Policy Manager, NACHW

Brief Overview:

NACHW is seeking a Policy Manager (PM) to develop authentic relationships and collaborations with the NACHW Board, Members and Stakeholders across the country.

Position Description:

The PM will research, track, development and advocate for policies that respect, protect and partner with Community Health Workers and their organizations. The PM builds strategies and promotes recommendations that advance the NACHW CHW Policy Platform among public and private payers, employers and institutions who work with CHWs. They will strengthen community and public health systems by working at the intersection of public health policy and practice to create broad, long-lasting impact on CHW professional identity, sustainability, the social determinants of health, racial equity, and health systems/service transformation at the state and national level.

Working under the direction of the Executive Director, this person will coordinate the NACHW Policy Committee to research, analyze and develop recommendations for governmental and private partners and national membership to integrate their CHW roles, capacity and leadership into services and systems.

This person will have an MPA or MPH and at least 5 years of experience in CHW and/or health equity policy development at the state or national level. The PM must be a CHW/Promotora/CHR and/or have a strong respect for the CHW profession, racial equity and inclusion. Further this person should have a deep understanding of CHW history and policies, and federal and state policy development. This person should be familiar with national leaders/agencies impacting public health policy, the social determinants of health and health care access and quality. Writing samples of grant proposals, policy papers, reports or research will be requested.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provide technical assistance and education for individual members (CHWs and allies), CHW Networks/Associations, employers, state and federal government and philanthropy and the process of adopting and implementing a smoke-free policy.
  • Create strategies, recommendations and tools to support adoption of policies that advance CHW professional identity, policy leadership and sustainability in local, state and federal policy.
  • Work with CHWs to advance their policy knowledge, capacity and activities within their states and mobilize CHWs and allies nationally on key policy issues.
  • Coordinate the marketing and expansion of the CHW Document Resource Center in collaboration with the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Work with the NACHW Policy Committee to set agendas for monthly meetings, quarterly policy calls and national policy actions/endorsements and mobilization.
  • Serve as a liaison between NACHW and stakeholders on various advisories, think tanks or policy campaign initiatives.
  • Coordinate data collection, research, tracking and monitoring of policy trends and opportunities in partnership with national organizations, CHW Networks and NACHW members.
  • Coordinate and develop program reports and workplans; monitor progress of goals and objectives as defined by the program.
  • Write and edit materials including print and web copy for communication products and campaigns, including a quarterly newsletter.
  • Engage in formative research, including conducting environmental scans and literature reviews, supporting research plan and tool development, providing interview and focus group support, develop and lead up dissemination plans, conduct outreach for programs, and/or contribute to data analysis and report writing.
  • Assist project leads in project and client management, including developing meeting agendas, taking meeting notes, and developing project workplans and timelines

New Business Development & Thought Leadership 

  • Work with the NACHW team and HRiA staff in the new business development process as necessary including drafting, editing or supporting submission of new proposals.

Management and Supervision

  • Serve as a liaison with funders; manage clients, vendors, and consultants (researchers, translators) and/or interns as appropriate.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a description of duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Master’s in Public Health or Public Administration with 5 years of work experience
  • Strong organizational and time management skills, and ability to juggle many projects and tasks at once.
  • Strong writing, verbal communication, interpersonal and facilitation skills
  • Experience and skills in project management including developing workplans and working with clients, partners, community members and a range of stakeholders.
  • Keen understanding of CHW related public health issues and policies and ability to remain current on issues and practice.
  • Commitment to and understanding of racial health equity.
  • Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to travel to offsite meetings.
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team.
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor.

Preferred: 

  • Successful track record in policy advocacy and legislative engagement
  • Experience in facilitation and community organizing.
  • Experience working with CHWs/promotoras/community health representatives and other diverse coalitions and/or local governments.
  • Ability to work with a wide variety of identities and personalities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to working with diverse staff and improving public health.
  • A valid driver’s license is a plus.
  • Spanish language skills are a plus.

How to Apply:

HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks.

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online.



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