The Children's Partnership (TCP)

Senior Policy Associate

Employment type
Full Time
10 days ago
Los Angeles

The Children’s Partnership is seeking a highly skilled and experienced professional to serve as a Senior Policy Associate. This individual will be responsible for initiating and implementing TCP’s health strategies, with a primary focus on improving oral health outcomes for children. Candidates should be entrepreneurial and outcome-oriented, with knowledge of a broad range of health issues, including oral health delivery systems, Medicaid, and CHIP. Ideal applicants are committed to improving the health and well-being of children from underserved communities, including immigrant children. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Senior Director of Policy & Programs. Some travel within California and to other states is required.


  • Work with Senior Director to initiate & advance systems change strategies at the local, state and federal levels to improve oral health outcomes for children.
  • Work with Senior Director to develop and manage community-based health pilot projects.
  • Manage multiple program deliverables, track deadlines and inform relevant TCP parties in a timely manner.
  • Convene, lead and coordinate workgroups and other collective efforts.
  • Represent TCP in select external workgroups, meetings, briefings & other venues to promote innovative strategies related to children’s health.
  • Provide in-depth research & policy analysis relevant to children’s health issues, with a primary emphasis on oral health, as well as issues related to Medicaid/CHIP & other public health programs.
  • Write high-quality briefs, reports, letters, electronic postings and other materials to educate decision-makers & advance policy agendas.
  • Monitor, analyze and report on budget items, legislation and other policy activities related to children’s oral health, and other health areas as needed.
  • Represent TCP in select state, local & national external workgroups, meetings, briefings & other venues to promote the organization’s goals & strategies.
  • Assist TCP’s leadership and development team on funder-related activities, including the development of proposals & reports.
  • Coordinate production and dissemination/promotion of TCP outreach materials (including press outreach and online content) with TCP’s Communications Team.
  • Participate in and lead various internal meetings as needed.
  • Other duties may be required within the scope of this position, as deemed relevant and necessary within the scope of this position.

Full-time position. Reports to Senior Director, Policy & Programs. Salary: Commensurate with experience. Excellent health, retirement & other benefits. Travel required.


  • Expertise in health policy and children’s health issues (knowledge of oral health and federal and state health systems strongly preferred)
  • Strong policy analysis skills, including the capacity to understand and use data to assess the strengths and weaknesses of policy options
  • Excellent writing, research, and project management skills
  • Strong oral communication & public speaking skills
  • Ability to summarize complex information for a broad range of audiences
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexible team player who thrives in fast-paced environments that require ability to effectively prioritize & juggle multiple projects simultaneously with a high level of attention to detail


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • At least three (3) years of relevant social/health policy and/or advocacy experience in government, nonprofit or private sector
  • Strong track record in developing and managing relationships with stakeholders
  • Experience in building and leading coalitions and collaborative partnerships
  • Commitment to nonprofit organizations


Based in California and Washington, DC, The Children’s Partnership (TCP) is a California–based national children’s advocacy organization committed to improving the lives of underserved children where they live, learn, and play. Our team of policy strategists and community advocates work with key strategic partners to develop and promote breakthrough solutions at the intersection of research, policy, and community engagement. TCP’s policy priorities focus on building opportunity through health and digital equity for all children, especially those who are most vulnerable.

To apply

Email resume, cover letter summarizing interests & qualifications, and brief writing sample to [email protected]. State “Senior Policy Associate” in the subject line. No phone calls, please.