Director of Congressional Relations

11 Oct, 2021


Director of Congressional Relations

National Indian Health Board
Washington, DC

The National Indian Health Board (NIHB), the nation’s leading advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native health, seeks highly motivated and uniquely qualified candidates to become its Congressional Relations Director. The Congressional Relations Director reports to, and works in concert with, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and is a member of the NIHB Senior Management Team. The Director supervises all Congressional Relations staff members. The position of Congressional Relations Director is a full-time, salaried position located in Washington, DC, and thus the selected candidate for Congressional Relations Director must be located in Washington, DC.


The Congressional Relations Director serves as the organization’s lead advocate on Capitol Hill and their work is driven in service to NIHB’s mission. The selected candidate must possess a superb combination of relevant political acumen, experience, education, and cultural competency that would adequately prepare one for a critical role at a national, Tribal, advocacy organization. The Congressional Relations Director digs deep into policy and legislative issues, find interconnections between policy and politics and creates and executes strategies to achieve legislative actions that improve AI/AN health. The incumbent will lead strategic advocacy, legislative drafting and tracking, policy analysis, outreach, technical assistance, research, and related projects. The Congressional Relations Director must have a keen understanding of legislative affairs on Capitol Hill, federal treaty and trust obligations to sovereign Tribal Nations, as well as the legal, policy, and political frameworks impacting Direct Service, Self-Determination or Self-Governance Tribes. The ideal candidate will possess expertise in the Indian health system and mainstream health care delivery systems. The position requires solid organizational and communication skills, project management capabilities, and the ability to think strategically about how to support Tribes and Tribal leaders as they seek to strengthen healthcare access and public health services and infrastructure. The successful candidate will be an individual with vision, passion, commitment, knowledge, skills, as well as a proven track record in achieving measurable advancements in health policy and programs.


• Lead development, implementation, and evaluation of legislative strategy on Capitol Hill towards implementation of NIHB’s Legislative and Policy Agenda

• Work directly with NIHB member organizations, Tribes, Tribal organizations, and NIHB’s Policy Center staff to create annual Legislative and Policy Agenda

• Build strong and trusting working relationships with legislators and staff from across the political spectrum to advance Tribal healthcare and public health legislative priorities

• Establish new and strengthen existing direct lines of communication with Tribal technical experts, policy experts, and government affairs staff to gather and synthesize Tribal healthcare and public health legislative priorities, challenges, and opportunities

• Facilitate the research, analysis, drafting, and editing of legislation to advance top Tribal health policy priorities under a variety of topical areas, including but not limited to appropriations, budget, Medicare/Medicaid, public health, behavioral health, health systems, and data and research

• Lead the drafting of congressional testimony, comments, letters, and other documents in close collaboration with Tribal stakeholders as needed

• Prepare and deliver legislative briefings to NIHB’s Board of Directors, member organizations, and Tribal and external partners as requested

• Provide technical policy support to Tribal Leaders for their participation in national Tribal listening and consultation sessions

• Design and maintain clear and measurable systems for tracking progress on legislative priorities

• Provide consistent education and information to Capitol Hill regarding the Trust responsibility, Tribal sovereignty and policies impacting American Indian and Alaska Native health on a non-partisan basis

• Provide technical support to Tribal leaders on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee and other federal Indian health advisory committees

• Engage in strategic and focused coalition-building with national advocacy organizations working in the arena of healthcare and public health

• Work diligently to strengthen health status and systems for both Direct Service, Self-Determination, and Self-Governance Tribes

• Generate grassroots support to advance NIHB’s Legislative and Policy Agenda

• Provide leadership in planning and securing speakers for NIHB’s national conferences

• Participate in national conferences as a representative of NIHB, including travel, public speaking, workshop presentations and collaboration

• Other duties as assigned


• Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Economics, or related field. Advanced degree preferred

• Minimum 5 years of experience on Capitol Hill (committee or personal staff), as a legislative/government affairs director with a national advocacy organization, or some combination of the two is required

• Minimum of 5 years of experience managing professional staff required

• Minimum 3 years of experience working directly at or with Tribal governments and Tribal organizations required

• Extensive knowledge of and expertise working in federal Indian policy required; expertise in Indian health policy strongly preferred

• Experience leading or supporting conferences

• Flexibility to work long hours as driven by legislative agenda on Capitol Hill

• Must be an exceptional writer with excellent public speaking skills and experience

• Travel required up to 25% of time

How to Apply

Qualified candidates are invited to send your cover letter and resume to, with your name and title of the position you are applying to in the subject line. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis until a qualified candidate is secured.

NIHB is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please see for more information.

Job posted: 2021-10-11