Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
Washington, DC

The Government Relations Director will work under the guidance of the Vice President, Public Policy and Government Relations to develop and executes strategies to promote IDSA policy positions through message development and direct lobbying to Congress and federal agencies as well as grassroots lobbying.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In collaboration with Vice President and consultants, develops and executes legislative strategies to advance IDSA priorities, including federal funding, antimicrobial resistance, antibiotic and diagnostic R&D, public health and bioemergency preparedness, and the ID physician workforce;
  • Leads and strengthens IDSA’s grassroots advocacy efforts to maximize member engagement, including developing and disseminating online action alerts and other tools, facilitating DC and district meetings of IDSA members with congressional members and staff, assessing innovative trends in grassroots advocacy and applying them to IDSA as appropriate, and other activities;
  • Monitors and reports on legislative developments and conducts legislative research and analysis through routine review of congressional news and other services and through strategic outreach to Congress and other stakeholders.
  • Monitors and reports on the federal budget and appropriations related to infectious diseases programs, throughout the budget/appropriations cycle, and crafts the organizations testimony/letters/messages to Congress and other key stakeholders;
  • Develops and strengthens strategic relationships with congressional members and staff, key agency (CDC, NIH, FDA, BARDA) legislative and budget staff, associations and societies, advocacy organizations, and industry;
  • Works with IDSA policy staff to develop analyses and summaries of key bills and proposals; compose comments/letters to pending legislation and congressional testimony, as appropriate;
  • Works with IDSA policy staff and outside consultants to draft legislation, amendments, committee report language, and related promotional documents (support letters, fact sheets, press releases etc.);
  • Seeks out IDSA members to serve as experts for meetings/briefings and works alone and with partner organizations to plan and execute congressional meeting/briefings;
  • Routinely summarizes GR outreach activities and communicates intelligence gathered to keep IDSA staff and leaders informed;
  • Works with IDSA staff on media outreach as necessary; and
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Talents Required:

  • Detail-oriented; strong analytical skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written and verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects on short deadlines.
  • Knowledge of legislative and congressional budget/appropriations processes.
  • Knowledge of infectious diseases policy issues helpful.

Education and Experience Required

  • Five years of experience working on health issues for Member of Congress or congressional committee and/or commensurate experience with federal agency, and/or health issues advocacy experience with a non-profit or relevant industry.
  • College degree.
  • Physician or scientific association experience helpful.

Physical Requirements

  • Work environment changing between typical office setting and off-site community involvement.
  • Long periods of sitting, standing, or walking.
  • Frequent repetitive movements such as typing or writing.
  • Constant communication, verbally and written.
  • Air travel up to four times per year.

To apply for this opening please send a resume and cover letter to


Job Posted: February 25, 2017