Senior State Advocacy Manager
Join a national organization committed to advancing a movement to race equity and health justice.
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.
Community Catalysts’ Senior State Advocacy Managers work in more than 40 states to build community leadership and strong, organized community partnerships to shape health policy at the federal, state and local levels. Working with state and local partners, we develop effective state-based advocacy networks and leverage their influence for multi-state and national impact, working intentionally to build community power and advance a broader movement anchored in race equity and health justice.
In the Senior State Advocacy Manager role, you will manage relationships with state and community-based advocacy organizations throughout the country, providing capacity building and technical assistance support to build organizations’ capacities in campaign development, communications, coalition and stakeholders alliance, policy, grassroots organizing, resource development, and power building. You will manage a portfolio of local, tribal, state and national partners who are running health advocacy and policy campaigns to advance health justice. You will offer strategic coaching to partners to support them in power building and organizing to drive policy change. You will support partners in centering community knowledge and grounding their campaign work centering people most impacted by health inequities in current policies and have been historically excluded from decisions surrounding access to coverage and quality care.
You will create advocacy toolkits, facilitate learning webinars, and help craft the narrative of our work to advance health equity. You will be a solutions-oriented team player, a strong facilitator, and have the ability to take initiative within your scope of work. Ideally, your experiences will be grounded in power building and organizing and you will have a deep commitment to racial equity and anti-racism.
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 Senior State Advocacy Manager is supervised by a Community Catalyst Associate Director or Director.
- Manage relationships with 5-7 local, tribal, state and national community partner organizations across the country, including day-to-day interactions, grants and program requirements.
- Assist local, tribal, state and national partners to implement advocacy campaigns with a special focus on organizing communities and creating advocacy campaigns around health policy topics. This will require nimbleness and thinking ‘outside the box’ to weave together policy-heavy topics that may not easily lend themselves to advocacy campaigns.
- Work with partners to ensure a race equity and power-building lens throughout their campaign work.
- Communicate with colleagues to provide timely project updates, coordinate capacity building requests from partner organizations and assist with project management tasks as assigned.
- Build the capacity of state-based and grassroots organizations to advocate for change through coaching, facilitating peer-to-peer learning, and by connecting partner organizations to issue experts at Community Catalyst and our national partners. Areas of support include issue campaign planning, coalition-building, grassroots organizing, strategic communications, policy strategy, financial sustainability and organizational development, all with a strong lens of racial justice and anti-racism.
- Catalyze and help lead strategies to bring anti-racism and health equity to the forefront in our program work and in the organization’s overall work. At different times, this may include leading formal or informal Community Catalyst teams or committees, coaching staff, conducting public speaking, leading workshops and conference calls, providing technical assistance and developing tools about health equity.
- Plan and facilitate learning community calls and create advocacy toolkits for partner networks.
- Actively participate as a member of internal Community Catalyst teams, including helping to plan our annual conference and serving on our technical assistance provider team.
- Provide written contributions to grant proposals and funder reports, as needed.
- Meaningfully support programs and projects within Community Catalyst core initiatives with new and existing program design, proposal development, planning, evaluation, and reporting.
- Additional duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree plus 4 years relevant work experience or 6 years relevant work experience
- Experience in grassroots organizing, advocacy or campaign planning, and partnering with diverse coalitions and stakeholders
- Experience providing capacity building support/technical assistance, coaching, and/or training in one or more of the following areas: Medicaid/care coverage and enrollment, medical debt, substance use disorders, justice-involved populations, gender equity, sexual and reproductive health, maternal health, oral health, public health/health systems.
- Proven skills in developing sustainable relationships and collaborations, including a demonstrated ability to appreciate and adapt to different cultural communications norms and styles
- Ability to translate policy-heavy information and goals into organizing and/or advocacy campaign opportunities
- Ability to convey complex information verbally and in writing so it is easily understood by diverse audiences
- Ability to manage several projects at once, respond to tight timelines, pay attention to detail, and operate effectively and collaboratively
- Demonstrated commitment to health justice and equity, and racial justice
- Previous experience in partnering with program leadership to lead an initiative within a program or project and identifying significant ways to improve project work, implementing those initiatives with approval of leadership
- Experience managing or participating in health policy issue campaigns.
- Knowledge of health care policy
- Lived experience in the above-mentioned issue areas.
Salary & Benefits
- Salary Range: $62,150 – $68,000
- Generous paid time off policy
- Robust benefits package
- Location: Remote position, flexibility in supporting different time zones will be required
Applicants should submit a resume as a document with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please put “Senior State Advocacy Manager, Programs & Advocacy” in the subject line.