Director of Policy: The Betsy Lehman Center

Location: Boston, MA

Department: The Betsy Lehman Center

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Executive

The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety is an agency of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts charged with fostering a statewide program of research, data analysis and information-sharing that engages health care agencies, providers, and consumers in initiatives that enhance patient safety.  The Center, named for a Boston Globe health columnist who died in 1994 from a preventable medical error, was re-established by Chapter 224 of the Acts of 2012, An Act Improving the Quality of Health Care and Reducing Costs through Increased Transparency, Efficiency and Innovation. It is supported by and shares space with the state’s Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA).

The Betsy Lehman Center seeks a director of policy to set a clear policy agenda to advance the state’s ability to measurably improve the safety of health care for patients in Massachusetts. He or she will report to the executive director of the Betsy Lehman Center.

The full time salary range for this position is $85,000 - $110,000 annually.

Key duties and responsibilities:

  • Identify emerging policy issues and oversee the development of policy positions and recommendations related to patient safety
  • Propose strategies and implement strategic approaches for resolution of patient safety challenges in the policy sphere
  • Provide health policy content expertise for the Center’s legislative activities, research, provider tools/resources, and other initiatives
  • Analyze legislation, proposed regulations and other emerging proposals that affect the safety of health care in Massachusetts, including preparation of oral and written comments on behalf of the Center
  • Lead work groups of staff and/or stakeholders to develop, update, and affect policy change in the patient safety arena
  • Build and maintain working relationships, liaise, and collaborate with relevant health policy agencies, legislative committees, and organizations
  • Develop policy-related program activities and oversee program requirements, including managing staff or interns, selection and oversight of consultants when needed, and identification of communications needs for the activity or program
  • Work collaboratively with Center staff to produce reports stemming from Center initiatives; Author or co-author health policy reports, presentations and articles
  • Prepare effective advocacy materials including background papers, issue briefs, talking points, amendments, correspondence, public comments and public testimony on behalf of the Center
  • Develop and submit proposals to external funders
  • Inform and support the Center’s research activities, including distillation and distribution of research findings


  • Master’s degree in public policy, public health, or a related discipline, or a degree in law required
  • 6+ years related experience in public policy analysis and development with expertise in health care policy issues
  • Demonstrated analytic, leadership, negotiation, organization and problem-solving skills, including the ability to think and plan strategically in the context of organizational goals
  • Experience in planning and leading complex projects in health policy and translating results for both specialized and lay audiences
  • Experience and skill at mobilizing stakeholder groups and building consensus, with particular focus on assuring a collaborative environment
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills including the ability to distill complex information into concise, effective and influential communications
  • Demonstrated collaborative, team-based style with the ability to relate effectively to people from diverse backgrounds in cultivating and building thriving, effective collaborations
  • Management experience; willingness to train and support direct reports
  • Experience representing an organization publicly, in person and in writing
  • Collaborative work ethic; comfortable with a team approach to strategic decision-making
  • Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes, preferably in Massachusetts
  • Enthusiasm for the Center’s mission and work

We are an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

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