The Health Policy Advisor advocates to improve the health of Kansas children and families through policies related to health care, food security, and early development. That advocacy happens by building coalitions with other nonprofits, engaging grassroots advocates, and engaging in the state legislative process.

Early supports such as access to health care increase positive outcomes for Kansas kids and this position focuses on understanding and promoting policy solutions that help families meet basic needs to support children’s health.

The Health Policy Advisor will support advocacy on a range of children’s health issues, including infant and toddler development and well-being; access to affordable insurance and health care; maternal health; and food security. That expertise in child well-being includes several subjects, including race equity in health policy, child and adolescent health, and public health systems. You will have experience in advocacy and organizing policy campaigns, with direct experience in politics, coalitions or lobbying at the state or local level.

You’ll be organized and resourceful, able to track the key projects of KAC and our transformative work, while also generating tactics that will advance our mission and policy priorities. This is a highly collaborative position that reports directly to the Vice President. This is an ideal role for someone with experience in public policy, social work, public administration, public health, or advocacy.

This position is based in Topeka, Kansas.


  • Develop expertise in health policy, including health equity, the Medicaid and CHIP programs, and child development.
  • Build a high level of knowledge of program, policy, and social issues, particularly infant and maternal health policies that affect the lives of Kansas children and families.
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of state and federal health policy initiatives — and advocacy strategies used in other states — to identify potential issues and opportunities for state partners and provide technical assistance.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with state agency staff and coalitions that advocate for the health of Kansans, including identifying and implementing collaborative opportunities.
  • Provide strategic guidance, technical assistance, and training to national and state community leaders, advocates, and policymakers to assist them in improving policies and practices.
  • Inform key stakeholders, policymakers, agencies, the news media, and the public at large about data findings, trends, and policy implications.   
  • Write reports, policy analysis, issue briefs, and blog entries that address policy issues, often by providing subject matter expertise or research to inform the discussion. Provide a Kansas context for national reports and issue briefs.
  • Use knowledge of government processes in developing policy and experience implementing federal or state advocacy strategies to influence policy.
  • Work with other team members during the Kansas legislative session, by monitoring applicable committee meetings, visiting with lawmakers, and providing legislative updates to the KAC team and external partners.


  • 3-5 years of experience in issue advocacy and organizing campaigns with direct experience working in politics, coalitions or lobbying at the state or local level.
  • Experience working with or leading community-based organizations, direct service providers, and policy, advocacy and grassroots organizing groups,
  • Familiarity with the state legislative process,
  • A mix of strong analytical, research, and communications skills, with an emphasis on the ability to creatively apply research to policy problems and communicate solutions, both verbally and in writing,
  • Ability to communicate complex information, research, and technical details to a variety of different audiences and partners, both verbally and in writing, as evident in writing samples and application materials,
  • Exceptional project management skills, strong attention to detail, and an ability to manage complex projects and work in cross-functional teams to achieve project objectives,
  • Demonstrated capacity to set priorities; work on multiple complex and detail-oriented projects, often on a time-sensitive basis; and work effectively individually and as part of a team,
  • Ability to flexibly apply existing skills and knowledge to new content areas, tasks, or projects, and to do so with increasing independence,
  • Deep commitment to race, equity, and inclusion evident through efforts to improve the health, education, and economic opportunity for Kansas children and families of color.


The salary range for this position is $50,000-$60,000. We offer a competitive salary and benefits program, including comprehensive, affordable health care; financial security with life and disability insurance; opportunities to save using flexible spending accounts; retirement benefits to help prepare for the future; along with a supportive and flexible work environment.


If you’re interested in this opportunity, please email jami@kac.org and include a cover letter outlining how your skills and experience meet those needed for the position, along with a resume and samples of your writing.

The initial review of applicants will take place beginning 06/01/2020, and applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. The position will remain posted until filled.

Please send all materials, as well as any questions about the position or process, to Director of Organizational Effectiveness Jami Jones at jami@kac.org


Kansas Action for Children recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community, and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

Kansas Action for Children is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Kansas State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Kansas Action for Children does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy or parental status, and veteran’s status.