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Employment Opportunity

Policy Director
Oral Health Kansas is pleased to announce we are hiring a Policy Director. This position plays a lead role in promoting the Oral Health Kansas public policy priorities to legislators and other policymakers. The Policy Director also is responsible for all aspects of managing the DentaQuest Foundation-funded "Kansas Oral Health Connections" grant project, including extensive stakeholder engagement activities. Experience with grant-writing and reporting is required. Candidates will have a desire to work within a collaborative organization to support advocacy and positive health care policy change. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are keys to success in this position. Previous experience working for a nonprofit organization is preferred.

This is a full-time, grant-funded position that includes health and dental insurance. The position is based in Topeka, Kansas.

To apply for the Policy Director position: 
Please send a resume and cover letter, along with a writing sample from within the last 12 months, to Executive Director Tanya Dorf Brunner at info@oralhealthkansas.org. Include "Policy Director" in the subject line of the email.

Applications received by April 25, 2017, will receive priority consideration.

Position Description

Job Title:  Policy Director

Last Revision Date:  April 2017

Reports to:  Executive Director

Job Description:
The Policy Director plays a lead role in promoting the Oral Health Kansas public policy priorities to legislators and other policymakers. This position is responsible for all aspects of managing the DentaQuest Foundation-funded “Kansas Oral Health Connections” grant project, including extensive stakeholder engagement activities. Experience with grant-writing and reporting is required. Candidates will have a desire to work within a collaborative organization to support advocacy and positive health care policy change. Creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit are keys to success in this position. Previous experience working for a nonprofit organization is preferred.

Job Requirements

 Minimum education

  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in public policy, social science, public health or related field preferred; and/or demonstrated experience aligned with job requirements.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Must be 21 years of age
  • Frequent travel throughout Kansas
  • Occasional national travel

Job Responsibilities

  • Identify, engage and cultivate traditional and non-traditional partners
  • Act as a spokesperson for the initiative, when necessary
  • Maintain community relationships through frequent face-to-face interactions
  • Create and manage project workgroups
  • Provide clear program reports to funders, Oral Health Kansas executive director and board, and project participants
  • Manage project grant budget
  • Create grant reports in accordance with prescribed requirements and deadlines
  • Promote the organization’s advocacy agenda, including visits with policymakers and preparation of testimony
  • Represent the organization on appropriate committees and work groups
  • Assist with other aspects of Oral Health Kansas’ operations as needed, including event planning

Core Competencies

  • Strong analytic and communication skills, ability to write clearly and succinctly and make well-organized verbal presentations
  • Ability to manage multiple responsibilities simultaneously and prioritize competing demands in a fast-changing environment
  • Ability to seek and engage new partners while maintaining existing relationships
  • Strong organizational and planning skills
  • Commitment to producing consistently high quality, detailed work, even under deadline pressure
  • Ability to self-direct the work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, as well as social media expertise
  • Creativity, flexibility and an open mind
  • Experience with or dedicated interest in oral health and/or health policy and finance issues
  • Previous experience managing and developing statewide policy initiatives preferred

 

About Us:
Oral Health Kansas is a nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting the importance of lifelong dental health by shaping policy and educating the public so Kansans know that all mouths matter. We achieve our mission through advocacy, public awareness and education. Oral Health Kansas has over 1,500 supporters, including dentists, dental hygienists, educators, safety net clinics, charitable foundations, and advocates for children, people with disabilities and older Kansans. We see three types of barriers to accessing oral health in our state: access to a payment source; access to a provider; and willingness to access services. A variety of approaches to all three types of access must be present in order for all people to have adequate access to oral health care. With our partners in the oral health field, we are working to address each of these through a variety of means.

 

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