The Peterson Center on Healthcare (the “Center”) is a non-profit organization dedicated to making higher quality, more affordable healthcare a reality for all Americans. The organization is working to transform U.S. healthcare into a high-performance system by finding innovative solutions that improve quality and lower costs, and accelerating their adoption on a national scale. Established by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the Center collaborates with stakeholders across the healthcare system and engages in grant-making, partnerships, and research.

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The Peter G. Peterson Foundation (the “Foundation”) is working to secure a healthy, growing economy by addressing America’s long-term fiscal challenges. The Foundation partners with leading policy experts, elected officials and the public to build support for solutions to put America on a sustainable fiscal path. As a non-partisan organization, the Foundation engages in grant-making, partnerships, and research to educate and involve Americans from a variety of perspectives. Learn more at here.

The Associate Director, Communications and Public Affairs will play a critical role in developing and implementing a communications strategy for the Center to targeted healthcare stakeholders, aiming to make higher quality, more affordable healthcare a reality for all Americans.

The Associate Director will provide strategic communications guidance and execution for Center initiatives, ranging from state health policy to market driven solutions, from data transparency to new partnership development. They will work with Center staff to identify external education and advocacy opportunities, as well as outreach and audience development strategies to advance and support the impact of the Center’s programmatic work.

The Center operates as an independent organization alongside the Foundation, and works to influence markets, practitioners, and governments to bring more value to the US health system. While the Center and the Foundation have different audiences, impact for one means impact for all, which is why this position uniquely sits at the intersection of the two organizations. The Associate Director will report to the Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs for the Foundation and will have strong support from the Executive Director of the Center. Additionally, they will oversee one staff member and work closely with the broader communications team at the Foundation.


Communications and Influence Strategies
• Provide strategic guidance and planning to all team members of the Center, with a focus on audience identification, strategic planning, and execution, to better use influence and communications to achieve programmatic impact goals.
• Proactively work with the Center team to target new markets and audiences to attract potential new grantees in research, start-ups, and academia.
• Position the Center as a go-to source of funding for innovative and forward-thinking grantees.
• Partner with Center staff in the high needs healthcare program to position the Center appropriately among potential partners, funders, and investors as this work evolves and grows.
• Strategically oversee external requests and engagement opportunities for the Center principals and senior staff, such as speaking opportunities, conference invitations and awards, and personal meetings including:

o Assess and provide recommendations on high-value requests and opportunities.
o Assist in coordinating executive communications regarding such opportunities and preparing principals and staff on substantive and logistical details.
o Participate in a proactive process for seeking out high-value engagement opportunities.

Content and Collaboration
• Provide policy guidance to ensure the Center is communicating appropriately and effectively in the health policy space at both the state and federal levels.
• Support the development and drafting of key external communications content and documents concerning the Center’s strategic initiatives, research, recommendations, action plans, and more.
• Assist Center management and staff with various writing and research projects.
• Act as the connection between the Center and the Foundation’s communications team, looking for opportunities for the Foundation to highlight the work of the Center to drive its fiscal message.
• Provide support in the upgrade of the Center’s website, which is currently in process.
• Oversee the Manager, Digital Communications for the Center.

The successful Associate Director will be an entrepreneurial, proactive professional who can partner closely with multiple stakeholders and utilize a toolkit of communications approaches to drive impact and advance a mission.

You should have/bring:
• Bachelor’s degree in a related field required.
• A minimum of 12 years of relevant work experience in communications, preferably in the health systems advocacy, policy, and/or philanthropic space and working with a broad array of communications styles, formats and distribution channels.
• A strong strategic mindset with the ability to intertwine communications strategy into program strategy and build measurable, impactful communications plans.
• Committed to the mission of the Center to transform U.S. healthcare into a high-performance system by finding proven solutions that improve quality and lower costs, and accelerating their adoption on a national scale.

• An understanding of the United States healthcare system and its players/partners, as well as state and federal healthcare policy.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills with clear, concise, and accurate writing, editing and proofreading skills.
• An ability to synthesize complex information in a fast-paced environment, transforming complicated systemic issues into generally understandable messages.
• Skilled at working independently, as well as collaborating with teams across the organization.
• Ability to work under tight deadlines and excellent organizational skills with ability to prioritize and manage numerous projects with internal and external partners.
• High level of initiative, professionalism and attention to detail paired with a growth mindset and impeccable judgment.
• Open to both give and receive constructive feedback and a desire to learn.
• People management experience a plus.

TO APPLY: These are dynamic, growing organizations that embrace critical thinking, problem solving and innovative ideas. Please email your cover letter and resume or nominations in confidence to: PCH@sandlersearch.org

The Peter G. Peterson Foundation and Peterson Center on Healthcare are Equal Opportunity Employers and encourage candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.
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