Government Relations Manager

06 Dec, 2018


Government Relations Manager

American Heart Association
Washington, DC

Job description


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people’s lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Government Relations Manager in our National Center office located in Washington DC.

This Government Relations Manager represents the American Heart Association before Congress and the Executive Branch agencies on legislative and regulatory issues related to biomedical research heart disease and stroke prevention programs. Responsibilities include: developing and executing appropriations requests before the House and Senate Labor Health and Human Serivces, Education and Related Agencies Appropriation Subcommittees for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and for heart disease and stroke prevention programs administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This position is also responsible for developing knowledge and expertise (and when applicable, advocacy positions) related to all issues relevant to the research environment. The Government Relations Manager will devise strategies and tactics to achieve specific policy objectives in collaboration with AHA media, grassroots and policy staff; serve on coalitions and other external working groups or organizations focused on research and prevention issues; build relationships and maintain communications with Members of Congress, Executive agency officials, and their staff. This position will also manage two external coaltiions focused on reesarch and prevention funding for heart disease and stroke.

Essential Job Duties

    • Identify, develop and recommend a portfolio of approriations requests related to federal funding for research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and heart disease and stroke prevention programs administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) within the jurisdication of the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations subcommittees of the House and Senate.
    • Develop strategies and tactics to achieve policy objectives, working in collaboration with AHA policy, grassroots and media advocacy departments. Manage at least one proactive legislative or regulatory issue for the Association.
    • Work collaboratively with coatitions and other external working groups and organizations on appropritions issues related to research and prevention.
    • Manage two internal colatiions focused on federal research funding for heart diseae and stroke.
    • Develop expertise on all issues related to the research environment.
    • Develop and maintain strong relationships and channels of communication with Members of Congress, Executive Branch officials and their respective staff.
    • Work closely with AHA policy and other departments to develop testimony, report language, appropriations requests, fact sheets, briefing memos, talking points, and other materials relevant to assigned issue areas.
    • Provide relevant verbal and written updates and briefings to AHA leadership and volunteers.
    • Develop strong relationships with AHA staff in other departments and monitor and report on issues relevant to their work.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


    • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, History, Sociology, Journalism, Communications or a related field of study.
    • Minimum of three (3) years of experience working in Government Affairs.
    • Knowledge of and experience working on federal appropriations requests
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.
    • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and as a team or coalition leader.
    • Ability to work effedtively with the Association staff and volunteer leadership.
    • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.
    • Must be able to travel locally approx. 35% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

    • Master’s degree in government, political science or related field.
    • Experiecne working with or for the Congress.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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Requisition ID 2018-3450

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Advocacy

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Job posted: 2018-12-06