Policy Engagement Manager

American Heart Association

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

Healthcare / Non Profit

Mar 25

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Voices for Healthy Kids , an innovative initiative of the AHA, works around the country to improve or create equitable policies at the tribal, state and local levels to make the places kids live, learn, and play healthier. The Voices initiative is committed to advancing health and racial equity through elevating public health issues by centering the communities most impacted by the needed policy changes. Voices has also contributed to expanding access to decision-makers and building the advocacy skills and capacity of small, community-based organizations led by and representing Black, African American, Latino, Native American, Alaskan Native, Hawaiian Native, Pacific Islander, and Asian American communities and families with low incomes. Those skills and relationships are carried over into any other issues these grantees and partners work on in the future.

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Policy Engagement Manager in our National Center office located in Dallas, TX (Remote/Home Based is acceptable) .

This is a full time, grant funded, benefits eligible opportunity. Current funding is through 11/30/2022 with strong confidence in continued funding beyond 2022.

The Voices for Healthy Kids Policy Engagement Manager is responsible for providing strategic consultation and guidance, as well as technical assistance to policy change campaigns across the country starting where the needs are greatest and disparities exist. Check out our latest Voices for Healthy Kids 2020-21 Progress Report !

Policy Engagement Managers work to boost capacity and build skills to increase the potential to pass good public policy today and, in the future, all with a focus on equity. Policy Engagement Managers are colleagues, thought partners, sounding boards, innovative thinkers and cheerleaders in developing and refining campaign strategy with a continuous focus on building equity; supporting campaigns to find paths to success and the meaningful engagement of community; and partners on the best practices for building capacity and transferring power to organizations and individuals most impacted by disparities.

Essential Duties:

  • Support effective relationship management and provide effective, strategic consultation to policy change campaigns with a strong emphasis on building capacity and growing equity.
  • Provide excellent direct technical assistance, as well as connecting campaigns with other staff and technical assistance providers, for strategic campaign planning, coalition development, communications and media advocacy, community organizing and engagement, decision maker advocacy, issue expertise, equity and anti-racism, power sharing and building, fundraising & sustainability, policy analysis & development, and science & research, as well as training needs. Facilitate and lead affinity calls.
  • Lead strategic planning on assigned issue areas to build and support short- and long-term plans for moving policy issues forward with the goals of capacity-building and passing good public policy.
  • Collaborate internally with AHA’ Advocacy Enterprise including serving as the Issues Specialist on specifically assigned issue(s), including understanding the overall policy direction for the issue, campaign activities inside and outside AHA around the country, emerging trends and tactics, and managing relationships with related national and regional stakeholders.
  • Build and foster relationships with diverse local, regional, and national organizations and develop sustainable engagement strategies to support the movement for healthier kids.


Experience Required:

  • Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy, law, journalism and relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of successful experience or demonstrated understanding in advocacy/public policy, community organization/mobilization, media/communications, and grassroots advocacy tactic development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of tribal, local, state, and federal government activities and structures. Experience in advocacy/public policy including strategic campaign planning and management, community organization/mobilization, media/communications, and grassroots advocacy tactic development and implementation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of health equity and structural racism and the role it plays in public policy and experience working in/with historically and/or systemically oppressed and marginalized communities.
  • Voices for Healthy Kids believes that lived experiences are important qualifications in community-driven policy change work and seeks lived experience in our candidates.
  • Desire to be a part of and sustain an inclusive and equitable work environment that challenges us all to grow and build a just community. Organizational, project management, and prioritization skills with the ability to meet multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with volunteers, staff, and the public as part of a team

Experience Preferred:

  • Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations
  • Experience working in public health policy
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills.
  • Bilingual skills preferred

Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To learn more about our benefit offerings please visit: https://heart.jobs/rewards-and-benefits/

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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