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Director of Community and Government Relations

Company: Public Affairs Council
Location: New Haven
Posted on: April 10, 2021

Job Description:

Director of Community and Government Relations Fair Haven Community Health Care Fair Haven Community Health Care Inc. (FHCHC)--is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FHCHC does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, non-disqualifying physical or mental disability, national origin, veteran status or any other basis covered by appropriate law. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. For nearly 50 years, we have been a health care leader in our community focused on providing excellent, affordable primary care to all patients, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Fair Haven is proud to have a diverse and motivated team of professionals who are constantly seeking ways to enhance and improve the health and well-being of all patients. It's an exciting time for FHCHC. We are growing and looking for--great talent to join us! If you are a passionate, caring professional interested in improving the health of our community, we'd like to know more about you. Fair Haven Community Health Care-- FHCHC is a forward-thinking, dynamic, and exciting community health center that--provides care for multiple generations at nearly 80,000 office visits in 14 locations. Overseen by a Board of Directors, the majority of whom are patients themselves, we are proud to offer a wide range of primary and specialty care services, as well as evidence-based patient programs to educate patients in healthy lifestyle choices. As we grow and are able to bring high-quality health care to more areas that need access, we continue to put our patients first in everything we do.--The mission of FHCHC is "To improve the health and social well-being of the communities we serve through equitable, high quality, patient-centered care that is culturally responsive." This is a unique and exciting opportunity as FHCHC is about to double its current pediatric patients by virtue of a novel collaboration with its local academic health center. We believe that everyone should have access to high-quality medical and dental care, regardless of ability to pay. Job purpose The role of Director of Community and Government Relations is vital toward fulfilling the mission and maximizing the overall effectiveness of the Fair Haven Community Health Center (FHCHC). The responsibilities for serving in this capacity include significant accountabilities in three major areas: Community Relations, Patient Engagement and Advocacy. Duties and responsibilities The Director is an integral member of the FHCHC team, working collaboratively to assist and support the development of organization-wide initiatives, catalyzing effective community collaboration, strategic partnerships, and outreach, ensuring targeted messaging, and serving as the chief advisor for governmental affairs. Typical duties include but are not limited to:

  • Monitor and develop appropriate response to local, state and national legislative issues
  • Be the face of FHCHC in the community. Foster relationships with potential collaborators and other local agencies with whom we have shared goals. During the Public Health Emergency, this includes working with community partners to increase COVID vaccination and testing among vulnerable population
  • Oversee non-clinical aspects of School Based Health Center program. In this role, the successful candidate will work side by side with the Dept. Chair of SBHC and liaise with the Board of Education of New Haven and East Haven
  • Liaison with city (New Haven, East Haven primarily) and state. Work with legislators, lobbyist when in session to foster support for legislation supported by FHCHC Represent FHCHC in key city initiatives such as Healthier Greater New Haven Partnership, Fair Haven District Management Team and CHIP (East Haven)
  • Ensure connections with city, state and federal representatives. Develop relationships with key legislators and their office staff. Examples include involving us in pertinent roundtable discussions, host meetings with legislators and related activities
  • Work within the community to spread knowledge of FHCHC and its programs. Enhance community enrollment into FHCHC
  • Develops policies and procedures relating to community and government affairs and submits accordingly Qualifications
    • Master's or Professional degree from an accredited institution with five to seven years of direct relatable and managerial experience (or) a Bachelor's degree with ten years of direct relatable and managerial experience.
    • Preference may be given to candidates with a successful background in working with the Connecticut legislature or local government. Direct Reports
      • None OSHA Status: Category III-Low Risk Position Generally works in an office environment with no exposure to bloodborne pathogens Physical requirements Physical Demands: Requires walking, bending, sitting, standing, writing, reading, telephone use, data input into computer, pulling medical records, Mental Demands: Ability to cope with continual changing priorities under potentially stressful conditions Manual Dexterity Required: Ability to use a keyboard, telephone. American with Disabilities Requirements External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled, must be able to perform the essential job specific functions (listed within each job specific responsibility) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by the organization on a case by case basis.

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