Associate Director, Hospital Equity and Accountability Project

Join an organization at the forefront of health advocacy across the nation. 

Community Catalyst, a national advocacy organization, has been giving consumers a voice in health care reform for more than a decade.  We provide leadership and support to state and local consumer organizations, policymakers and foundations that are working to guarantee access to high-quality, affordable health care for everyone.  Our contributions, which range from policy analysis and strategic assistance to managing national campaigns, enable consumer groups to provide leadership in the hard work of transforming the U.S. health care system.  Since 1997, in states and communities across the country, we have been a catalyst for collaboration, innovation, and action in health care reform. Additional information about Community Catalyst can be found at 


The Hospital Equity and Accountability Project is leading Community Catalyst work to address the negative impact of hospital and health industry consolidation on medically-underserved communities and individuals, including Black, Latinx, Indigenous and other people of color, immigrants, women, LGBTQ+ people, people with disabilities, older adults and rural residents.  The project is conducting state-specific work in New York State with the support of the NYS Health Foundation and national work with the support of the Tara Health Foundation and Collaborative for Gender and Reproductive Equity.   

The Associate Director will be responsible for managing the project’s day-to-day work, and developing strategy for the project in collaboration with the project’s Senior Advisor and Community Catalyst senior managers. The Associate Director will join the team of HEAP staff working collaboratively with a cross-movement national strategic working group on religious health restrictions (Tara Health and CGRE grants), and the NY-specific Community Voices for Health System Accountability alliance (NYS Health Foundation). The Associate Director will coordinate and collaborate with related Community Catalyst programs and staff.   


The Associate Director is supervised by the Program Director, Community Benefits and Economic Stability 


  • Help develop project direction, priorities and strategies that are effective in holding health systems accountable for addressing the needs of the communities they serve and taking active steps to advance health equity.  

  • In coordination with Senior Advisor, HEAP, maintain regular communication with collaborating national and state partner organizations, and carry out communications activities to ensure the visibility of the project.   

  • Track federal, state and local policy developments in HEAP focus areas in order to offer strategic guidance to the project and our partners.   

  • Manage the project’s day-to-day work, including project development, ongoing management and project monitoring and evaluation. 

  • Supervise 1 to 3 staff.  

  • Track project income and expenses by grant through use of NetSuite, submit staff FTE allocation changes depending on funding sources available and ensure prompt submission of payment requests for work performed by consultants and sub-grantees.  

  • Manage grant deliverables for the HEAP grant(s), including: 

  • Write narrative grant reports and work with Finance on grant budget reports, ensuring all reports are provided to foundations by specified deadlines. 

  • Assist in the identification of needed consultants and sub-grantees and the development and execution of contracts for them.  

  • Communications, strategic guidance, and technical assistance to grantees 

  • Ensure strategic support is provided to all sub-grantees and other state/local partners working with HEAP staff.  

  • Guide policy advocacy campaigns with assistance focused on policy, communications, coalition-building and stakeholder and grassroots engagement. 

  • Coordinate closely with related Community Catalyst programs to assure maximum synergy and learning, including relevant members of Senior Management. 

  • Participate in meetings with key stakeholders and advisors.  

  • Perform other duties as necessary to achieve the goals of the project. 


  • Bachelor’s degree plus 8+ years of relevant work experience or 10 years work experience or Master’s degree plus 3 to 5 years relevant work experience. 

  • Commitment to social justice and experience in social change activism such as: legislative advocacy or political/policy issue campaigns; community organizing; working with coalitions and stakeholders; and/or implementing communications strategies 

  • Knowledge of and experience with identifying and addressing the health equity issues created for medically-underserved individuals and communities by health system consolidation.  

  • Proven campaign and organizing skills 

  • Experience leading a multi-organization steering committee with partners with sometimes conflicting interests 

  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of the political process and its interface with health policy 

  • Strong understanding of state and federal health policy, including knowledge of health policy issues related to hospital and health system funding and regulation.  Knowledge of New  York health systems and policy would be a plus. 

  • Ability to analyze policies to identify trends and emerging issues in government oversight of health delivery systems. 

  • Ability to provide strategic direction and guidance to project and exercise strategic political judgement 

  • Proven written and verbal communications skills, including experience with public speaking, training, facilitating, and/or coaching. Ability to convey complex information to the public both verbally and in writing  

  • Experience working with development and writing grant proposals and reports as well as demonstrated effectiveness in communicating project updates to donors 


  • Salary Range: $80,000 to $90,000 
  • Generous paid time off policy 

  • Robust benefits package 

  • Location: Flexible/Remote and/or in-person hybrid. 

Applicants should submit a resume with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “Associate Director, Hospital Equity and Accountability Project” in the subject line. 

Community Catalyst seeks a broad spectrum of qualified employees and is strongly committed to a diverse, equitable and family- friendly work environment.    

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity and expression, sex, or sexual orientation.  

Through all our programs, Community Catalyst works to advance health equity, focusing on people of color and immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status.  We strive for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. 

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