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Director, Policy and Advocacy
Job Code:2020-EXECURIVE-001
Location:Dallas, TX
Employment Type:Exempt

Job Responsibilities:

General Description:

This position is responsible for implementing the organization’s policy and advocacy strategy, with the primary objective of keeping the agency updated and aware of beneficial legislation, influencing effective administrative rules and regulations, and raising awareness among key governmental stakeholders. The organization’s policy efforts are primarily focused with both the federal and state legislative bodies, and the administrative entities include: Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Office of Pharmacy Affairs, HRSA Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, HRSA Health Center Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC).


This is a new position for the organization. Thus, an ideal candidate for this role will thrive on the opportunity to initiate strategy, policy and direction from the ground up, enabling the organization to be a leader and influencer at the national level on the many policy areas impacting people living with or at risk for HIV in North Texas. The organization is also in the process of transforming its mission into the larger health equity space, using its long history of patient-centered care for an increasingly wider audience.


Prism Health North Texas was founded as AIDS Arms Network in 1986. Since that time, the organization has grown significantly in size, breadth of services, and service delivery. Today, the organization maintains four health centers in North Texas, has over 5,000 patients living with HIV in primary care, enables access for over 2,500 patients to HIV prevention through Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and anticipates over 30,000 patient visits annually. With now an estimated 30% of patients living with HIV in North Texas receiving services at one or more of the organization’s health centers, the importance of effective relationships with governmental entities and elected officials is increasingly critical.


Specific Responsibilities of the Job:

  • Leads the efforts, along with key senior staff and other organizational partnerships to create the policy priorities for the organization towards legislative actions at all levels of government.
  • Initiates, cultivates, and manages key relationships with elected officials and their designated staff members. Successfully connects senior staff and elected officials for meetings and advocacy visits.
  • Establishes role as a resource so that elected officials and their designated staff members know that his/her/they can be contacted when issues or questions arise related to HIV treatment and services.
  • Works closely with the EVP for Administration, the CFO, and the CEO to coordinate and facilitate interactions with governmental administration for activities such as public comment responses to proposed administrative rules. Also tracks key policy changes, particularly with DSHS and HRSA, and stays abreast of potential administrative rule changes that could adversely impact the organization.
  • Leads on behalf of the organization statewide coalition activities, seeks out similar organizations in the state for coalition-building, and contributes to the design of a statewide advocacy framework.
  • Helps to identify critical legislative gaps, and works closely with legislative staff members to draft model legislation.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact for federal coalition representation in such groups as the AIDS United Public Policy Committee, the Ryan White 340B Coalition, the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership (FAPP), and the AIDS Institute.
  • Helps ensure the CEO has the necessary organizational tools and resources in order to engage effectively with community partners and governmental officials.
  • Actively works to cultivate and create a positive awareness of the agency with elected officials by providing organizational updates on agency accomplishments and major milestones.
  • Other duties as assigned. 


Job Qualifications:

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated proficiency of the legislative process, both at federal and state levels, demonstrated by prior successful legislative and advocacy efforts.
  • Understanding of budgetary appropriations steps and how advocacy efforts can impact future funding amounts.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to network and build strong relationships with various key stakeholders from collaborating agencies and administrative offices.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic environment with staff from various backgrounds and levels of professional abilities.
  • Must be able to independently tackle and solve complex communications and coordination challenges among various teams and organizations.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, health education or social service discipline. Master’s degree preferred.
  • At least 6 years’ demonstrated experience in public affairs and legislative advocacy.
  • At least 3 years’ experience supervising policy coordinators or related staff.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish is preferred.

Position Location:

The organization will entertain applicants who do not reside in the greater North Texas area and who are able to work from home as their primary office location. The candidate would be expected to be able to travel for legislative meetings, primarily in Austin, TX and Washington DC but also have some requirements for in-person meetings once the pandemic disaster declaration has been lifted. The candidate would need to abide by the organization’s Remote Office Policies.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.