Career Opportunities & Internships

Job Opportunity: Policy & Advocacy Professional

The National Coalition on Health Care (NCHC), a rigorously nonpartisan nonprofit 501c3 organization, is seeking a strong policy analyst and advocate to join our team.

We are looking the right fit for the tight-knit staff team that is taking on this huge job. Given the breadth of responsibilities, this position is an excellent growth opportunity for someone with a few years of policy, advocacy, Hill or agency experience who is up for new challenges.

The ideal candidate would bring the following strengths to the job:
-self-starter; must have the capacity to run with an idea or project, leveraging assistance and guidance from other staff, member organizations and allied groups as appropriate.
-broad relationships; will have successfully forged collaborative relationships with stakeholders, agency staff and Congressional offices from both political parties.
-politically astute; must seek to understand and be sensitive to the priorities of diverse stakeholders and policymakers- while forging the consensus necessary for common action
-excellent writing skills
-strong analytical and strategic sense; Must be able to understand and communicate details of proposed health care legislation and regulations, identifying political and substantive policy ramifications and helping shape NCHC’s response

A strong grasp of the substantive policy and legislative details would be particularly helpful in the following areas:  health care payment and delivery reform; Medicare; Medicaid; and the Affordable Care Act.

Key responsibilities will include a mix of the following:
a.       Take a leadership role in the planning and execution of program and advocacy related to assigned issue priorities. This work could involve policy analysis and development, stakeholder consensus building, educational programs, writing of reports or fact sheets, communications, and direct advocacy with policymakers.
b.       Coordinate selected NCHC Forums (a series of educational briefings held on Capitol Hill).  In collaboration with other NCHC staff and event sponsors, incumbent would shape event message/agenda, recruit speakers and work with sponsoring Congressional offices on this ongoing series of educational briefings addressing pressing policy issues,.
c.        Generate top-quality media content(blogs, press releases, statements), reports, letters to elected officials and fact sheets to support NCHC’s educational and advocacy activities
d.       Build collaborative relationships with staff and leaders of member organizations and other stakeholders and represent NCHC at meetings of other coalitions in which we participate

The new member of our team may also be called upon to contribute to the following aspects of the Coalition’s work
a.       At the direction of the CEO, represent NCHC with Congressional offices and administration officials
b.       Draft or assist in drafting regulatory comment letters consistent with NCHC policy positions,
c.        Assist with coordination of meetings of Coalition member organizations including speaker recruitment and agenda development, in collaboration with CEO and Policy Director; and
d.       Assist as needed with writing of funding proposals for stakeholder groups and foundations.

Please submit a cover letter and resume to bpoydence@nchc.org.  No calls please.

Rogers Scholars Program

The Paul G. Rogers Memorial Health Policy Analysis and Advocacy Scholars Program is an unpaid internship program designed to provide students, particularly graduate and law students, with an opportunity to engage actively in the health policy debate, learn about non-profit management and have a hand in the formation and implementation of America’s health policy. Selected candidates work either part time or full time schedules, and a minimum four month commitment is necessary before being selected. Travel stipends are available.

The program is named in honor of the Coalition’s long time colleague and distinguished health care advocate Paul G. Rogers, Co-Chair of the National Coalition on Health Care from 1990-2008. Before becoming one of NCHC’s founding chairmen, Rogers represented the 11th district of Florida in the U.S. Congress between 1955 and 1979, and served as chair of the House Subcommittee on Health and the Environment from 1971-79 before joining the law firm of Hogan & Hartson. In no small part due to his inspired guidance, the NCHC today not only is the nation’s oldest and most broadly representative non-partisan health alliance, but is playing a critical role in the effort to achieve affordable, sustainable and fair health care for America.

Successful candidates will become part of a dynamic collaborative work environment in which one is expected to work both independently and as part of a team. Activities will vary based upon the successful candidates’ interests, background and experience but may include legal, legislative or economic research and analysis; communications; public education and policy advocacy campaigns; data collection; provision of training and technical assistance; or membership services. Given the rigorously non-partisan nature of the Coalition, as well as its earned and deserved reputation as an objective source of information and analysis, those selected to participate in the program will have a unique opportunity to work with thought leaders, Executive Branch officials, Members of Congress and their staffs, business and industry leaders and a wide variety of health care providers and policy experts, as we engage in the current health care debate and subsequent policy implementation process. Since the program’s inception, the Rogers Scholars have both assisted staff in the Coalition’s ongoing activities and spearheaded individual projects related to their degree work. An illustrative sampling is listed below:

» Compliance and Corporate Governance Briefing

» Rural Health Resources Database

» Generic Pharmaceuticals and “Pay-for-Delay” Briefing

Click here to read about what previous Rogers Scholars have to say about their experience at NCHC. To learn how to apply, or for more information, please contact us.

Fellowships

Fellows receive enormous educational opportunities, are given substantial responsibilities, and are an integrated part of the NCHC staff. Most notably, fellows have been actively engaged in the roll-out of the NCHC Plan and drafted issue briefs that served as the basis for part of the NCHC Forum series. In recent years, NCHC partnered with Princeton University’s AlumniCorps Program and the National Institute of Health’s Presidential Management Program to offer several longer-term positions. Click here to inquire how your fellowship program can partner with NCHC.