Director, Legislative Affairs

21 Apr, 2021


Director, Legislative Affairs

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
Alexandria, VA

Under the direction of the Chief Advocacy Officer and as an integral member of NHPCO’s Hospice Action Network (HAN) team, the Director of Legislative Affairs will manage activities related to the development and successful advancement of the legislative agenda of NHPCO.  As HAN’s staff lobbyist, the Director will serve as the primary liaison between Capitol Hill and HAN.  The Director is responsible for building and strengthening relationships with Members of Congress, congressional offices, and relevant congressional committees.  The Director will draft legislative proposals and monitor, analyze, and serve as an expert on existing and emerging legislation that may impact the hospice and palliative provider community.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises one or more employees.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.   Other duties may be assigned.

  • Directly lobbies Members of Congress, congressional staff, and federal agencies.
  • Develops and implements federal lobbying strategy and tactics in coordination with the HAN Executive Director, NHPCO leadership, and relevant Committees; serves as point person for contract lobbyists.
  • Supports legal, media, and other consulting contracts as needed.
  • Manages PAC activities.
  • Builds and maintains effective relationships with key stakeholder groups including, but not limited to Members of Congress, other elected officials, members, NHPCO partner organizations, and government agencies.
  • Builds support for the organization’s mission and legislative agenda through grassroots and grasstops advocacy and other third-party groups.
  • Helps to manage a consensus process to develop the legislative agenda for NHPCO and strategies required for advancing the legislative agenda.
  • Works with NHPCO leadership and staff to develop legislative proposals and advocate for NHPCO federal policy priorities as well as to create and find legislative and administrative opportunities to advance the legislative agenda.
  • Aligns relevant communications strategy with the legislative agenda.
  • Tracks, analyzes and translates legislative proposals and issues; develops summaries and other resource and ensure timely dissemination to appropriate target audiences.
  • Responds to specific inquiries from members and the public, with substantive answers and materials in timely manner.
  • Prepares and submits written letters to Members of Congress and comments to congressional committees and other federal policy officials.
  • Writes testimony and talking points; prepares research in preparation for meetings, interviews, and other activities.

Competencies To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Leadership, diplomacy skills, and experience needed to advance an ambitious legislative and public policy agenda for a national organization;

  • A thorough understanding of federal government and health policy issues based on engagement with the legislative and/or executive branches, including the Department of Health and Human Services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and authorizing Hill Committees including the House Ways & Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee;
  • Ability to offer sound advice to inform strategic and tactical plans;
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills that will ensure effective coordination with multiple stakeholders and partners;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while working as part of a team in a fast-paced environment.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Advanced degree (JD, MPH, MPP, MA, MS) is preferred, but a Bachelor’s degree is required in political science, public health, or policy-related field, along with 5-10 years of recent experience working for a congressional committee or Member of Congress and/or in a national organization’s federal government affairs department.  Knowledge of and/or experience in hospice and palliative care policy and/or similar healthcare policy development is preferred.

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Job posted: 2021-04-21