Director of Maternal and Child Health Initiatives with Families USA

  • Washington, DC
  • Full Time
  • Experienced

Director of Maternal and Child Health Initiatives with Families USA                      

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

SUMMARY:  The Director of Maternal and Child Health Initiatives leads and provides strategic oversight for Families USA’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) portfolio. Central responsibilities to this role are generating, organizing, and operationalizing MCH strategic policy recommendations and developing impactful projects that advance equity and outcomes at the state and federal levels. This person will steward MCH-funded projects, provide thought-leadership and lead external engagement on MCH issues, and serve as a spokesperson for the organization and a subject matter expert on MCH issues. This person will also work closely with Families USA’s Senior Leadership Team toward the development and launch of a Families USA Center for Maternal and Child Health.


This position will lead Families USA’s MCH portfolio with the goal of developing the Center on Maternal and Child Health. Chief responsibilities include:

  • Collaborate with the Senior Director of Health Policy, the Senior Advisor for Strategy and Children’s Policy, Senior Director of Health Equity, and other staff on setting organizational policy goals and direction, developing policy recommendations and identifying strategies and tactics to advance the MCH policy priorities.
  • Provide expertise in policy analysis and strategy and develop MCH policy recommendations – federal and state – for the organization.
  • Provide leadership and strategic thinking to advance organizational MCH policy and advocacy priorities.
  • Review and analyze policy literature, laws and regulations to inform organizational MCH policy recommendations and identify opportunities for affecting policy change.
  • Prepare and publish high-quality memoranda, regulatory comments, issue briefs, fact sheets, reports, white papers, legislative language, grant proposals, advocacy guides, blogs, and other materials.
  • In collaboration with the Federal Relations and Strategic Partnerships teams, work with state and federal policymakers to advance our MCH agenda, providing strategic input and technical assistance on MCH policy issues.
  • Engage with key partners on a regular basis to best position Families’ MCH work, maintain thought leadership in broader MCH policy community.
  • In partnership with Senior Leadership and the Development team, foster relationships with funders and develop new prospects for funding sources.
  • Collaborate with the Communications team on public messaging regarding MCH priorities.
  • Represent Families USA at external meetings, policy advisory panels, coalitions, working groups and conferences
  • Envision, develop, and implement MCH-focused programming for Families USA’s annual Health Action Conference.
  • Lead project teams, including envisioning highly impactful projects; establishing priorities, developing project plans, key milestones, and deliverables; adapting such plans, and assisting project teams to troubleshoot to achieve Families’ MCH goals.
  • Provide feedback, coaching, mentoring and identify opportunities for professional development and growth to project staff.
  • Review draft deliverables from colleagues and junior staff to ensure high quality work products as they move through the organization’s review process.
  • Occasional travel for presentations, trainings, and consultations with state and local advocates.


Master’s degree, J.D. or Ph.D., in health policy, public health or public policy from an accredited college or university.  Candidate should have at minimum 10 years of progressive experience in leading and advocating for maternal and child health policies.  Experience with behavioral health or public  health policy a plus. Experience engaging and interacting with the media. 


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

  • Expert knowledge of MCH policies, policy development, and creating advocacy strategies and initiatives at both the state and federal levels.
  • Sophisticated understanding of federal, state, and local political dynamics, and the constellation of stakeholders influencing MCH policy at those levels.
  • Existing relationships with thought leaders and policymakers in maternal and child health and relevant government individuals and organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating and planning/coordinating projects within a not-for-profit environment.

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

  • Exceptional project management, organizational, and leadership skills to ensure successful project execution.
  • Exceptional writing, editing and proofreading skills for a diverse audience.
  • Sound judgment, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Capacity to build and sustain partnerships, coalitions and alliances.
  • Demonstrated experience communicating with the media and on various social media platforms.

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

  • Demonstrated ability to engage and work with a diverse group of stakeholders and build consensus.
  • Ability to perform in-depth policy analysis.
  • Ability to communicate information and ideas effectively and strategically within the organization and under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to be proactive in advancing ideas and priorities within a project-matrixed organizational environment.
  • Ability to work independently and in close coordination with teams with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to identify obstacles and address problems cooperatively and in a timely manner.
  • Ability to set and meet deadlines, and ensure others are doing the same.
  • Ability to convey constructive feedback to peers and team members.

Compensation: $140,000-$160,000 depending on experience and qualifications. Offering generous and comprehensive benefits.

EOE Statement:  Families USA provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.


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