Government Affairs Associate

01 Feb, 2021


Government Affairs Associate

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Washington, DC

You have a steadfast interest in politics. You are relish working in a dynamic and challenging environment, where you can delve into your passion for health policy and advocacy. Your excellent interpersonal skills make you a natural in creating purposeful connections and producing creative solutions. You have a zest for identifying opportunities to proactively engage in and help an organization grow, meet and exceed its objectives. You are innovative, curious and results oriented.

If this sounds like you, read on!

The Government Affairs Associate reports to and works with the Business Lead as part of the policy team to achieve legislative/advocacy goals of AAOS and its Membership. As a vital member of the Legislative/Policy group, the Associate must be able to assist in strategic efforts, the Political Action Committee as well as Congressional and Administration outreach.

Tracks all federal legislation weekly and as necessary analyzes relevant bills and makes comparison to standing AAOS policy. Makes recommendations to Business Lead (support, oppose, etc.) regarding relevant legislation. Maintains list of relevant legislation, the AAOS official position, and all supporting documents for internal purposes and for external communication, including maintaining the AAOS website for the legislative team.

Manages grassroots program for the Office of Government Relations. Maintains and make improvements to the current grassroots website – Advocacy Action Center. Develops and deploys grassroots issue campaigns with regularity to engage AAOS membership. Strategically connect the AAOS grassroots program in a cross functional way with other teams, including the regulatory team. Develops and maintains a pathway for movement from the AAOS grassroots program to AAOS “grasstops” program, to include PAC participation as a primary component. Finds and executes ways for the AAOS membership to engage in advocacy year-round, including initiative to expand virtual advocacy programs. Manages patient advocacy program.

Develops expertise in specific issues, as identified by the Unified Advocacy Agenda, and assigned by the Business Lead, Government Relations.  Identifies and tracks progress of legislation, develops internal and external talking points, and keeps all relevant staff and member volunteers updated on progress of identified issues

Develops and maintains relationships with identified members of Congress and their staff. Represents AAOS to Congressional offices and at PAC events to advocate the AAOS’ position on issues of importance to its members and their patients. Seeks out and identifies potential new allies for AAOS on the Hill.

Researches, writes, and edits advocacy letters, articles for publication, presentation materials and other documents regarding legislation and legislative initiatives.  Makes necessary updates to AAOS website.

Participates in meeting management, including securing Congressional meetings and speakers, sending out speaker invitations, scheduling appointments and coordinating the production of all background and handout materials for these meetings.



  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 – 4 years related experience – Congressional staff, regulatory agency, or trade association
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; strong organizational and human relations skills
  • Strong computer skills including use of design software
  • Exercise considerable independence and judgment in handling responsibilities


  • Hill experience or experience in reporting to a senior association executive or other senior staff.
  • Master’s degree in public policy, public health, or related field

If this describes YOU, please apply by sharing the following:

-Clearly communicate why you are the ideal candidate for this role, providing specific examples and experiences as proof points.

-Attach your resume, cover letter and any additional materials that support your application.


Job posted: 2021-02-01