Maternal Mental Health NOW is seeking a half-time Policy Director responsible for coordinating all of Maternal Mental Health NOW’s policy and advocacy activities related to creating a comprehensive system of care for preventing, identifying and responding to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders in Los Angeles County.
We are an equal opportunity employer and we value a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, religion, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, pregnancy, veteran status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, sexual orientation, or citizenship status.
Essential Job Functions:
Establish and maintain collaborative relationships with a variety of stakeholders, including public, private and non-profit organizations, county departments, health insurance advocacy organizations, grassroots organizations and key public officials, to increase awareness and support of perinatal issues
Conduct evaluation on programs and policies that support universal screenings for perinatal depression, reimbursements for screening and treatment and coverage for the uninsured for up to 12 months postpartum.
Prepare effective and concise support and training materials (fact sheets, speaking points, briefing and position papers, testimony, white papers, policy briefs) for use by Maternal Mental Health NOW staff, volunteer membership and other stakeholders at key public affairs activities.
- Plan, organize and report on roundtable discussions, policy summits, focus groups and community awareness forums.
- Represent Maternal Mental Health NOW on state and local coalitions and committees related to perinatal depression and make presentations on the organization’s work.
- Track, analyze and disseminate updates on key bills related to Maternal Mental Health NOW policy agenda and priorities.
- Oversee grassroots constituency efforts, including distribution of educational materials and advocacy tools, online petitioning, letter writing campaigns and a Community Advocacy Day.
- In collaboration with the Executive Director and Director of Development develop press releases, letters to the Editor/OpEd, organize press conferences, media events, etc. related to policy activities.
- Recruit survivors of PMADs to the Share Your Stories Speakers Bureau and facilitate Speakers Bureau storytelling workshops.
Educational Requirements: Master’s Degree in public health, public policy, health education, behavioral science or other relevant discipline (psychology, law etc.)
Strong oral and written communication skills in English. Bilingual/Spanish preferred.
Ability to use a variety of desktop computer applications including Windows, Browser, Email, Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint formats.
Strong presentation, social/interpersonal and public speaking skills.
- Ability to read, analyze and interpret general health information.
Flexibility and adaptability to changing priorities.
Knowledge of the local neighborhoods within the county of Los Angeles.
Knowledge of health, outreach and education programs for parents and children.
- Knowledge of cultural health practice beliefs.