Policy Advisor, Health

The Policy Advisor is part of UnidosUS’ Policy and Advocacy department and member of the Health Policy team. UnidosUS’ Policy and Advocacy department is one of the most influential and visible national advocacy think tanks championing public policy on behalf of Latinos.

The Health Policy team strives to increase the opportunity and ability for Latinos to achieve optimal health and thrive no matter who they are, where they live, or how much they earn. The Health Policy team has a proven track record of achieving significant policy change, advancing work at all phases of the policymaking process, from legislative to regulatory action and, ultimately, federal- and state-level implementation. As a leading advocate on health policy encompassing the Latino perspective, UnidosUS’ successes include restoring Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) access for hundreds of thousands of legal immigrant children and pregnant women and playing a key role in the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leading to major coverage options for millions of low-income and uninsured Latinos.

The Policy Advisor will bring substantive health policy expertise and play a key role in shaping and executing efforts to advance UnidosUS’ federal and state health policy agenda. The Policy Advisor will be a primary source of highly skilled policy analysis and develop policy recommendations for target audiences, as well as contribute to policy ideation across the portfolio to both deepen the team’s existing issue expertise, as well as build out new areas of work, especially at the state level, to advance health equity. The Policy Advisor will also be responsible for researching, writing and producing various policy publications such issue briefs, larger reports, etc., as well as provide support to produce additional written team products. In addition, the position will be expected to apply a consistent health equity lens across the portfolio, particularly as it relates to the unique circumstances influencing Latino and immigrant health and overall well-being. The Policy Advisor will report to the Director of Health Policy. This position is hybrid and is based in Washington DC.

Essential Functions

  • Analyze relevant health policy issues and trends impacting the Latino community and produce policy recommendations for target audiences, including legislative and regulatory bodies.
  • Produce policy publications including issue briefs, white papers, and other products, using primary and secondary research sources; facility in quantitative data analysis strongly preferred.
  • Provide editorial support to team on other written products as needed
  • Represent UnidosUS in high-visibility forums, including delivering presentations and testimony before congressional staff, policymakers, issue experts and stakeholders, national conferences, and the media.
  • Lead and participate in coalitions of experts and advocates on health issues.
  • Provide strategic recommendations, as appropriate, to various levels of UnidosUS leadership.

Qualifications & Requirements

Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required in relevant field.
  • Minimum of seven (7) years of in-depth health policy experience required, with a demonstrated ability to analyze and develop new policy ideas.
  • Extensive and strong writing ability—including developing and writing articles, studies, reports, or other publicly available documents.
  • Substantive knowledge of health policy issues, including those related to UnidosUS health policy portfolio.
  • Experience communicating policy ideas in public settings such as coalition meetings, congressional hearings and briefings, major conferences, and with the media.
  • Outstanding project management skills suited to a dynamic work environment with multiple ongoing responsibilities, tight deadlines, and expectations for high-quality work.

Skills & Abilities

  • Steadfast commitment to UnidosUS mission, vision, and values of (Excellent, Accountability, Respeto).
  • Commitment to U.S. Latino community, Latino non-profit organizations, and the Latino market.
  • Demonstrated experience working in non-profits, community-based organizations, and diverse communities.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written.
  • Commitment to excellence and high standards.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of various teams and committees.
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite more specifically, Office 365.
  • Acute attention to detail.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) fluency required.