Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships- Families USA

Washington, DC
Full Time
Senior Manager/Supervisor

    Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships

Reports:         Chief of Staff                                                                                                

Position          Washington D.C. with Hybrid Work Schedule, Requiring 3-Days of In-Office Presence

SUMMARY: The Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships provides strategic direction for Families USA’s organization-wide efforts to collaborate with state-based and national advocates and industry-level partners to advocate for our consumer-focused programs for an overall impact on reforms in state agencies, in local communities and in Congress. This position is responsible for developing and nurturing strategic alliances, broadening its appeal to new and more diverse industry segments; and ensure that these strategic coalitions build power and consensus around the organization’s mission and goals.  This person must be well-connected with established relationships on the state and national level. As a contributing member of the senior leadership team, work collaboratively with the team to help develop, oversee and execute on the overall success of the organization.  This person will also oversee multiple projects and project teams, including oversight of Families USA’s annual Health Action Conference.


  • Develop and design strategies that effectively engage national, state and industry-level strategic partnerships.
  • Provide leadership and oversight of the management of ongoing relationships with existing partners and leverage those relationships to greater collective impact.
  • Develop systems and procedures in support of the identification, engagement, development and expansion of strategic partnerships.
  • Conceptualize and execute campaigns to advance optimal health care and health for all through coalition building among state, local and national partners.
  • Oversee and steward multiple project teams, including: envisioning highly impactful projects; developing project plans, key milestones and deliverables; adapting such plans, and assisting project teams to troubleshoot.
  • Work in partnership with the senior leadership team to cultivate funder relationships to increase Families USA’s major goals and initiatives and ensure department’s long-term direction and accomplishments aligns well with organization-wide strategy.
  • Collaborate with the communications team on media opportunities and act as a spokesperson when necessary to help build Families USA’s vision and impact. 
  • Provide leadership and direction to department staff, including: establish priorities, coach and mentor, motivate, empower, evaluate, and identify opportunities for professional development and growth.
  • Work to build a winning team that collaborates well with other teams within the organization.


This is one of the most senior-level positions at Families USA. Graduate degree preferred, in Public Policy, Advocacy, Social Sciences or related field. Candidate should have a minimum of ten (10) years of experience specifically in implementing “grass-top” and/or grassroots efforts in other similar progressive advocacy organizations, unions and/or political campaigns. Prior managerial and leadership experience needed.  A passion for social justice and for the mission of Families USA. 


To perform successfully in this role, incumbent should possess the specific knowledge, skills and abilities outlined below:

Knowledge (acquired information necessary to do the job, kind of knowledge required for the job)

  1. Strong understanding and networks with federal, state and local governments and agencies, as well as other non-profits and industry-level organizations.
  2. Capacity to build and expand the organization’s national and/or state strategic partnerships.
  3. Thorough understanding of project and program development, and budgeting. 
  4. Knowledge of the health industry and social justice issues with the ability to develop and maintain strong, vibrant, strategic partnerships.
  5. Highly motivated team player who contributes to an atmosphere in which people collaboratively, enthusiastically and effectively produce results.

Skills (position-specific learned activity, generally gained through training)

  1. Exceptional oral, writing, presentation and organizational skills.
  2. Strategic thinker who serves as thought leader and partner, with a growth mindset
  3. Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills. 
  4. Exceptional teamwork and influencing skills.
  5. Capacity to handle multiple competing priorities – including ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.

Abilities (position-specific talents; potential to perform tasks or functions)

  1. Demonstrated ability to build collegial relations with coalition partners and function effectively amongst a team of dedicated professional staff.
  2. Ability to communicate strategically and creatively under tight deadlines.
  3. Ability to solve problems in a matrix team environment and lead with high energy and with a positive attitude.
  4. Ability to work independently and in close coordination with teams.
  5. Creativity, initiative, and ability to exercise discretion and sound judgment.
  6. Experience with working as part of a senior leadership team and leading organizational strategy.


Compensation: $155,000-$165,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Offering generous and comprehensive benefits.

About Families USA: Our mission building the health care movement. Families USA, a leading national, non-partisan voice for health care consumers, is dedicated to achieving high-quality, affordable health care and improved health for all. Our work is driven by and centered around four pillars: value, equity, coverage, and consumer experience. We view these focus areas — and the various issues unique to each area — as the cornerstones of America’s health care system. Learn more at

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