Director of Policy & Government Affairs

13 Nov, 2022


Director of Policy & Government Affairs

Advocates for Community Health, Inc.
Washington, D.C.

Advocates for Community Health (ACH) is

seeking a director of government affairs to help lead its Washington based

policy and advocacy strategy and operations. As a 501c4, ACH advocates to

meaningfully impact federal public policy by harnessing the effectiveness and

structure of forward-leaning community health centers and systems. ACH policy

and advocacy are strategic in their design and approach in order to advance the

delivery of health care to underserved populations and cultivate new

opportunities to achieve health equity in support of patients and communities

in need. The director will be expected to have experience on Capitol Hill and

have the skills and relationships to be a key leader of the government affairs function

of the organization. The candidate is responsible for participating in,

development and execution of government relations strategies. This role

requires experience with government and regulatory agencies, political affairs,

public policy, grassroots advocacy, management, and industry affairs. The

director of policy and government affairs will be working as part of a policy

team and supporting consultants that is led by ACH’s senior vice president of

policy and government affairs.


· Participate in defining the strategic

direction of the organization’s policy and advocacy objectives and the

investments necessary to achieve those objectives

· Contribute in a way to achieve high impact

Organization-approved goals

· Carry out tasks to develop, grow and

maintain an influential position for the organization impacting federal public

policy initiatives

· Develop strategic direction and tactics to

advance ACH priorities and federal policy agenda working closely with Ally

organization executives; drive consensus-building efforts with Allies and

within the organization

· Work collectively and on an individual basis

to develop strategies and related workplans to achieve ACH’s goals

· Interface with external consultants achieve

established advocacy goals

· Assist SVP of P&GA to create/implement

an influential stakeholder outreach program to support the CEO in promoting the

organization’s strategic objectives with top subject matter expert leaders

· Support the development of policy positions and

strategies to advance the interests of ACH

· Anticipate emerging government, public, or

community/social issues of importance and position ACH to address those issues

· Represent ACH on leading coalitions poised

to impact and drive the organization’s policy objectives

· Assist in the development and execution of a

political giving strategy, including but not limited to the development of a

connected Political Action Committee

· Develop working relationship with key

leaders and policy makers, including but not limited to elected and appointed

legislative and congressional staff; administrative and regulatory officials

and staff, and other leaders in the federal executive and legislative branches,

with a key focus on those with jurisdictional influence over health care

funding, coverage, access and development

· Focus on driving strong and deep public

policy analysis and research working closely with the SVP of P&GA;

participate in partnerships with stakeholders to advance ACH’s value

proposition and thought leadership positioning

· Contribute to making policies, strategies,

processes and plans for communicating to diverse groups in a clear, strategic,

and sensitive professional manner

· Proactively seek opportunities to provide

membership value

· Assist SVP of P&GA with preparation of

presentations to the Board, Allies and other relevant stakeholders to build



· 7+ years of successful leadership experience

leading and managing advocacy and public policy teams in a corporate, association,

and/or Capitol Hill/Administration setting

· Leadership experience, the ability to

motivate others to advance goals, and the ability to effectively manage

multiple projects or roles in a rapidly evolving environment

· Exposure to a political strategist, working

closely with executive and legislative bodies, agencies, and departments at the

state and federal level

· Ability to work with members in the

development of policy positions with the goal of producing aligned agendas that

further ACH’s priorities; demonstrated skills in leading consensus-building


· The ability to balance multiple, sometimes

conflicting priorities to achieve a positive outcome

· Understanding of legislative processes and

regulatory programs that impact and its Ally organizations

· Ability to navigate high-impact and complex


· An eagerness to execute a hands-on approach

to build credibility, relationships, and knowledge

· Outstanding personal communicator with the

stature and presence to represent the organization at industry forums and

events, legislative arenas with stakeholders, partners, and other trade

associations, and a track record of nurturing positive relationships with

legislators, administrators, and lobbyists, as well as with senior management

· The ability to persuasively communicate

complex concepts and programs into concise and credible messages at the highest

levels of government and business, with a proven track record of delivering

high-volume and high-quality work

· Professional presence and strong verbal,

written and public speaking and presentation skills, for both internal and

external audiences

· A collaborative style, interactive with the

courage and conviction to challenge and defend ideas and strategies; ability to

offer creative pathways or alternative solutions both internally and externally

· Excellent analytical and organizational


· Connection to and experience working with or

for underserved populations

· Experience working with HRSA, BPHC, BHW and

the Health Center Program strongly preferred.


· Generous PTO plan including paid holidays

· Health, Dental, Vision, STD, LTD and Life

Insurance plans offered

· Access to ACH’s 403(b) retirement plan

· Company laptop and cell phone

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $100,000.00 – $115,000.00 per year

Email for more information on how to apply

Job posted: 2022-11-13