Sr. Policy Associate

Washington, District of Columbia-Washington
Sep 16, 2020
Oct 21, 2020
Full Time
Leads mental health policy, systems change and advocacy initiatives, with a particular focus on perinatal mental health and infant and early childhood mental health as part of the Child Health Advocacy Institute's Community Mental Health team. Works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to improve health, mental health, and other outcomes for young children and families in Washington, DC. Advances novel and innovative policy, financing and sustainability approaches and mechanisms. Engages and collaborates with community, families, healthcare leaders, direct service providers, nonprofit partners, academic institutions, and local government leaders to improve the city's mental health continuum of care for children and families, and promote positive and healthy development of children.


Minimum Education
Bachelor's Degree (Required) - Related field preferred (e.g., public policy, public administration, public health, law) with 5 years related experience.
Master's Degree (Highly Preferred) - Related field preferred (e.g., public policy, public administration, public health, law)

Minimum Work Experience
5 years e xperience working collaboratively with multi-disciplinary teams, in healthcare and/or child and family policy (Required)
3 years experience in healthcare/Medicaid financing, integrated care and/or early childhood systems-building (Preferred)

Functional Accountabilities

Policy Research, Analysis, Synthesis and Communication
1. Leads development of high-quality materials, such as formal papers, issue brief, memos, PowerPoints, testimony and comment letters
2. Analyzes, synthesizes, and summarizes legislative, regulatory and public policy issues affecting the Community Mental Health team
3. Leads communication of relevant policy issues to internal and external stakeholders
4. Maintains understanding of advances in mental health area(s) of responsibility and incorporates into work
5. Identifies and addresses system barriers in collaboration with staff and partners

Policy Liaison
1. Leads internal and external collaborations and working groups with policy leaders, healthcare providers, researchers and multidisciplinary staff, community agencies, partners and families
2. Represents the Community Mental Health team's interests in relevant internal and external coalitions and meetings
3. Participates in external speaking engagements, when applicable
4. Communicates barriers, challenges and any other issues that affect progress
5. Builds and maintains strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders and engages them to contribute to and advance policy priorities

Policy Development
1. Develops policy recommendations based on evidence-informed research, provider experience and family and community knowledge
2. Contributes and advances novel and innovative policy, sustainability and financing ideas and strategies
3. Contributes to strategic planning and development of policy framework, agenda and priorities
4. Works in partnership with Community Mental Health team, hospital departments and other stakeholders to develop and lead multiple policy initiatives and advance sustainability of key programs
5. Assists in the development and completion of key milestones and deliverables in order to achieve desired results and impact

Administrative and Budget Coordination
1. Recommends and participates in development of new processes and systems to meet policy initiative and team needs
2. Oversees coordination of meetings and events
3. Participates in bi-weekly supervision and relevant staff meetings and events
4. Contributes to budget reports
5. Other administrative tasks as assigned

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Commitment/Identification
1. Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


1. Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
2. Partner with all team members to achieve goals
3. Receptive to others' ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

1. Contribute to a positive work environment
2. Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
3. Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
4. Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

1. Use resources efficiently
2. Search for less costly ways of doing things


1. Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
2. Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
3. Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
4. Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
5. Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
6. Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Children's National Health System is an equal opportunity employer that evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender, identity, or other characteristics protected by law.

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