Assistant Director of Policy
|Employment duration:||Full time|
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About Whitman-Walker Health
At Whitman-Walker, we strive to treat each patient with the dignity, affirmation, and respect they deserve. Our mission is to be the highest quality, culturally competent federally qualified health center serving the greater Washington community, including individuals who face barriers to accessing care, and with expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. We offer comprehensive health and wellness services including, primary and specialty infectious disease care; behavioral, community, and sexual health; dental, legal, and complimentary wellness services; substance abuse treatment, youth prevention ser vices, and more.
The Assistant Director of Policy will work closely with WWH’s Senior Director of Policy, other WWH staff, and key outside advocates to develop and pursue a public policy agenda that advances WWH’s mission, with particular emphasis on the health and wellness of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) individuals and families, and persons living with or at particular risk of HIV. The Assistant Director will be responsible for researching relevant federal, state and District of Columbia laws and policies; research relevant public health literature; write testimony, position papers, blog posts and articles on relevant subjects; participating in coalitions and partnerships with other advocacy organizations; working closely with the Senior Director of Policy and other key WWH staff to develop advocacy strategies on key issues; and representing WWH in meetings with policy decision-makers and in legislative, administrative and judicial proceedings.
The position will offer exciting opportunities to work closely with WWH medical and behavioral health providers, community health professionals, researchers, lawyers and educators, to shape an expanding policy agenda and to have a real impact on LGBTQ health and well-being and HIV treatment and prevention, and to address inequities that intersect different sexual orientations, genders, races, ethnicities and ages.
In addition, the Assistant Director of Policy will work in partnership with the Senior Directors of Policy, Research, and Clinical Education and Training; the Chief of External Affairs; and WWH’s Executive Director to plan for and implement a new Whitman-Walker Institute combining research, policy and education.
Primary Essential Duties
Research health-related articles, papers, legislative and administrative agency materials, court decisions, and other sources of medical, behavioral health, public health, economic and demographic information relevant to WWH’s public policy agenda.
Some oversight of the Policy budget, in conjunction with the Senior Director of Policy and Chief of External Affairs.
Oversight of interns and potentially junior Policy staff as the Department grows.
Knowledge, Skills, and Talents Required
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent research and analytical skills, including the ability to understand, interpret and present medical, behavioral health, public health and demographic data.
Ability to understand and discuss relevant legal issues, including statutes, legislative history, regulations, other administrative agency policy documents, and court decisions.
Excellent face to face interpersonal skills, with the ability to work effectively with government officials, with professionals across a wide range of disciplines, and with individuals across a wide range of experience, perspectives and educational backgrounds.
Excellent organizational skills and the demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple projects with limited supervision.
Willingness and ability to work occasional evenings and weekends, and to travel throughout the metropolitan area as needed.
Ability to work harmoniously with persons of diverse races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, genders and educational and cultural backgrounds.
Education and Experience Required
A graduate degree in public health, public policy or public administration, or a law degree – or comparable experience or educational qualifications.While a law degree is not required, an ability to understand and present basic legal concepts is critical.Similarly, while educational training in medical, behavioral health or other public health research is not required, an ability to understand and utilize medical, behavioral health and public health studies and literature is necessary.
At least four (4) years of experience with health-related policy issues, including at least two (2) years of direct experience as an analyst of and advocate for issues of LGBT equality, health and wellness, and/or HIV prevention and treatment.
Working conditions for this position are normal for an office environment. As noted above, the individual may be required to work evenings and/or weekends.
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