The Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (“CHCACT”) is a membership association comprised of community health centers, all of whom provide comprehensive health care to the people of Connecticut and beyond. The Association, with headquarters in Cheshire, Connecticut is a recognized national leader in the provision of technical assistance and training in practice transformation and quality improvement. Our team of professionals is dedicated to strengthening and supporting the clinical and operational performance of community health centers. Our mission is to advance and align the work of health centers, with stakeholders, to improve the health and wellness of all.
The individuals comprising our Association are the source of our creativity, reputation, and vitality. Every position here at CHCACT is critical to our ability to achieve our shared objectives. Each time we hire a new staff member, we are given the chance to enhance the community and to demonstrate CHCACT’s values of accountability, diversity, respect, and responsibility. We do this by using fair, legal, inclusive, and effective hiring practices that support and comply with CHCACT’s policy and the applicable State and Federal laws in a way that is mindful of climate, culture and diversity, and by affirming the unique qualities of each individual throughout the hiring process.
POSITION SUMMARY & FUNCTIONS:
Under the direction of the Chief Operations Officer, perform a wide variety of duties to direct activities related to the marketing and advocacy of the Community Health Center Association of Connecticut and its member Federally Qualified Health Centers (“FQHC’s”). The primary function of the position is to promote FQHC’s and the policies that support them, their patients, and the mission and vision of CHCACT among the media, government officials, community partners and the general public.
- Guide the development of CHCACT’s policy agenda, working closely with senior staff, board and committee members, and other stakeholders as appropriate;
- Develop and implement marketing and communication plans, presentations, and other content to support the efforts of CHCACT and member health centers as required;
- Manage the development of content and the effective distribution of content through a variety of means including CHCACT’s website, traditional media, and social media;
- Serve as resource to FQHC leadership and other stakeholders about relevant news, data and current and proposed public policies and legislative affairs;
- Serve as liaison/point of contact about health related and FQHC related topics with elected and appointed local, state and national public officials, FQHC staff/leadership, community partners and media;
- Research, inform and coordinate CHCACT and CT FQHC efforts around advocacy and media;
- Represent CHCACT and FQHCs on coalitions, task forces, boards and work groups to share information relevant to health centers and their patients;
- Manage CHCACT activities that support FQHC outreach and enrollment efforts.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and listening. Must be able to form alliances with all levels of individuals within various agencies, FQHC leaders, and funding partners.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills in multiple formats. Able to make succinct and persuasive presentations in a professional setting.
- Strong abilities to develop and implement effective marketing plans.
- Excellent relationship builder.
- Demonstrated knowledge and understanding to the unique characteristics of non-profit, grant funded organizations.
- Understanding of public policy, including experience in both legislative and administrative advocacy.
- Strong understanding of payor issues, including Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and current health care issues.
- Able to translate objectives and data into action among internal and external stakeholders.
- Must have excellent organizational skills. Ability to multi-task, manage and prioritize various and differing projects, as well as work effectively toward numerous deadlines.
- Proficient use of computer systems and software, including MS Office Suite, various software programs and databases, etc.
- Supervise AmeriCorps member and intern.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in public policy, public health, communications, or equivalent academic area. 5-7 years of related experience. Experience in lieu of degree may be considered.
PHYSICAL AND VISUAL REQUIREMENTS:
While performing the duties of this job, the individual is regularly required to use computers and office equipment, manipulate documents and move about the office. The employee may occasionally move materials up to 25 pounds.
The position requires the ability to read, and interpret financial reports, and legal contracts and documents. Must have ability to effectively speak before groups and present training to all types of audiences.
MENTAL DEMANDS AND REASONING ABILITIES:
Job requires the ability to focus, attention to detail at times and thoroughness in completing work goals. The ability to analyze information, formulate diverse solutions and make decisions using logic to address work-related issues is required.
The incumbent regularly performs work in an office environment as well as at FQHC sites. Travel (up to 50%) may be required to attend meetings throughout the state.
This position description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent(s) will possess the skills, aptitudes, and abilities to perform each duty proficiently. The requirements listed in this document are the minimum levels of knowledge, skills, or abilities.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. The Association reserves the right to modify, change or add to the position’s job duties and responsibilities as business needs may require.
This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.
How to Apply
To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Luci Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org or facsimile at 203.250.0040.