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Policy Analyst

Interested in working for a non-profit dedicated to improving the lives of people living with mental illness? Are you a systems oriented policy wonk who enjoys being part of a small, nimble, and collaborative team? If so, we’d love to hear from you! The Washington Council for Behavioral Health needs a policy analyst to join us in representing community behavioral health through advocacy, policy research and analysis, and government relations. Must have the ability to analyze, understand, and explain complex data and public policy materials. Previous experience in public policy advocacy or health or behavioral health management is required. Fiscal or budget experience is strongly preferred. Based in or near Olympia? We can work with that!

Summary of Position

The Washington Council for Behavioral Health (the Council) seeks a policy analyst to join the Council policy team under direction of its CEO to carry out policies and directives of the Board of Directors. This is a professional position responsible for policy research and analysis; government and member relations; drafting reports, position papers, advocacy communications, and member communications; and representing the Council with state legislators and legislative staff, government agency officials, and community partners.

Reports to CEO; full-time exempt position.


A.      Public Policy Research, Analysis, and Advocacy

  1. Conduct research and in-depth analysis on policies and initiatives related to the Council’s public policy priorities and special projects
  2. Develop member educational and briefing materials and prepare sample advocacy communications in support of Council legislative activities; support Council member grassroots advocacy efforts; and monitor member activities to advance public policy agenda
  3. Monitor state and federal health and behavioral health policy issues including administrative implementation issues and consult with policy team re: possible action
  4. Anticipate impact of state and federal policy changes on member agency operations; assist with related member communication and education
  5. Build working relationships with key legislators, legislative staff, and state agency officials
  6. Represent the Council in work groups and committees with state agencies, the Washington State Legislature, and community partners

B.      Member Services

  1. Assist with preparation and staffing for monthly Board and Membership meetings; prepare informational meeting summaries for distribution to members
  2. Provide staff support to Council committees and work groups, including the Finance Committee and SUD Services Committee
  3. Respond promptly to member requests for information and support
  4. Promote and monitor member satisfaction

C.      Resource Development and Special Projects

  1. Serve as lead staff for learning collaboratives, pilot projects, and other special projects as assigned
  2. Identify and pursue resource development opportunities that support Council policy priorities

D.      General Responsibilities

  1. Represent Council and serve as policy contact for Council Board, Council members and community partners for designated policy areas
  2. Oversee internal operations functions as assigned
  3. Other duties as assigned


  1. Education: Master’s degree in health policy, public policy, public administration, health administration, or an equivalent field is required.
  2. Experience: At least three years of health or behavioral health management and/or public policy development and advocacy is required. Experience in fiscal or budget analysis is strongly preferred.
  3. Demonstrated Abilities
    1. Ability to analyze, understand, and explain complex data and public policy materials
    2. Excellent communication skills, written and oral
    3. Ability to write with clarity, discipline, and accuracy, and participate in workplace culture of collaborative editing
    4. Familiarity working in a political environment
    5. Customer service skills
    6. Collaboration skills with diverse groups and organizations
    7. Strong teamwork, organizational, and project management skills; attention to detail
    8. Routine travel  to Olympia and in-state; occasional national travel

We offer a competitive salary and benefits, and want to hear why you would be a great addition to our team. Please apply by emailing your cover letter and resume to Alison Avery at

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