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The Horizon Foundation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, religion, sexual preference, or national origin. People of color, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Senior Policy and Community Engagement Officer (Full-time)

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Pay: $80,000-100,000 per year, commensurate with experience
Our ideal candidate is:

  • Passionate about the Foundation’s mission of improving community health and wellness with an emphasis on making a difference for people facing the greatest health challenges.
  • Committed to health equity and centering the work and leadership of communities of color who suffer adverse health outcomes due to racism.
  • A community organizer with 7 or more years of relevant experience looking to advance his/her/their career and make a difference.
  • An experienced coalition-builder who had led policy and systems’ change campaigns in other organizations.
  • A skilled relationship-builder who understands the connection between effective community engagement and successful policy campaigns.
  • A high-performing, initiative-taker who knows how to work independently and efficiently.
  • Able to work independently and as a team member in a small group, collegial environment where differing viewpoints and give-and-take are expected and encouraged.
  • Exceptional writing and oral presentation skills.
  • Comfortable making “cold calls”, visiting new places, working with a diverse set of people, presenting Foundation positions to people who may or may not agree with them, and leading meetings and group discussions.
  • A creative and intuitive problem solver who can tackle challenges with a positive, can-do attitude.
  • Willing to work occasional non-traditional work hours (nights and/or weekends) to get the job done.
  • An individual with at least a bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree a plus.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Share team-lead responsibilities on policy or systems’ change campaigns with another Foundation Policy and Engagement colleague.
  • Develop and execute effective advocacy plans that identify, recruit, engage and mobilize county residents to support the Foundation’s advocacy agenda.
  • Advocate for the Foundation’s policy positions in meetings with lawmakers, coalition partners, community groups, and boards and commissions, etc.
  • Build and maintain strategic partnerships with key leaders and organizations in the community.
  • Develop, maintain and continually expand a network of relationships in the county, particularly among residents of color and lower-income residents.
  • Work with the Foundation’s communication team to develop, circulate, and communicate the Foundation’s testimony, talking points, fact sheets, petitions, action alerts, etc. to coalition partners, community groups, and elected officials.
  • Help develop external organizations’ capacity to lead health policy and systems’ change work.
  • Organize individual and group meetings/listening sessions to further health dialog and action.
  • Coordinate programming and logistics for public events and other grassroots activities.
  • Identify, document, and encourage others to share stories relevant to Foundation work.
  • Represent the Foundation at local meetings, committees, task forces and events.
  • Help staff the Foundation’s Communication and Advocacy Committee.
  • Assist in outreach efforts and special projects that advance Foundation goals, as assigned by the President and CEO or Chief Program Officer.

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