American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees

Senior Health Policy Advocate
Research and Collective Bargaining Department

Based in Washington, DC


Senior Health Policy Advocate
Research and Collective Bargaining Department
Location: Washington, DC
USU Grade 10
Starting Salary: $90,954

This position advocates for AFSCME federal policy priorities at executive branch departments and agencies and performs a wide variety of analyses involving health policy issues and legislation at the federal, state, and local levels. Incumbent evaluates and identifies potential short and long-range initiatives and the impact on member interests of proposed policy changes.


  • Maintains expertise in assigned AFSCME jobs sectors and issue areas of responsibility, including health and other sectors and issues as assigned.
  • Advises and provides technical assistance to AFSCME and affiliate union leaders and staff; federal, state, and local officials; and allied labor and community organizations.
  • Develops, recommends, and advocates for federal, state. and local policy strategies and policy options that further the interests of AFSCME members.
  • Advocates for regulatory and related priorities to promote the interests of AFSCME members at federal executive branch departments and agencies by engaging with federal executive branch officials and staff; preparing comments for submission in response to proposed regulations and related federal agency solicitations; and engaging in other policy making meetings and activities as appropriate.
  • Conducts and oversees in-depth quantitative and qualitative research.
  • Informs and advises AFSCME and affiliate union leaders and staff about new federal laws, regulations, and related matters by preparing written reports, fact sheets, content for distribution through AFSCME social media and other communications channels and other materials; conducting presentations at webinars, trainings, conferences, and other live events; and serving as a panelist at external conferences and other events.
  • Advises AFSCME affiliate union leaders and staff on state and local legislation, laws, regulations, and similar matters by providing analyses, conducting research, developing proposed legislation or amendments, and producing reports and other materials.
  • Provides oral or written testimony in federal, state, and local legislative or regulatory hearings or similar forums, at the request of AFSCME affiliates.
  • Collaborates with other AFSCME departments as appropriate, including identifying crosscutting issues and projects.
  • Advises department staff engaged in contract negotiations or other advocacy with AFSCME members’ employers on relevant policy issues; consults those same department staff in the development and analysis of policy solutions.
  • Represents AFSCME members’ interests in contacts with federal, state, and local officials and staff, coalitions with other national unions and allied organizations, at conferences and similar events, as a member of advisory bodies and in similar capacities as appropriate.
  • Provides direct assistance to affiliate unions in area(s) of concentration to conduct fact finding assignments, provides in-depth analyses of state and local legislative initiatives and recommends policy options; writes testimony, develops strategies and issue campaigns; analyzes and promotes job standards. Works with affiliate unions to implement assistance offered.
  • Develops allies and works with coalitions including community, religious and labor groups.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university, with major course work in economics, health care policy, finance, public policy or public administration.
  • A minimum of seven (7) years of relevant and progressively responsible experience or any equivalent combination of education and experience which provides the following knowledge, skills, and abilities


  • Extensive knowledge of health policy issues and systems and principles, procedures and processes governing federal, state, and local governments.
  • Extensive knowledge of unions and their internal and external working relationships.
  • Familiarity with the various interest groups involved in relevant policy issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to propose new programs or resource materials, including outlining program strategies.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with AFSCME officials, councils, affiliates, the public and established partnerships.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical concepts effectively to a variety of audiences, including excellent writing, representational and public communication skills.
  • Ability to interact flexibly and appropriately and to represent sensitive political and technical issues in a politically sensitive environment.
  • Strong ability to work independently on projects and complex tasks.
  • Extensive knowledge of appropriate word processing software.
  • Demonstrated abilities to be detail-oriented and accurate and capable of working in a fast-paced, time-sensitive environment.

Travel and work hours:

  • Extensive travel, extended work hours may be required

To Apply:
Please submit résumé and cover letter to: recruiting@afscme.org.

Posting Date: October 1, 2021

AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.

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