Associate Director of Public Policy and Strategic Engagement

06 Sep, 2022


Associate Director of Public Policy and Strategic Engagement

American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
Arlington, VA

Position Description Summary

The Associate Director of Public Policy and Strategic Engagement provides administrative oversight as well as research and project management support for the government affairs, professional affairs, student affairs, science, research and health-related policy and program priorities of the association. AACP defines strategic engagement as removing barriers and expanding opportunities for advancement of the pharmacy profession through partnership with other education, pharmacy and health care organizations, including nursing and medicine; advocating at the federal level, and disseminating information to colleges and schools for their state-based efforts. The Associate Director works closely with the Senior Director of Science Policy and the Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Engagement in developing, monitoring and communicating the association’s strategic engagement (advocacy) priorities and government relations work. The Associate Director also represents AACP on several coalitions related to pharmacy education and practice, research and public policy.  Research and projects involve ongoing public affairs and engagement group programs as well as the tracking of pertinent federal legislation regarding higher education, research and health-related programs/services/initiatives and encouraged to develop new projects related to the Association’s Strategic Plan.


An Associate Director in the AACP organization is responsible for working with one or more senior leaders in  executing operations that support the operational goals of the group. Associate Directors are responsible for being a part of a positive team environment. Associate Directors are responsible for planning their work with relevant leaders and then implementing daily workings of the organization. The individual updates their job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, maintaining personal networks and participating in professional organizations. Associate Directors enhance team performance by ensuring effectiveness and efficiency in their position and accepting ownership for accomplishing new and different requests from those with whom they work. In a Director’s absence they assume lead responsibility.


Essential Functions


AACP policy, government affairs, pharmacy education, professional affairs, and research (35%)

  • Review and analyze relevant legislation and publications for opportunities for members and communicates these with the Strategic Engagement Team and other members of AACP staff (as appropriate).
  • Draft communication representing AACP to Congress, Federal Agencies and the White House.
  • Develop background on strategic engagement issues for staff, members, committees, and other relevant inquiries.
  • Plan and implement projects related to the strategic engagement portfolio with both internal and external constituents.
  • Work with AACP senior leadership to ensure that AACP is in compliance with federal lobbying and ethics rules (e.g., complete quarterly LD-2 reports if appropriate).
  • Serve as staff Liaison for the AACP Strategic Engagement Standing Committee (formerly the Advocacy Standing Committee).
  • Connect members with appropriate federal contacts such as Members of Congress, Congressional Staff and Agency Staff.
  • Continue to develop and enhance ways to engage members to advance public policy issues related to the Association’s Strategic Plan.
  • Maintain an understanding of Request For Information (RFI’s) and Open Comment periods from federal agencies and collaborate on written responses with appropriate members and/or committees and SIGs.


Stakeholder communications and public outreach (30%)

  • Represents AACP on external coalitions pertaining to policy, higher education and/or professional affairs, as appropriate as relevant issues arise.
  • Confer and consult with and leadership on issues related to the Association’s Strategic Plan.
  • Engage with partner organizations to advance areas of the Association’s Strategic Plan.
  • Serve as a member of the AACP team evaluating the finalists of the Lawrence C. Weaver Transformative Community Service Award.
  • Manage information transfer between staff and external groups.
  • Respond to member and public inquiries pertaining to the AACP Strategic Engagement Plan.
  • Develop and distribute consistent communication(s) for members regarding AACP Strategic Engagement Plan.
  • Represent the AACP strategic engagement team related to functional areas, as appropriate.
  • Promote participation of members in AACP strategic engagement efforts.
  • Develop and present written and visual presentations in various formats.

Staff support for AACP programs related to higher education, research and health (25%)

  • Assist with administrative duties and communications for AACP programs related to research and graduate education.
  • Assist with collection, review and analysis of data related to current and emerging areas of research, graduate education, professional affairs and pharmacy education in colleges and schools of pharmacy.


Other duties as assigned (10%)

Position Relationship to AACP Strategic Plan


As a membership organization, this position relates to the following strategic priorities in the AACP strategic plan:

  • Strategic Priority 1: Leading the Transformation of Pharmacy Practice
  • Strategic Priority 2: Optimizing Pharmacy Education and Training Across the Lifespan of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists

Qualifications for Position

  • Minimum BA/BS degree, preferably in political science or health-related area.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience to include public policy, education and/or health-related fields. Administrative support and/or project management preferred.
  • Experience in policy development/advocacy/government relations to include responsibility for constituent communication and issue identification.
  • Knowledge of pharmacy-related issues, healthcare or health research issues preferred.
  • Highly organized with strong project management skills.
  • Skilled at prioritizing and maintaining competing needs for multiple executives, demonstrating confidence and sound judgment.
  • Skilled at collaborating with Deans and other high-level faculty members.
  • Self-directed with the ability to work effectively under limited supervision.
  • Resourceful and skilled at performing research, handling data and asking the right questions to master subject matter and processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and collaborative work style.
  • Outstanding oral communication skills with the ability to present information clearly, succinctly and persuasively.
  • Skilled at writing clearly and concisely in multiple formats.
  • Flexibility to meet changing demands.
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Ability to exercise considerable tact, courtesy and discretion in frequent contact with members and external stakeholder representatives.
  • Confident in use of Microsoft Office applications, database management, Adobe document manipulation, social media and webinar management.

AACP Assessment Factors


All AACP employees are expected to demonstrate and are assessed annually on these competencies:


  1. Self Awareness – Aware of one’s impact on others. Picks up on the need to change personal, interpersonal, or managerial behavior quickly. Effectively manages own time and behavior. Maintains a conscious balance between work and personal life.
  2. Accountability – Keeps supervisor informed of progress, issues and potential problems. Honors commitments and takes responsibility for results. Is a good steward of association resources.
  3. Initiative – Takes responsibility for completing work plans and planning ahead even when not asked. Anticipates challenges and opportunities, Offers assistance to other staff as available.
  4. Continuous Improvement – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses. Seeks feedback to improve performance. Pursues training and development opportunities. Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills. Shares expertise with others.
  5. Citizenship – Behaves in a consistently positive manner. Actively listens and shows respect for others. Resolves conflict collaboratively. Acts civilly and professionally.

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Job posted: 2022-09-06