Title: Policy Director

Reports To: Vice President, Policy and Advocacy

Supervises: Yes – Policy Manager, Interns and/or Fellow

Status: Exempt

Position Duration: Full-time

Duty Station: Washington, DC 

Position Summary

The Policy Director works closely with the Vice President for Policy and Advocacy, Community Engagement Team, and other APIAHF staff to promote federal and state policies that address the needs of AANHPIs. The Policy Director is responsible for assisting in developing policy priorities and strategizing and implementing plans to effectuate; analyzing federal and state policy proposals and developing products that support APIAHF’s advocacy efforts; providing technical support and assistance to state and local coalitions; and APIAHF’s National Network of community-based organizations. The Policy Director will also work in partnership with other national health advocacy, AANHPI, and civil rights organizations to advance legislative and policy measures that advance APIAHF’s mission. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist in the development of forward-leaning policy priorities that advance the health of AANHPI communities; 
  • Strategize and implement action items relating to policy priorities; 
  • Monitor and assess the impact of federal and state legislative and regulatory actions as they relate to the health of AANHPI communities;
  • Establish and maintain state and federal legislative relationships and contacts;
  • Research and draft white papers, comment letters, talking points, policy briefs, fact sheets, and other materials as needed;
  • Track, review, and summarize policy research and reports on APIAHF issues;
  • Develop legislative and administrative strategies and conduct advocacy on policy priorities; 
  • Manage grant programs related to the policy programs;
  • Work with the Community Engagement Team to develop and implement strategies to engage the National Network, local AANHPI community-based organizations, community leaders, researchers, health professionals, and other key stakeholders with the intent to bolster their capacity to advocate on issues of importance to the AANHPI communities;
  • Under the direction of the VP, Policy and Advocacy, act as a resource for and provide technical assistance to government officials, legislative staff, advocacy groups, health care and social service providers, advocates, and community organizations;
  • Respond to media requests concerning APIAHF legislative and policy priorities, as delegated by the VP;
  • Monitor media coverage of health policy issues affecting AANHPI communities; and, 
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Required

  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum of four (4) years of policy/advocacy experience or JD or Master’s degree in health, public health, public policy, or related field;
  • Minimum 4-6 years of increasing experience (or equivalent) in public policy, especially health policy, public health, health economics, or civil rights;
  • Demonstrated experience in interacting professionally with diverse individuals and organizations; and, 
  • Strong understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory process.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Ability to exercise independent judgment;
  • Exceptional writing and research skills;
  • Strong management skills;
  • Strong verbal communication skills including public speaking; and, 
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Desired Qualifications

  • Washington DC, congressional staff or advocacy organizational experience is preferred;
  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative data analysis;
  • Experience with federal budget and appropriations;
  • Experience in state or federal legislature or government health or social service agency at a policy level;
  • Demonstrated interest or experience working with AANHPI communities;
  • Demonstrated experience in program coordination and management; and, 
  • Familiarity with social media platforms and project management.

To Apply

To apply, send a cover letter, resume, and list of three references to jobs@apiahf.org with the subject line “Policy Director”

APIAHF is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.