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Spokane Regional Health District


1101 W College Ave
Spokane, WA 99201

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Job Category: Other

Employment: Full Time

Salary: $4,762.71 - $6, 701.60/mo. Starting is usually $4,762.71


Benefits: Medical, Dental, Vision, Retirement Options, Paid Vacation, Paid Holidays, Paid Sick Leave, On Site Fitness Room, Flexible Work Schedules and much more!

Listing Expires: May 24, 2019

Job Description:

Purpose: Under direction of the Administrative Officer and in close collaboration with executive leadership, the Health Policy Specialist will implement the Spokane Regional Health District's (SRHD) policy agenda relative to current priorities and goals of the agency.

Leadership and Relationships
•Provide leadership and guidance to executive leadership and staff regarding policy and advocacy work.
•Attend and represent the agency at community forums, government councils, and other venues locally and in the state with a focus on policy.
•Build local strategic partnerships to align our efforts with other organizations for strengthened support on key policies, working to improve sector and governmental department collaboration around community health goals.
•Participate on statewide policy groups to interface and advocate for public health policy and align efforts, such as WSALPHO, WSNA, Roundtable, Prevention Alliance, Within Reach, and others.
•Work with elected officials at all levels, elected official's staff, board of health (BOH) members, agency executives and staff on health policy initiatives.
•Monitor, analyze, and track federal, state, and local legislation, regulation, and implementation in targeted policy areas, identifying opportunities for engagement.
•Provide leadership for the continued implementation and development of policy evaluation tools.
•Advises ELT of recommended interactions and messaging with local, state and federal elected leaders coordinating the messaging with our BOH intent,WSALPHO collaboration, and NACCHO, ASTHO and APHA positions as appropriate. Provide talking points to staff to ensure consistency.
•Represent and testify on public health issues on behalf of agency at local and state levels
•Provide leadership in creating a policy agenda for SRHD.

Evaluation and Analysis
•Conduct quantitative and qualitative analysis, including literature and policy scans. Summarize findings.
•Work with staff to develop policies and systems (taking environmental changes into consideration to address the root cause of conditions that influence premature death and injury using a health in all policies approach).
•Analyze public policies for their potential impact on public health, including equity concerns, utilizing tools for evaluation.
•Write reports, briefs, concept papers, presentations, and other content summarizing results from policy research and analysis for own, staff, and management use.
•Respond, in consultation with program staff as appropriate, to draft and pending local, state and national policies, providing the public health perspective, in both written and oral format, at public hearings or meetings.

Development and Education
•Provide policy recommendations to executive leadership that align with agency mission, vision, public health programs, and strategic plan priorities.
•Assist in defining a relevant, focused, and feasible policy analysis agenda with work plan for moving policies forward, working closely with the executive leadership.
•Work with executive leadership to inform and educate policy makers, community partners, coalition partners, advocates, funders, media contacts, and the general public about local public health priorities.
•Develop a communication plan and present findings related to policy development in ways that will effectively reach diverse audiences, including using staff to distribute the information.
•Conduct trainings with staff and/or community members on policy analysis, development, and implementation.
•Lead agency-sponsored policy efforts and educational campaigns.

Grant Coordination
•Provide input to staff on grant applications and data assessments on policy implications and/or recommendations including content contribution
•Coordinate agency policy and system activities proposals related to seeking and applying for grant funding.

Other Duties
•Maintain HIPPA and 42 C.F.R. Part 2 confidentiality requirements.
•Perform other duties and special projects as assigned

Required Minimum Qualifications:
•Bachelor’s degree in public health, public policy, political science, public/business administration, or related field. Master’s degree preferred in public health, public policy, political science, public/business administration, or related field.
•Four years of progressively responsible and relevant experience related to public health or health policy. A combination of education and experience may be considered provided the individual’s background demonstrates the knowledge, skills and abilities required for the position.

Required Licensure/Certifications:
•Valid motor vehicle driver’s license and current automobile insurance.

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