Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations

22 Dec, 2020


Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations

National Coalition of STD Directors
Washington, DC

Join a dynamic and growing national organization doing impactful work for those on the front lines of our nation’s STD public health crisis. 

The Associate Director, Policy and Government Relations will be responsible for leading the organization’s federal advocacy strategy. Reporting to the Director, Policy and Government Relations, the Associate Director will work collaboratively to implement the organization’s policy agenda on the Hill and with the Administration, as well as provide policy-based technical assistance to NCSD’s members. This is a Washington, DC-based position.

Here is what you will be doing:

  • Lead NCSD’s federal policy strategy, with input from the Director, Policy and Government Relations, Executive Director, and policy consultants
  • Schedule and attend Hill meetings with elected officials and their staffers on behalf of NCSD
  • In partnership with the NCSD Public Policy Committee and other stakeholders, develop NCSD’s yearly appropriations and legislative requests
  • Represent NCSD at coalition meetings including the Partnership to End HIV, STD and Hepatitis, Federal AIDS Policy Partnership, and the AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition.
  • Develop and disseminate strategic policymaker education resources
  • Research, monitor, and analyze current and pending legislation on sexual health issues
  • Support state STD policy programs, including providing guidance to state, local and territorial health departments
  • Develop and implement member and partner hill days
  • Develop and implement hill briefings on sexual health issues
  • Travel nationwide to attend conferences, educate policymakers, support member’s, and generally further NCSD’s policy efforts
  • Be a main point of contact for NCSD members on federal and state-based policy issues and activities
  • Other duties as assigned

Here is what you need to know:

  • Bachelor’s degree in related field and at least 5 years working in sexual health, or related field with experience working directly in policy or advocacy or equivalent education and experience
  • Prior experience researching and analyzing legislative language
  • Experience presenting to large and small groups, as well as developing and leading trainings
  • Experience engaging with elected officials and their staff
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Passion for public health and racial and health equity work
  • Ability to think creatively, follow intuition, take initiative, and be proactive
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills as well as attention to detail
  • Experience and willingness to work cooperatively in a team
  • Ability and willingness to travel when necessary (approximately 10%) and represent the organization at evening events.

This position is a full-time and includes a generous benefits package, including a retirement match and employer-paid health insurance. This position is partly funded by federal grants and is contingent on continued funding.


Located in the nation’s capital, NCSD is a national public health membership organization representing health department STD directors, their support staff, and community-based partners across 50 states, seven large cities, and eight US territories. Our vision is a nation without sexually transmitted diseases. Our mission is to advance effective STD prevention programs and services in every community across the country. NCSD does this as the voice of our membership. We provide leadership, build capacity, convene partners, and advocate.

NCSD is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, transgender people, people of all gender identities and sexual orientations, and people with disabilities.


For immediate consideration, please send your resume and cover letter to Lori Shearin at

Job posted: 2020-12-22