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Health Policy Associate - WA Assoc. of Community & Migrant Health Centers

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Location: Olympia, WA
Full-time position
Closing Date: open until filled
Job #11351
Posted: April 19, 2017
  • Manages the Oral Health and Behavioral Health programs, including staffing the Board of Directors Dental Committee and Behavioral Health Committee, coordinating monthly meetings, planning and executing two large quarterly events, and facilitating technical assistance opportunities.
  • Collaborates with the Community Health Network of Washington and the National Association of Community Health Centers to achieve legislative and regulatory objectives.
  • Coordinates the Dental Learning Network, which enables community health center dental staff to develop the leadership, organizational, and evidence-based practice skills to improve oral health care in their communities.
  • Assists with the quarterly collection of community health center oral health data.
  • Helps prepare and advocate for the organization’s policy agenda, including identifying and researching policy proposals, developing messaging and advocacy strategies, and analyzing and tracking pending legislation and budget proposals.
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with key staff in the state legislature, state agencies, and partner organizations.
  • Coordinates the organization’s involvement in key meetings, hearings, and events; identifies and prepares appropriate Board of Directors, community health center staff, and patient representatives to participate in advocacy activities.
  • Ensures timely communication with a wide variety of audiences (health center management, policymakers, coalition partners, and media) through the preparation of hearing testimony, talking points, research briefs, press releases, etc.
  • Facilitates the flow of information between WACMHC and the dental and behavioral health staff of member health centers through site visits, technical assistance and training, and other events. Position requires frequent travel across Washington State for both program- and policy-related commitments.
  • Manages additional projects related to oral and behavioral health as assigned.
  • Provides research and analysis support on ad hoc projects and issue areas.




  • Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in Public Health, Health Administration, Political Science, Public Relations, Public Administration, or related field.
  • Three years of clinical and/or public health related professional experience required.
  • Experience and/or course work related to statistical analysis and research methods.
  • Experience working with executive agencies, legislatures, or policy/advocacy organizations preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated understanding of health systems and population health principles.
  • Ability to adapt to rapid change and work well under pressure. Highly self-motivated and able to solve problems logically.
  • Knowledge of oral and behavioral health care and clinical practice principles. Familiarity with using data to drive quality improvement in a primary care setting.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including an ability to clearly translate complex information for various audiences.
  • Knowledge and experience developing needs assessments or conducting program evaluations.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills and demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Experience in meeting event planning and facilitation, including virtual meetings. Experience developing and administering surveys using Survey Monkey preferred.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of quantitative and qualitative research and analysis methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders to achieve consensus on an issue.
  • Professional demeanor and ability to maintain confidentiality while working with various groups of people with strong and differing views.
  • Commitment to the mission of community health centers.

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