Director of Federal Government Relations

06 May, 2019


Director of Federal Government Relations

American Dental Education Association
Washington, DC
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is seeking to add an experienced Director of Federal Government Relations to our team of high-performing professionals.


The Office of Advocacy and Government Relations (AGR) contributes to ADEA being recognized by policymakers in the federal, state, and local governments as the sole organization representing dental education. The AGR team monitors legislative and regulatory activity which may impact dental education, higher education policy, and dental and craniofacial research at the state and federal levels including Congress, the White House, federal agencies, associations representing organized dentistry, other health professions, and organizations representing policy makers at the state level.

Summary of Position

In this position, you will be an integral leader within the Advocacy and Government Relations team who is responsible for representing ADEA’s dental education advocacy agenda to all Federal audiences. Additionally, you will work collaboratively with members of the AGR team in meeting the team’s other advocacy goals in a dynamic environment. You will be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with Members of Congress, their staff, the staff of key Committees of both the House and Senate, as well as key senior staff of Executive Branch agencies to further the goals of the AGR team and ADEA. Through presentations and communications to both internal and external audiences, you will serve as the voice of dental education to Federal government entities. You will also be responsible for assisting in keeping ADEA membership abreast of federal legislative and regulatory activities on the priorities approved by the ADEA Board of Directors.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Track federal legislation, rules and regulations that affect dental education and dental and craniofacial research.
  • Monitor and advocate on topics related to higher education and health care legislation affecting dental education as necessary.
  • Assist in advocating for funding for programs of interest affecting dental education.
  • Develop, implement and direct communication strategies for federal grassroot advocacy information in written and oral form for ADEA members.
  • Develop and produce communication vehicles to inform members of federal issues affecting dental education through contributions to member newsletters including the ADEA Advocate, the ADEA Bulletin of Dental Education, ADEA Action Alerts, and special reports.
  • Participate in monthly AGR members conference calls to provide information to members regarding legislative issues, proposed or final rules and regulations that affect the oral health community.
  • Develop and implement strategies to mobilize ADEA members for advocacy; utilize social media tools, such as Facebook, Twitter, blogs and database for action alerts.
  • Work in conjunction with the ADEA web team and AGR staff to ensure the timeliness of content at the ADEA Advocacy Website.
  • Assist in the formulation and execution of Capitol Hill Day and other advocacy workshops at ADEA’s office or dental schools across the country.
  • Respond to ADEA members’ inquires.
  • Work collaboratively with the rest of the AGR team in carrying out the team’s agenda.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Minimum of six years of relevant experience, with a minimum of a master’s degree, is required.
  • A law degree is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working in Congress or federal agency, particularly with health or higher education policy legislation, is required.
  • A mastery of the legislative process with an understanding of the intricacies of public policy-making are essential.
  • High level of emotional intelligence and interpersonal skills.
  • Expert research, writing, analytical and persuasive communication skills.
  • Experience and ease with presenting before large audiences.
  • Strong organizational and planning skills and the ability to work at a fast pace effectively in a cross-functional environment.
About American Dental Education Association
The American Dental Education Association (ADEA) is The Voice of Dental Education. Its members include all 76 U.S. and Canadian dental schools, over 800 allied and advanced dental education programs, 66 corporations and more than 20,000 individuals. The mission of ADEA is to lead institutions and individuals in the dental education community to address contemporary issues influencing education, research and the delivery of oral health care for the overall health and safety of the public. ADEA’s activities encompass a wide range of research, advocacy, faculty development, meetings and communications, including the esteemed Journal of Dental Education, as well as the dental school admissions services ADEA AADSAS, ADEA
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Job posted: 2019-05-06