U.S. PIRG HIGH VALUE HEALTHCARE CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR

About the Job

U.S. PIRG seeks a Campaign Director to lead our effort to make sure our healthcare system delivers real value to consumers at an affordable cost.

The United States spends far too much on healthcare and gets far too little in return for each healthcare dollar. Despite a system world-renowned for developing advanced treatments, and an army of skilled and well-meaning doctors, nurses, researchers, hospital and pharmacy staff, our crazy-quilt health care system still fails to deliver an acceptable value proposition for consumers.

Powerful health care industry lobbyists will fight these changes and work to preserve the status quo, and the politics of health care has never been more divisive. But, for more than 40 years U.S. PIRG has stood up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security, or our right to fully participate in our democratic society. On healthcare, we opposed unjustified rate hikes and won victories in Oregon and California so far. California now requires insurers to justify rate hikes to the public, and Oregon state regulators recently cut a proposed 22 percent rate hike almost in half, saving $12.5 million for some ratepayers.

Our High Value Healthcare Campaign Director will be responsible for developing campaigns to contain costs and improve care for Americans; evaluating policy choices; getting media coverage for our campaigns; as well as run grassroots organizing, recruitment, fundraising and coalition-building to push for solutions that ensure our healthcare system delivers high value at an affordable cost for consumers.

About U.S. PIRG

U.S. PIRG is an advocate for the public interest, working to win concrete results on real problems that affect millions of lives, and standing up for the public against powerful interests when they push the other way.

The problems we face don’t care if you’re a liberal or a conservative, or if you live in a red or blue state — they affect each and every one of us. That’s why, for decades, we’ve taken a non-partisan, fact-driven, results-oriented approach to our work.

Responsibilities

As the U.S. PIRG Healthcare Campaign Director you’ll exercise independent judgment and discretion to develop policy solutions and implement a variety of campaign strategies to mobilize the public and influence insiders. Representative responsibilities include

  • Program Development: Create campaigns by researching the issue, creating viable policy solutions, and proposing political strategy and messaging to fix the nation’s healthcare system. You will work to develop campaigns with our state affiliates as well.
  • Advocacy: Build relationships with legislators critical to our healthcare program, represent U.S.PIRG in legislative meetings and hearings. Build relationships with leaders at regulatory agencies andGovernors’ offices.
  • Campaign Strategy: Develop plans to win our campaigns; assess opportunities for building political support for our agenda through coalition-building, grassroots organizing, media coverage, and message development.
  • Coalition Building: Build relationships and mobilize support with key constituencies, from health professionals, business owners, school board members and others.
  • Media Outreach: Serve as the chief spokesperson for our campaigns through tactics like media events, press releases and editorial board meetings.
  • Fundraising: Write grant proposals, build relationships with foundation staff, and meet with major donors. Work with our citizen outreach staff to build and develop our membership base.
  • Staff Recruitment and Development: Recruit new interns, staff and volunteers. Oversee program interns and staff to develop and implement work plans; provide training and leadership development opportunities.

Qualifications

Candidates must have at least 6 years of relevant professional experience. Advanced degrees like a JD or a master’s degree are preferred, but not required. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. We're looking for people who are goal-driven and results-oriented, who have excellent verbal, writing and analytical skills, the ability to speak persuasively in a charged atmosphere, and enthusiasm for the work. Candidates must have excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects. Experience with related policy issues and how Washington, D.C. or statehouses work preferred.

Pay & Benefits

Target annual compensation for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate has. U.S. PIRG offers a competitive benefits package.

Location

Washington, D.C, Denver, Chicago or Philadelphia.

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U.S. PIRG is an equal opportunity employer.

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