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Director of Health Policy

Washington, DC, USA | Non Profit Organization

  • Industry:
    Non-Profit / Social Enterprise
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    10-12 years
Job Description:
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The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization seeks a mission-driven skilled expert in health policy with excellent personal skills. The ideal candidate is highly motivated to work for the public good as Health Policy Director. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Director of Health Policy represents the National Consumers League as the key health spokesperson and consumer advocate on safe medication use, drug affordability, pricing and accessibility, navigation of the health care system, comprehensive health coverage for all, and the promotion of vaccines and other preventive health care options. Qualified candidates must be committed to patient and consumer education, be highly organized, have the ability to organize conferences and meetings, be experienced in testifying before Congressional and regulatory panels, meet with funders, write health related blogs and other social media outreach and general advocacy. Candidates must have a strong commitment to serving the public interest.


• Developing with Executive Director NCL positions on health care issues

• Overseeing and coordinating NCL’s health policy program. Setting the strategic plan for NCL’s health program overall

• Overseeing the program budget, grants, and project proposals

• Supervising associate health care staffer

• Working and collaborating with coalitions and the broad range of healthcare stakeholders, including patient and consumer advocacy groups, public health organizations, industry, health professional groups, academia, government officials, and others

• Leading national multi-media public education campaign on medication adherence (Script Your Future), including overseeing Team Challenge program, website, materials dissemination, and partnerships

• Nurturing and maintaining NCL’s Health Advisory Council

• Managing NCL’s health education projects

• Researching and producing consumer information on safe medication use, prevention, health care coverage, communication with health care professionals, and other health issues

• Developing strategic partnerships to support program activities § Planning forums on current health care issues

• Convening health care stakeholders to build consensus on policy and collaborating on solutions for consumers

• Evaluating program activities, monitoring outcomes, impact, and outreach through survey research, analysis, and documentation

• Advocating for consumers on health issues by writing letters, issuing statements and press releases, and engaging policymakers

• Analyzing and commenting on health legislation and regulations

• Appearing before federal and state regulatory and legislative agencies

• Writing and reporting on health policy issues and program activities for, NCL’s website, newsletters, and social media

• Representing NCL on numerous national coalitions and boards providing the consumer perspective on health issues

• Speaking at national and international meetings on consumer health issues

• Representing NCL policies and views to the media

Supervision: Supervises Health Policy Associate


• Advanced degree in public health, health policy, law, or a related field required

• At least 10 years of experience working on health/healthcare policy and issues

• Commitment to public interest work

• Strong oral and written communications skills, personal and research skills

• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail 

• Understanding of federal and state regulatory and legislative processes Understanding

• Ability to work with multidisciplinary groups

• Ability to successfully juggle multiple projects and priorities in a fast-paced environment

• Strong interpersonal skills

• Ability to work well both independently and with others Proficiency in public speaking

• Willingness to travel as needed 

• Hands-on working knowledge of MS Office Suite

Preferred but not required:

• Project management experience

• Development/fundraising experience

• Grants management experience

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