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Public Policy Director


Family Focused Treatment Association seeks a Public Policy Director
(independent contractor)

The Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA), a national non-profit association of 470 treatment family care agencies, is conducting a search for a Public Policy Director. FFTA anticipates service commencing on or around April 1, 2019.

The Public Policy Director is an independent contractor consulting role, requiring a full-time commitment to FFTA’s work. As FFTA’s Public Policy advisor, he or she will work with the FFTA Board of Directors, senior staff, the Public Policy Committee, and state chapters to advocate and implement federal legislation, policies, and regulations that advance and support treatment family care services to the hundreds of thousands of children and youth across the U.S. who benefit from this service.

This individual will work with FFTA leadership to implement the association’s strategic plan in the areas of public policy, advocacy and government relations. While the responsibilities may evolve with the changing public policy arena and members’ needs, the role of the FFTA Public Policy Director focuses on three general areas:

Further FFTA’s public policy agenda and promote the importance of treatment family care:
  • Monitor Federal legislation, regulations and policies impacting treatment family care providers and the children and families served;
  • Advocate for Federal legislation, regulations and policies that promote and support the provision of treatment family care;
  • Create and maintain relationships with key Congressional staff members, Congressional committee staff, other elected officials, ACYF staff, CMS officials and other appropriate policymakers through electronic communications and in-person meetings;
  • Partner with FFTA Chapters to forge relationships with state public child welfare administrators to further the FFTA public policy agenda and provide support to these jurisdictions;
  • Represent FFTA and participate in national child welfare and children’s mental health advocacy coalitions (those of which will be identified by the FFTA Public Policy Committee).
Support and educate FFTA members and chapters on public policy matters and effective advocacy:
  • Educate members on the impact and opportunities that are inherent in Federal legislation, regulations and policies;
  • Support grassroots advocacy amongst the FFTA membership and help members improve their advocacy skills and impact through member webinars and resources;
  • Write a weekly public policy update and alert for FFTA members;
  • Provide assistance to FFTA chapters that are advocating for treatment family care in their respective states and local jurisdictions.
Support the FFTA Board of Directors and the Public Policy Committee in implementing the strategic plan:
  • Serve as the primary staff liaison to the FFTA Public Policy Committee;
  • Plan and lead the FFTA Annual Public Policy Institute & Advocacy Day in Washington, DC;
  • Present at the FFTA Annual Conference on Treatment Family Care and help coordinate other public policy workshops and events at the conference;
  • Attend the quarterly FFTA meetings of the Board of Directors and participate in monthly Executive Committee and Public Policy Committee conference calls;
  • Write public policy position statements and papers at the request of the Board of Directors;
  • At the request of the Public Policy Committee, participate in or present at national child welfare advocacy conference on topics related to FFTA’s public policy interests.
Position requirements:

Candidates should have a master’s degree in social or human services and over 10 years of experience advocating for child welfare or children’s mental health. Knowledge of treatment family care (TFC) as an intervention and public policy implications concerning TFC are critical. This includes in-depth knowledge of IV-E and Medicaid funding for TFC, as well as the Family First Prevention Services Act.

The new Public Policy Director will come to FFTA with extensive and proven experience in government relations, legislation/policy analysis and application, and grassroots advocacy development. Having existing relationships with congressional and Administration staff are very helpful. Public speaking and writing will also be required of this position.

Other Information:

The Public Policy Director may work remotely; some travel will be required. Close proximity to Washington, DC would be convenient but is not required.

Interested Candidates

Please email a letter of interest, resume and salary history to: FFTA Public Policy Committee, c/o Melissa Devlin, Family Focused Treatment Association, 294 Union Street, Hackensack, NJ 07601, mdevlin@ffta.org. All information will be kept confidential. Deadline is February 28, 2019.

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