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Job Title: Policy/Legislative Associate

FLSA Status: Exempt

Department: Public Policy & External Affairs

Reports to: Vice President, Public Policy & External Affairs

Position Summary

The District of Columbia Hospital Association has, for 40 years, worked to advance the missions of the hospitals and health systems of the District of Columbia by promoting policies and initiatives that strengthen the system of care, preserve access and promote better health outcomes for the patients and communities they serve. The Policy/Legislative Associate is responsible for working with the Vice President, Public Policy & External Affairs and the Senior Director of Communications & Member Engagement on a number of key Association functions related to communications, policy development, research, grassroots advocacy and government relations. The position will also assist in developing and implementing tools that communicate the important work of the member hospitals to opinion leaders, influencers, decision makers and consumers, and the work of the Association to its members and prospective members in order to continually demonstrate the value of Association membership.

Policy/Legislative Associate will achieve success through:

  • Creativity and competence in writing, basic design and digital tools development
  • Embracing and developing communications tools using a “digital first” approach.
  • Demonstrating a “can-do” approach and sense of ownership on Association-wide projects as a member of a small team where “it’s not my job” is not an option.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES
General Office Management

  1. Develop and implement content for DCHA website featuring hospital and Association initiatives consistent with their respective messaging platforms.
  2. Support all events and reporting needs of the Association, including educational events, routine reports, special reports and publications.
  3. Assist the Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs, as well as, the Senior Director of Communications and Member Engagement in the preparation of the CEO and other Association executives as needed for media interviews, speeches and presentations.
  4. Receive and route incoming telephone calls and record accurate messages.
  5. Make telephone calls, schedule appointments, set up meetings, and coordinate materials for presentation.
  6. Provide staff liaison support and coordination of activities for assigned committees and task forces of the Association.
  7. Assist in the tasks associated with the preparation and execution of major conferences and meetings.
  8. Responsible to learn and manage various web-based software used by the Association for legislative, research and communication needs.
  9. Assist with coordination and administration of grants, workgroups and other collaborations.
  10. Assist other professional staff in the performance of assigned duties and responsibilities.
  11. Carry out such other general responsibilities as may be delegated.

 Policy Development & Research

  1. Provide appropriate input into the internal Association strategic planning and policy development process with emphasis on the anticipated impact of external issues and their impact on hospital and associate members.
  2. Provide research, analysis, writing and related input for formulation and development of public policy positions for the Association.

Government Relations & Grassroots Advocacy

  1. Monitor public information and discussions within the legislature, media, regulatory community and share with the Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs, as well as, the Senior Director of Communications and Member Engagement to enable them to develop a strategy.
  2.  Implement tools in collaboration with the director of communications to disseminate issues strategies and messaging.
  3.  Assist in the identification and monitoring of legislative and regulatory policies, programs and proposals.
  4.  Research legislative and regulatory issues and activities.
  5.  Attend select hearings and assist with testimony preparation.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. 

 Education/Experience:   

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, communications, marketing or business preferred.
  • Experience working or interning in legislative, health care or government environments is welcome.
  • Understanding of multi-channel communications.

Skills & Abilities

  • Understanding of public communications.
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, writing, and speaking).
  • Strong skills in collaboration.
  • Skilled in persuasive, conversational and editorial writing.
  • Strong sense of personal and professional integrity

 Computer Skills

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint required. Proficiency with email.
  • Understanding of digital content management, email-marketing platforms, and basic design software.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

Salary and benefits for the Policy/Legislative Associate will be based upon educational background and experience. DCHA employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, group life insurance, short & long-term disability policies, 401(k) match, paid holidays & leave and transportation subsidies. 

To apply send your cover letter and resume to: apply@dcha.org

Job Title: Senior Health Data Analyst

FLSA Status:       Exempt
Department:      Patient Safety & Quality Operations
Reports To:        Assistant Vice President, Patient Safety & Quality Operations

POSITION SUMMARY: 

For 40 years the District of Columbia Hospital Association has worked to advance the missions of the hospitals and health systems of the District of Columbia by promoting policies and initiatives that strengthen the system of care, preserve access and promote better health outcomes for the patients and communities they serve. The role of the Senior Health Data Analyst is to foster the work of the Association and the Association’s members through data exploration, analytics and reporting in support of priorities for improvement and strategic goals. The Senior Health Data Analyst is also responsible for the identification, collection, analysis, monitoring and reporting of industry data, statistics and related information which will enhance the Associations ability to serve its members.

