Invitation to Apply for the Position of Executive Director, National Health Law Program
Search Summary: The National Health Law Program (“NHeLP”) seeks an experienced and exceptional leader to serve as its next Executive Director. Reporting to NHeLP’s Board of Directors, the Executive Director will be based in NHeLP’s Washington, D.C. office; will engage and lead a staff of 30 working in three locations across the United States; and will manage an annual budget of approximately $5,500,000. The current Executive Director, Emily Spitzer, who has successfully led NHeLP and advanced its agenda since January 2008, will be retiring.
NHeLP protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals through litigation, education and advocacy at the federal and state levels. With over four decades of experience, a stellar reputation in the health law community, a resourceful and active Board of Directors, and a highly skilled professional staff, NHeLP stands as an essential, valuable entity as the government begins in earnest to implement the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including its Medicaid expansion component, that will allow millions of Americans to achieve health security for the first time in the history of the country.
The NHeLP Board and its Transition Committee are seeking a leader who can provide strategic direction, who can successfully manage financial and human resources to achieve strategic impact, who can attract significant additional resources to scale the work to meet this historic national challenge, and who has the communication and advocacy skills to articulate the needs of underserved populations in securing their rights under Medicaid, the ACA, commercial insurance contracts, and other federal and state health care programs.
The Board of Directors of NHeLP has selected and charged a six-member Transition Committee composed of Board and staff members and chaired by Marc L. Fleischaker to conduct the Executive Director search. The Board has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist with this important endeavor. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed in confidence to the firm as indicated at the end of this document. The Transition Committee will begin reviewing applications December 10, 2013 and will continue until the position has been successfully filled.
The Mission and Past Achievements of NHeLP
Founded in 1969 the National Health Law Program protects and advances the health rights of low income and underserved individuals. NHeLP advances this vital mission at the local, state and national levels through litigation, through education and training of other advocates and lawyers, and through the advancement of sound, nondiscriminatory health policies in Congress, state legislatures and state and federal administrative agencies. NHeLP leverages victories in individual cases to create systemic changes that benefit all Medicaid beneficiaries.
Through the four decades of its existence NHeLP has moved beyond securing Medicaid entitlements for low income and other covered individuals, as well as uninsured populations, to include issues such as the denial of women’s reproductive health and privacy rights under the law, and unjustified disparities in providing health care services based on geography, race, disability, immigrant status, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. In addition, NHeLP lawyers and advocates have broadened their scope of services over the years to assist low income individuals and communities in securing their rights under other state and federal statues, such as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), HIPAA and public health and environmental health statutes and regulations.
The National Health Law Program is recognized nationally as the “go-to” organization for expertise and advice in Medicaid, CHIP, ACA, ADA, and other state and federal laws intended to protect and assist limited-income people in this country in securing health care coverage and quality, accessible services. It is recognized among private health care lawyers, community organizers and social workers in both public and private agencies as the repository of knowledge on these issues.
Additional information about NHeLP’s services and successes can be found at www.healthlaw.org
The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors and the staff in setting strategic priorities for NHeLP in the current, dynamic health policy environment. With the assistance of the Board and the Development Director, the Executive Director will be responsible for expanding resources through fund-raising and other revenue enhancement projects. NHeLP’s Executive Director will also be called upon to serve as a leading, authoritative spokesperson, public educator, advocate, and communicator about health policies and their effect on limited-income individuals and families.
The Executive Director serves as the chief executive officer of the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for NHeLP’s management, staff, program, expansion, fund-raising and execution of its mission.
The ED’s responsibilities can be organized into three functional areas:
• Leadership and Management
- The ED will ensure that NHeLP has a long-range strategy and work plan that achieves its mission and towards which it makes consistent and timely progress
- The ED will work with senior management to ensure that staff are capable and properly supported with resources and, where appropriate, private pro bono partners, to achieve NHeLP’s goals with excellence, efficiency and timeliness
- The ED will provide leadership in developing program, business, and financial plans with the Board of Directors and staff and will be responsible for the implementation of those plans
- With the Chief Operating Officer, the ED will maintain official records and documents and ensure compliance with federal, state and local rules and regulations
- The ED will maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in health policy and law relevant to NHeLP’s mission
- The ED will actively work with and engage NHeLP’s Board of Directors
- The ED will be responsible for ensuring effective systems to evaluate programs and staff
- And the ED will promote the interests of NHeLP in meetings with stakeholders, public officials, funders, and advocacy partners
• Fundraising and Budget; in this area the ED will:
- Maintain relationships with existing funders and ensure that all grant requirements and deliverables are met
- Develop new relationships with new funders
- Develop new sources of program funding
- Maintain sound financial practices
- Work with staff, the audit committee and the investment committee and the Board to prepare an annual budget and ensure that NHeLP works within that budget
- Execute legal and other documents necessary for the operation of NHeLP
• Communications is an area where the ED will:
- Ensure excellent communications with the media, relevant stakeholders, policymakers and the Board
- Ensure that the Board of NHeLP is kept fully informed on the direction and financial status of NHeLP
- Work with the Communications Team to publicize the positions and accomplishments of NHeLP
- Represent the programs and positions of NHeLP before agencies, other organizations to the press and the public
- Ensure that NHeLP’s website represents the depth and breadth of the organization
Desired Qualifications and Experience
While no single individual will possess all the desired experiences and qualifications, the successful candidate should possess many of the following qualifications:
- Significant experience managing and leading a nonprofit organization, a private or corporate business, or a government agency or function
- The ability and desire to lead a team of professionals and work collaboratively with talented, mission-driven staff
- Excellent communications skills in all aspects of programmatic work with media, policy- makers, funders, staff, Board and the general public
- A record of successful public interest advocacy
- A demonstrated record of successful fund-raising from foundations, major individual donors, business corporations, and the public at large
- A track-record of working with vulnerable and low-income populations, engaging in collaboratives and partnerships and a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion
- Experience in health policy or law is strongly preferred
- High energy level, good humor and contagious optimism that inspires others with a sense of possibility, progress, and hope
- A J.D. degree and experience practicing law is preferred but not required
Tim McFeeley or Karla Saunders, Isaacson, Miller
1300 19th Street, NW, Suite 700
Washington, D.C. 20036
The National Health Law Project is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, creed, color, religion, ethnicity, national origin, party or political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any illegal or prohibited factor.