Posted on October 4, 2012
Washington Community Mental Health Council
Washington Community Mental Health Council - Policy Analyst
The Washington Community Mental Health Council is adding a Policy Analyst to develop relationships with state policymakers, administrative officials, elected officials, coalitions, and community partners. Building on the already sterling reputation of the team, the Policy Analyst will have the chance to play a key role in working with a small, collaborative, smart team to providing behavioral health policy research, analysis and advocacy for the members.
The Washington Community Mental Health Council (WCMHC) is a nonprofit, professional association of licensed community mental health centers across Washington. WCMHC provides its 39 member organizations three critical benefits: 1) representation in Olympia to ensure the right policy and action are being set and carried out, 2) education and professional development, 3) peer support and networking opportunities. WCMHC member agencies provide approximately 90% of the community mental health outpatient services in Washington, serving over 100,000 low-income individuals each year, primarily adults with serious mental illness and children or youth with severe emotional disturbances.
To learn more about WCMHC and the policy analyst position, please see the complete position profile.
The Ideal Candidate
Intelligent, talented candidates who are invigorated by the broader healthcare debate and want to partner with policy makers on behalf of WCMHC member organizations to affect change are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate has experience quickly distilling lengthy, complex information down into a few key points, communicates effectively with a diverse set of stakeholders, and advocates with polite persistence. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who takes pride in the quality of their work, enjoys being part of a nimble team, and posses a voracious appetite for knowledge.
Key Skills and Experience:
Knowledge of the healthcare and mental health systems and policies; a particular focus on children is a plus.
Ability to see the big picture while focusing on specific policies
Superior written and oral communication skills are essential.
Analytical, systems-oriented thinker
At least three years of experience in health or behavioral health management, public policy development, and advocacy.
Excellent customer service and collaboration skills.
Bachelors degree is required, a Masters degree in health policy, social work, or public administration is strongly preferred.
Experience working with a Board and/or committees is desired.
The position requires travel across Washington state (at least 6 annual trips and travel to stakeholder meetings up to two times per week during the legislative session).
WCMHC is a progressive, equal opportunity employer and all candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Screening interviews will begin October 1st. For immediate consideration, please use the reference code FC241 in the subject line, address your cover letter and resume to Jill Lindmeier, and email your materials to email@example.com.