This is a highly responsible professional position working under the general direction of the Chief Executive Officer. It involves frequent collaboration with fellow staff, committee members, funding agencies, federal and other governmental officials, partner organizations, local public health agencies and, as requested by the Chief Executive Officer, with NACCHOs board members. The work of this position requires the exercise of discretion, sound independent judgment, a high level of accountability, and the ability to maintain the trust of other members of the Management Team.
The Chief provides vision and leadership in engaging, serving, and advancing the interests of local health departments through strategic advocacy. By increasing awareness and knowledge about the functions of local health departments among policy makers, partners, the media, and the public, and by identifying and acting on opportunities to advance local health department interests, the Chief ensures that those interests are represented effectively and that federal policies affecting local health departments serve their needs to the greatest extent possible.
As a leader and manager of employees, the Chief is responsible for planning, organizing and managing a team typically comprised of professional and support staff.
Incumbents generally have eight or more years of experience in their discipline and a Masters Degree or the equivalent, as well as substantive experience at the Senior Director level.
- A Bachelors or Masters degree in public health or a related field with at least 10 years of relevant experience.
- Expert knowledge of Congressional and Executive Branch processes as well as knowledge of the public health community required.
- Demonstrated success and use of mature political judgment in developing and implementing strategies to achieve objectives in public policy, including use of direct and grassroots/grasstops lobbying strategies, media, and data, in the areas of public health or other health policy.
- Excellent communication skills, with the ability to clearly articulate complex ideas and arguments in a manner appropriate to the audience.
- Strategic thinker with an open and collaborative style of leadership that fosters teamwork and sustains a learning environment for staff.
- Experience representing constituencies or clients in an association or other environment.
- Ability to establish and maintain credibility and constructive working relationships with a wide variety of strategic partners.
- Strong knowledge of effective coaching and constructive feedback practices to enhance the job performance of staff and others.
- Preferred: General knowledge of national non-profit association practices
- Good working knowledge of the suite of Microsoft Office software.
- General knowledge of public health issues at the local, state, and federal levels.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Occasionally required to sit; Occasionally required to walk; Occasionally required to reach with hands and arms; Occasionally required to talk or hear; Occasionally required to bend, lift or climb stairs; Occasionally required to lift light weights (less than 25 pounds).
- The noise level in the work environment usually is moderate
Full-time, Exempt, TERM: This position is considered Fiscal Year term, however it is a mission critical role. NACCHO will continually strive to maintain funding for all positions.
HIRING SALARY RANGE: Salary commensurate with experience
SELECTION PROCESS: We only accept applications that follow the electronic process. No phone calls please. Position requires an initial video interview if selected for the first step. This position is subject to background screening. Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, one writing sample with salary requirements to: CHIEF, GOVERNMENT AND PUBLIC AFFAIRS, using the following link: https://naccho.clearcompany.com/careers/jobs/44c61824-ca84-3de1-90dc-f95cdb2fdac7/apply?source=821915-CS-2909
NACCHO offers generous benefits plan including but not limited to 13 days of sick leave annual leave allowable accumulation up to 225 hours, and paid vacation leave, as well as other types of leave. NACCHO benefits include a generous health, dental, and vision plan, 5 percent of base salary contribution to 403(b) plan, (not a matching contribution); paid short and long term disability plan and paid term life insurance. NACCHO also offers discounted gym membership.
At NACCHO, our commitment to equal employment opportunity and affirmative action seeks to ensure a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. We respect and value work force diversity among all employees and all those with whom we do business.
COMPETENCIES AND EXPECTATIONS:
- Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret and extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
- Change Management - Develops workable implementation plans; Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change; Monitors transition and evaluates results
- Leadership - Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Effectively influences actions and opinions of others; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
- Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
- Visionary Leadership - Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; Mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides vision and inspiration to peers and subordinates.
- Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.
