|Under the supervision of the CPAC Director, Assistant Director of Policy Relations will serve as a liaison between CPAC and policymakers in Sacramento, specifically members and staff of the California Legislature, Executive Branch and statewide advocacy organizations. The incumbent will strategically assess the needs and priorities of constituencies key to CPACÃs mission, identify opportunities for partnerships, research, technical assistance and the dissemination of UC research that focus on improving the health of vulnerable populations in California. S/he will coordinate forums for CPAC and UC faculty to engage in the development of effective policy solutions to healthcare issues targeted by CPAC. S/he will synthesize information for communication to CPAC staff, UC faculty and policymakers |
Ã¯ Develop and implement research needs assessments and research dissemination strategies to inform effective public policy development that improves access to health and outcomes for vulnerable populations. Ã¯ Identify, monitor, analyze and summarize state, federal and local policy proposals and political developments relevant to CPACÃs mission, including legislative, regulatory, elections, and advocacy activities. Ã¯ Support the translation and dissemination of relevant UC faculty research supporting targeted policies and programs. Ã¯ Organize forums in collaboration with external constituencies, including UC researchers, policymakers, advocates and other stakeholders to develop strategies and achieve policy objectives. Ã¯ Gather state budget and policy documents, prepare and present timely and succinct updates, policy briefs and reports. Modalities include one-page briefings, email communications, blogs, vlogs, video and/or graphics. Ã¯ Provide updated content on public policies and projects for CPACÃs website. Ã¯ Mentor less-experienced staff members and students. Ã¯ Respond to constituent inquiries for information about UC resources and collaboration.Knowledge/Skills: Ã¯ Minimum two years of experience working in the California Legislature. Ã¯ Understanding of the functions, culture and processes of the California Legislature. Ã¯ Ability to identify strategic opportunities for partnerships and discern the impact of policies and proposals on vulnerable populations; Ã¯ Knowledge of CaliforniaÃs methods to provide healthcare to vulnerable populations. Ã¯ Excellent interpersonal skills to develop partnerships, influence and to network effectively. Ã¯ Excellent verbal and written skills Ã¯ Ability to apply research, analytical and critical thinking skills to public policy-making. Ã¯ Sound judgement and decision-making skills and political acumen to effectively represent the UC among academicians, politicians, students and advocates. Ã¯ Demonstrated ability to synthesize large amounts of information, communicating complex issues clearly and concisely using a variety of formats to inform and educate diverse audiences in a timely manner. Ã¯ Project management and event planning skills. Ã¯ Capacity to work without supervision and learn new technologies following protocol and meeting deadlines. Ã¯ Advise management as required and propose effective strategic solutions.
Education/Training: Ã¯ Bachelor's degree in communications, political science, public policy, health policy related field or equivalent experience. Masters degree strongly preferred. This is a full-time 1 year contract position with full UC benefits. This position is located in Sacramento.