United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals

United Nurses Associations of California
Union of Health Care Professionals

Director of Research, Regulations, and Public Policy

Based in San Dimas, CA

The Director of Research, Regulation, and Public Policy is a key member of UNAC/UHCP's leadership team. This leader directs the Research staff, and works closely with the Political and Legislative Affairs, Education, and Member Engagement Departments to form and implement strategies to influence and participate in the making or blocking of regulations and laws. The Director must be aware of regulations, government agencies, and funding sources that directly impact UNAC/UHCP membership. Working with UNAC/UHCP leadership, the Director develops strategies that defines goals related to changing existing regulations, maintaining the status quo, and the promotion of new initiatives that positively impact UNAC/UHCP. The Director works with the Communications and Education Departments on communicating strategies, policies, and regulations to the UNAC/UHCP membership.

UNAC/UHCP is a collegial working environment where the open and frequent exchange of ideas is encouraged and expected. The position also requires a significant degree of autonomy. Both a cooperative style and the willingness to take individual responsibility are needed.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES (include but not limited):

  • Work with the Political and Legislative Affairs Director and leadership team to develop and execute strategies for accomplishing UNAC/UHCP's short and long-term research and advocacy goals
  • Supervise and provide direction to Strategic Research staff
  • Support the on-going professional development of Strategic Research staff
  • In collaboration with the Political and Legislative Affairs Director, monitor and respond to federal, state, local, and regulatory board policies and research relevant to UNAC/UHCP membership, including serving as a media spokesperson on those issues
  • Develop and manage new research projects from design through analysis to presentation and communication of findings, with quantitative data from large scale datasets, as well as with qualitative data on healthcare issues
  • Represent UNAC/UHCP in external presentations, including at the bargaining table, to the Legislature, advocacy organizations, education groups and at major conferences
  • Investigate, research, and analyze facts around policy issues in order to draft reports and advise UNAC/UHCP leadership
  • In collaboration with the Political and Legislative Affairs Director, develop and maintains relationships with healthcare and research organizations, local, state, and national lawmakers and regulatory boards in order to influence policymaking
  • Present policy positions and opinions of UNAC/UHCP to the union membership, employers, regulatory agencies, public, government officials, and other organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with the Political and Legislative Affairs Director to monitor federal, state, and local policy and quickly respond to legislative and regulatory proposals, inquiries from allies, and other rapid response opportunities, to develop the organization's position and case to the media and beyond
  • Analyze legislative proposals and assist the Political and Legislative Affairs Department in the drafting of legislation consistent with UNAC/UHCP's goals and objectives
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Strong background in research, public policy, government policy, and regulatory agencies.
  • Master's degree in Public Policy/Economics or an advanced degree in an equivalent field required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of relevant experience working for a labor union.
  • Ability to write quickly and effectively to a wide variety of audiences, including UNAC/UHCP staff, union members, and employer representatives.
  • Ability to speak persuasively to UNAC/UHCP union members, staff, leaders, unorganized health care professionals, employer representatives, and the media
  • Ability to thoroughly analyze complex policy issues and economic data and to convey the analysis with precision verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities
  • Salaried position; may require nonstandard work hours and/or weekend and holiday work
  • Extensive travel may be required. Ability to obtain a valid California's driver's license before starting employment and maintaining it throughout employment

UNAC/UHCP is prepared to offer a generous and competitive salary and benefits package consistent with experience, skills and demonstrated abilities.

Submit a current résumé reflecting qualifications for this position to: HR@unacuhcp.org. Please reference "Director of RRPP" in the subject line.

UNAC/UHCP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected by law

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