Policy Analyst/Legislative Counsel

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Job location
Portland OR/Washington DC/Remote,
United States
Organization information
Organization name: 
Compassion & Choices
Job type: 
Policy Development/Advocacy
Position Description: 

Across the nation, Compassion & Choices works to create a society that affirms life and accepts the inevitability of death, embraces expanded options for compassionate dying, and empowers everyone to choose end-of-life care that reflects their values, priorities and beliefs. To make this vision a reality, we improve care, expand options and empower everyone to chart their end-of-life journey.

This position is primarily responsible for developing, drafting, and maintaining legislative policy and public health research in collaboration with program staff. This position, consistent with the mission and objectives of Compassion & Choices, will advance person-directed care and work to align a person’s values and priorities with the treatment they receive at the end of life.

You'll be responsible for:

Analyzing legislation, legal issues and public health research s and devise, draft and present appropriate responses consistent with the organization’s policy positions and advocacy strategy.
Draft model legislation, amendments to legislation, and administrative rules that advance patient directed care and consider the organization’s positions.
Review legislation across states and assess whether the legislation is consistent with C&C’s position, identify areas that will positively or negatively impact patient directed care, and make recommendations as to whether we should support or oppose the legislation and what provisions we should negotiate.
Conduct policy or health research and draft or review a range of materials including testimony, briefings, statements, key findings, frequently asked questions, alerts to ensure they are evidence based, accurate and represent C&C’s positions.
Conceptualize the best way to present complicated policy information and/or data so that it can be easily understood by lay audiences.
Monitor policies and studies related to end of life care and choice to keep staff abreast of current health information, develop materials and fact sheets and identify opportunities for Compassion & Choices to influence the legal, legislative, health policy and media landscape.
Become a subject matter expert on end of life care and choice issues.
Develop policy rebuttals to opposition materials.
Understand state government, legislative policies and procedures, and administrative rule making.
Manage legislative tracking software and coordinate coverage to monitor legislative activities.
Represent and speak on behalf of Compassion & Choices at legislative hearings, professional healthcare organizations, task forces, councils and committees, as needed.
Communicate complex ideas and concepts both verbally and in writing in a clear, concise and persuasive manner.
Work with internal and external stakeholders to advocate for a common goal with experience serving as a bridge between principled advocacy and the political reality of moving legislation forward.
Work independently in a collaborative environment and under sometimes extreme time pressures, including working long hours as priorities require.
Work effectively with legislators, their staff, agency personnel, lobbyists and the public. Relationships should be sustained at a nonpartisan, professional level.
Monitor industry and government activity with potential impact on organizational goals.
Conduct research and policy analysis to determine threats and opportunities in pending initiatives, and develop policy, legislative and project proposals.
Manage executive volunteers who conduct a range of research and legislative projects including defining the scope of the project, monitoring their work, providing feedback and act checking their work.
Research, analyze, write and review policy positions, fact sheets and journal articles on end of life issues.
Increase C&C’s capacity to quickly and effectively respond to legislative needs throughout the country.
Promote national policy internally and externally. Draft materials such as toolkits, brochures, talking points, op-eds and powerpoints.
Support of all C&C efforts as requested; including, but not limited to, activities such as identifying prospects, briefing donors, alerting staff of fundraising opportunities, reaching out to donors, participating in phone-athons, etc.
Timely and accurate completion of related reports (such as company credit card statement, performance reviews, time cards, etc.).
Demonstrates commitment to and active support of C&C’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion program.
Other duties as required.

What you can expect from us:

Ability to work with a team of caring professionals who truly value teamwork, each other and our mission!
Phenomenal working environment
A culture of diversity, equity, & inclusion
Ability for many positions to work remotely (which includes a monthly internet stipend)
Excellent benefits including:
Employer-shared medical and dental insurance premiums
Employer-paid short- and long-term disability, life and accidental death & dismemberment insurance
Flexible spending account for medical and child care
Commuter pre-tax benefit
After one year, eligibility to participate in 401K with generous 5% employer match; and 100% vested at time of eligibility
9 paid holidays; 7 PTO days first year...increases yearly thereafter to a max of 30 days/year); and floating holidays!


The ideal candidate's education and experience will be:

At least ten years of professional work experience in advocacy and/or public policy conducting public health, policy and legislative research. Proven experience reviewing legislation to assess it’s strengths and weaknesses and how it fits within an organization's mission and policy agenda
Proven experience working in a fast-paced environment producing and fact checking large volumes of materials quickly, ensuring they are reliable and accurate while being completed in a timely manner.
Bachelor’s degree or higher. Master’s degree in public policy, bioethics, public health, or a related field or a Juris Doctor preferred. Juris doctorate with an emphasis on health law ideal. Completed advanced degree may count towards minimum years of experience.
Working knowledge of Mac OSX, MS Office, Google Cloud, Legal, Legislative and Academic research tools, Adobe Acrobat, spreadsheets, etc. Specific knowledge of FiscalNote and Westlaw a plus.
Subject matter expertise around end-of-life health care and/or relationships in the end-of-life health care world preferred.

To apply: 

To apply: Email current resume and cover letter as one PDF document to [email protected]. In the subject line of your email, indicate “Last_First Name, PDLC, 11-2019”. In your cover letter, please (1) indicate how your personal philosophy aligns with our mission, (2) provide a brief summary of your directly related experience, and (3) provide your salary expectation (with a specific amount/range vs ‘negotiable’).

Equal Opportunity Employer
Submission deadline: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019