Director, Public Policy

Job Type

Full Time




1100 17th Street Northwest
District of Columbia
United States


JOB TITLE:     Director, Public Policy

REPORTS TO: Chief Operating Officer


LOCATION: Washington, DC

Since 1999, WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease has been the nation’s only patient-centered organization solely devoted advancing women’s heart health through patient support, community education, and advocacy. WomenHeart is both a coalition and a community of thousands of members nationwide, including women heart patients and their families, health care professionals, health advocates, all committed to helping women live longer, healthier lives. This $4.5 million organization is poised for rapid expansion and leadership in the field.

Position Summary

WomenHeart currently has a vacancy for a Director of Public Policy. The Director of Public Policy manages WomenHeart’s policy agenda and provides analysis of federal legislation and regulatory activity that impacts women with or at risk for heart disease. This high-profile position is responsible for guiding and executing the WomenHeart’s integrated public policy strategy; driving the organization’s messages to key stakeholders including media, government, member companies and the public. The incumbent also serves on key strategic and operational committees, serve as the advocacy liaison to the WomenHeart Board, acts as a liaison to other organizations, and serves as an advisor to leadership and other stakeholders as needed.

The Director of Public Policy also manages and implements WomenHeart’s research agenda. As the only patient-centered organization for women with or at risk for heart disease, a core priority for WomenHeart is research on gender specific impacts of health and health care (e.g., diagnostic testing and treatment) on heart disease. The Director will ensure that WomenHeart’s research efforts align with the core values of the organization and contributes the body of knowledge on women’s heart health. The Director will also serve as a liaison for the WomenHeart Scientific Advisory Council to ensure the scientific integrity of research, community education and outreach activities of the organization.

The ideal candidate will have experience in developing and advocating policy positions, integrated public affairs plans, strategies and grassroots campaigns that broaden the impact of the policy positions, programs and industry reputation.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Develop and guide WomenHeart’s public policy agenda—including goals, objectives, strategies, tactics, programs and/or projects—and provide strategic guidance to WomenHeart leadership on legislative and regulatory policy matters.

• Lead research and analysis of federal legislation and regulations to inform policy position and priorities that impact women with or at risk for heart disease.

• Provide advice and develops effective strategies and tactics for WomenHeart’s leadership in response to time-sensitive political and public policy issues.

• Articulate policy positions in policy statements, federal and legislative response letters, briefs, fact sheets, talking points, blogs, op-eds, social media, and at internal and external meetings.

• Identify, monitor and analyze relevant policy trends and issues.

• Increase WomenHeart’s presence and visibility on Capitol Hill and in the Executive Branch, through advocacy efforts including coordinating briefings and meetings.

• Develop and manage WomenHeart’s research agenda, including oversight of research design, surveys/tool development, analysis and research reporting on studies of women with heart disease.

• Manage and coordinate activities of WomenHeart’s Science Advisory Council to ensure the scientific integrity of organizational research and community education and outreach.

• Review use of published research results in WomenHeart’s community education and outreach efforts, in collaboration with the Science Advisory Council.

• Develop strong relationships and work collaboratively with stakeholders, including leading national partner organizations and federal agencies to further the organization’s policy goals.

• Serves as chief public policy contact for WomenHeart with partners, funders and media to further the organization’s policy agenda.

• Direct and manage the budgeting process for all assigned programs and policy initiatives and monitors and analyzes on-going fiscal progress to achieve financial and programmatic goals.

• Manage achievement of program and policy initiative goals and outcomes and develop reports on program deliverables.

• Manage and oversee contract negotiations for advocacy partner firms that assist with lobbying and regulation matters and support development of WomenHeart’s priorities, positions and communication efforts.

• Prepare management reports, documents and presentations on WomenHeart’s public policy progress.

• Lead and manage direct reports, including facilitating their professional growth and development.

• Performs other duties as assigned.


• Minimum of seven years of experience in legislative and administrative public policy advocacy on women’s health and health care, or a complementary area. Federal and legislative experience preferred.

• Demonstrated competency navigating the federal appropriations process.

• Demonstrated experience working with government agencies, legislative bodies, nonprofit organizations, and complex coalitions.

• Demonstrate comprehensive understanding of government relations and the political system and grassroots organizing.

• Demonstrated ability to build strong bipartisan support for public policy initiatives.

• Expertise with federal legislative and regulatory processes.

• Outstanding research, writing, legal and analysis skills and the ability to use data in shaping policy messages in an approachable and clear manner.

• Strong organizational, leadership, communication, and project management skills as well as excellent judgment in developing and implementing priorities.

• Exceptional traditional writing and grammatical skills;

• Ability to communicate with high level legislative and executive branch policy-makers and staff.

• Ability to work cross functionally in a small team based environment.

• Ability to build effective working relationships both internally and externally.

• Ability to recognize and identify member concerns, analyze issues and concepts to correctly state a problem and develop recommended solutions.

• Diligent work ethic and personal drive and ability to prioritize multiple tasks while working independently.

• Advanced oral communication skills and ability to develop and deliver presentations to small and large audiences and media.

• Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and supporting technologies.

• Ability to both plan for and respond strategically to threats and opportunities.

• Ability to lead, manage and supervise high-performing teams, in a fast-paced and challenging environment, to respond to the needs of members and the organization.

• Willingness to travel.


Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Finance, Business, or a correlated field. Advanced degree, e.g. Masters in Public Health or Public Policy, and non-profit association background preferred.

Salary range is $75,000 - $85,000 and is commensurate with experience.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

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