Deputy Director, Federal Relations

13 Sep, 2022


Deputy Director, Federal Relations

American Psychiatric Association
Washington, D.C.


The Deputy-Director will serve as a senior Federal Relations representative and will report to the Director, Federal Relations. The Deputy-director will work in collaboration with the Director, Federal Relations in the development and advancement of APAs federal legislative agenda, including comprehensive mental health reform, physician reimbursement, physician workforce development, mental health parity, and medical research.


  • Collaborate with the Director to develop, execute, and evaluate advocacy and lobbying strategies that advance APAs federal agenda under the direction of the Chief of Government Relations.
  • Work with Director in developing, executing, and evaluating cross functional and cross organizational strategies, including program resources and staffing needs, designed to advance APAs federal legislative agenda as advised by the Chief of Government Relations.
  • Provide leadership, along with the Director, in the execution of advocacy and lobbying strategies that advance APAs federal agenda.
    • Educating and lobbying key policymakers in Congress
    • Initiating the development of original legislative proposals
    • Securing introduction of supportive legislation or amendments, and appropriate votes
    • Negotiating and mediating compromises to specific legislation or amendments
    • Developing and planning Congressional briefings
    • Ensuring maximum cross-functional and cross-organizational collaboration with the Director of State Relations, APA staff subject matter experts, expert member physicians, and key external stakeholders as appropriate
    • Harnessing member advocacy and engagement through grassroots strategies in collaboration with State Association and District Branch leadership
    • Establishing and leading key alliances among organizations and other third-party policy groups that share similar advocacy objectives
    • Collaborating with APAs Communications Division and Psychiatric News on media strategies regarding relevant legislation, Congressional hearings, regulations, and political developments
    • Enhancing and maintaining an effective public relations/public affairs approach, inclusive of a strong plan to strengthen the reputation of the association
  • Establish effective relationships with assigned committees of jurisdiction and leadership within the United States Senate and House of Representatives, including Members and relevant staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the House and Senate Judiciary Committees, and the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees.
    Initiate and maintain effective relationships with legislative staff from the Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the Department of Justice, and other agencies as warranted.
  • Collaborate and strategize with the Policy Division to ensure that policy and budgetary implications of relevant federal legislation, legislative proposals, are analyzed and disseminated in a timely fashion to Congress, APA leadership, APA administration staff, professional societies, health-care related organizations, patient advocates, and other organizations as warranted.
  • Review and comment on position letters, testimony, and legislation, Congressional hearings, designed to advance APAs federal agenda.
  • Provide expert and substantive advice when warranted to APA leadership and APA Administration, including member physicians serving on the Board of Trustees, Council on Advocacy and Government Relations as well as other key APA components and committees, such as the Committee on Health Care Systems and Financing, the Council on Psychiatry and Law, the Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities, and the Council on Addiction Psychiatry, as well as to the APA C.E.O. and Medical Director, and APA executive staff.
  • Advise APAPAC on Members of Congress who are supportive of APAs advocacy priorities.
  • Advise the Jeanne Spurlock, MD, Congressional Fellowship selection committee.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelors degree required; advanced degree in law, political science, public policy or equivalent, preferred.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in winning federal advocacy, association management, political/issue campaigns, and some combination of Hill experience and/or direct lobbying Members of Congress and their staff, as well as federal agencies.
  • Understanding of health care policy; understanding of mental health issues a plus.
  • Ability to lead, strengthen, and work with a high performing government relations team to positively impact the APAs federal advocacy agenda.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.

EOE, including disability/vets


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Job posted: 2022-09-13