Policy Analyst – Healthy Minds

Tulsa Community Foundation
October 15, 2020
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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Position Description:


  • Healthy Minds Policy Initiative, a fund of the Tulsa Community Foundation, is a nonpartisan team of policy and mental health experts who collaborate with state and local leaders to develop and advance innovative policies and capacity-building approaches in the prevention and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders in Tulsa. The organization was seeded by The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation in 2019, and has its roots in the 10-year Tulsa Mental Health Plan.
  • As an organization, we envision a future where robust thought-power and community coordination exist to support policymakers, law enforcement, schools and treatment providers in more effectively using resources, generating creative funding solutions, and using data and best practices to pursue transformational change in the way mental health is treated and prevented in our communities.


  • The policy position will become a trusted source of knowledge on the nuances of mental health policy issues and stakeholders in Oklahoma, and an effective contributor both to the development of policy solutions and strategies for implementing policy. This position will contribute to communitywide mental health policy conversations by providing policy research, recommending strategies, and facilitating policy conversations with community leaders and policymakers. In addition, this position will provide research and policy advice for 2-4 mental health fellows participating in the Tulsa Mental Health Fellowship. This position will report to the Executive Director.


  • This position will be able to demonstrate exemplary research skills, writing ability, and political acumen. This position will also demonstrate an ability to learn and explain complex policy concepts and their practical implications for mental health treatment and prevention in schools, criminal justice settings, and treatment systems. In addition, this position will regularly meet with mental health fellows employed by the Healthy Minds Fellowship, and assist in facilitating the fellows' work, research, and learning.


  • Research and analyze policy issues related to mental health prevention and treatment
  • Compile relevant research findings in written reports
  • Synthesize data and compelling talking points in meaningful, usable documents tailored to specific audiences
  • Work with the Director of Strategic Coordination to locate and develop data and research designed to advance policy objectives
  • Understand the status of the mental health landscape in Tulsa and Oklahoma, including gaps and opportunities at the policy and systems levels.
  • Develop/provide public education, presentations, and outreach regarding mental health issues as needed
  • Facilitate communication between mental health stakeholders, community leaders and policymakers within specific policy projects as assigned
  • Create and organize agendas and materials for meetings with stakeholders and partners
  • Make recommendations on the advancement of key policy issues, including state legislative strategy and systems implementation
  • Identify and propose creative solutions for addressing gaps and opportunities in mental health services, including national best practices
  • Manage invitations and attendance for meetings with stakeholders and partners
  • Provide logistical support for the external outreach activities of Healthy Minds, as needed
  • Provide advice to the Healthy Minds Fellowship, which includes:
  • Meetings with mental health fellows
  • Providing strategic advice to support fellows' research projects
  • Communicating progress, challenges and opportunities around the fellowship
  • Other duties as assigned

Position Qualifications:


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least 2 years of experience in public policy or related field
  • Familiarity with public health or mental health policy issues

Desired Strengths and Abilities:

  • Ability to understand public health problems and summarize them in common language
  • Ability to coordinate and maintain multiple projects and priorities simultaneously
  • Effective communication — to a broad range of audiences; comfortable working with diverse populations and knowledge of a wide subject matter
  • Strategic thinking and innovation – ability to reason and solve problems in high pressure situations; recognize strategic opportunities for systems change; introduce new tactics or approaches that significantly improve or revise existing systems
  • Self-motivation – results oriented, takes action, committed to continuous learning and growth
  • Collaboration – skilled in facilitating and staffing meetings and developing buy-in
  • Social acumen – social skills to navigate interpersonal relationships with policymakers and mental health fellows

Other Skills and Requirements:

  • Detail oriented
  • Organized
  • Proficient in MS Office Suite
  • Regular and routine presence at established office in midtown Tulsa, when COVID-19 precautions are no longer required.
  • Ability to remotely work from home as part of temporary COVID-10 precautions.
  • Willingness to travel outside of Tulsa County, especially between Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Overnight trips are possible on rare occasions.
  • Ability to lift objects under 25 pounds and set up presentations

Position Requirements:

  • We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other basis made unlawful by applicable federal, state, or local laws or regulations. We are an e-verify employer.
  • If you have a difficulty applying for any job posted on this website because a disability prevents you from using the online system, we offer the following alternate application procedure: Contact Human Resources at 918-947-6215, and we will arrange for an alternate method of applying and will consider your application together with all other applications received for the job. Please call only for such application assistance.

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