- Business Acumen - Understands business implications of decisions; Displays orientation to profitability; Demonstrates knowledge of market and competition; Aligns work with strategic goals.
- Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; Develops and implements cost saving measures; Contributes to profits and revenue; Conserves organizational resources.
- Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; Educates others on the value of diversity; Promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
- Ethics - Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; Inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
- Strategic Thinking - Develops strategies to achieve organizational goals; Understands organization's strengths & weaknesses; Analyzes market and competition; Identifies external threats and opportunities; Adapts strategy to changing conditions.
POSITION SPECIFIC DUTIES:
- Provides vision and leadership in engaging, serving, and advancing the interests of local health departments through strategic advocacy.
- Increases awareness and knowledge about the functions of local health departments among policy makers, partners, the media, and the public, and by identifying and acting on opportunities to advance local health department interests.
- Advocates for and represents NACCHO and its members before officials of the legislative and executive branches, the media, and other members of the Washington health and public health policy and practitioner communities.
- Oversee public affairs function to promote NACCHOs communications goals, policy agenda and demonstrate the value of local health departments.
- Direct strategic messaging utilized by staff, the Board, and local health department leaders to key audiences.
- Directs, supervises, and motivates team members to achieve both personal and professional goals.
- Serves as a member of the Executive Team.
- Serves as a Senior Advisor as appropriate for the Big Cities Health Coalition in matters related to local health department public policy and advancement of public health practice for the nations largest metropolitan health departments.
- Leads the development of NACCHOs public policy goals and objectives, and develops and executes strategies and messages to achieve them in accordance with priorities determined by NACCHOs governing board.
- Organizes or coordinates NACCHO research, programmatic, communication, and lobbying capacities to support advocacy for local health departments.
- Provides timely updates to NACCHO members, workgroups and committees.
- Oversees organization-wide, member-driven system for development, review, updating and use of NACCHOs policy statements and policy priorities, including both standing policy and policies developed to address emerging opportunities.
- Develops strategies to advance NACCHOs legislative objectives, supervises staff and lobbyists that executes strategies to achieve them, and participates directly in their execution.
- Monitors activities of U.S. Congress and identifies and responds to opportunities for education and lobbying to influence legislative outcomes in ways consistent with NACCHO policies and advantageous to local health departments.
- Develops and oversees activities to elevate Congressional awareness and knowledge about local health departments.
- Drafts and reviews correspondence, testimony, articles, reports, and presentations for members and staff before Congress and federal agencies.
- Collects data and information from members, NACCHO staff and others to formulate arguments essential to communicate NACCHOs positions within and outside NACCHO.
- Oversees development and strategic use of Congressional Action Network to engage NACCHO members in relationship development and timely communications to their Members of Congress.
- Applies NACCHO policies and political judgment to determine or recommend NACCHO positions on legislation.
- Develops NACCHO responses to proposed federal regulations, guidance, and other policy in collaboration with staff, members, and/or partners as appropriate.
- Supports Chief Executive Officer and other senior staff in relationship-building with Administration officials responsible for federal programs that affect local health departments.
- Fulfills speaking engagements and ensures that NACCHO leaders, members, and staff are informed.
- Oversees NACCHOs activities to increase public awareness of the value of local governmental health department and population-based prevention, and to promote the national identity for public health departments (the public health logo).
- Provides expert advice and recommendations to NACCHO leadership and Board of Directors on public affairs and media strategy.
- Oversees strategic media plans for NACCHO and discrete public health partner initiatives informed by NACCHOs strategic plan.
- Responds to press inquiries regarding NACCHO regulatory and legislative issues.
- Manages government and public affairs budget and assists with the development of NACCHOs budget.
- Maintains and develops D.C. and external partnerships to address public policy issues.
- Address and resolve as appropriate, all performance-related issues.
- Perform supervisory and mentoring functions for direct reports.
- Work with other members of the Leadership Council to provide leadership for NACCHO and ensure the implementation of NACCHOs strategic plan.
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