Program Analyst for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Child and Adolescent Health Team, Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs, Washington, DC

Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018

The Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs is a national resource, partner and advocate for state public health leaders and others working to improve the health of women, children, youth and families, including those with special health care needs. AMCHP's members come from the highest levels of state government and include directors of maternal and child health programs, directors of programs for children with special health care needs, and other public health leaders who work with and support state maternal and child health programs. Our members directly serve all women and children nationwide, and strive to improve the health of all women, infants, children and adolescents, including those with special health care needs, by administering critical public health education and screening services, and coordinating preventive, primary and specialty care. Our membership also includes academic, advocacy and community based family health professionals, as well as families themselves. AMCHP builds successful programs by disseminating best practices; advocating on our member's behalf in Washington; providing technical assistance; convening leaders to share experiences and ideas; and advising states about involving partners to reach our common goal of healthy children, healthy families, and healthy communities.

This position supports the Child & Adolescent Health (CAH) team, which resides within AMCHP's program division. Specifically, this position participates in the planning and program implementation, research, and evaluation of initiatives related to children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN), including those with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities (ASD/DD). The position reports to the Senior Program Manager for CYSHCN.


  1. Contribute to the development and delivery of assigned projects in the CYSHCN portfolio, primarily the Leadership Institute for State Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Directors, the implementation of Standards of Care for CYSHCN and the implementation of the State Public Health Autism Resource Center (SPHARC). This position will also contribute to the maternal and child environmental health Collaborative Innovation and Improvement Network.
  2. Assist in developing and implementing project work plans for CYSHCN activities including the implementation of the ASD/DD Community of Learners to assist states in using innovative, evidence-informed methodologies and quality improvement to improve state system-level care integration for children and youth with ASD/DD and their families.
  3. Assist in the implementation of work to advance systems standards for CYSHCN and leadership development for the CYSHCN workforce.
  4. Research, analyze, and report on national and state programs impacting CYSHCN and state MCH health programs.
  5. Provide technical assistance for AMCHP members and other organizations related to CYSHCN.
  6. Produce issue briefs, fact sheets, and other documents on maternal and child health topics and facilitate communication of pertinent issues to AMCHP members (via newsletter, email, web page, papers).
  7. Support implementation of AMCHP's strategic and operational plans. This includes aligning projects and activities with strategic goals, cross-cutting organizational initiatives, and supporting continuous quality improvement on organizational performance measures related to the position's scope of work.
  8. Represent AMCHP at national task forces, work groups, coalitions, and federal advisory groups.
  9. Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge: General knowledge of public health theory, policy, and practice; knowledge of quality improvement techniques; knowledge of CYSHCN, including those with ASD/DD, and factors affecting health status; and basic knowledge of U.S. maternal and child health and health care systems and related legislation a plus.

Skills: Demonstrated program development, implementation, and basic evaluation skills; strong verbal and writing skills, including reports and public presentations; group process skills; research and analysis skills. Experience with implementing quality improvement techniques, particularly in public health settings, is a plus. Computer skills to include proficiency in MS Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint) as well as email, Internet research, desktop applications, and survey software (e.g., Survey Monkey). Experience with virtual learning and meeting programs (such as Adobe Connect and Articulate) is a plus.

Abilities: Requires the ability to work independently as well as in a team environment; ability to develop and manage tasks for several projects concurrently; ability to stay abreast of national state policy and initiatives related to maternal and child health; ability to represent AMCHP as a partner with national, state, and local organizations. Some travel required. Demonstrated ability to work with customer/client groups and/or experience in membership organizations. Ability to apply research methods, design and conduct qualitative and quantitative research, analyze results, and convey findings through written and oral means to all project work, which may include fact sheets, newsletter articles, issue briefs, or other special reports. Innovative, demonstrated creativity, energy with a passion for the constituencies we serve. Commitment to excellence, and high degree of professionalism.

Master's degree in public health or other related health or human services field with at least three years of directly related professional experience. Bachelor's degree with five years of directly related experience can be substituted for master's degree. Certification in Public Health or Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES/ MCHES) and direct work experience in an MCH state/local/federal public health agency or non-profit organization preferred.

Ability to travel approximately 5-10% of the time and flexibility to work occasional weekends and/or non-traditional hours (approximately 3-4 times per year). This position is funded by grants and cooperative agreements from the federal government and foundations.

Starting Annual Salary: $47,500.00.

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected and may not be a comprehensive listing of required duties or responsibilities. The incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as necessary.

How to Apply
Interested candidates please submit resume, cover letter, and (3) references to . Indicate #17-10009, Program Analyst for Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs, Child and Adolescent Health Team in subject line. No phone calls, please. (E.O.E.)