Director, State Affairs

Washington, District of Columbia, United States Full-time

Working closely with the departments of PCA and Network Relations, Regulatory Affairs, Federal Affairs and others in NACHC, increase the awareness among Primary Care Associations (PCA), Health Center Controlled Networks (HCCN) and other relevant organizations of federal and state-based policy and program developments that affect quality and access to primary and preventative health care services and assist PCA/HCCN’s in their efforts to position health centers to drive state level transformation efforts.

Essential Functions: 

  • Develop and provide training and technical assistance to support PCA/HCCN efforts to respond effectively to federal and state policy trends related to primary care access, workforce, value based payment, improving quality outcomes and partnership development;
  • Facilitate and support the development of various reimbursement models for health centers that further position and enhance health center participation in state and national transformation efforts;
  • Organize and conduct national conferences related to the above issues, including developing various interactive educational sessions and national learning collaboratives;
  • Identify, draft and/or distribute federal and state regulatory and policy analysis, reports on promising practices, updates, and tool kits and other materials that highlight relevant state and federal policy issues, including Medicaid, the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, Medicare, delivery system redesign and value based purchasing, state funding for health centers, health care quality and access, workforce, health disparities and special populations;
  • Collaborate with national organizations and funders, that focus on state health policy, to further the health center policy agenda and provide technical support to enhance PCA/HCCN infrastructure and policy expertise;
  • Provide guidance and support to PCAs on forming strategic state and regional partnerships and operationalizing state advocacy plans to better position health centers in various state environments; and
  • Other duties assigned by the Associate Vice President of Public Policy and Research.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in health policy or public health (preferred) and a minimum of 6 years related work experience;
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills;
  • Previous work experience with state level organizations/affiliates: experience with community health center, PCAs or HCCNs (preferred);
  • Strong management and leadership skills;
  • Fundraising experience; and
  • Strong background in Medicaid policy, health legislation, and other regulatory and policy issues.

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