State Policy Advocacy Specialist

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New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Apr 14, 2021
May 13, 2021
Position Type
Programs, Other Programs
Employment Type
Full Time


PHI’s State Policy Advocacy Specialist is responsible for developing and steering PHI’s state-based advocacy approach, which emphasizes direct advocacy, technical assistance, and coalition-building in New York and other states nationwide. As part of the PHI Policy Team, and in collaboration with other PHI staff and partners in New York and in other target states, the State Policy Advocacy Specialist uses this strategic approach to promote legislation, regulations, and other initiatives to improve wages, benefits, and opportunities for the direct care workforce. Outstanding skills in collaboration, policy analysis, and writing are essential for success in the role.



  • Work with the PHI Policy Team to refine and implement PHI’s state-based advocacy model, set short- and long-term goals for this work, identify annual priorities, develop work plans, and monitor and evaluate progress.
  • Lead and support PHI’s efforts to build advocacy capacity and effectiveness related to the direct care workforce in New York and in other target states by:
    • Working with strategic partners to identify shared policy priorities and opportunities for collaboration;
    • Conducting policy analysis to inform advocacy efforts;
    • Developing written materials to support workforce policy goals, including blog articles, fact sheets, policy briefs, and reports;
    • Engaging in outreach and education with employers, managed care plans, labor organizations, community-based organizations, policymakers, and other stakeholders;
    • Participating in coalitions, task forces, work groups, and other efforts that offer the opportunity to further workforce policy goals; and
    • Designing and delivering testimony, webinars, conference presentations, and other types of presentations that describe and promote PHI’s research and recommendations to diverse audiences.
  • Serve as a resource to PHI’s Workforce Innovations Team on workforce policy and collaboratively identify opportunities for PHI to engage in the design and implementation of training, employment, and advancement models for direct care workers in particular policy contexts.
  • Assist PHI’s Director of Policy Research and Project Manager to develop and implement evaluation efforts to measure the impact of PHI’s advocacy activities.
  • Work with other members of PHI’s Policy Team to identify resources and develop content for PHI’s National Direct Care Workforce Resource Center.



  • Minimum five years’ experience in policy advocacy, preferably on issues related to workforce development, aging, disability, long-term care, and/or social and racial justice.
  • Demonstrated expertise in identifying, researching, analyzing, distilling, and framing key policy issues.
  • Ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously, often under tight deadlines.
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to write in a variety of formats for a range of audiences.
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.
  • Strong spoken communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience working effectively with and facilitating collaboration among diverse individuals and groups.
  • Experience or interest in learning about program design and evaluation.
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Moderate travel required.
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred.



The State Policy Advocacy Specialist reports to PHI’s Director of Policy Research.



PHI’s Bronx office is closed due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. All staff are currently working remotely until further notice. Remote candidates will be considered, with preference for those based in the tri-State area.



PHI (Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to ensure quality care for older adults and people living with disabilities by creating quality jobs for direct care workers—the home health aides, personal care aides, and nursing assistants providing care for millions across the U.S. We believe that caregiving relationships work best when direct care staff receive high-quality training, living wages, and respect for the central role they play in the health care and long-term care system and in the lives of clients and families. PHI draws on three decades of experience working side-by-side with direct care workers and consumers in order to offer employers, policymakers, and other key stakeholders the tools needed to ensure quality care and quality jobs. PHI is committed to a workplace culture of collaboration and respect.



To apply, email a cover letter with your resumé to Please indicate “State Policy Advocacy Specialist” in the subject line. The cover letter should briefly address the following questions: What specifically interests you about working at PHI? Why would you be a valuable addition to the policy team?


Application deadline: May 9, 2021


The position is full-time, with competitive salary and benefits.


PHI is committed to ensuring a diverse staff. We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, religion, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, transgender status, marital status, national origin, domestic violence victim status, genetic information, disability or handicap, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


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