MHAC State Program and Policy Director

MHAC, 101 E. Town Str, Columbus, Ohio, United States of America Req #677
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Overview:
The Mental Health & Addiction Advocacy Coalition (MHAC) seeks an experienced, highly-effective, team-oriented leader passionate about Ohioans with behavioral health disorders. Under the supervision of the Executive Director of the MHAC, directs advocacy activities at the state level and is responsible for providing highly confidential policy, education, program and administrative support for the MHAC.  This position is located in the Columbus office.

Job Responsibilities:
* Under the supervision of the Executive Director coordinate, develop, implement, manage and support MHAC’s policy agenda;
* Support the implementation of the MHAC’s signature policy initiatives and events;
* Lead and support specific policy projects/campaigns and goals, including managing and contributing to project planning and strategy and ensuring execution of deliverables;
* Support building advocacy capacity for the MHAC including fostering relationships with MHAC leadership, members, and strategic partners through strategic communication including written communication, meetings, presentations, and dissemination of policy related information;
* Lead MHAC advocacy with Ohio executive and legislative decision-makers and staff;
* Prepare materials for legislative and administrative audiences, lead briefings, prepare and deliver testimony, and draft press releases, action alerts and talking points;
* Staff State Policy and Advocacy Committee and consult with other MHAC committees.
* Represent MHAC at external meetings, including state level coalitions and other stakeholder meetings;
* Develop and implement the state advocacy agenda;
* Research behavioral health policy issues and draft advocacy materials, policy briefs, and research reports;
* Study and analyze local, state and federal legislative and administrative public policy proposals to determine impact on Ohioans with behavioral health disorders;
* Support all aspects of MHAC events including advocacy day, public policy forums, legislative briefings, webinars, and other policy-related events for the organization;
* Support an integrated strategic communications plan to advance MHAC’s policy goals and increase visibility of its presence across key stakeholder audiences;
* Contribute to content for MHAC communications including print publications, website, newsletters, social media and other online communications;
* Provide administrative, development, and operations support as needed;
* Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
* Passionate about advancing the MHAC’s mission.
* Degree in Public Administration or similar, Master’s degree preferred, or equivalent work experience required.
* Solid understanding of the policymaking process in the State of Ohio. Experience in health, Medicaid, behavioral health, and/or related fields a plus.
* Four or more years of professional work experience with a minimum of three years of experience in legislative and/or executive branch advocacy with an understanding of governing ethics and lobbying rules.  
* Experience with coalition building/management and grassroots/volunteer engagement.
* Ability to independently manage multiple priorities with frequent time constraints in an organized, time-efficient, results-oriented manner.  
* High proficiency in oral and written communication.
* Significant employment experiences that demonstrate successful practice of interpersonal relationship skills.
* Thoughtful, self-motivated, and resourceful problem solver, eager and willing to learn in a fast- paced environment.
* Strong work ethic with a can-do attitude.
* Willing to travel to all regions of the state as needed.
* Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
* Computer skills, including experience with Microsoft office products (specifically Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint), required.  Social media skills a plus.

Salary commensurate with experience along with competitive benefits package including health insurance, vacation and sick time, and 401K. 

The MHAC is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
The Centers is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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