Associate Director of Federal Affairs

19 Apr, 2022


Associate Director of Federal Affairs

American Speech Language Hearing Association
Washington, D.C.

ASHA requires all new employees to present proof they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 when they start work. Currently, “fully vaccinated” is defined as someone that has received both doses of the Pfizer/Moderna COVID-19 vaccines or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine 14 days or more before they begin work. Individuals with a disability or a religious reason preventing them from taking the vaccine may request an accommodation.

A. General Description:

This position is responsible for engaging in federal strategic lobbying activities to advance the Association’s public policy agenda, as well as coordinating virtual and in-person congressional advocacy by ASHA members on behalf of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.

B. Responsibilities:

Collaborates on identifying, developing, executing, and evaluating coordinated advocacy strategies designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
Engages in federal strategic lobbying activities as directed by the Director of Federal and Political Affairs.
Coordinates the logistics of all ASHA member engagements with Congress, including ASHA’s annual Hill Day, and meetings and calls by boards, committees, and Special Interest Groups.
Coordinates grasstops advocacy activities.
Advises the Director of Political Affairs on supporting Members of Congress who support the Association’s Public Policy Agenda, and attends political events on behalf of ASHA-PAC.
Serves as a Team liaison to the Advocacy Communications Team.
C. Contacts:

To accomplish responsibilities listed above, the incumbent has contact with:

ASHA members and leaders
Other National Office staff
Coalition representatives from other organizations
National self-help groups for people with communication disorders
Individuals with communication disabilities
Congressional staff
D. Freedom to Act:

The Associate Director of Federal Affairs is a member of the Federal and Political Affairs Team within the Government Affairs and Public Policy Cluster. For the purposes of advancing the health and education funding priorities within ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda, the Associate Director has latitude to determine approaches and methodologies that ensure success in carrying out the position’s major duties, as well as the programs and procedures of the Cluster and Team. The Associate Director consults with the Director of Federal and Political Affairs, and is guided by ASHA’s policies and priorities established by the Board of Directors and Facilitating Team as needed.

E. Qualifications – Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills:

Knowledge and skills typically acquired through:

Bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, political science, or a related field is preferred.
3 years of experience in health care or education policy in an association, corporation, or government is preferred.
Scope and depth of technical skills/knowledge:

Demonstrated ability in strategic lobbying activities; existing relationships with key Members of Congress, Congressional staff, or political appointees of executive branch agencies preferred
Demonstrated understanding of legislative and regulatory processes, especially on the federal level
Working knowledge of health care and education policies that impact the Association
Working knowledge of communications sciences and disorders is desirable
Scope and depth of nontechnical skills/knowledge:

Strong collaborative skills
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize, and execute multiple tasks simultaneously
Demonstrated analytic and problem-solving skills and a creative approach to work
Ability to work effectively under pressure with tight deadlines
Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus when opposing viewpoints are presented
F. National Office EEO Policy:

It is the policy of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association to provide equal opportunity to all employees without regard for race, sex, national origin, religion, marital status, disability, veteran’s status, age, sexual orientation or LGBT status, genetic information, citizenship, or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws and ASHA’s Bylaws. This policy applies to recruiting, hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation and benefits, upward mobility, training and development, access to facilities, termination, and other personnel actions. Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, with a firm commitment from coaches at all levels within the organizational structure of the National Office, affirmative action will be taken to ensure the full utilization of members of racial/ethnic minority groups, women, persons with disabilities, and Vietnam and disabled veterans within our workforce.

G. Disclaimer:

“This description is intended to provide an overview of the responsibilities and duties of the position. It is not all inclusive. The incumbent in the position will be expected to perform other duties as required. The responsibilities may change over time. This description is provided for informational purposes only and does not form the basis of a contract.”



Bachelors or better in Political Science or related field.

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Job posted: 2022-04-19