Senior Program Manager, Public Policy
Contingent upon funding
The Louisiana Public Health Institute is a statewide, non-profit organization that has been promoting the health and well-being of Louisianans since 1997. LPHI is made up of over 100 employees based throughout the State in all nine Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regions. We accomplish our goals at the local, state, and national levels alongside our over 500 partner organizations, which include communities, community-based organizations, foundations, healthcare systems, academic institutions, government agencies, and a diverse group of additional stakeholders. Our impact is felt across the state as we leverage our staff expertise and skills in all areas of public health. LPHI was named 2021 The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate Top Workplace and 2021 CityBusiness Best Places to Work. Our mission is to lead and partner with communities to ensure that everyone has fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well. At LPHI, we envision a Louisiana where all people will achieve their full potential for health and wellness.
LPHI seeks a full-time, experienced and energetic Senior Program Manager to oversee and organize all major components of the organization’s policy program. The Senior Manager works closely across the organization to conceptualize, implement, and lead or co-lead the organization’s policy, advocacy, and legislative priorities. This position will proactively build and strengthen existing relationships and LPHI’s visibility among current and potential policy and advocacy partners, influencers, constituents, and key decision makers at the local, state, and federal levels.
The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of applied epidemiology, data science, legislative and policy analysis, including how to leverage data analytics, infographics, and narrative storytelling to highlight issues, and influence and drive decision-making. Success in this role means identifying and collaborating across stakeholders on policy-related opportunities and responses, growing LPHI’s public health policy portfolio and funding through grants and other financing and building LPHI’s capacity to demonstrate our commitment to health and racial equity.
We are seeking candidates with experience in project management, public policy, and research in health, related social determinants of health, and racial justice and equity in the United States.
LPHI is headquartered in New Orleans, with employees based throughout the state. This position can be either New Orleans-based (office/remote hybrid) or fully remote from anywhere in Louisiana. This position requires statewide travel to legislative and community/stakeholder meetings.
The Senior Program Manager will report to the Policy & Equity Director and will work across the organization and serve as a resource for all LPHI staff.
Master’s degree in relevant field required or equivalent experience.
5+ years professional experience in related field and management experience.
Demonstrated commitment to LPHI’s mission that everyone has fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well, with an emphasis on racial justice and health equity.
Must have deep understanding of the root causes of inequities, systemic racism, and the social determinants of health.
Experience in developing and implementing policy and advocacy strategies and tactics.
Strong analysis skills, including the capacity to understand legislative and regulatory text, assess political and budgetary contexts, use data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of policy options, and understand how policy proposals translate for community programs and staff.
Demonstrated project management experience or demonstrated history of change management.
Experience leading, managing, supervising, or mentoring colleagues.
Ability to travel up to 40% of the time, mostly statewide.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Policy Development and Promotion
Propose and shape, in partnership with LPHI’s organizational leadership, the overall strategic direction for LPHI’s intersectional public health policy agenda.
Monitor, track, and analyze legislative and regulatory developments at the federal, state and local levels that impact public health and related intersectional priorities that affect Louisiana residents.
Identify systemic and institutional racist policies and provide concrete ideas and strategies to highlight and address the inequities and their impact on people of color.
Conceive and author reports, fact sheets, policy briefs, position papers, and other materials to document state policies and legislative considerations, and related program elements that support of LPHI’s policy priorities and positions.
Monitor, synthesize, and report on findings from academic and other research organizations in support of key policy and advocacy goals.
Identify policy-relevant data questions, working closely across the organization to explore and define data analytics, infographics, and narrative storytelling necessary to highlight issues and influence and drive decision-making. Oversee the production of policy and related materials, including graphical and pictorial content.
Write and speak to diverse audiences (thought leaders and stakeholders at the federal, state, and local levels) about key ideas and lessons through papers, briefings, convenings, presentations, journal articles, newsletters, neighborhood and community meetings, and web content.
Cultivate external relationships, partnerships, and collaborations with state and legislative personnel, committee staff, and members of the administration, and other organizations seeking to advance shared priorities, and funders, and journalists.
Deeply engage with key advocates about LPHI’s policy solutions.
Elevate and center the voices of those directly impacted in policy discussions to include policy development and implementation.
Practice Facilitation and Technical Assistance
Facilitate and provide responsive and proactive technical assistance to internal teams, advocates, leaders, and community-based organizations at the state and local levels on policy and advocacy tactics and efforts.
Support community and funder expectations via report preparation, scheduling of activities, reporting, etc.
Engage partners and facilitate strategic planning and decision-making across partners and organizations to help drive outcomes.
Project and Program Management
Develop, implement, and monitor detailed project plans.
Manage team, program partners, and action plans.
Facilitate monthly, quarterly and annual calendars, meetings, and reporting timelines with multiple stakeholders, grantees and funders.
Write proposals and lead proposal development and securing new business and funding that aligns with policy, and health and racial equity efforts.
Develop project management timelines and set priorities and metrics to meet and assess program goals and deadlines.
Determine and negotiate scopes of work and contracting with external consultants.
Monitor contracts and deliverables for grants and program contracts.
Proactively build, cultivate trust, and strengthen stakeholder relationships through ongoing, regular contacts with key decision makers, collaborators, current and potential funders, influencers, advocates, consultants, and community members to promote LPHI’s policy agenda.
Increase LPHI’s visibility on the local, state, and national level.
Manage and facilitate of coalitions and collaborative groups, as assigned.
Engage in regular collaboration and communication with program, communications/marketing, and teams.
Provide supervision to assigned staff.
Be an inclusive, collaborative manager who empowers, elevates, and inspires those around her/him.
Work collaboratively in a team-oriented, fast-paced environment.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Experience supporting state and/or local government technical assistance to improve health and well-being, and/or intersectional sectors, and/or workforce policies.
Demonstrated capacity to build and maintain relationships and work collaboratively with a wide range of internal and external partners and stakeholders.
Ability to connect with and meaningfully engage diverse audiences, including a wide variety of backgrounds and lived experience to build long-term collaborative relationships.
Demonstrated capacity to set priorities; work on multiple detail-oriented tasks, often on a time-sensitive basis; and work effectively, both individually and as part of a team, with a drive to contribute original work.
Established relationships with national, state, and/or local advocates and stakeholders.
Outstanding written and oral communication skills, with an ability to persuasively and creatively communicate ideas to influence diverse audiences.
Ability to design meeting and convening agendas, to include setting goals and objectives, drafting speaker talking points, and developing relevant materials.
Demonstrated ability to apply systems thinking and act strategically.
Model and inspire authentic leadership.
Ability to manage and develop other individuals.
Ability to think proactively, be a self-starter, and function both independently and as a team.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Ability to produce workplans and reports.
Excellent organizational skills and detail oriented.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Minimum starting salary of $65,000.00 dependent on education and experience.
A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.
Equal Opportunity Employer