Director of Government Relations

04 May, 2021


Director of Government Relations

North American Spine Society
Washington, DC

Job Summary/Description
• Works with members of the Health Policy Department/Council, NASS 501 (c)(3)/NASS 501 (c) (6)
Boards of Directors, Health Policy Council, Advocacy Council, and others in the implementation
of advocacy initiatives and events. Manages Advocacy staff and oversees relationship with
Washington, DC based Alliance of Specialty Medicine and other advocacy-based coalitions.
Coordinates communication between and among various NASS departments to accomplish
advocacy goals. Serves as staff liaison to NASS6 Board and Advocacy Council, helping develop
and implement legislative policies, program goals and projects. Works with the accounting
department to ensure the filing of regular and timely SpinePAC reports with the Federal Election
Commission (FEC) and oversees processing of SpinePAC contributions and disbursements.
Maintains financial records for NASS6 and SpinePAC and manages budgeting for each. Maintains
respective NASS web site page content, tracking/posting state and federal health care legislation
and provides updated copy for maintenance of advocacy pages. Develops and implements
fundraising and marketing campaigns and plans member events and meeting exhibits for NASS
Advocacy. Researches and writes all advocacy publications. Performs other duties as assigned.
Responsible for lobbying House & Senate members/staff on Committees of health jurisdictions
and appropriations, specifically House Energy & Commerce, Ways & Means, GOP Doctors
Caucus as well as Senate Finance and H.E.L.P. Committees.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
• Serves as primary staff liaison to NASS6 Board, Advocacy Council and overseeing related projects.
• Responds to internal and external inquiries relating to legislative affairs/advocacy.
• Elevate association’s profile on Capitol Hill by working closely with Members of Congress and their
staff to develop policy affecting NASS membership.
• Develops legislative agenda for the upcoming years and continue to build and maintain relations
with congressional offices to support organization’s mission and priorities.
• Collaborates with Health Policy division staff to achieve common and overlapping goals and pursue
direction necessary for growth and success as a department, as a division, and as an organization.
• Supervises NASS’ legislative policy development activities and coordinates effective dissemination of
NASS policy and other information to members, state and national leaders and other interested
• In consultation with appropriate leadership and the staff, develops departmental, council and
project budgets to optimize the use of NASS resources.
• Acts as liaison to Alliance of Specialty Medicine, Regulatory Relief Coalition and others to support
NASS’ mission.
• Researches, writes and shares information with NASS members on advocacy/legislative issues
through NASS communication platforms and e-mail alerts.
• Oversees maintenance and updates of NASS Advocacy webpages with latest information.
• Develops marketing/fundraising materials for advocacy activities and implements plans.
• Keeps accurate, up-to-date records of all projects, including financials. Manages FEC reporting for
SpinePAC and coordinates with Accounting Department the preparation of necessary records.
• Processes and acknowledges SpinePAC contributions.
• Responsible for overall management and engagement of Advocacy Council/Committees, including
but not limited to arranging regular meetings, follow-ups, distribution of meeting material and
• Develops presentation materials for meetings, Board reports, advocacy projects/exhibits, grassroots
efforts, and SpinePAC initiatives.
• Management of staff support for Advocacy booths at NASS Annual Meetings, other events/courses
held by NASS and other groups as needed.
• Assists AED with representing NASS and supporting NASS delegates at annual AMA House of
Delegates and state advocacy meetings.
• Other duties as assigned by the Associate Executive Director of Health Policy, NASS Board and
Advocacy Council to contribute to the effectiveness, efficiency and growth of the department and its
function and continued visibility of the organization on the Hill.
Bachelor’s degree in Political Science or other related fields required, advanced degree preferred.
Candidate should have 3-5 years of extensive experience working in legislative, regulatory or advocacy
Skills Necessary
• Superior communication skills necessary for developing and maintaining internal and external
business relationships.
• Excellent organizational and analytical skills, as well as the ability to adapt to a variable
workload, manage multiple projects simultaneously, and function in a deadline-oriented
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite. Knowledge and experience with lobbying disclosure forms
and FEC reports.
• Must be a self-starter, with experience in working with little direct oversight of daily tasks.
• Excellent planning skills for all advocacy activities and events.
• Understand complex policy matters, concomitant political situations and ultimately determine
final repercussions of proposed policies to help guide members to effective strategic
• Adept at managing boards, committees and serve as a mentor and subject-matter on legislative
• Work with other departments internally on related matters.
Supervision Exercised
Responsible for managing 2 full time Advocacy/Government Relations staff. Provides training and
instruction to other employees or temporary employees on standard operating procedures of the
department as needed.
• Extensive contact within Health Policy Division staff
• Education, Publications, IT & Membership Departments
• May advise NASS staff, board and membership on legislative issues
• Occasional travel required (including weekends) for PAC events, NASS Board meetings, Annual
Meeting and other events/conferences as needed (3-5 times a year).
Job Conditions
 Normal office environment
 Exposure to glare/eyestrain of computer screen
 Periodic evening/weekend conference calls and in-person meetings
 Frequent visits to the Hill and congressional offices during the day

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Job posted: 2021-05-04