eligible beneficiaries—are protective and responsive to beneficiary needs.
  • Advocate for Medicare Rights’ policy priorities with elected officials and diverse agencies, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Regional Office, New York State Department of Health, New York State of Health, New York City Council, and New York City Human Resources Administration.
  • Cultivate diverse partnerships, lead and administer multi-stakeholder coalitions—including Medicare Rights’ Medicare Savings Coalition and the Coalition to Protect the Rights of New York’s Dually Eligible—and participate in applicable statewide coalition work, carrying messaging and priorities back to Medicare Rights staff.
  • Develop and edit policy newsletters, reports, testimony, and regulatory and sub-regulatory comments.
  • Analyze and report on New York Medicare and Medicaid policy developments as they relate to Medicare Rights’ priorities.
  • Work collaboratively with Medicare Rights’ Client Services, Program Development, Education, and Communications departments to ensure clear communication of internal progress and to connect the New York policy agenda to other organizational work.
  • Represent Medicare Rights in Albany and New York City, as needed.




The successful candidate will be assertive and independent, with a demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively and proactively in a mission-driven organization.


  • Undergraduate degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 5+ years of post-undergraduate work experience, preferably in a health care policy or advocacy organization
  • Solid working knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid, preferably obtained through previous work experience
  • Excellent writing skills, as demonstrated through a writing sample, and preferably through previous work experience
  • Excellent communications and public speaking skills
  • Experience with federal and/or state legislative and regulatory processes
  • Experience interacting with media outlets
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially
  • Highly collaborative yet decisive leadership style and a willingness to work across departmental lines on a consistent basis
  • Ability to work independently, manage and prioritize multiple projects (including administrative tasks), and work under short deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to accomplish strategic outcomes related to policy and advocacy


The Medicare Rights Center offers a generous benefits package.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

The Medicare Rights Center is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from qualified individuals, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to: with “New York Policy Director” in the subject line. Cover letter files should be labeled “Last Name – Cover Letter,” and resumes should be labeled “Last Name – Resume.” No phone calls please.