Program Director - Policy, Advocacy, & Research Job

Children's Health - General Careers

Job Number: 54036

Location: Dallas, TX

Date Posted: 5-29-2018


Position Summary:

Work in partnership with the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence Leadership Oversight Committee (the Center's governing body), Children's Health System of Texas (CHST) Governmental Relations, community leaders, and funding partners to continue to achieve an ambitious advocacy plan informed by active research in the field to advance health equity for children in foster care.

Job Profile:

  • Regarded internally (and possibly externally) as the expert in a professional field who is critical to the success of the function internally
  • Requires in-depth and broad expertise within the professional field
  • Anticipates business and regulatory issues; recommends improvements to products, processes or services
  • Leads long-term projects with notable risk and complexity; develops the strategy for project execution
  • Solves unique and complex problems with broad impact on the business; requires conceptual and innovative thinking to develop solutions
  • Through strategic input to the function, impacts the direction and resource allocation for programs, projects or services; works within general functional policies and industry guidelines
  • Progression to this level is typically restricted on the basis of business requirements
  • Communicates complex ideas, anticipates potential objections and persuades others, often at senior levels, to adopt a different point of view

Job Specific Responsibilities:

  • Represent the Center and present on policy issues at state, regional and national meetings along with other members of the Center
  • Develop strong relationships and work collaboratively with community groups, nonprofits, industry groups, and government entities to collaborate on health disparity public policy initiatives developing effective strategies and tactics in response to time-sensitive policy issues and opportunities
  • Contribute to the planning process that will shape the Center’s advocacy and policy priorities and strategies, which will be informed by existing state and local advocacy efforts, relevant data, research projects, and ongoing input from a diverse representation of community leaders and key stakeholders
  • Educate community and statewide leaders about the Center’s mission, programs, and goals. Create and implement an outreach strategy using research driven data to support the Foundation’s advocacy and policy priorities
  • Lead the Region 3 [North Texas] Foster Care Consortium to improve community awareness and standards for serving children in foster care and participate in statewide coalitions as appropriate
  • Support community organizing efforts throughout the state to strengthen the network of informed, action-oriented allies in local and regional governments, and partner with organizations to improve the health and wellbeing of children in foster care
  • Serve as an expert consultant to media, elected officials, and other leaders on foster care policy issues
  • Identify innovative research opportunities and lead the Center research team to streamline projects that will produce reports relevant to clinical, statewide, and national child welfare policy
  • Lead Center research initiatives and support research activities of Center members regarding health and mental health care needs and subsequence improvements for foster care integrated health services
  • Lead research and analysis of federal and state legislation and regulations to inform policy positions and priorities, especially foster care financing and health care coverage
  • Prepare research memos, briefs, reports, projects, and presentations in a variety of formats to engage a diverse range of constituents (e.g., board members, community leaders, legislators, partners, philanthropists)
  • Actively participate in developing progress reports and new grant applications in support of the Center

Job Specific Responsibilities:

  • Act as a liaison for Center fundraising, community outreach and marketing in concert with Children’s and the Rees-Jones Foundation
  • Advise Children’s Leadership, University of Texas Southwestern, Center Oversight Committee, Rees-Jones Foundation, and community leaders on the advocacy landscape and implications for the Center’s work


  • At least 5 years of knowledge of child welfare systems, government agencies, advocacy groups and civic leadership required
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with diplomacy, and to work effectively and respectfully with politically, ideologically, culturally, and geographically diverse people and communities required
  • At least 5 years of experience working in policy and advocacy for a foundation or government entity required
  • At least 2 years of experience in Research preferred

Non-Management Skills Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Maintain effectiveness when experiencing major changes in work responsibilities or environment; adjust effectively to work within new work structures, processes, requirements, or cultures.
  • Use appropriate interpersonal styles to establish effective relationships with customers and internal partners; interact with others in a way that promotes openness and trust and gives them confidence in one's intentions.
  • Ensure that the customer perspective is a driving force behind business decisions and activities; craft and implement service practices that meet customers' and own organization's needs.
  • Develop and use collaborative relationships to facilitate the accomplishment of work goals.
  • Identify and understand issues, problems, and opportunities; compare data from different sources to draw conclusions; use effective approaches for choosing a course of action or developing appropriate solutions; take action that is consistent with available facts, constraints, and probable consequences.
  • Take prompt action to accomplish objectives; take action to achieve goals beyond what is required; be proactive.
  • Deal effectively with others in an antagonistic situation; use appropriate interpersonal styles and methods to reduce tension or conflict between two or more people.
  • Effectively manage one's time and resources to ensure that work is completed efficiently.
  • Accomplish tasks by considering all areas involved, no matter how small; showing concern for all aspects of the job; accurately checking processes and tasks; being watchful over a period of time.
  • Set high standards of performance for self and others; assume responsibility and accountability for successfully completing assignments or tasks; self impose standards of excellence rather than having standards imposed.
  • Assimilate and apply new job-related information in a timely manner.
  • Clearly convey information and ideas through a variety of media to individuals or groups in a manner that engages the audience and helps them understand and retain the message.


  • Graduate or professional work or advanced degree (MS or MA or MPH or PHD or MD); or equivalent experience required

Physical Demands:

  • Sedentary - Exerting up to 10lbs. occasionally or negligible weights frequently; sitting most of the time.

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