Associate Director, Legislative Affairs

05 Jan, 2022


Associate Director, Legislative Affairs

American College of Cardiology
Washington, DC

The Associate Director, Legislative Affairs will represent ACC’s 54,000+ cardiovascular clinicians in front of the House Energy and Commerce and Senate HELP Committees. This is a crucial, bipartisan/bicameral role for someone with strong Capitol Hill contacts, an ambitious outlook, and a commitment to excellence.

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.
  • Provide direction and assistance 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 (for example, health subcommittee members and their staff), the administration and other government entities, i.e., CBO, ONC
  • Seek opportunities for ACC to testify at Congressional hearings and for ACC members on panels at public events.
  • Serve as a partner with the HeartPAC and grassroots development area in developing, directing and implementing a political and grassroots strategy for communicating with federal legislators, including political education, legislative conferences, and district visits, along with attending in-person fundraisers.
  • Prepare appropriate briefing materials, position papers, and testimony on legislative issues relevant to the cardiovascular specialist.
  • Participate in the development of advocacy content for College newsletters (print and electronic) and web site.
  • Provide counsel and staffing support for Advocacy and other College committees.
  • Serve as ACC spokesperson/expert and policy advisor on assigned issues; represent the ACC and work within and outside the ACC with other associations and organizations, represent as appropriate the ACC as needed in meetings, coalitions, and public forums.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science or related field.
  • 5 + years of professional experience in federal lobbying and/or experience in government relations activities, preferably in liaison with congressional health subcommittees and/or agencies of the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Ability to analyze and discuss the potential impact of health-related legislation and 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 the ACC staff.
  • Ability to develop and maintain contacts on Capitol Hill and interact with members of Congress and their congressional staff both at the legislative and political levels, often outside of “normal” 9-5 business hours.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Association or non-profit experience.
  • Exposure to/experience with the following health policy areas: Medicare physician payment, health information technology, health disparities, prescription drug and medical device user fee authorizations
  • Previous interface with the House Energy and Commerce and Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committees.


About Us:

At the American College of Cardiology, we bring our hearts to work.

We are a 500-person organization dedicated and committed to our mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health for the past 70 years. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate culture that envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes.

Every day, we are committed to supporting our more than 54,000 members and their patients around the globe and in doing so, ensure our staff have a positive environment of teamwork, collaboration, professionalism and excellence. To learn more about why ACC has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare please visit our site at: .

COVID Considerations:

As an employer in the public health space, and an organization that serves members who are essential medical personnel, ACC requires all staff, temporary employees, and contractors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before working onsite at ACC or attending ACC events. Proof of vaccination will be required.  Individuals can request an exemption from this requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, and those requests for reasonable accommodations will be evaluated individually.

ACC is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all candidates and employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. Equal Opportunity Employer, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

ACC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact Crystal Nott, Sr. Director, People Resources & Engagement at or (202)375-6423.

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Job posted: 2022-01-05