Associate Director, Congressional Affairs

29 Oct, 2022


Associate Director, Congressional Affairs

American Society of Clinical Oncology
Alexandria, VA

Cancer strikes more than 10 million people worldwide each year. The ASCO Association d/b/a Association for Clinical Oncology (the “Association”) is a 501(c)(6) professional membership association representing a diverse network of nearly 45,000 oncology professionals. The Association, along with its affiliates the American Society of Clinical Oncology (the “Society”), Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, CancerLinQ LLC, and QOPI Certification Program, LLC, (collectively, “ASCO”) are committed to conquering cancer through research, education, and promotion of the highest quality, equitable patient care.

ASCO is a flexible, high-performance membership organization where employees collaborate to support our mission through evidence, care, and impact. Together with Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation and CancerLinQ colleagues, we foster a culture that prioritizes customer-centricity, emphasizes teamwork, commits to quality, and values inclusion. Our culture, ASCO Works – Our Way of Working, has long enabled workplace flexibility and embraced technology to help us achieve balance.

ASCO offers competitive salaries, an excellent benefits package, and opportunities to participate in professional development programs. To learn what it’s like to work at the Association, click here.

Who we are looking for:

ASCO is looking for a high performing Associate Director, Congressional Affairs to join our Advocacy department. The selected candidate will provide specialized experience in leading ASCO’s government relations efforts by representing ASCO’s advocacy positions to the U.S. Congress and external organizations and assisting in the development of legislative analysis and strategies.

This position is hybrid with a primary location in Alexandria, VA.

What you will do:

  • Serve as a registered lobbyist for ASCO, develop and maintain strategic relationships with key congressional offices, and communicate ASCO positions to the U.S. Congress through meetings, testimony, letters, and other forums
  • Attend political events on behalf of ASCO Association PAC
  • Represent ASCO in coalitions and with external organizations
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to raise ASCO’s visibility on Capitol Hill, position ASCO to testify before key congressional committees, monitor pending legislative activities, and analyze legislative proposals in a timely manner
  • Prepare substantive legislative updates for membership communications
  • Assist the Director, Congressional Affairs, in providing strategic leadership to the Government Relations Committee and other ASCO committees on legislative issues and strategies
  • Coordinate with grassroots staff to identify opportunities for outreach on legislative activities and help prepare alerts and sample letters, provide legislative presentations and lobby training for Hill events and committee and State Affiliate meetings, and serve as resource for ASCO members on legislative issues
  • Arrange meetings with members of Congress and their staff for ASCO volunteers and coordinate legislative programs including briefings and receptions

What you will need in order to be successful:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • 8+ years of legislative or lobbying experience, legislative, electoral, and organizing work, significant experience in legislative campaigns or experience working in Congress or a state legislative body
  • Thorough knowledge of and experience with developing legislative solutions to advance an organization’s policy goals
  • A working understanding of legislative procedure and the ability to quickly figure out the ins and outs of an unfamiliar legislative issue
  • Experience communicating effectively with both Republican and Democratic elected officials and their staff

Ideal candidates will also contribute:

  • Advanced degree preferable
  • Knowledge of issues impacting cancer care and research
  • Health care background


  • Demonstrated analytical and research skills, including the ability to distill information
  • Excellent communication skills, including written, with ability to effectively interact with all levels of internal organization and external stakeholders
  • High level of energy to thrive in a fast-paced environment, self-motivation to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines, prioritize workload, and multi-task
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail and an ability to recognize issues in the context of higher-level policies and regulations.


ADA/Physical Requirements
Must lift up to 10 lbs
Fast-paced office environment with extended periods seated or standing at a desk.
High use of computer and other office technology equipment.


1-5 days/yr

At the Association for Clinical Oncology, our goal is to foster and encourage a diversity of thought, experience, and background in our workplace. Our organizations’ culture is multi-dimensional, and we encourage our employees to leverage their unique perspectives and ideas. ASCO is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Those interested should apply using the following link:–Congressional-Affairs_R655-1

Job posted: 2022-10-29