Senior Director Of Health Policy & Community Affairs

Public Health Solutions New York , NY 10007

Posted 2 months ago

Company Overview:

Health disparities among New Yorkers are large, persistent and increasing. Public Health Solutions (PHS) exists to change that trajectory, and support vulnerable New York City families in achieving optimal health and building pathways to reach their potential.

As the largest public health nonprofit serving New York City, we improve health outcomes and help communities thrive by providing services directly to vulnerable low-income families, supporting community-based organizations through our long-standing public-private partnerships, and bridging the gap between healthcare and community services. We focus on a wide range of public health issues including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, and HIV/AIDS. To learn more about our work, please visit

Program Description:

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer and as an advisor to the President/ CEO and Senior Leadership Team, the Senior Director of Health Policy & Community Affairs is a new position at Public Health Solutions responsible for public policy and advocacy agenda, advancing our work to reduce health disparities among vulnerable families in NYC. Public Health Solutions is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit working to improve health outcomes for under resourced communities throughout the City. We provide services in high-need neighborhoods, support community-based health organizations who share in our mission to improve public health, and bridge the gap between healthcare and communities. PHS focuses on a wide range of public health services including food and nutrition, health insurance, maternal and child health, sexual and reproductive health, tobacco control, HIV/AIDS, emergency response to health crises, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Position Summary:

The Senior Director of Health Policy & Community Affairs works to build and maintain relationships with communities in which PHS works and who maintain oversight of the delivery systems governing Public Health Solutions' network of services. As such, the role requires a commitment to addressing health equity and uplifting the needs of vulnerable communities across a spectrum of health and social services policy areas; cultivating champions that would reform policies that improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable New Yorkers; and advancing community engagement strategies relevant for the New York City context.

The Senior Director of Health Policy & Community Affairs serve as Public Health Solutions' policy advisor and represent Public Health Solutions on health policy matters including, but not limited to, coalitions, partner organization coordination, public testimony, and press initiatives.

Responsibilities include:

Community Affairs

  • Serve as PHS' chief advocate and represent PHS on policy matters, including coalitions, partner organization coordination, public testimony, press interviews and events.

  • Identify opportunities for PHS to participate in consensus-building with colleagues and stakeholders related to campaigns/platforms to address the needs of populations PHS serves and the service delivery infrastructure. Increase staff visibility in these opportunities/activities.

  • Lead the implementation of the agency's legislative and government relations strategy (State, Local and Federal) and forge, and maintain relationships with key public officials and their staff, creating PHS community champions.

  • Represent PHS at city and state legislative and budget events/activities that align with PHS' service portfolio and policy agenda.

  • Collaboratively with PHS program leadership, to identify funding priorities, submit proposals and secure NYC citywide, capital and discretionary funding, and State grants and capital funding. Manage the internal infrastructure for NYC Council discretionary requests, and information gathering/sharing and position vetting on policy matters to ensure agency-wide policy and advocacy coordination and integration.

  • Collaborate with the Communications and Marketing team on the development of policy-related op-eds, letters to the editor, and other press/messaging materials as well as the effective use of social media.

  • Coordinate the invitation and participation of key elected officials in PHS program events. Respond to program staff needs that relate to local elected officials and key community stakeholders.

Special Projects and Initiatives

  • Identify, analyze, and escalate relevant health and social service policy issues that impact PHS and the communities it serves. As needed, create project plans, presentations, meeting agendas, status reports, position papers, or related artifacts used to develop sound policy

  • Manage the policy design, development, implementation and execution of special projects, initiatives and priorities that align with the agency's strategic priorities.

  • Coordinates the allocation of resources to meet Senior Leadership Team goals.

Core Competencies

  • An understanding of NYS, NYC and federal government legislative, regulatory and budget environments and processes;

  • Expertise in health & social services policy and related issues, especially in the City, State and Federal context

  • Excellent project development, organizational, interpersonal written and oral communication skills.

  • Self-motivated, detail and deadline oriented with superb follow-up skills.

  • Ability to multi-task and work independently in addition to working in collaboration with a wide range of staff and colleagues inside and outside PHS.

  • Ability to build and manage high value relationships with leadership, peers, colleagues and external stakeholders.


  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience within a health care organization, social services or human services agency.

  • Master's Degree in Public Administration; Health Administration, Urban Policy; or related field preferred.

  • Willingness to travel at least 20% of the time.

  • Available to work evenings and/or weekends when necessary.

  • Proficiency in multiple software applications, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint).

PHS is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, and veterans.

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Senior Director Of Health Policy & Community Affairs

Public Health Solutions