Director of State Government Affairs

16 Feb, 2021


Director of State Government Affairs

March of Dimes
Arlington, VA

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We’re advocating for policies to protect them. We’re working to radically improve the health care they receive. We’re pioneering research to find solutions. We’re empowering families with programs, knowledge and tools to have healthier pregnancies. By uniting communities, we’re building a brighter future for us all.

We are dedicated to hiring a diverse workforce that fosters opportunities for personal and professional development. We provide a collaborative and supportive environment built upon our fundamental core principles where each employee is valued. Join us in the fight for healthy moms and strong babies.


Provide subject matter expertise and guidance in public health and healthcare policy development, policymaking and advocacy. Assist staff in carrying out campaigns to raise awareness of March of Dimes goals. Provide guidance and training to state and local staff engaged in policy and advocacy. Stay up to date on health policy and regulatory matters in key states and integrate national initiatives and resources with state and local priorities and initiatives. Stay up to date on the policy and political landscape in assigned states and inform colleagues on the government affairs team of opportunities and challenges in achieving the March of Dimes policy and advocacy priorities.

Position Responsibilities

Support state and local government affairs staff in advancing policy and advocacy priorities related to public health, access to healthcare, health equity, surveillance, Medicaid, women’s health, maternal and child health, and other health policy issues. Ensure that federal and state policies and objectives are aligned. Communicate positions and policies internally and externally. Collaborate with subject matter experts in developing policy and advocacy positions. Assist staff in analyzing, developing and staying up to date on state legislation and regulations relevant to maternal health, equity, prematurity, and infant mortality and other issues. Provide guidance to state and local staff in preventing enactment of state laws and regulations that could negatively impact maternal and child health. Track, analyze, and report on state legislative activities in assigned states to March of Dimes leadership.
Provide resources and tools to staff in states to help them educate state policy makers about March of Dimes products and priorities for better maternal and child health. Help state and local staff identify volunteers and/or prepare to testify before legislative committees and administrative agencies. Testify before state legislatures as needed. Provide guidance to staff in identifying and managing contract lobbyists. Assist state and local staff in organizing and executing campaigns and events with state officials. Coordinate state grassroots campaigns to advance federal legislative priorities. Assist with the development of advocacy materials such as op-eds, position papers, letters, testimony, talking points, etc. as needed.
Serve as a point of contact between March of Dimes and governmental, nonprofit, and other organizations to advance the March of Dimes advocacy and policy agenda. Establish coalitions with other organizations as appropriate. Serve as backup to Senior Director as needed.
Position Qualifications

8-10 years experience
Four year college degree or equivalent experience; Master’s degree preferred
Experience working within government, think tanks, nonprofits, associations and public interest groups with a focus on health and issues related to women, children, equity
Experience in executive or legislative branch of state government in healthcare policy, health insurance, or related field, supporting others in drafting, interpreting, implementing legislation and regulations
Knowledge of grassroots lobbying, policy, advocacy, and use of tools like phone2action
Demonstrated ability to assess threats and opportunities in the political and policy arena.
Experience coordinating state grassroots campaigns to advance federal and state legislative priorities
Skilled in alliance development
Proven track record executing successful advocacy and outreach activities at the state level.
Must possess a deep understanding of the political landscape, legislative and regulatory processes
Strong analytical and decision-making skills.
Proven ability to think strategically and implement tactically.
Strong interpersonal, negotiation and communication skills (written and verbal)
Experience successfully working with a team.
Maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues
Possess excellent leadership
Ability to lead and evaluate issues independently and in a fast-paced environment.
Excellent political skills and high attention to detail.
March of Dimes provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics.

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Job posted: 2021-02-16