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Director of Public Policy

The Coalition for Behavioral Health, Inc.


Under the direction of the President & CEO, the Director of Public Policy will manage the public policy and advocacy activities to increase opportunities for the agency membership. Oversees the development and implementation of public policy and advocacy initiatives through planning, developing and executing on local, state, and federal policy work, with an emphasis on educating decision makers and growing the number of advocates. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

•Work with the President & CEO and other stakeholders to develop and implement The Coalition’s public policy and advocacy agenda, and action plan to achieve legislative and advocacy goals.
•Research and analyze New York State and City budgets, Executive, Legislative and policy proposals in areas that impact the organization’s membership.
•Develop and carry out policy and advocacy strategies, including writing reports and position papers, developing educational materials and by presenting information on complex issues to government officials and staff, as well as other audiences.
•Cultivate and maintain relationships with individual stakeholders, care coordination networks, managed organizations, coalition partners and government agencies.
•Organize meetings with key officials, affiliated organizations and interested partners, including the preparation of briefing materials.
•Produce regular reports for key stakeholders regarding progress on public policy and advocacy initiatives.
•Work with communications staff to present agency issues to media and public audiences, including through press releases and the organization’s website, blog and social media.
•Represent The Coalition at public hearings, committees and taskforces, with appropriate support as needed.
•Coordinate and host advocacy forums for policymakers and with Coalition members and advocacy groups on important community issues.
•Perform other duties as required.


•Strong knowledge of New York State and City politics and policy, familiarity with health and human services policy a plus.
•Effective communication skills: verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
•Excellent presentation, analytical and research skills.
•Ability to multi-task and adapt to changing priorities.
•Effective use of software and web-based applications – Word, Excel, Access, Outlook and PowerPoint preferred.
•Ability to navigate and meet the needs of multiple stakeholders.
•Organized, resourceful and high attention to detail, with a drive for quality.
•Sophisticated approach to problem solving,communications and outcomes.
•Comfortable working in team environment.
•Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in public policy, public administration or a related field.
•Minimum five years' in a public policy or advocacy position.


Please email a resume and cover letter to: with subject line: “Director of Public Policy”.

The Coalition for Behavioral Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers equal opportunities for employment for all qualified applicants consistent with federal, state and local laws.

Posted on 07/09/18; CVMHA ID #12184