Manager, Government Affairs

01 Feb, 2023


Manager, Government Affairs

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
Washington, D.C.


Organizational Profile:


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), with more than 52,000 members is the first and largest organization in the world dedicated to prevent and cure all cancers.  The programs and activities of the AACR foster the exchange of new knowledge among scientists and physicians in the cancer field as well as in related sciences. AACR publishes ten peer-reviewed scientific journals and an award-winning magazine for cancer patients and their loved ones; convenes topical scientific conferences and an annual meeting that draws more than 22,500 participants; offers educational workshops that train young investigators in a variety of scientific and clinical areas; funds fellowships, career development awards, and research grants for both senior and junior investigators; raises public awareness of the progress in and reasons for hope in the biology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer; engages actively in advocacy for increased federal research funding and other national policies that accelerate progress against cancer; and interacts with regulatory agencies to support regulatory science and policy.


Job Summary:


This position plays an integral role in advancing the AACR’s policy and advocacy work on Capitol Hill. The position assists the Assistant Director,Government Affairs and the Director, Science Policy and Legislative Affairs in the communication of the AACR’s policy priorities and positions to congressional offices, develops persuasive and informational materials, assists in the development and execution of advocacy strategies, and coordinates special events such as Capitol Hill lobby days and congressional briefings.


Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • With the Assistant Director, Government Affairs, and Director, Science Policy and Legislative Affairs, conducts legislative outreach and advocacy activities, including, but not limited to, representation at meetings with congressional staff, congressional hearings, annual lobby days, and coalition meetings and functions.
  • Drafts and disseminates correspondence to Capitol Hill.
  • Researches and develops background materials, fact sheets, white papers, policy documents and other materials to communicate the AACR’s priorities and policy positions to lay and scientific audiences.
  • Conducts annual, in-depth analysis of the federal budget and its impact on the national cancer program.
  • Conducts background research on policy topics and analyzes other relevant legislation and legislative proposals.
  • Coordinates special AACR advocacy events, such as briefings, receptions, and lobby days on Capitol Hill and in other policy venues. This includes oversight of logistics and promotional activities, interface with event panelists or other participants, and development of subject matter materials.
  • Assists with other policy-related communications, such as press releases and newsletter articles, as needed.
  • Performs the essential functions of the position and other related duties as assigned.


Position Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • 2-3years experience in a public policy or advocacy environment (preferably dealing with medical research, science policy, or cancer/health policy). Prior Capitol Hill and/or professional association experience a plus.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to write for diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated creativity.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple assignments and work on deadline.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and ability to be a strong team player.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Proficient in PowerPoint.

To apply please upload your resume, cover letter and salary expectations to:

Job posted: 2023-02-01