Associate Director for Legislative Affairs

23 Jul, 2020


Associate Director for Legislative Affairs

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
Bethesda, MD

Primary Function Serves as principal advisor to FASEB leadership on legislative strategies and advocacy initiatives related to life sciences research. Develops and implements a successful legislative advocacy program and coordinates with FASEB leadership, member societies, and external partners to achieve advocacy goals.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Tracks congressional budget and appropriations process for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy Office of Science, and other issues as assigned.
  • Represents FASEB in meetings with members of Congress, congressional staff, federal agency and administration officials, and stakeholders to communicate FASEB positions.
  • Shares FASEB resources with staff and relevant congressional committees to expand visibility of the Federation on Capitol Hill.
  • Authors bi-weekly column and other articles for the Washington Update newsletter. Prepares correspondence, congressional testimony, position statements, e-action alerts, background materials, talking points, charts/graphs, PowerPoint presentations, and issue summaries on assigned portfolio of issues. Advises FASEB leadership and member societies on legislative strategies to achieve advocacy goals.
  • Develops advocacy initiatives and facilitates access through in-person meetings and electronic communications to members of Congress and congressional staff on behalf of FASEB leadership.
  • Represents FASEB in stakeholder coalitions to maintain FASEB’s presence as a prominent and effective voice in the research advocacy community.
  • Coordinates FASEB advocacy initiatives with member society public affairs staff, including staffing society Capitol Hill Days. Develops new advocacy materials and updates existing resources on a regular basis.
  • Organizes the annual FASEB Capitol Hill Day including preparing background materials, providing advocacy training, and coordinating logistics for participants.

Incumbent is expected to perform other duties as assigned by their immediate supervisor in support of the organization’s goals and FASEB’s needs.

Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s degree in political science or government.
  • Three – five years congressional relations experience preferably with appropriations issues.
  • Proven success in working with Congress and federal agencies.
  • Ability to Multi-Task and Meet Deadlines
  • D. Terminal degree in biomedical/biological research field preferred.
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Organizational Skills

Working Conditions This position requires sitting (50%), standing (25%), and walking (25%). Additional physical requirements are as follows: • Requires computer work involving extensive use of keyboard, mouse, and monitor. • Ability to adapt schedule to shifting deadlines and unexpected opportunities. • Ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks simultaneously. Work Environment/Conditions: • Dayshift hours primarily. Extended hours may be required during extremely busy periods. • Travel and other work-related assignments on evenings and weekends are possible.

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Job posted: 2020-07-23