Director of Policy
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) seeks a Director of Policy to lead the organization’s work to transform benefits access through policy, research, and systems change so people live healthier, more independent lives. Policy, research, and systems change are core elements of BDT’s strategy to scale its impact and streamline access to means-tested benefits for 10 million people over the next three years.
The Director of Policy works with federal, state and, local policymakers and stakeholders to maximize the use of solutions to streamline enrollment and promote reforms to modernize health and human services systems to provide dignified, person-centered service. The director builds and strengthens relationships with policy leaders to promote the adoption of evidence-based policy and practice changes and offer policy technical assistance and as well as to identify opportunities to test new scalable strategies. The director also engages in the national dialogue about poverty, equity, health and human services integration, and public benefits modernization, and shares what BDT has learned and can offer.
The Director of Policy informs the organization’s overall strategy, develops BDT’s policy agenda, and leads the Policy team. The Policy team: provides technical assistance to state and local government; writes and promotes policy briefs and playbooks; informs BDT’s products and services; and oversees BDT’s overall research agenda and studies with external researchers. Research documenting the impact of public benefits on people’s health, education, and economic well-being, and the impact of streamlining access to benefits builds public will for increasing benefits access, advances policy and practice change, and raises awareness of BDT’s offerings.
Based in our Center City Philadelphia office, the Director of Policy reports to the Chief Strategy Officer. BDT would prefer the Director of Policy to live in the Philadelphia region but is willing to consider candidates from other geographical locations.
Due to COVID-19, BDT is operating under a remote-working protocol, following governmental requirements and CDC guidelines. While this job will begin as fully remote, when BDT determines it is safe to do so based on public health recommendations, we will move back into our Centre Square office. At that time, all Philadelphia-based staff are expected to transition back into the office.
Benefits Data Trust (BDT) is a national nonprofit that helps people live healthier, more independent lives by creating smarter ways to access essential benefits and services. Each year, BDT helps tens of thousands of people receive critical supports using data, technology, targeted outreach, and policy change. Since its inception in 2005, BDT has screened more than one million households and secured over $7 billion in benefits and services. BDT employs more than 200 people and provides enrollment assistance to individuals in six states, and policy assistance to states nationwide. For more information, visit bdtrust.org.