PHI's Director of Advocacy is responsible for designing and leading PHI's historic and growing nationwide advocacy approach, rooted in research, advocacy, workforce innovation, and public education in support of direct care workers. As part of PHI’s Policy Team, and in close collaboration with other PHI staff members, the Director of Advocacy uses this strategic approach to promote public policies and other initiatives to improve compensation, training, and a range of opportunities for the direct care workforce. Outstanding skills in advocacy, collaboration, communications, and facilitation are essential for success in the role.



  • Work with the PHI Policy Team to refine, implement, and evaluate PHI's national and state-based advocacy model and strategies, set short- and long-term goals for this work, identify annual priorities, and develop work plans 
  • Coordinate PHI’s Essential Jobs, Essential Care™ multi-state advocacy initiative on the direct care workforce, working with and supervising PHI staff leads in Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, New Jersey, North Carolina, and future states
  • Serve as the state lead in two new Essential Jobs, Essential Care™ initiatives, working closely with anchor organizations in each state
  • Design national advocacy strategies that raise awareness, build political support, and bolster the national movement to strengthen the direct care workforce
  • Work with the PHI Policy Team to coordinate and respond to technical assistance inquiries from national, state, and local government officials throughout the country 
  • Build and manage relationships with strategic advocacy partners to identify shared policy priorities and opportunities for collaboration 
  • Participate in relevant coalitions, task forces, work groups, and other efforts that offer the opportunity to further workforce policy goals 
  • Serve as a resource to PHI’s Workforce Innovations Team on workforce policy and collaboratively identify opportunities for PHI to engage in the design and implementation of training, employment, advancement, recruitment, and retention models for direct care workers in particular policy contexts
  • Contribute to PHI’s digital and print publications, including its news and opinion site 
  • Collaborate with PHI’s Director of Policy Research to develop and implement evaluation efforts to measure the impact of PHI’s advocacy activities 
  • Work with other members of PHI’s Policy Team to identify resources and develop content for PHI’s National Direct Care Workforce Resource Center
  • Serve on PHI’s Leadership Council, contributing to business development and the overall strategic direction of the organization



  • Minimum five years’ experience in policy advocacy, preferably on issues related to workforce development, aging, disability, long-term care, and/or social and racial justice
  • Expertise in identifying and applying policy advocacy models, including theories of change and traditional and new approaches to advocacy (including digital advocacy)
  • Experience working effectively with and facilitating collaboration among diverse individuals and groups
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, distill, and frame key policy issues
  • Ability to manage several complex projects simultaneously, often under tight deadlines
  • Excellent writing skills, including the ability to write in a variety of formats for a range of audiences
  • Self-motivated, with the ability to work well independently and as part of a team
  • Outstanding public speaking skills across a range of audiences
  • Experience or interest in learning about program design and evaluation
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Commitment to—and experience with—racial, gender, and economic justice 
  • Moderate travel required
  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree or equivalent experience preferred



The Director of National Advocacy reports to PHI’s Vice President of Policy.



PHI’s Bronx office is closed due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. All staff are currently working remotely until further notice. Remote candidates will be considered for this position. 




PHI is a national organization committed to strengthening the direct care workforce by producing reliable research and analysis, leading federal and state advocacy initiatives, and designing groundbreaking workforce interventions and models. For 30 years, we have brought a 360-degree perspective on the long-term care sector to our evidence-informed strategies throughout the country.


To Apply: 


To apply, email a cover letter with your resumé to Please indicate “Director of National Advocacy” in the subject line. The cover letter should briefly address the following questions: What specifically interests you about working at PHI? Why would you be a valuable addition to the policy team?


Application deadline: November 1, 2021


The position is full time, with competitive salary and benefits.


PHI is committed to ensuring a diverse staff. Women, people of color, immigrants, LGBTQ+ people, older adults, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


We do not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, creed, religion, age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, transgender status, marital status, national origin, domestic violence victim status, genetic information, disability or handicap, veteran or military status, or any other characteristic protected by law.