Director, National Health Policy (D.C. #1718-39) | American Lung Association

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Director, National Health Policy (D.C. #1718-39)

City: Washington

State: District of Columbia

The American Lung Association has a great opportunity for a Director, National Health Policy to join our incredible team in our Washington, DC office.  Working as a member of the National Policy & Advocacy Team, you will join an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to our mission:  to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education, and advocacy.

In this role, you will direct the Lung Association's asthma policy project, including the implementation of a federal grant; serve as the Lung Association's leading expert on asthma policy as well as lung cancer and COPD policy issues; research, analyze and provide strategic direction on state and federal laws, regulations, coverage policies on asthma lung disease; create and disseminate policy materials related to the asthma policy project and other Lung Association priorities; collaborate with partners and provide strategic leadership and technical assistance on asthma, lung cancer, COPD and other lung health policies.


  • Direct implementation of federal and other grants received for work in asthma policy and/or healthcare system policy.
  • Serve as lead staff contact and liaison with federal grant program officers and other relevant external contacts.
  • Ensure that all grant deliverables are completed successfully, and serve as lead in disseminating these deliverables to nationwide audiences where appropriate. 
  • Manage all staff, contract and sub-awardee work related to these grants.
  • Direct the Asthma Care Coverage Project, including the asthma Medicaid coverage database; review, analyze and interpret asthma coverage policies, pending and implemented, at the federal and state levels.
  • Direct annual data collection process.
  • Direct the provision of technical and strategic assistance to nationwide American Lung Association staff and other stakeholders regarding policies affecting access to and quality of care for asthma, COPD, lung cancer and other lung diseases.
  • Write letters, create factsheets and other documents, and create additional materials as needed.
  • Serve as American Lung Association liaison to various coalitions, working groups, advisory groups and conferences primarily on asthma.
  • Provide leadership and expertise to outside groups on asthma and lung health policy. Give presentations on relevant topics.
  • Manage the application process for potential relevant grants, contracts and other financial awards. Write grant proposals.
  • Assist Development and senior staff with serving as a resource with current and potential funders. Develop tailored funding opportunities with funders.


  • Master's degree in political science, health policy or related field preferred.
  • Seven to nine years related experience in voluntary health organizations, advocacy organization or government preferred.
  • Experience with Medicaid, health systems policy and knowledge of asthma care a strong plus.
  • Ability to research and analyze federal and state statutes, regulations, health insurance documents, policies and legislation; excellent project management skills; excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills and familiarity with database programs essential.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team and with a wide range of people, ability to work well under pressure, be a self-starter and adapt to changing situations.
  • Some travel required.
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association maintains a smoke-free work place; all employees must abstain from tobacco use in any form.


To apply please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and 1-2 page writing sample to (include job title in subject of email):

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American Lung Association

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