Legislative Assistant

13 Nov, 2018


Legislative Assistant

American Academy of Pediatrics
Washington DC


  • Director, Federal Advocacy and Regulatory Affairs


  • Assist with and provide support for Academy advocacy efforts to Congress, regulatory and judicial bodies and to other advocacy groups. Monitor and report on legislative and regulatory activities within the legislative portfolio. Represent the Academy at meetings with various interest groups and task forces, and child and health care coalitions.


  1. Draft written materials to Congress, regulatory agencies, and AAP committees. Support Academy committees, chapters, and sections on legislative and regulatory activities within the legislative issues portfolio.
  2. Monitor and provide information on legislative and regulatory proposals to the Director and other AAP staff, as appropriate. Compile background information on issues within legislative portfolio, including summaries, side-by-side comparisons and analyses of different proposals, and any other appropriate information. Attend hearings and write reports. Conduct on-line research through congress.gov and regulatory websites. Read and report on activities in the Federal Register.
  3. Assist with Academy advocacy efforts before Congress and regulatory agencies. Attend meetings with Congressional and agency staff on AAP issues as assigned. With Director, develop advocacy strategies on AAP legislative and regulatory priorities. Assist Director with implementation of policy strategy.
  4. Represent the AAP at selected regulatory government advisory committee meetings and support pediatricians appointed to such committees, and report on advisory committee activities, reports and initiatives as appropriate.
  5. Outreach to special interest groups to coordinate efforts on legislative issues, including attending relevant meetings of special interest groups as AAP representative and report developments to appropriate committee and staff.
  6. Assist Director with drafting and editing testimony, correspondence, legislative amendments, floor statements and responses to regulatory rule making, background papers, legislative reports and fact sheets.
  7. Working with the Director, assist AAP membership with understanding legislative process and answering inquiries on AAP policy and child health issues.
  8. Develop educational and background materials to support office and committee activities at the NCE Meeting of the Academy, Committee on Federal Government Affairs (COFGA), and Annual Leadership Forum.
  9. Maintain relationships with Central Office staff; handle routine inquiries and assist with legislative requests as assigned.
  10. Gather specific information on issues as directed.
  11. Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree in related field required, as well as substantive knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes.


Two to three years related experience in health or federal government arena required. Hill or association work desirable.


  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and verbal/written communication skills essential. Must be capable of handling a full range of delegated responsibilities and projects simultaneously, and able to work independently, exercise good judgment and display initiative in all areas assigned. Absolute factual reporting is essential. Some travel and weekend work may be required.


To learn more about the organization, see a full job description, and/or apply for the position, please visit https://www.aap.org/employmentOpens a New Window..

The American Academy of Pediatrics offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. As a reaffirmation to our employee-focused culture, since 2005 the AAP has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans that values the strength diversity brings to our workplace.

Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation regarding the job application process may call 630-626-6297. Please note, only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response. ​

Job posted: 2018-11-13