Job Posting for Program Portfolios: Senior Policy Officer

Title: Senior Policy Officer

Organization: Program Portfolios

Brief Summary of Position:

The senior policy officer will serve a strategic role in synthesizing and advancing federal, state and local policy coordination and advocacy across Program Portfolios working to bridging health and health care, catalyze demand for healthy places and pactices, eliminate health disparities, engage business for health, and strengthen vulnerable children and families. Working closely with the senior vice president and director, Program Portfolios, and with the associate vice president, Program Portfolios, the senior policy officer will identify actions and opportunities to leverage the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) reputational, programmatic, and financial assets to support policy priorities within the Program Portfolios.

The senior policy officer will attend portfolio meetings as appropriate and work closely with the directors of the Program Portfolios and portfolio program staff to develop strategies, embed these strategies in programs, provide analyses of policy actions to identify, leverage and achieve program goals. The senior policy officer will meet with staff to enhance coordination and execution of policy efforts. As a key adviser to senior management, the senior policy officer is critical to the enterprise-level strategy. This also means the senior policy officer will serve a liaison and coordinative function with others in the Foundation as an extension of the Program Portfolios and to enhance external relationship development.


Policy and Advocacy Coordination

  • Lead coordination of policy and advocacy efforts within the Program Portfolios, working closely with the Policy unit.
  • Provide guidance on timing and tactical strategy on policy and advocacy efforts, working closely with the Policy unit.
  • Oversee connection with legal counsel to ensure that all actions meet our non-lobbying requirements.
  • Facilitate the exchange of information, best practices and successes among the Program Portfolios, Policy unit and the Foundation.

Strategic Planning and Implementation

  • Lead development of overarching Program Portfolios policy strategies that incorporate cross-cutting principles of social and community level factors as key determinants of health and personal decisions.
  • Work with the group director, associate VP and directors to assure that the Program Portfolios policy strategy reflects and provides support to the policy strategies of the group’s portfolios and ensures that the individual portfolio and group strategies are in alignment.
  • In collaboration with the Policy unit, identify and create opportunities for actions at the group and enterprise level that can advance the goals of the Program Portfolios.
  • Identify and coordinate action on policy opportunities that leverage the recommendations and actions of key policy reports (e.g., the Commission to Build a Healthier America).

Relationship Management

  • Identify and coordinate key strategic relationships external to the Foundation which cut across multiple portfolios and will help accomplish the goals of the Program Portfolios.
  • Connect partners with each other to strengthen their joint abilities to help accomplish the goals of the Program Portfolios.

Enterprise Advisor

  • Inform and provide strategic guidance at the enterprise level about relevant Program Portfolios policy developments and opportunities
  • Coordinate and work closely with the director of policy to maximize RWJF’s policy synergy and impact.
  • Connect and coordinate with the Targeted Teams and Policy, Communications and Research, Evaluation and Learning units to advance policy goals.
  • Represent the Foundation externally at key events and meetings to accelerate progress toward Program Portfolios policy goals.
  • Participate in congressional and executive branch visits as appropriate.
  • Performs other projects and responsibilities, as assigned.


  • Completion of an advanced degree (e.g. MA, MPH, JD, MD, MBA) and 6+ years of relevant experience; terminal degree in health or health care related field or equivalent experience preferred. A combination of education and experience may be substituted for the education requirements.
  • Seven or more years of extensive experience plus proven leadership and recognition in health policy or knowledge in one or more of the Foundation’s interest areas.
  • Experience handling multiple priorities effectively; must be adept at organizing time efficiently; high tolerance for ambiguity; ability to understand and work effectively with team members in the Foundation’s organizational structure.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; able to synthesize material and focus quickly on the essence of an issue; to identify major opportunities in a specific area; to see the big picture.
  • Strong oral presentation skills.
  • Strong project and people management skills.
  • Personally motivated to support the Foundation’s vision of building a Culture of Health for the nation; creative, flexible; able to work independently and in teams to think imaginatively about opportunities; to create and respond to novel and innovative approaches to addressing an issue; to inspire others to work towards achieving team goals.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal skills; collegial, energetic, able to develop productive relationships with colleagues, grantees, consultants, external funders, and others who contribute to program development and management.
  • Demonstrated maturity and sound judgment. Ability to make decisions, justify recommendations, and is responsive and clear with proposal applicants.
  • Ability to travel—including for site visits and representing the Foundation at outside meetings.

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