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Community Catalyst is a leading non-profit national health advocacy organization dedicated to advancing a movement for health equity and justice. We partner with local, state and national advocates to leverage and build power so all people can influence decisions that affect their health. Health systems will not be accountable to people without a fully engaged and organized community voice. That’s why we work every day to ensure people’s interests are represented wherever important decisions about health and health care are made: in communities, state houses and on Capitol Hill. Learn more about our vision for the future in our five-year strategic plan.
This position is responsible for providing administrative and program support to two or three of the organization’s senior leaders. Collectively, these individuals are responsible for some of the organization’s most dynamic and fast-moving advocacy and policy initiatives. On any given day, the policy associate will be supporting fights to protect health care on the national front and advancing state-specific initiatives.
Along with logistical responsibilities (e.g., travel, scheduling), this person will help plan team meetings and events. The successful candidate is someone who can assess priorities on the go, “manage up,” communicate directly, respond to time sensitive needs with poise, and work efficiently and effectively in a team atmosphere.
The person in this role must be creative and enjoy working in an environment that is mission-driven, results-driven and consumer/community oriented. The ideal individual will have the ability to exercise good judgment in a variety of situations, with strong written and verbal communication, administrative, and organizational skills, and the ability to maintain a realistic balance among multiple priorities. The Policy Associate will have the ability to work independently on projects and must be able to work under pressure at times to handle a wide variety of activities (e.g., funding proposals/reports, policy and press related documents) and confidential matters with discretion.
This position is included in a collective bargaining unit represented by a staff union, Community Catalyst United, and specific employment terms may be subject to a future Collective Bargaining Agreement.
The Policy Associate is supervised by the Associate Director of Policy.
- Provides administrative and program support to two or three of the organization’s senior leaders. This support includes, for example, drafting correspondence, scheduling extremely active calendars that include onsite and offsite meetings and calls, making travel arrangements, electronic and paper file maintenance, and taking notes.
- Plans team meetings and events including scheduling, arranging technology supports as needed and taking notes.
- Provides administrative support to the development of issue briefs, PowerPoint presentations, action alerts, blog posts, fact sheets, helps with drafting, and other materials. Assures people being supported are well informed of upcoming commitments and responsibilities, following up appropriately. Acts as a “barometer,” having a sense for the issues taking place in the organization and keeping people updated.
- Prioritizes conflicting needs; handles matters expeditiously, proactively, and follows-through on projects to successful completion, often with deadline pressures.
- Supports meeting facilitation including technology needs for some policy and development related meetings.
- Maintains confidentiality as this person has access to email and meetings that include sensitive information about organization structure, finances and personnel.
- Perform other duties as necessary to achieve the goals of the department and organization.
- Bachelor’s degree or one to two years of relevant work experience.
- Commitment to social justice and to the mission of Community Catalyst.
- Exceptionally organized with strong attention to detail.
- Able to take initiative, process information quickly and make responsible decisions.
- Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability and excitement to work independently as well as within a team.
- Excellent follow-up and follow-through skills in a deadline driven environment.
- Ability to work with people who have different work styles and anticipate needs before they arise (i.e., manage up).
- Ability and interest to quickly learn about organizational operations, relevant policy issues and political events.
- Demonstrated ability to work in multi-cultural environments with flexibility and professional maturity.
- Emotional maturity.
- Forward looking thinker, who actively seeks opportunities and proposes solutions
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office, web, and databases (e.g., experience with Salesforce desirable, but not required).
- Bilingual/bicultural background desirable, but not required.
- Ability to travel 2 to 3 times per year.
Salary and Benefits
- Competitive annual salary: $43,000 – $48,500
- Generous paid time-off policy
- Robust benefits package
- Fully remote
Applicants should submit a resume with a one-page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Policy Associate” in the subject line.