Senior Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy, the HAVI

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Senior Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy to play a critical role in supporting the advocacy efforts of community members, professional organizations, lawmakers, and health care providers to foster the growth of HVIPs locally and nationally for the HAVI.

Position Description:

To heal communities affected by violence, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention ( fosters hospital and community collaborations to advance equitable, trauma-informed care for violence intervention/ prevention programs. Our vision is to build a system of healthcare that mobilizes hospitals and communities to end violence, together.

Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) vary in their design and scope. Essential components of HVIPs include a brief intervention to violently injured patients in the emergency department or at the hospital bedside and intensive community-based case management services following discharge. HVIP services are provided by culturally competent Violence Prevention Professionals. HVIPs are rooted in the philosophy that violence is preventable, and that violent injury offers a “teachable moment” and unique opportunity to break cycles of violence. HVIPs embrace a public health approach to violence prevention as they are grounded in data, which indicate that victims of violence are at elevated risk for re-injury and violence perpetration. This model has been the subject of numerous peer-reviewed studies indicating promising impact on injury recidivism, criminal justice contact, and trauma symptoms. HVIPs are now a recommended practice by the federal government.

The network has grown to hundreds of individuals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, violence prevention professionals, outreach workers and researchers who are affiliated with 491 member programs in the U.S., Canada, England, and El Salvador. Our goal is to support the growth of HVIPs throughout the United States. The HAVI is structured within 4 divisions: Capacity Building, Organizational Growth and Equity, Policy and Communications, and Communities of Practice.

HVIPs are one of a handful of evidence-informed practices that support cities reduce violence and scale trauma-informed care. The field has largely been fractured, and recent federal, state and local advocacy efforts have helped encourage collaboration and coordination across various approaches. This shift – from individual programs to integrated strategies – has led to an emergent concept of a community violence intervention ecosystem (CVI ecosystem).

The HAVI conducts direct advocacy with community members, lawmakers, and health care providers. There is growing momentum to create a state-by-state strategy for supporting the growth of hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs). As part of our commitment to inform public policies related to violent victimization and the growth of HVIPs, the HAVI has produced policy papers, drafted legislation, and advocated within professional associations.

The HAVI is a fiscally sponsored project of Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA).

This position will have a specialized focus on the creation and implementation of state-level Medicaid policy to support community violence prevention. The Senior Coordinator will accomplish this by providing policy analysis and technical assistance to local HVIP programs, advocacy groups, as well as state legislatures and Medicaid administering agencies. The ideal candidate has at least two years of experience working in government on either legislative or regulatory affairs and has a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds, such as academic, community, advocacy. We would prefer candidates who are familiar with the Medicaid program and understand the impact of addressing social determinants of health through policy and advocacy.

The Senior Coordinator is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range between $75,000 and $85,000, based on skills and experience. The HAVI is a fully remote organization that is fiscally sponsored by HRiA. All HAVI staff who are fully vaccinated may work in HRiA’s Boston office as desired and/or conduct in-person work activities as necessary. This position can be fully remote or hybrid, depending on the location of the candidate.

HRiA offers strong benefits to its employees, including competitive salaries, health insurance, retirement plan, flexible summer hours, vacation starting at 4 weeks, 13 paid holidays, plus office closure time during the last week of December.

The Senior Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy will report to the Director of Policy and Advocacy. This is an exempt, full-time, fully remote position.


Duties and Responsibilities:

This includes but is not limited to the following:


  • In collaboration with the Director of Policy and Advocacy, operationalize strategic priorities for the department
  • Manage and coordinate stakeholder engagement in multiple state-level policy campaigns
  • Track hours spent lobbying government agencies

Project Work

  • Analyze and monitor state-level legislative and regulatory efforts that pertain to community violence
  • Promote, develop, and provide technical assistance to legislative bodies and regulatory agencies for the creation of Medicaid violence prevention benefits
  • Participate in stakeholder and coalition meetings to assist in the development of new violence prevention policies.
  • Prepare testimony and provide technical assistance to stakeholders who need assistance in such preparation.
  • Contribute to cross-organizational projects and provide relevant information to other HAVI departments to inform them of policy work and opportunities.

Thought Leadership

  • Work in a collaborative manner with HAVI partners and advocacy coalitions by participating in meetings, monitoring the state of the policy landscape, and directly supporting the coalition’s efforts
  • Produce memoranda, statements, and other knowledge products as needed
  • Work collaboratively with the HAVI communications team to translate policy efforts for diverse audiences

Business Development

  • Assist with proposal writing and/or submission as needed

Special Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Strong preference for candidates with at least 3 – 5 years of experience developing or advocating for public health policy through governmental agencies, legislative bodies, or advocacy organizations.
  • Knowledge of issues related to Medicaid administration and billing
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must

Candidate Qualifications:

  • A commitment to racial equity, and diversity of thought, respectful of cultural backgrounds, and perspectives
  • Organized, detail-oriented and able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate multiple tasks with accuracy and adapt to changing priorities
  • High level of engagement and self-motivation, with a demonstrated ability to commit to and follow through on projects and strong organizational skills and accuracy.
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal skills, including communicating by videoconference, phone, and/or in person (when needed) with community members and organizational partners
  • Able to work independently and as a part of a team
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Excel, Word, Teams, OneNote and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in or capability of learning new software, including Zoom, Insightly (CRM) and Adobe Acrobat
  • Experience in event and meeting planning, coordination, and logistical support
  • Excellent problem solving, organizational, and critical thinking skills
  • Resourceful self-starter with a proven ability to perform under tight deadlines
  • Ability to travel nationally, at the HAVI’s expense

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 particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

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 workforce that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally sepcific 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 resume and cover letter online.

Please include in your cover letter experience (paid or unpaid) as it relates to this job description as well as any other relevant or adjacent skill sets. Resume and application materials will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online by May 31, 2023. Please note that the interview process will consist of a minimum of two video interviews and the submission of relevant work samples or a written skills-based exercise. If accommodation is required, we welcome any request at any point in the application process.

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