Title: Policy Analyst
Organization: Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC)
Brief Summary of Position:
Reports to the Director of Intergovernmental Relations and Policy Development. Also provides support to activities in the Executive Office, collaborating with staff throughout the bureaus and programs.
DUTIES: As an important member of the Office of Intergovernmental Relations and Policy Development, the Policy Analyst will:
- Complete timely short and long-term research and analysis of legislation, budgets, health policies and services, and is responsible for drafting and disseminating communications and presentations to policymakers, programs, and partners.
- Conduct short and long-term research projects on health policies. Assist with production of health reports, briefings, letters, and talking points for presentations. Participate in development of policy campaigns and other projects.
- Draft communications and presentations to policymakers, programs and partners. Draft internal and external communications, including regular legislative updates, policy reports, fact sheets, issue briefings and legislative testimony.
- Work with partners in other city departments on policy-related matters. Assist in communications, data management, and other support related to policy.
- Foster relationships with and maintains effective communication with elected officials and their staff, program staff and partners/coalitions. Liaise with internal programs and external partners to identify policy concerns and training needs.
- Educate and mobilize BPHC programs and clients around BPHC policy priorities. Assist in co-facilitation and coordination of advocacy skills and leadership trainings for BPHC staff, clients and community partners. Assist and coach staff and clients in legislative advocacy, including preparing testimony and participating in legislative visits.
- Participates in development of policy campaigns and other project work planning. Assists in development of policy priorities at state and local levels.
- Works in a confidential capacity with the Directors. Meets regularly with program director regarding all aspects of program operations, including but not limited to matters pertaining to program staff and other confidential matters. Operates independently. Uses independent judgment and discretion to make decisions affecting the program and staff as it relates to program operations/services and BPHC policy.
- Perform other duties as required.
BA/BS in Political Science, Law, Journalism, or any related field required.
Experience working in government.
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with strong facilitation and public speaking skills.
Experience working with communities of color and low-income communities.
Experience with the legislative process a plus. Ability to work independently and with a wide range of people, including front line service staff, program and executive directors and public officials.
3-5 years experience working within public health, health care or city/municipal government. An advanced degree may substitute for up to 2 years of the required experience.
3-5 years of training and experience in research, analysis, evaluation methodologies, writing policy reports and preparing presentations. Must be able to operate independently and under tight deadlines.
Must be detail-oriented with excellent project management skills. Ability to undertake research projects, analyze data and summarize findings. Experience and comfort in using Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
A Criminal Offenders Record Information request must be completed for this position. However, a record is not an automatic bar to employment and is reviewed only in relation to the duties of the position.
Boston residency is required, or willingness to relocate to Boston within six months.
Strong preference for a JD, MPH, MPP or other related advanced degree with a concentration in policy, planning or management
Understanding of principles of healthcare financing preferred.
Municipal government experience strongly preferred.
Experience with the state or federal legislative process.