The Policy Associate serves as a member of the policy team and supports aspects of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s programmatic, policy and advocacy strategies.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assist with the development of the Foundation’s policy priorities and equity goals that advance the mission of the Foundation.
  • Support policy advocacy through Foundation projects, initiatives, and events.
  • Provide support for Foundation-led coalitions and partnerships.
  • Participate as Foundation representative at policy related meetings, workgroups and on coalitions. Update policy team on key developments and action potential.

You’re good at:

  • Project management. Organization and detail oriented. This includes developing and managing work plans and timelines, scheduling and coordinating meetings, drafting requests for proposals for contractors or grantees, tracking budgets and contractor and grantee deliverables, and conducting site visits.
  • Researching topics, analyzing and tracking bills, gathering data, and drafting policy briefs.
  • Staying abreast of relevant health and health care literature and policy, and identifying emerging trends, leaders and innovators in health and state government.
  • Using data to assess and understand issues, evaluate options, and recommend policy changes to reduce disparities.
  • Collaborating and coordinating with colleagues, community partners, grantees and vendors.
  • Utilizing Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and open to learning other software programs.
  • Creating and sustaining positive working relationships with diverse constituencies.
  • Working independently and collaboratively.

Your background:

  • Education and/or work experience in the area of public health, health, public affairs, public policy, human services, legislative advocacy, political science, social justice policy and/or law.
  • Project management experience.
  • Experience with health advocacy, community development, or community organizations preferred.
  • Outstanding communication skills, both oral and written.

SALARY RANGE: $43,500 - $65,250

We are:

  • A nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on addressing the unmet health needs of Kentuckians by influencing health policy, improving access to care, reducing health risks and disparities, and promoting health equity.
  • Our priority areas are health care access, children’s health (including adverse childhood experiences or ACEs), reducing/preventing obesity and diabetes, and reducing tobacco use.
  • Data-driven and research-based.
  • Funded by an endowment.
  • A team of dynamic individuals with a passion for improving the health and quality of life of Kentuckians.

We offer:

  • Competitive benefits, including paid health, dental and vision insurance, term life insurance, short-term/long-term disability coverage, opportunity to participate in a 401(k) retirement plan with Foundation contributions, vacation days and sick leave.
  • Salary commensurate with experience.
  • A flexible working environment, with a well-appointed office in eastern Jefferson County, Ky., and the ability to create a hybrid in-office/work-from-home combination.
  • In-person attendance at Louisville office required for key meetings and events. Periodic travel throughout Kentucky may be required to support meetings and events. Access to reliable transportation necessary.

Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Foundation to provide equal opportunity in employment to all employees and applicants for employment. No person will be discriminated against in employment or promotion because of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, military status or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal or state law.

How To Apply: Interested and qualified candidates should send an email as a cover letter with “Policy Associate” in the subject line and attach a resume to Mary Jo Shircliffe, Vice President, Operations and Administration at No phone calls please. Position open until filled.