Government Relations Associate #2021-2604

17 Feb, 2021


Government Relations Associate #2021-2604

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)
Washington, DC
Government Relations Associate


As the Government Relations Associate for the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), you will report to the Vice President, Government Relations, monitor legislative and regulatory activities, and communicate with a variety of audiences to ensure that we have a proactive voice in driving federal and state advocacy initiatives. Your efforts will ensure that patients have every opportunity to receive quality cardiovascular care, addressing one of the most important health issues in America.


You will analyze and influence policy proposals (primarily at the federal level with some occasional focus on state-level matters) to execute our policy agenda. You will work with the government relations department as it relates to tracking, analysis, and drafting of comments, providing recommendations on responses to key issues, and implementing the operational work of our grassroots and PAC activities. You will support federal advocacy and key initiatives, including Federal Election Commission filings, advocacy publications, and social media accounts. You will help develop agendas and activities for our Government Relations Committee, as well as workgroups and task forces for specific issues. You will participate in strategic coalitions with patient groups, partner organizations, physicians, and industry partners to advocate for the interests of our members and the patients they serve.


You will work on reimbursement and other issues that are of vital importance to our members. We represent more than 5,200 members across 75 countries. Interventional cardiology is a tremendously interesting, important, and constantly changing field where you will be working with world premiere experts. We transform life-saving innovation into life-saving action by providing cutting-edge, high-quality education for interventionalists and their teams. Our mission is to lead the global interventional cardiovascular community through education, advocacy, research, and quality patient care.



Issue Tracking, Analysis, and Engagement

  • Monitor and report on legislative and regulatory activity impacting SCAI.
  • Track state policy issues.
  • Regularly brief the Government Affairs team on developments related to key legislation.
  • Conduct policy research and provide recommendations for how issues and proposals can be used in developing advocacy materials.
  • Produce written analyses and reference tools to support advocacy.
  • Analyze and provide written comments on existing laws and regulations to support advocacy strategy, response, and messaging.
  • Identify and create tactical opportunities to proactively engage and shape policy development on key SCAI priorities.
  • Create written resources such as talking points, issue briefs, member communications, and key contact identification processes that activate physician members at the grassroots level.
  • Coordinate the finalization of the agenda, logistics, and background materials for fly-ins as well as meetings and programs to include PAC events, meetings with physician affiliates, and educational sessions.
  • Maintain expertise regarding the use of technology applications for communications and data management, including but not limited to survey software (Qualtrics) for data collection and member surveys; travel and expense management software (Concur); content management system (CMS) for web pages; electronic communications technologies (ClickDimensions); VoterVoice for grassroots campaigns; Zoom software; other distance meeting software applications used for staff meetings and webinars; other software applications used for accreditation interface.

Government Relations Program Support

  • Support the Vice President, Government Relations in the execution of annual fly-ins and “Doctor Visit” programs.
  • Execute the communications and marketing plan for events developed by the government affairs specialists and the SCAI Communications team.
  • Update the invitation process, registration management, member engagement, and meeting attendee tracking.
  • Execute pre-and post-meeting attendee communications about meeting logistics and agendas.

Political Action Committee

  • Support the PAC board of directors when requested.
  • Maintain the PAC political candidate assessment materials.
  • Prepare and disseminate committee minutes.
  • Assist with political fundraising and Federal Election Commission filings.
  • Generate solicitation materials for use in fundraising campaigns.
  • Track and report on PAC events involving SCAI staff or members.
  • Support the execution of the SCAI PAC Member Benefits Program as needed.

Government Relations Committee

  • Support the staff and leadership of the SCAI Government Relations Committee.
  • Provide project-based support and management to staff and leadership on committee-led projects and initiatives as specified.

External Relations

  • Work with the Vice President, Government Relations to staff the SCAI AMA delegation.


  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, communications, journalism, English, or health-related field. (Communications training with political/policy experience and/or an advanced degree in a related field desired.)
  • Working knowledge of government or public affairs and the legislative process and experience monitoring and responding to state or federal legislative and regulatory issues. (Experience, or interest in, lobbying at the state or federal level is a plus.)
  • 2-4 years successful experience working in a congressional or government affairs office; trade or professional association; lobbying or public affairs office; policy or political position; or a communications position for an elected official or campaign.
  • Experience in health/medical association management, health care delivery, and/or third-party reimbursement is a plus.



  • Project manager. You can juggle multiple tasks, allocate and optimize resources, and manage timelines. You enjoy creating and implementing processes and procedures that create efficiencies.
  • Exceptional communicator. You are known for your poise, tact, and diplomacy. You confidently engage at all levels and across multiple stakeholder groups. You collaborate on projects and communicate results, and you are willing to listen and learn from others.
  • Politically astute. You can understand, respect, and appreciate the challenges of the industry and the ongoing, evolving needs of members. You represent yourself and your organization as polished, credible, and knowledgeable.
  • Organization skills. Your attention to detail is supported by your organization skills. You appreciate order and know how to achieve it efficiently.
  • Flexible and capable. You manage changing priorities without difficulty and get the job done. You do whatever it takes. You are comfortable working in grey areas.
  • Resourceful with great follow through. Whether it’s something that requires a quick turnaround or a long-term project with many steps, you take full responsibility from start to finish. When you say you’ll get back with someone, you do.
  • Service-driven. You set the standard for meeting and exceeding expectations. You are responsive and committed. You are clear, tactful, and diplomatic about what’s realistic and what’s possible.


What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • Your work will save lives. The issues we focus on are interesting and the doctors, scientists, and researchers we work with are committed to ensuring there is a strong pipeline to deal with the wide range of cardiovascular issues facing every American.
  • SCAI is an exciting and busy environment where you will learn and grow your career. You will be working with smart, collaborative, energetic, hard-working people who are committed to their work and delivering a solid work product.
  • You will be reporting to an experienced government relations executive who believes in building strong teams around individual strengths. Your opinion will be valued and you will have the opportunity to explore your interests.
  • As the leading medical society for interventional cardiology professionals, we have experienced tremendous growth over the past 10 years.
  • We offer highly competitive compensation and benefits that includes health, dental and vision insurance, tuition reimbursement, vacation and holiday pay, retirement plan with employer contribution, short-term and long-term disability insurance and more.


To Apply

Simply email your resume to Project Director Aileen Hedden at with “SCAI – Government Relations Associate #2021-2604 ASAE” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.


Internally this position is called Government Relations Associate 



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Internal Number: #2021-2604

Job posted: 2021-02-17