Careers at Common Ground Health

Children’s Health Policy Associate

Children’s Health Policy Associate

Reports To: Director of Community Health & Engagement

Classification: Full-Time, Exempt

Department: Community Health and Engagement

Organizational Setting:

Founded in 1974, Common Ground Health is one of the nation’s oldest and most effective regional health planning organizations. Located in Rochester’s Neighborhood of the Arts, the agency serves the nine-county Finger Lakes region. We bring together health care providers, insurers, consumers and other partners to find common ground on our area’s most pressing health challenges. Using the region's most comprehensive health data, together we hammer out strategies for better care, smarter spending and healthier people. Through all of these activities, Common Ground Health seeks to promote population health improvement and reduce health care disparities in the Finger Lakes region. Healthi Kids is an initiative of Common Ground Health that is blazing a path for healthier children in our region.

General Purpose:

The Children’s Health Policy Associate is a member of the Healthi Kids team and provides expertise and strategic guidance to identify policy change opportunities to support whole child health. The associate is adept at using data and evidence to build consensus around a policy change agenda for the Healthi Kids Coalition; is responsible for authoring policy briefs, and acts as lead staff to support Healthi Kids and Common Ground Health ongoing community tables. In coordination with the Healthi Kids team, the Children’s Health Policy Associate develops advocacy and campaign plans, executes those plans, and advocates with policy and decision-makers at various levels. The associate will demonstrate a commitment to the mission, vision, and values of Common Ground Health.

Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Shows commitment to Common Ground Health’s vision to become America’s healthiest community with health equity for all people in our region.
  • Researches and identifies policy and system change opportunities that advance whole child health in our region.
  • Collects, reviews, and analyzes data to inform policy decisions.
  • Creates original materials including policy and research briefs, reports, action alerts, and campaign materials.
  • Keeps abreast of emerging local, regional, and national policies related to whole child health and alerts stakeholders of changes.
  • Builds trusted relationships with policy and decision-makers at the local and state level and establishes regular communications with officials to educate them on opportunities to promote whole child health.
  • Increases the presence of Healthi Kids in the media by submitting stories and editorials as appropriate.
  • Develops strong partnerships with new community organizations and stakeholders and maintains existing partnerships with key stakeholders and partner organizations.
  • Provides strategic advice to Common Ground Health’s senior leadership on policy direction.
  • Shares expertise with other Healthi Kids team members and contributes to Healthi Kids program planning.
  • Works closely with consultants providing services to Common Ground Health.
  • Identifies lessons learned through pilot programs and initiatives and uses learning to identify new policy, system, and environmental change opportunities.
  • Provides staff support to Common Ground Health stakeholder groups on whole child health.
  • Represents Common Ground Health at community tables, events, and with media.


  • Demonstrated work experience in policy research and advocacy.
  • Understanding of the policies and systems that have an impact on children.
  • Knowledge of state and municipal legislative processes.
  • Experience developing work plans with key outcomes, deliverables, and performance measures.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills with the ability to effectively communicate clearly with diverse populations.
  • Excellent public speaking and media skills and the ability to create reports and presentations.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to demonstrate initiative, creativity and integrity.
  • Effective problem-solving, analytical skills and attention to detail that supports and enables sound decision making.
  • The ability to think strategically and provide clear structure in ambiguous environments.
  • A persuasive, encouraging, and motivating approach to encourage others to engage in advocacy and become agents of change.
  • The ability to efficiently plan, organize, and coordinate a variety of activities and events in a high pressure environment.
  • Team player who is responsive to and supportive of the needs of others on the Healthi Kids team.
  • Must be able to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Must demonstrate flexibility and adaptability during times of change

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a related field such as public policy or public health is required plus at least three years of direct work experience in public health, public policy, or policy advocacy.
  • Must have leadership, project management, and interpersonal skills, as well as an understanding of prevention and health promotion and the elimination of health disparities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office products (Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint).
  • Must be able to work flexible hours as needed for meetings and events, such as early mornings, evenings, and weekends.
  • Holds an active New York State Driver’s License and has available transportation to travel locally as needed for agency business.

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability and willingness to travel locally, as needed. Sits for long periods. Works long hours on a computer. Uses a keyboard. Reads printed materials or from a computer monitor.
  • Occasionally required to climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • In support of the Americans with Disabilities Act, this job description lists only those requirements and qualifications deemed essential to the position.

Please send resume and direct all inquiries to Elaine McKenna, Sr. Recruiting Account Manager, 7 Linden Park, Rochester, NY 14625, email:, phone: 585-420-3907

Posting Date: Nov. 17, 2017