Reports to: Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs
Department: Policy and Government Affairs
Georgia Health Initiative is working toward a Georgia in which all people have the opportunity to attain their fullest potential for health. Formerly Healthcare Georgia Foundation, Georgia Health Initiative is building on a solid foundation of two decades of community partnership. We are an Initiative and our new strategic framework sets forth an exciting opportunity to bring energy, movement, and drive to the great work already happening around health equity in our state, as well as to new ideas and approaches that we can co-create with our partners.
The Director, Policy Strategies leverages a strong working knowledge of health policy to conduct research and policy analysis and design and implement policy strategies to advance health equity for Georgians. Within assigned areas of responsibility, the Director monitors the policy environment and works collaboratively with colleagues and partners to manage projects that advance the Initiative’s strategy.
- Maintain a strong working knowledge of health policy developments impacting Georgians at the local, state, and national levels and identify opportunities for the Initiative to be a resource to policymakers, nonprofit community, and other key partners through content development, educational presentations, or engagement with decision-makers.
- Within assigned programmatic areas, identify opportunities for investments that use policy and advocacy strategies to advance the Initiative’s goals.
- Participate in coalitions, strategic alliances, and other meetings or gatherings of organizations active in the health policy and advocacy community in Georgia.
- Work collaboratively with colleagues across the Initiative in cross-functional teams using a policy lens to inform and amplify the Initiative’s work.
Qualities of a successful candidate:
- Ability to translate complex policy topics into content that is accessible to a range of audiences.
- Strategic thinker who can anticipate policy research and analysis needs, in collaboration with the Foundation’s cross-functional teams and external partners.
- Self-motivated, comfortable balancing multiple priorities and workstreams, remaining flexible and adaptive as project needs change.
- Committed to and passionate about the mission, vision, and values of the Initiative.
Education and Experience:
- Bachelor’s degree required, Master's degree in public health, public policy, or related field preferred.
- Eight or more years of relevant work experience that demonstrates potential to achieve outcomes of the position.
- Strong knowledge base regarding policies related to health equity.
Our mission is to inspire and promote collective action that advances health equity for all Georgians. Likewise, we wish to inspire and promote collective action within our staff team so that we each evolve and reach our fullest potential-both as a team and individually. We demonstrate our commitment to this aspiration through who we hire, how we value their contributions, and how we work together toward common goals. We value people over process, we encourage decision-making by team members, we share information openly and communicate candidly, and we value both flexibility and accountability.
In complex environments answers emerge when diverse groups work together to create the change Georgians deserve. At the Initiative we believe that cultivating deep and meaningful relationships requires a desire and willingness to be physically present. Georgia Health Initiative expects employees to commit to working from our Atlanta office or in the field with partners the majority of the time, being present for collaboration both planned and impromptu. We also recognize the need for work-life balance, and therefore allow employees flexibility in their daily schedule, including the opportunity to work from home one day per week.
Some workplaces think of their staff as family, we think of our staff as a team. Being part of a high-performing team means caring intensely about your team, stepping up when needed, and cheering on your teammates even when you are not on the field. The Georgia Health Initiative team is equally committee to our work and to each other. We know that when our team wins, Georgians win as well.
With shared values of courageous leadership, trust, equity, and partnership, the Foundation is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and constantly working toward inclusion. We encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply, especially members of traditionally underrepresented communities, including women, people of color, members of the LGBTQIA+ community, and people who are differently-abled. If you are a solution-seeker, motivated to take an active role in making positive change in Georgia, we want to hear from you.