Position Description

Associate Director (or Director) of Policy and Government Affairs



Who are we?

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP) is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, mothers, fathers, parents, children, youth, and all families including LGBTQIA+ and individuals with special health care needs. AMCHP leads and supports programs    nationally to protect and promote optimal maternal and child health while lifting up social determinants of health and addressing systemic and structural health equity issues.


AMCHP’s vision centers the core values of health equity, social justice, inclusion, and collaboration with the families and communities we and our members serve. We lead and partner with diverse stakeholders to build members’ capacity to implement public health systems and practices that are centered in equity, informed by evidence, and reflect authentic partnership with the individuals, families, and communities most affected by those systems and practices. We envision a nation that values and invests in the health and wellbeing of all women, children, youth, families, and communities so that they may thrive.


About the position:
This senior-level position is a member of AMCHP’s Public Policy & Government Affairs Team and contributes to the advancement of maternal and child health (MCH) in the U.S. by working on initiatives that support AMCHP’s legislative agenda. This individual maintains a commitment to dismantling structural racism and rebuilding the policy systems that serve our communities in ways that center racial and other forms of equity. The position reports to the Chief Government Affairs officer.


What you’ll get to do:

Serve as a core member of the Public Policy & Government Affairs team in carrying out the following activities:


·   Serve as AMCHP’s lead on appropriations advocacy and influencing the alignment of resources at the federal and state levels to improve support for maternal and child health.

·   Advocate and educate diverse audiences on AMCHP’s government affairs agenda according to established priorities.

·   Establish and maintain strategic and professional relationships with key national partners, federal agencies, and other funders.

·   Coordinate an effective grassroots/grasstops presence for AMCHP.

·   Collaborate with other staff in development of public policy, legislative, grassroots, and media and strategies.

·   Lead and/or coordinate drafting of legislative alerts, action alerts, fact sheets, newsletter articles, fact sheets and Congressional testimony related to the established priorities of the organization.

·   Contribute to the professional development of AMCHP’s staff and members by providing trainings and other information related to federal policy processes.

·   Participate and/or lead coalitions and meetings related to AMCHP’s government affairs priorities.

·   Represent AMCHP at national meetings and on task forces, work groups, coalitions, and federal advisory groups.

·   Manage grant-funded projects that have a heavy policy focus.

·   Provide oversight and strategic direction to the Legislative and Health Care Finance committee and/or other policy-related workgroups and task forces created by the Board.

·   Supervise members of the public policy and government affairs staff.

·   Champion and support implementation of AMCHP’s strategic and operational plans.

·   As a member of the Organizational Leadership Team, assisting in overall AMCHP development activities, including identifying and pursuing funding opportunities to support AMCHP’s work.

·   Assist with the development and monitoring of AMCHP’s annual budget, especially as related to legislative and lobbying activities and/or other grants being managed within this portfolio.

·   Perform other duties as assigned.

You’ll bring these qualifications:

Knowledge of federal policymaking and political process; familiarity with public health practice and federal health programs as they relate to maternal and child health.


Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated policy research, policy development, and policy analysis skills; strong verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to synthesize and summarize policy information for a lay audience in written form and in public presentations; group process skills; computer skills to include working knowledge of MS Word, Excel, email, Internet research, and desktop applications.


Requires the ability to: work independently and in a team environment; develop and manage several projects concurrently; stay abreast of national and state policies and initiatives; represent AMCHP with national, state, and local organizations and groups; and ask questions when in doubt about what to do. Requires a steadfast commitment to AMCHP’s core values: Leadership, Collaboration, Health Equity and Social Justice, Inclusion, Integrity, Excellence, and Stewardship.



Recent Hill experience strongly preferred


Other: This position is located in Washington, DC. AMCHP offers a 100% virtual work/telework environment.

This position is funded by a combination of unrestricted funds as well as grants and cooperative agreements from the federal government.


Physical/Sensory Demands: We are committed to an inclusive culture that values all types of diversity, including the accommodation of a wide range of disability and related workplace needs.


Job Classification: Exempt


Salary Range: $90,000 – $120,000.


Why Join Team AMCHP?
We are a dynamic, energetic team comprised of MCH subject matter experts and individuals passionate about building a nation that values and invests in the health and wellbeing of all women, children, youth, families, and communities so that they may thrive. We take specific, focused action to center anti‐racism in our work and be assets for health equity and racial justice.


AMCHP is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Our employment practices reflect our core values and guide us in our commitment to dismantling structural racism and rebuilding the systems that serve our communities in ways that center racial and other forms of equity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

AMCHP offers an exceptional benefits package that includes flexible work options; generous paid time off; health, dental, and vision insurance; 403(b) retirement plan with employer contribution; medical and/or dependent care flexible spending accounts; paid parental leave; employer paid life, short and long‐term disability insurance; paid leave to perform civic duties; professional development assistance; and a minimum of ten paid holidays per year, plus a winter break the last week in December.



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About Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)


The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs.

AMCHP's members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors of maternal and child health programs, directors of programs for children with special health care needs, and other public health leaders who work with and support state maternal and child health programs. Our members directly serve all women and children nationwide, and strive to improve the health of all women, infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, by administering critical public health education and screening services, and coordinating preventive, primary and specialty care. Our membership also includes academic, advocacy and community based family health professionals, as well as families themselves.

AMCHP builds successful programs by disseminating best practices; advocating on our member's behalf in Washington; providing technical assistance; convening leaders to share experiences and ideas; and advising states about involving partners to reach our common goal of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities.