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Senior Manager for Maternal and Infant Health

For nearly 50 years, the National Partnership for Women & Families has fought for every major policy advance that has helped this nation’s women and families. Our mission is to improve the lives of women and families by achieving equality for all women. Founded in 1971 as the Women’s Legal Defense Fund, the National Partnership is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501(c)3 organization located in Washington, D.C. with a $9 million budget and $18 million endowment.

Our organization is in the midst of an ongoing organizational evolution to operationalize our commitment to racial justice throughout our work, internally and externally. In addition we recently integrated our reproductive health and rights and our health care portfolios under the banner of our new Health Justice team that centers the experiences and priorities of women of color, incorporating a birth equity and reproductive justice frameworks into policy development, advocacy, and partnership strategies. We are seeking an experienced, senior-level professional to lead work to transform the maternity care system to improve quality, experiences and outcomes, and advance health equity. This is a terrific opportunity for a maternal health expert who is eager to shape and advance strategic policy and advocacy initiatives that improve the health of pregnant, birthing, postpartum and parenting people.

Position Summary

The Senior Manager for Maternal and Infant Health is a member of the National Partnership’s health justice team, supporting the Director for Maternal Health and reporting to the Vice President for Health Justice. The Senior Manager will lead and support a broad range of equitable maternal health policy, advocacy and research projects with a special focus on addressing the maternal and infant health crises in Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color (BIPOC) communities. This work encompasses solving for health and health care inequities, adverse social determinants of health, and systemic racism, as well as improving the quality of clinical care. 

The Senior Manager will conduct policy analysis, grow new relationships and nurture existing ones with coalition partners and other external stakeholders, develop and implement advocacy campaigns, and collaborate with colleagues across the organization to holistically address the barriers that childbearing and parenting people face and pursue proactive policy solutions.

Primary Responsibilities

●       Serve as subject matter expert on maternal and infant health and health equity to provide strategic, policy, and technical assistance to policy makers, federal agencies, researchers, advocates and others, including collaborating with other organizational staff to develop and execute impactful federal legislative strategies. This includes supporting rapid response efforts across the organization.

●       Project manage current and future maternal health projects (including supervising staff on specific projects/assignments)

●       In coordination with the VP for Health Justice and the Director for Maternal Health, lead the HJ team’s response to proposed rules from regulatory agencies and requests for information pertaining to maternal and infant health and health justice, including by drafting comment letters, template letters and coordinating with coalition partners.

●       Help to conceive, develop, and create impactful policy advocacy and related products, as well as to develop and implement effective dissemination strategies for them.

●       Collaborate closely with the VP for Health Justice, the Executive Committee, and development staff to develop and nurture relationships with funders, and conceive and develop concept papers and proposals to secure additional revenue for the organization.

●       Represent the organization at policy tables, coalition activities, advocacy events, Congressional events, in media/press interviews, and other speaking engagements as needed.  

●       Build, repair, and nurture cross-movement relationships that further the organization’s long standing leadership in developing and growing broad-based coalitions, with particular attention to diversifying partnerships to authentically include the voices, priorities, and needs of under-represented communities. 


●       Deep commitment to advancing health equity for women and families, and an authentic understanding of reproductive justice and birth equity.

●       Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to create and support trustworthy, collaborative relationships with diverse partners and to build and nurture coalitions.

●       Deep understanding of effective approaches to meeting needs of BIPOC people and other marginalized communities and advancing birth justice.

●       Substantial understanding of the maternity care system, including personnel, care settings, evidence-based care practices, and high-value care models.

●       Experience with policy-relevant survey research, such as questionnaire development, collaboration with survey research firms and data analysts, and strategic reporting of results.

●       Familiarity with developing and maintaining funder relationships, and generating funding from foundations and other sources, including the ability to design and develop compelling project proposals.

●       Public speaking skills and experience, and a willingness and skills to engage with media and do press interviews.

●       Ability to produce clear and compelling written materials that support high-impact advocacy.

●       Comfort working in a fast-paced, demanding environment with competing priorities.

●       Excellent strategic judgment, the ability to spot and seize opportunities, and the desire to be part of a collaborative team.

●       Prior relationships with local, state, or national leaders in maternal and infant health, health equity, and/or reproductive justice preferred.

●       Existing relationships with federal or state-based health policy organizations an added plus.

●       Motivated by the issues we cover, the work we do and comfortable communicating about racial disparities and advocating for racial equity by centering women of color.

Salary & Benefits

Starting compensation will range from $85,000 to $100,000 with exact salary depending on experience. The National Partnership provides a generous benefits package that includes three weeks annual vacation time, paid sick time, paid federal holidays plus the last week of December, health, dental, and vision coverage, 403B and SEP-IRA retirement options, and paid family and medical leave for eligible employees.

This is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. As the safety and wellbeing of our team is of utmost importance, all National Partnership staff members are working remotely until it is safe for us to resume working in an office, travelling, and holding in-person meetings.

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