Associate Director, Policy & Advocacy – New York, NY 10038

The Coalition for Behavioral Health is at the forefront of advancing a robust agenda for behavioral health in New York City and State. The Coalition provides our member agencies mental health and substance use services throughout New York. We serve New York’s behavioral health community by providing policy, advocacy, training, and technical assistance to more than 100 community-based behavioral health providers.

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The Associate Director of Policy & Advocacy will work on the Coalition’s Policy & Advocacy team to advance the Coalition’s agenda in the City and State. The individual will be required to work on critical health policy issues, including the mental health impacts of COVID and the opioid overdose crisis. This position reports to the Director of Policy & Advocacy.

Principal Responsibilities:

· Develop regulatory strategy on Medicaid, in partnership with the Director of Policy & Advocacy

· Lead strategy on one of the following key behavioral health policy areas: children, older adults, supportive housing

· Cultivate relationships with key government officials and member agencies

· Testify at hearings and represent the Coalition at external meetings

· Lead at least one Coalition committee, working with member leadership to develop an agenda create compelling meetings and ensure member engagement

· Write white papers, bill memos, regulatory comments, and other policy materials

· Collaborate on the development of overall strategy agenda and policy priorities

· Expected to work effectively independently and as part of a team

· Other duties as assigned

Qualifications and/or Skills:

· Knowledge of behavioral health and health policy, ideally with expertise in one of the following areas: children, older adults and/or supportive housing

· Ability to build relationships with external stakeholders

· Excellent writing skills

· Familiarity with city and state policymaking process

· Willingness to register as a lobbyist

Education and Experience

· Bachelor’s degree in a relevant field; master’s degree preferred

· At least five years relevant experience

· Previous regulatory policy experience, either in government or at an advocacy organization


The Coalition offers a competitive salary and benefits including a pension plan, health, dental, vision and life insurance, STD/LTD, paid vacation and sick leave, and other benefits


The Coalition for Behavioral Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer and offers equal opportunities for employment for all qualified applicants consistent with federal, state, and local laws.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $65,000.00 – $85,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday

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Work Remotely:

  • Yes

COVID-19 Precaution(s):

  • Remote interview process