Health Program Director

NC Child works to build a strong North Carolina by advancing public policies to ensure that all children—regardless of race, ethnicity, or place of birth—have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

Position Overview: NC Child seeks a Health Program Director to oversee NC Child’s health policy advocacy. The Health Program Director leads administrative and legislative health policy efforts, with a heavy emphasis on Medicaid and CHIP policy and oral health. In addition, the Health Program Director serves in a critical public role for the agency, representing NC Child at the federal, state, and local levels and serving as a point person on health policy issues for press.

Reports To: Deputy Director

Specific Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Policy Knowledge
Demonstrate expertise in and political understanding of health policy work across a wide range of issue areas but with specific focus on:
Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (NC Health Choice), and the Affordable Care Act;
Children’s behavioral health;
Children’s oral health policy;
Local public health programs and policies.
Research emerging health policy issues and brief the Deputy Director, staff and allies to ensure informed decision-making on policy actions.
Partner closely with NC Child’s Children’s Environmental Health Coordinator to ensure alignment of health policy advocacy efforts.
Policy Action
Monitor all important child health related policy issues at the federal and state level, and assess the impact of those policies on the children of North Carolina in consultation with national, state and local issue experts and communities impacted by the policy proposals.
Work with the NC Child advocacy team to develop and implement state and federal advocacy campaigns.
Develop and maintain relationships with legislators and NC Department of Health and Human Services staff and work in partnership on priority issues.
Lobby elected officials and other policymakers to advance NC Child’s health agenda.
Work with the Director of Research and Data to identify needed data and research reports that support our health advocacy activities.
Work with the Public Engagement Director to build and nurture effective multi-organizational coalitions and alliances on priority health issues and campaigns.
Coalition Advocacy
Lead the NC Coalition to Protect Child & Family Health.
Participate in state-level coalitions, task forces, and workgroups that advance NC Child’s health policy priorities.
Policy Communications
Contribute regularly to the NC Child blog and social media accounts.
Produce policy briefs and factsheets to advance policy priorities.
Serve as the point person for communications to the NC Coalition to Protect Child & Family Health.
Serve as primary media contact for health issues for NC Child.
Fund development
Assist in grant writing and reporting for foundations grants supporting NC Child’s health program.


We are seeking a candidate that has on the ground experience working in health policy advocacy and who has a strong understanding of Medicaid and other federal/state policy areas. A competitive candidate will demonstrate these qualifications:

Experience working in administrative and/or legislative health policy advocacy for at least three years.
Experience lobbying is highly desirable.
Experience in coalition-building and community engagement is highly desirable.
A Master’s degree in public policy, public administration, social work, public health or related field is preferable, but not required.
A strong commitment to NC Child’s mission and core values, which include strengthening economic opportunity for all children, promoting equity, and an orientation toward policy solutions that prioritize prevention and early investment.
The ideal candidate will have the ability to communicate thoughtfully, succinctly, persuasively, and quickly.
The ideal candidate will work easily and effectively with diverse stakeholders – whether that is across the political spectrum, from different disciplines and agencies, or from the wide range of North Carolina communities that are racially, ethnically, socio-economically and geographically diverse.
Strong candidates will be able to multi-task, prioritize and re-prioritize as needed to get the job done.
Candidates should be able to work effectively in a policy environment that is often ambiguous, constantly changes, and requires strategic and opportunistic pivoting to advance identified policy objectives.
NC Child believes that how we go about doing our work is as important as the end results. Demonstrating kindness and compassion with our team members, our allies and stakeholders, and with those who may not always agree with our positions, is part of what makes our agency strong.  The ideal candidate will share this value.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary: $60k – $70k depending on experience.
NC Child offers a generous benefits package.

Position Requirements:

The Health Program Director is a full-time position (40 hours/week).
The Health Program Director must be able to travel occasionally throughout the state. While NC Child encourages staff to work from home whenever possible, the Health Program Director will be needed in Raleigh on a regular basis for state-level meetings with allies.
NC Child strongly believes in supporting people of color as leaders and advocates in state policy advocacy efforts. We encourage candidates of color to apply.

To apply:  Please email a cover letter with salary requirements, a writing sample pertaining to a policy issue (two pages or less), and a resume to Applications are due by Monday, February, 19th.

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NC Child
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Full Time
Triangle Area NC
Wake County
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How to Apply: 

To apply:  Please email a cover letter with salary requirements, a writing sample pertaining to a policy issue (two pages or less), and a resume to Applications are due by Monday, February, 19th.

Salary and Benefits: 
Salary and Benefits: Salary: $60k – $70k depending on experience. NC Child offers a generous benefits package.