Position Location: Washington D.C. with Hybrid Work Schedule, Requiring 3-Days of In-Office Presence
Who we are
Since 1981, Families USA Foundation has been a leading national voice for health care consumers. Through our long-standing relationships of consumer leaders, advocates, and partner organizations across all 50 states and the District of Columbia, we have remained steadfast in our mission – Dedicated to the achievement of high-quality, affordable healthcare and improved health for all. We advance our mission through public policy analysis, advocacy, and collaboration with partners to promote a patient-and community-centered health system.
We are looking for a Health Equity Manager to help develop, advance, and execute on Families USA’s core health equity work. Central to this role, this person will collaborate with the Senior Director of Health Equity to support the development and achievement of the overarching health equity strategy, with a focus on day-to-day project oversight, and the development of action steps that advance health equity goals, including the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. A critical role of this position is to lead and operationalize targeted health equity-focused advocacy strategies aimed at influencing policy and solidifying role as a health equity-focused organization. To that end, the Manager will conduct research and generate written policy analysis, health equity policy recommendations, other written products, and communications. This person will also manage and develop FUSA-led coalitions and ensure strong representation within partner-led coalitions in partnership with the Senior Director of Health Equity, the manager will work in close collaboration with all departments and project teams across the organization to infuse equity across the broader Families USA health policy agenda.
Main responsibilities include:
· Support the Senior Director of Health Equity in developing strategic policy priorities that advance health equity, including ensuring that eliminating racial, ethnic, and other disparities and driving health equity into the three other focus areas: Health Care Value, Coverage, and Consumer Engagement.
· Coordinate and collaborate with internal departments (Communications, Federal Relations, and Health Policy,) to maximize opportunities to promote, advocate for, and educate about the importance of equitable health policies and our health equity agenda.
· Lead project work on health equity, including policy analysis, supporting a major health equity task force, interacting with funders, and working with inter-departmental teams on project deliverables.
· In conjunction with the Senior Director of Health Equity, engage with a diverse group of stakeholders, at the national and state levels, and in some cases, local groups (including government entities) and coalitions that advocate for health equity, including identifying and implementing opportunities for collaboration.
· Produce specific content on health equity including issue briefs, columns and articles for media, fact sheets, presentations, blogs, new media, newsletters, etc.
· Work with the Senior Director of Health Equity and the Strategic Partnerships department to expand Families USA’s partnerships across equity groups, including new segments of stakeholders that reach into racial justice, civil rights, economic justice, disability, immigration, LGBTQ+, and other advocacy spaces.
· Serve as a resource to partners on technical assistance and training to national and state community leaders, advocates, and policy makers on health equity policy and advocacy.
· Work with the Senior Director of Health Equity to ensure that all public messaging reflect an inclusive vision and authentically elevates diverse voices and perspectives.
· Build on existing relationships with local DC-based organizations to support community leaders focused on eliminating health disparities in the District and deepen Families USA’s community ties.
· Represent Families USA in coalition meetings, training, conferences, and other events.
· Coordinate with the Health Action team to develop and implement Health Equity focused programming for the Health Action Conference and be a resource to staff on how to matrix health equity in their programming and include diverse voices.
· Provide mentorship and guidance, through direct supervision or as a project lead, to junior staff and colleagues.
Bachelor’s degree or higher in public health, public administration, or public policy, related to the development, advocacy for, adoption, and implementation of public policy and the promotion of social change. The candidate should have a minimum of 3-5 years of progressive experience related to health equity, minority health, health disparities, public health, and health care. Experience and/or academic background preferred in issues of racial justice, reproductive justice, structural inequities, social determinants of health, health care transformation, and intersectionality.
To perform successfully in this role, applicant should possess the specific knowledge, skills and abilities outlined below:
Knowledge (acquired information necessary to do the job, kind of knowledge required for the job)
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of health policy issues, including as they relate to health equity.
- Familiarity with other health policy/health equity, civil rights, and relevant organizations.
- Existing ties or familiarity with thought leaders and policymakers in the health equity space, including individuals serving in the administration or in Congress.
- Understanding of the root causes of health equity and the social determinants of health and the ability to provide training and technical assistance to various audiences.
Skills (position-specific learned activity, generally gained through training)
- Strong oral, writing, presentation, and organizational skills.
- Strong project management, organizational and leadership skills to ensure successful project execution, including the utilization of project management software.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and Excel).
Abilities (position-specific talents; potential to perform tasks or functions)
- Demonstrated ability to have collegial relations – working and managing coalition partners and building consensus.
- Capacity to handle multiple competing priorities – including ability to be agile and work under pressure and meet deadlines.
- Ability to build trust and commitment to incorporate health equity issues among a wide range of staff with differing levels of experience, understanding, and prior commitment to the issues.
- Ability to identify obstacles and address problems cooperatively and in a timely manner.
- Ability to communicate information and ideas effectively under tight deadlines.
- Ability to work independently and in close coordination with teams with very minimal supervision.
- Ability to convey constructive feedback to peers and team members.
- Ability to be proactive in advancing ideas and priorities within a matrixed organizational environment.
- Ability to be creative, take initiative and demonstrate an ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment.
We offer a dynamic, empowering, and collaborative work environment that allows staff to reach their full potential. We provide an extremely attractive total compensation package, including competitive salary, hybrid work schedule: 3 days in office/2 optional WFH days, medical, dental, vision, disability and life, 403(b) retirement matching plan, 3+ weeks’ vacation, ten (10) Federal holidays and our offices are closed between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day and many more exciting benefit programs. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
How to Apply
We encourage all qualified candidates to apply online and include in your application: your cover letter, resume and writing sample. Families USA is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity. We do not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, age, disability, gender identity or expression, personal appearance, family responsibilities, political affiliation, results of genetic testing, or service in the military.
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