Deputy Director, Federal Affairs

16 May, 2023


Deputy Director, Federal Affairs

National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC)
Alexandria, VA

The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) is the national membership organization for the nation’s federally qualified health centers (also known as FQHCs or Community Health Centers). Health centers are nonprofit, community-directed health clinics that provide access to high-quality, culturally competent, and comprehensive care to people living in medically underserved areas. NACHC strengthens the health center movement through advocacy, training, and technical assistance, clinical and operations support. NACHC is committed to an equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplace.

Currently, NACHC is seeking a dynamic candidate to serve as the Deputy Director of Federal Affairs. The Deputy Director will play a visible role, advocating on a bipartisan basis on Capitol Hill on behalf of community health centers and the patients and communities they serve. This position reports to the Director of Federal Affairs and sits within NACHC’s Public Policy and Research (PPR) division. The position is a leadership role in the organization, and the candidate who fills the position will be intimately involved in strategy development and execution.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage unique legislative portfolio at the discretion of the Director of Federal Affairs including serving as the lead NACHC staffer on Budget/Appropriations and other issues as assigned.
  • Develop and implement strategies to promote NACHC’s legislative agenda in coordination with the Federal Affairs team, other departments within the PPR division including advocacy, policy and regulatory affairs, and research, and with NACHC internal and external stakeholders.
  • Conduct regular meetings, build relationships, and actively negotiate with key staffers on Capitol Hill.
  • Serve ina leadership role within NACHC’s PPR division, helping develop internal and external strategies to best represent our membership.
  • Coordinate with external groups/stakeholders and represent NACHC in coalitions related to the legislative portfolio.
  • Develop and publicly present NACHC’s legislative agenda at regional meetings and national conferences.

 Qualifications, Skills, and Knowledge Required for this Position

  • BA or BS degree in a relevant field (required). Master’s Degree in Public Policy, Public Health, or Juris Doctor (optional).
  • Minimum of five years of experience in public policy, legislative analysis/advocacy, or health care.
  • Capitol Hill experience required.
  • Proven track record of success in implementing legislative strategies and tactics.
  • Extensive knowledge of federal legislative, regulatory, and budget processes.
  • Existing bipartisan relationships in healthcare policy-making circles, including on Capitol Hill and the administration, are a plus.
  • Ability to analyze complex legislative information related to public health and budget policy.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple deadlines and priorities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office software programs, including Word, Excel, Teams, and PowerPoint.

Personal Qualities

  • Hard-working, team-player, creative, flexible, strong problem-solving skills, detail-oriented, self-motivated, good sense of humor.

Amount of travel and any other special considerations

  • Occasional travel, involving roughly 10% of the time to conferences, health centers, and state-level meetings.
  • Occasional night/weekend work and periodic travel, primarily related to 2 major NACHC conferences annually.
  • Position requires in-person office attendance three (3) days per week and occasional in-person attendance for special department, divisional and/or organizational-wide meetings.
  • The position is located in Alexandria, VA.

Job posted: 2023-05-16