Posting Date:  06/06/2019
Job Title:  Health Policy Specialist
Salary:  $4,762.71-$6,701.60/month
Entity:  Spokane Regional Health District
Closing Date:  Open Until Filled


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.

Primary Duties

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.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Knowledge of public health policies and practices based on research and evidence-based practice
Skills in policy analysis including policy, systems, and environmental change methods
Knowledge of health equity and the social determinants of health
Knowledge of the health in all policies approach within the public health practice
Skills in the implementation of policy initiatives at the local and state level
Knowledge of the guidelines between advocacy and lobbying
Knowledge of relationship building strategies
Knowledge of communication processes and guidelines
Skills in community mobilization
Interpersonal and communications skills; strong public presentation and meeting facilitation skills
Ability to interact with diverse customers and stakeholders demonstrating cultural, ethnic, and gender sensitivity and competence
Ability to build effective working relations with elected and appointed government officials
Ability to take a collaborative and team-based approach to projects
Research and analytical skills, translation of complex policy issues into easily understood and concise communications
Social relationship building skills with variety of audiences; conflict management skills
Computer skills using Office 365 and SharePoint
Writing and editing ability
Project management ability
Ability to use professionalism in controversial, complex, and public situations
Ability to manage multiple goals and projects concurrently to meet deadlines
Visionary and pragmatic to work towards agency goals and priorities
Ability to use independent judgement and initiative with limited supervision
Ability to work with multiple populations with diverse backgrounds
Passionate about public health and the reduction of health inequities

Environmental Factors:
Indoors, sedentary with 8 hrs./day sitting or standing
2-4 hrs./day typing/keyboarding
Communication skills to interact effectively with people
Comprehend and process verbal communication
Visual acuity to read small print
Must be able to bend, twist and stoop, and lift/carry up to 20 lbs. on an occasional basis
Ability to type, file and complete forms with or without accommodation
Ability to operate a vehicle or otherwise access multiple sites in a timely manner
Ability to travel frequently within state

Contact Information

Spokane Regional Health District
Human Resources
1101 West College Ave #345
Spokane, WA 99201


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