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Senior Analyst, Social and Behavioral Health

Location: Arlington, VA

SummaryThe Senior Analyst, Social and Behavioral Health will collaborate with other programmatic and cross-cutting teams at ASTHO, including the State Health Policy team, to help lead the development of project deliverables for federally funded projects important to state/territorial health officials and health agencies in the areas of unintended injury, social and behavioral health issues and health policy.

Principal Functions:

  • Lead the development of in-depth reports, state stories, issue briefs, newsletters, and articles for publication.
  • Responds to requests for assistance and information from members, affiliates, and national organizations.
  • Serves as an information and policy resource on injury prevention, behavioral health, overdose prevention and surveillance, and other related areas.
  • Collaborates with the State Health Policy team to develop capacity building and technical assistance to state and territorial health agencies analyzing and implementing policy to prevent overdose.
  • Project management for events and deliverables, including meeting planning, and other administrative tasks necessary to support project deliverables.
  • Collaborates with state teams in preparation for individualized technical assistance (TA) and helping to facilitate pre- and post TA development.  
  • Author proposals and progress reports.
  • Monitors progress of cooperative agreement goals and adjusts activities according to evaluation results and the changing public health landscape.
  • Collaborates with staff across ASTHO relating to integrated programs and activities.
  • Represents ASTHO on national committees and partnerships.
  • Represents ASTHO at meetings and conferences related to injury prevention and other topics related specifically to the overdose crisis.  
  • Develops and maintains relevant materials and links for overdose related topics and policies on the ASTHO Web site and through several newsletters.
  • Assists with the evaluation of project activities and outcomes.
  • Tracks and analyzes federal and state legislative, regulatory, and judicial activities related to project issues.
  • Oversees or handles administrative tasks when necessary.
  • Continuously build content expertise in social and behavioral health, public health, and public health policy.


  • Bachelorís degree with Masterís degree preferred in related field such as public health, public policy, or health care.
  • 2-3 years of related experience.
  • Knowledge of state or local public health including injury prevention and substance misuse and addictions.
  • Experience writing, managing, and executing grant funded programs.
  • Project management and other organizational skills that can translate to leading the development overdose prevention resources for state and local health agencies.
  • Ability to lead collaboration among internal ASTHO staff, external partners, and funders. 
  • Ability to research, track and analyze appropriate issues and legislation at federal and state levels using abstract concepts.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills, including presentation skills.
  • Strong positive interpersonal and analytic skills.
  • Ability to travel within service area in the future should in-person events resume.
  • Ability to develop project measures of success, analyze progress, evaluate outcomes, and forecast needs.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment, manage multiple priorities, and complete assigned tasks in a timely manner. 



ASTHO is the only national, nonprofit organization representing the nationís state and territorial public health officials and the agencies they serve. ASTHOís members, the chief health officials of all 50 states in the United States, the District of Columbia, the five U.S. territories, and the three freely-associated states, are dedicated to formulating and influencing sound public health policy, assuring excellence in public health practice, and advancing health equity and optimal health for all. ASTHO is headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and opened a second office location in Atlanta, Georgia in 2017. ASTHO was incorporated on March 23, 1942 with the goal of helping health officials navigate a rapidly changing public health landscape and remains a strong voice in governmental public health to this day. ASTHOís mission is to support, equip, and advocate for state and territorial health officials in their work of advancing the publicís health and well-being.



State and territorial health agencies advancing health equity and optimal health for all.



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