The Senior Health Data Analyst will achieve success by:

  • Garnering the respect of the Association’s leaders and the hospital’s communications executives through leadership, skill, organization, proactivity and strategic thinking.
  • Demonstrating competence and skill in all aspects of data management, measure development, statistical techniques, and data visualization.
  • Developing proactive processes for monitoring issues important to the members and collaborating with the communications teams at the hospitals to address them.
  • Being a collaborative partner with the Association’s legislative affairs, communications, and finance teams to develop proactive strategies and responses to facilitate their related goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrating a “can-do” approach and sense of ownership on Association-wide projects as a member of a small team where “it’s not my job” is not an option.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Acquire, store, and validate data reflecting performance and services of the Association’s members:

  • Participate in the design and development of a comprehensive data management approach to sustain data management and analytics needs of the Association.
  • Maintain complex relational database systems including data extraction, standardization and normalization in addition to ensuring the written stored procedures properly execute the data aggregation and statistical procedures to address the clinical question.
  • Merge varying data sets into a common structure using data warehouse and structured data concepts ensuring accurate, complete, and timely availability
  • Design and execute evaluation methodology to clean, transform, model and compare data to maintain the structural integrity of datasets, check for outliers, and reduce risk of translational errors.
  • Produce and follow the appropriate documentation to ensure change control, clarity, reproducibility and coverage of duties by a colleague or different practitioner.

Provide analyses and reports in support of the Association’s priorities and strategic goals:

  • Apply appropriate analytical approaches and mathematical models including decision analysis, risk adjustment, outcomes analysis, probabilistic, and predictive calculations identifying trends, patterns, and outcomes associated to inform the collaborative efforts of the Association and the Associations members.
  • Educate stakeholders on the various options to focus on the business and clinical questions based on a developed expertise in the topic, area of inquiry, and related external drivers (e.g., quality-based payment programs, required measures) to obtain consensus and ensure harmony of design, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Design complex data visualizations and infographics to turn data and analysis results into user-friendly, easily understood reports based on a developed understanding of the questions and analytical goals of the target audience.
  • Engage vendors/platform developers meaningfully and evaluate prospective tools for functional capability and the ability to meet the requirements for the associated purpose.
  • Formulate dashboards, scorecards, and summaries of available data and results to convey the meaning and impact on collaborative improvement efforts, strategic goals, and Association member organizations.

Foster the patient safety and quality improvement work of the Association and the Association’s members:

  • Apply the appropriate quality improvement and patient safety methodology and tools to facilitate collaborative efforts toward a culture of continuous improvement that leads to improved performance and sustained results.
  • Understand, interpret, and explain draft, proposed, and current measure specifications from DCHA collaborative, government programs, and other organizational programs as well as relationships between the measures and available data (e.g., demographic, claims, clinical) to provide recommendations on measure development and definitions to the Association and its members to support collaborative efforts and achievement of strategic goals.
  • Transform data-driven results into comprehensive narratives that tell the story of the process and analysis to a non-technical audience in conjunction with members and colleagues to develop an ongoing narrative that allows the Association to curate the stories about the work the member hospitals perform in the community, and the challenges they face while doing so.
  • Develop tools and learning opportunities for members, which will enable them to interpret and effectively share information with other stakeholders and to optimally serve their organizations.
  • Maintain relationships and professional development to remain current with industry data and measure related requirements as well as innovative data management and analytic approaches to support health care improvement.

Support the legislative advocacy and communications needs of the Association:

  • Support the legislative advocacy and policy needs of the Association by providing the data analyses and results for the preparation of meetings, testimony, position papers, and public comments as needed.
  • Perform environmental scans on best practices, guidelines, measures and regulatory updates and communicate findings to collaborative committees, Association members, and Association colleagues.
  • Assist in the production, including creation and editing, of public and member-facing documents to ensure quality and adherence to brand identity and messaging.
  • Serve as liaison and staff resource to hospital and associate members as well as Association colleagues by responding to requests for information consistent with the policies and goals of the Association.

QUALIFICATIONS:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education/Experience:

  • Master’s degree in statistics, biostatistics, health services research, health care quality, or related field preferred. Bachelor’s degree in mathematics, business, health care administration, or related field with three years of experience may be considered in lieu of a Master’s degree.
  • Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) preferred.
  • Experience in managing data, performing analyses, and communicating results with senior managers and executives in healthcare.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Ability to manage diverse data sets.
  • Understanding of statistics techniques and application in a health care setting.
  • Understanding of quality improvement methods.
  • Ability to facilitate large and small meetings to achieve results.
  • Excellent communication skills (listening, writing, and speaking).
  • Skills in establishing and maintaining relationships with stakeholders.
  • Strong leadership and motivation skills.
  • Strong skills in collaboration.
  • Strong sense of personal and professional integrity.

Computer Skills:

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Proficiency with database administration and data warehouse solutions required.
  • Proficiency with statistical software, business intelligence platforms, and associated programming languages (e.g., Stata, SQL, Python, R, Shiny, Tableau) required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The physical demands and work environment described below represent the activities and surroundings of the positions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The work is typically performed in an office environment, with a moderate noise level. The position requires working in an office environment with the usual office equipment, including copiers, fax machines, and computers. The employee is frequently required to talk and hear on the telephone and in person with individuals and groups.  The incumbent may carry materials/equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. on occasion. The incumbent is required to read and respond to documents in hard copy and electronic form. The position requires occasional travel to member facilities and meetings requiring transportation.

To apply send your cover letter and resume to: apply@dcha.org