Title: Vice President of Policy and Communications
Organization: Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health)
Brief Summary of Position: As Connecticut’s largest independent health philanthropy, the Connecticut Health Foundation (CT Health) believes that everyone deserves the opportunity for optimal health—regardless of race, background, or income level. CT Health strives to improve the health and well-being of people across the state by focusing on systems change to unlock greater access to quality, affordable care, especially for people of color and underserved communities. With a unique focus on health equity in the region, CT Health works to ensure that communities of color not only have access to care but also receive appropriate and high quality health care.
The new Vice President will shape and implement the new strategic communications plan and build capacity internally and externally to advance CT Health’s policy goals. S/he will partner closely with the President and CEO and an engaged board in developing the Foundation’s policy agenda and will seek innovative opportunities to integrate policy and advocacy efforts into CT Health’s programmatic and grant making activities. S/he will lead government relations efforts, developing and nurturing strong bipartisan relationships throughout Connecticut government and diverse coalitions to improve the health and health care access of Connecticut residents with special attention to underserved populations.
- Develops and implements CT Health’s key policy initiatives in partnership with the Foundation’s President and Policy Committee
- Refines and implements the strategic communications plan
- Builds strong, bi-partisan relationships throughout state government that advance CT Health’s policy goals
- Serves on CT Health’s senior leadership team, partnering on integration of key program areas and providing input on future programmatic initiatives and strategic planning
- Manages the communications and policy staff and budget
- Ten or more years of experience in public policy, advocacy, government, public affairs, public relations, journalism, communications, or a related field
- A background in political or advocacy campaigns that blend policy objectives and strategic communications is highly desired
- Expertise in health care or public health and an understanding of the changing landscape of health reform is a plus; Bachelor’s degree in a related field required, Master’s degree preferred
- A passion for CT Health’s mission of achieving a more equitable health care system for people of color and underserved populations
- Ability to forge lasting relationships with public officials, the media, advocates, clinical providers, non-profit organizations, and community leaders
- Keen understanding of how to advance policy change in a state like Connecticut
- Impeccable writing, editing, presentation, and oral communication skills that convey the Foundation’s value proposition, raise the organization’s profile, and take into account the diverse interests of multiple stakeholders
- Exceptional public speaking skills and comfort serving as public spokesperson on behalf of the Foundation
- Savvy in leveraging media contacts for strong placement of issues central to CT Health’s mission
- Expertise in building capacity and training partners and grantees in communications, policy work, and advocacy
- Proven ability to leverage diverse coalitions around a shared agenda; Bipartisan approach that builds strong relationships with those of diverse viewpoints
- Critical thinking paired with a pragmatic approach that can identify opportunities for systems change in creative and innovative ways
- Multicultural perspective that understands the unique challenges people of color face in accessing the health care system and receiving quality care
- Ability to work independently or in teams; Collegiality to inspire others to work toward achieving common goals
- Flexibility to manage multiple and competing priorities simultaneously
- A healthy sense of humor and appreciation for the personal creativity and inspiration that can come from work that is in service to others
- The ability to carry that inspiration, creativity, and fun into work with the staff and Board.
To Apply: Applications including a cover letter describing interest and qualifications, your resume (in Word format), salary history and where the position was learned of should be sent to: CTHF-VP@nonprofitprofessionals.com. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type your name (Last, First) as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail.
Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.