Director of Public Policy and Advocacy, Lutheran Services in America Disability Network

Lutheran Services in America
Washington, DC
Posted Date: 
Monday, April 6, 2020

Experience: 5-7 years

Education: B.A. in Political Science, Public Policy, Public Health, Social Services, Government or related field.

Join Lutheran Services in America and work directly with CEOs and leaders of some of the country’s largest nonprofits to shape and execute an advocacy strategy and lead collaborative efforts that meaningfully improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The position offers an exciting blend of advocacy and peer learning responsibilities, and collaborative action around key strategic priorities.


The Director leads the work of the Lutheran Services in America Disability Network (LSA-DN), a nationwide network of providers that support 150,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Responsibilities include:

Lead advocacy efforts and mobilization campaigns and represent the LSA-DN before Congress, the Administration, regulatory agencies, national organizations and coalitions. Connect LSA-DN members with key federal stakeholders of importance and equip them with the resources, materials and training to effectively advocate on behalf of the people they support. Analyze, monitor and engage on Medicaid-related legislation and regulation as well as other disability issues related to services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Lead peer learning and collaborative work around strategic actions LSA-DN members can take to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Mobilize member organizations around key strategic results they would like to achieve in areas such as home- and community-based services, long-term services and supports, new payment models, and new and emerging opportunities. Bring members together with partners and other stakeholders from the health care, academic, and other sectors to effectively implement strategic initiatives.

Coordinate network activities and provide staff leadership and support for network-wide quarterly meetings as well as sub-groups, legislative meetings, and CEO information-exchange meetings. Support the network’s Chair, manage the network’s budget, and lead regular communications for network members (including weekly e-newsletter).


Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to successfully interact with both internal and external audiences and represent the organization publicly. Proven experience bringing people together effectively to achieve results. Prior experience in advocacy and public policy required. Deep knowledge of U.S. government, the legislative process, regulatory agencies and health and/or social service programs. In-depth knowledge of Medicaid and disabilities issues required. Strong attention to detail; self-starter, analytical, able to meet deadlines and a team player. Strong written and verbal communications skills. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and juggle multiple tasks. Flexibility to accommodate occasional overnight travel.

About the Organization:

Lutheran Services in America is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations—connecting over 300 health and human services nonprofit service providers located throughout the country. Together the network lifts up the nation’s most vulnerable people from children to seniors—making a difference in the lives of one in 50 Americans every year. Learn more at

To Apply:

Send a cover letter detailing your specific Medicaid- and disabilities-related experience, resume and a single, well-chosen writing sample to Jen Beltz, Vice President of External Affairs, at No calls please. 

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Jen Beltz
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