Benefits Data Trust (BDT) seeks a Senior Policy Manager to advance federal and state policies and practices to provide dignified, equitable, and efficient access to benefits. This person will continue to build BDT's reputation as a national leader in the benefits access space by spearheading BDT's federal policy work. The Senior Policy Manager is the technical lead for — and will play a significant role in developing and implementing — our federal policy initiatives. They will supervise and coach one or more direct reports to ensure the Policy Department is responsive to the needs of all internal and external stakeholders. This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who wants to help advance federal policy innovation across a range of issues related to benefits access.

The Senior Policy Manager reports to the Director of Policy. Candidates based in Washington, DC or the Philadelphia area are preferred, but others will be considered.

Due to COVID-19, BDT is operating under a remote-working protocol. While this job will likely begin as fully remote, when BDT determines it is safe to do so based on public health recommendations, Philadelphia-based staff will transition back into the office. If this manager is based outside the Philadelphia area, they would be expected to make regular visits to the Philadelphia office.


  • Under the guidance of the Director of Policy, develop and execute on a federal policy agenda
  • Lead efforts to develop innovative strategies to help create, refine, and advance a federal policy and systems change strategy, including identifying opportunities to leverage policy and practice to improve benefits access
  • Work with internal and external stakeholders, including Federal, state, NGO, nonprofit, philanthropic, and other key partners, to advance the organization's goals
  • Coordinate analyses of potential policy and practice technical assistance opportunities
  • Build BDT's reputation as a thought leader in the public benefits access space with key national leaders and organizations and participate in coalitions to keep abreast of and help shape policy developments
  • Assist the policy team with developing technical assistance opportunities and help secure the funding to carry out these opportunities
  • Develop and write briefs, memos, reports, toolkits, and guides, as well as speak formally and informally on our work and priorities
  • As needed, lead and support policy-related technical assistance work
  • Coach other staff in developing policy and data analysis skills and expertise
  • Supervise, coach, mentor, and provide development opportunities to direct reports


  • At least seven years of related, full-time work experience, with increasing responsibility, in government health and human services policy analysis OR five years' experience plus a Master's degree in public administration, public policy, public health, or a related discipline
  • Direct experience with the federal policy landscape, including federal rule-making, legislative, and administrative processes
  • In-depth knowledge and familiarity of the public benefits landscape, particularly SNAP, Medicaid, or WIC
  • Strong analytical skills, including research, qualitative and quantitative analysis, visualization, and a significant amount of intellectual curiosity
  • Clear and concise communication skills, including oral and written (in a multitude of formats)
  • Two years experience managing and coaching direct reports
  • Creative problem-solver that will find innovative methods for assisting in creating and implementing BDT's policy agenda
  • Demonstrated ability to read and understand statutes, regulations, and policy manuals
  • Ability to change courses quickly and adapt to tight deadlines
  • Superior verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize assignments, and work independently
  • High level of proficiency in MS Office (including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Commitment to improving the lives of people experiencing poverty
  • Comfortable with limited travel

About BDT:

Benefits Data Trust (BDT) harnesses the power of data, technology, and policy to provide efficient and dignified access to assistance, improving people's health and financial security. Together with a national network of government agencies and other partners, we streamline public benefits systems and directly connect eligible families and individuals to programs that help pay for food, healthcare, housing, and more. A nonprofit since 2005, BDT has secured more than $7.5 billion in benefits for households across the country, building pathways to economic mobility and a more equitable future. Learn more about BDT -- a proud recipient of a 2021 Top Workplaces USA Award -- at

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