Government Affairs Associate

16 Oct, 2020


Government Affairs Associate

American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Arlington Heights, IL

The Government Affairs Associate works to analyze and influence policy proposals at the state and federal levels. This position executes ASPS policy tracking, analysis and drafting of comments; provides recommendations on organizational responses to key issues; and executes the operational work of ASPS grassroots initiatives for all state-level policy. The Government Affairs Associate also supports federal advocacy and key ASPS initiatives, including PlastyPAC, the Legislative Advocacy Committee, the ASPS Advocacy Summit and advocacy publications

Issue Tracking, Analysis and Engagement

  • Monitor and report on legislative and regulatory activity impacting plastic surgery
  • Write comment letters to key state policymaking audiences when priority issues arise. Support federal advocacy as-needed
  • Produce analyses and reference tools to support advocacy
  • Create resources – such as talking points, issue briefs, member communications and key contact identification processes – that activate physician members at the grassroots level
  • Respond to individual ASPS physician member state policy inquiries

Advocacy and Government Affairs

  • Manage state grassroots advocacy initiatives

Advocacy Program Support

  • Support Director, Government Project Manager and Washington, DC-based consultants in the execution of the biennial ASPS Advocacy Summit and biennial regional fly-ins in

Political Action Committee

  • Support staffing the PlastyPAC Board of Governors

Legislative Advocacy Committee

  • Serve as staff liaison of the ASPS Legislative Advocacy Committee

ASPS Publication Contributions

  • Write weekly Activity Updates to ASPS leadership on key developments in the states and monthly Activity Updates to the Legislative Advocacy Committee
  • Develop summary reports of ASPS advocacy work to be shared with ASPS physician members following the end of state legislative sessions and the end of the year

External Relations

  • Work with Health Policy Manager and Government Affairs Associate to staff the ASPS AMA delegation and the Plastic Surgery Caucus
  • Represent ASPS in the Truth in Advertising Coalition, the Health Coalition on Liability and Access, the Trauma Coalition, the Ambulatory Surgical Coalition and the Stop Medical Taxes Coalition

What You Will Need



  • Bachelor’s Degree in political science, public policy, health administration or health-related field
  • Communications training with political/policy experience and/or an advanced degree in related field desired


At least two to three years of direct experience in any or all of the following:

  • Working in a policy position or a non-entry level communications position for an elected official
  • Lobbying at the state or federal level
  • Monitoring and responding to state or federal legislative and regulatory issues

Skills and Knowledge

Successful candidates will possess and be able to demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of state and federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Strong policy research skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal, organization and political skills
  • Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office, project management software (Asana experience a plus), grassroots advocacy software and political action committee management software
  • Experience in health/medical association management is considered a plus


For consideration for this position, please send your resume to and enter “Government Affairs Associate” in the subject line.

About ASPS

The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) is the largest plastic surgery specialty organization in the world. Founded in 1931, the Society is comprised of more than 7,000 physician members and represents more than 94 percent of all board-certified plastic surgeons in the United States. ASPS’ mission is to advance quality care to plastic surgery patients by encouraging high standards of training, ethics, physician practice and research in plastic surgery.

ASPS is conveniently located in Northwest Suburban Chicago (in Arlington Heights), close to O’Hare Airport and just off the Northwest Tollway (Arlington Hts Road Exit).

Job posted: 2020-10-16