State Advocacy Manager, Capacity Building for State and Community/Local Partnerships

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

Community Catalyst is a national non-profit advocacy organization working to build consumer and community leadership to transform the American health system. Our first priority is quality, affordable health care for all and to ensure that all individuals and communities sustain the power to influence local, state and national decisions that affect their health. Since 1998, we have provided leadership and support to consumer organizations, policymakers and foundations working to ensure the health care system serves everyone – especially historically marginalized communities. Community Catalyst strengthens organized consumer voices in communities, at statehouses and on Capitol Hill when advocates fight for changes that improve our health.

As an organization, we believe an inclusive and open environment fosters creativity, contributes to the quality of our work, and provides growth opportunities for our employees. Additional information is available at

The Position

Our Children’s Health team is seeking a specialist on State and Local Partnerships. The specialist will build the capacity of local groups who work in partnership with state health advocates to increase access to health services and related wraparound supports. This new and exciting area of work has a core focus on advancing programmatic, policy and systems changes that target health inequities and in the process, builds sustained community engagement in health related issues. Our work is building broad-based consumer advocacy to change local, state and national policies and practices.

The State Advocacy Manager (SAM) will work with state and local organizations on cutting-edge health advocacy campaigns to defend, leverage and transform Medicaid in addressing other determinants of health such as economic, food and housing insecurity. A key element of the position is coaching advocacy groups and community organizations on planning issue campaigns, coalition-building, grassroots organizing, strategic communications, policy strategy, and financial sustainability. In some cases, the advocacy manager will support smaller community groups, helping them build their capacity to drive campaigns and to partner with other groups to create a system of advocacy in their community and their state. The SAM will join a team that is an organizational leader on issues of racial equity. The successful candidate will be a bold team player and a catalyst.


The State Advocacy Manager will be supervised by the Project Director for the Children’s Health Initiative.





Community Catalyst is based in Boston, MA with additional offices in Pittsburgh, PA; Atlanta, GA; Washington DC; St. Louis, MO; Lansing, MI; and New York City. We expect the State Advocacy Manager to be based in our Boston office, but to work with organizations across the country.


Applicants should submit a resume with a one page cover letter briefly summarizing their interest in and qualifications for the position to: Please put “State Advocacy Manager, State/Local Partnership” in the subject line.

Community Catalyst is strongly committed to building a work environment that recognizes, respects, and encourages the unique contributions of a broad spectrum of qualified employees. We strive to make employment decisions that support inclusion to maintain a work atmosphere that is diverse, equitable and promotes family-friendly practices and work-life benefits so that people of diverse backgrounds and lifestyles may grow personally and professionally.

We do not discriminate in hiring based on age, color, ethnicity, race, national origin, primary language, religion, socio-economic status, family status, mental and physical disabilities, veteran status, gender identity characteristics and/or expression, sex, medical condition, sexual orientation or any other classification that is protected by federal, state, or local law.

Through all of our programs, Community Catalyst works to build a better future for all individuals by advancing health equity, focusing on people of color, immigrants, as well as disability, gender, sexual identity and socio-economic status. It is important for our staff to reflect the diverse communities with which we work. People of color, LGBTQ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English are encouraged to apply.

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