Associate Director, Congressional Affairs
Function and Scope:
The Associate Director, Congressional Affairs will serve as a member of the American College of Cardiology’s (ACC) legislative affairs team, participating in the development and promotion of ACC’s bipartisan congressional agenda with Congress, particularly the Finance and Ways and Means Committees, working to identify legislative policy opportunities and actively participating in the development of legislative strategy.
Major Duties and Responsibilities:
- Lobby at the federal level in support of ACC-approved policy issues on behalf of the cardiovascular profession and the patients for whom cardiovascular specialists provide care;
- Monitor and analyze federal legislative actions on issues of relevance to the delivery of cardiovascular specialty health care;
- Demonstrate a high level of customer service and consultative skills in providing direction and support to ACC members and state Chapters on legislative issues;
- Report on significant legislative policy developments of interest to the College, including congressional and other public hearings, markups, and floor action;
- Develop and maintain contacts with Congress (i.e. health subcommittee members and their staff), the administration and other government entities, i.e., CBO, OMB, at the highest levels;
- Serve as a partner with the PAC and grassroots development areas in developing, directing and implementing a strategy for communicating with federal legislators, including political education, legislative conferences, district visits, fundraisers and ongoing communications;
- Prepare appropriate briefing materials, position papers, and testimony on legislative issues relevant to cardiovascular clinicians;
- Participate in the development of advocacy content for College newsletters (print and electronic) and web site;
- Provide counsel and staffing support for Health Affairs Committee and other College sections/councils;
- Serve as ACC spokesperson/expert and policy advisor on assigned issues;
- Represent cardiovascular clinicians both within and outside the ACC with other associations and organizations;
- Represent the ACC in meetings and public forums, as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree.
- 6+ years of professional experience in government relations activities, preferably in liaison and policy work with congressional health subcommittees and/or agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services.
- Ability to write, analyze and discuss the potential impact of health-related legislation within the surrounding political environment.
- Skill in analyzing complex subjects quickly, researching and providing logical presentations both orally and in writing.
- Demonstrated success working in a team environment, communicating ideas and issues with tact and diplomacy, and resolving problems collaboratively among members, collateral organizations/agencies, and colleagues.
- Ability to develop and maintain contacts on Capitol Hill and interact with members of Congress and their congressional staff.
- Demonstrated willingness and ability to partner with, and support, ACC members, often times with little notice and outside of normal business hours.
- Ability to travel 2-3 times per year.
- Association or non-profit experience
- Congressional legislative staff experience or significant government relations experience
- Established relationships with congressional staff, particularly within the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee
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