Manager, Government Affairs

28 Jan, 2019


Manager, Government Affairs

Denver, CO/Washington, DC

Our mission is to promote safety and optimal outcomes for patients undergoing operative and other invasive procedures by providing practice support and professional development opportunities to perioperative nurses.



We’re small enough to know everyone by name, but large enough to make a difference.


AORN’s diverse employee population includes all four generations. We employ a variety of professions in support of our mission, from nurses to sales and marketing, IT, creative design, and accounting and finance professionals. We are ambitious, entrepreneurial and fast-moving. Professional development, growth opportunities and work/life balance are supported and encouraged.


AORN has an active, employee-run Wellness & Recognition committee which organizes frequent events to promote socializing, a healthy well-being, and a fun work environment. We are proud of the office building we own and occupy, which offers state-of-the-art conference rooms, standing work stations as requested, a creative room and game room, a beautiful lunchroom, and onsite fitness center. Also, did we mention that we have been recognized as a Top Workplace by The Denver Post, and as a Top Healthcare Company? by Becker’s Hospital Review?


AORN offers a generous compensation and benefits package which includes:

  • Competitive salaries & bonus opportunity
  • Telecommuting and flexible work options
  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA) and Healthcare Savings Account (HSA) options
  • Employer-paid short- and long-term disability, accidental death & dismemberment, and life insurance coverage
  • 401(k) matching plan with immediate vesting
  • One month of paid time off and 10 paid holidays per year
  • Up to 8 hours of paid volunteer time
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Smart Dollar financial wellness program
  • Beverages and snacks
  • Onsite fitness center and free yoga
  • State of the art facility with recreation room, massage chair, Xbox, pool table, and more!



The Manager, Government Affairs manages a comprehensive and effective Government Affairs program for AORN.  S/he provides both leadership and project coordination for AORN members and stakeholders in advancing AORN’s board-approved policy agenda. The Manager provides courses of action that would best achieve AORN’s purpose, goals, and policies in government affairs, consistent with strategies approved by the AORN board of directors.



  • Monitors, researches, and analyzes proposed and existing legislation, regulations, rules and related public policy issues to determine possible impact on perioperative practice and patient safety.
  • Manages state government affairs program; researches and identifies states where AORN will invest in legislative initiatives; activates members to support state legislation; coordinates all state-level advocacy efforts.
  • Lobbies on behalf of AORN, directly and via phone, at state legislatures to promote AORN’s legislative agenda and public policy positions; Contacts and confers with members of legislative bodies, elected and or appointed officials and other organizations to support AORN members efforts to support or oppose legislation/regulations consistent with AORN’s position.
  • Prepares proposed legislative and/or regulatory language to advance and/or protect the roles, responsibilities, educational preparation, credentialing, licensure, reimbursement, scope of practice, workplace safety, and other practice and policy issues impacting perioperative nurses.
  • Responsible for the coordination, facilitation, and advancement of related priorities and other initiatives involving the association’s relationship with State and/or Federal agencies, State legislators, their staff members, and committees.
  • Prepares summaries, legislative and regulatory analyses, background and briefing materials for elected officials, members, and regulatory bodies.
  • Represents association either as a participant or advisor in developing and presenting testimony and public comment at legislative committee meetings and with other regulatory and elected bodies and officials.
  • Identifies, monitors, and manages relationships with AORN’s contract lobbyists at the state level; maintains and coordinates all registration and reporting requirements for contracted lobbyists as well as maintaining lobbyist contracts, invoices and payment records.
  • Works with other organizations, State Boards of Nursing, state licensing and regulatory bodies, other stakeholders, AORN members and staff, committees, and elected and appointed officials at the state and federal levels to advance the policies and positions of AORN.
  • Serves as AORN liaison to corporate supporters government affairs directors to further AORN’s collaboration with industry stakeholders on legislative priorities of mutual interest.
  • Works collaboratively with other AORN departments to provide consultation and technical assistance to members regarding legislation and public policy activities.
  • Keeps current on health policy affecting perioperative nursing, AORN members, and other members of the surgical team.
  • Coordinates email and website advocacy initiatives and calls-to-action utilizing the advocacy communication platform(s).
  • Develops and maintains the government affairs section of the AORN website and other outreach as needed; updates content and maintains the State Council webpages.
  • Coordinates legislative sessions and education programs, including preparation of reference and informational materials.
  • Provides training to members on all aspects of advocacy, including speaking with elected officials and staff, and preparing legislative testimony in verbal and written forms.
  • Acts as lead coordinator for government affairs department activities at the AORN annual conference.
  • Leads staff support for AORN State Councils.
  • Functions as staff liaison for the National Legislative Forum, AORN’s member forum for policy education and advancement.
  • Originates and writes government affairs communications in all AORN publications, social media networks, newsletters, website, media relations, speeches/presentations, and other events as assigned, including AORN’s weekly e-newsletter; prepares reports addressing AORN’s legislative priorities as well as briefings for staff and Board.
  • Develops, in partnership with the Government Affairs Director, the Government Affairs budget.
  • Manages AORN Government Affairs internship program; recruits, oversees and mentors interns, handles all academic related paperwork.
  • Other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Communication, Political Science or other related field is required.
  • 5+ years’ work experience required in the area(s) of government/legislative affairs and/or public policy.
  • Experience with and demonstrated knowledge of laws, rules, regulations, ordinance and legislative processes at state and federal levels is required.



  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Experience with health policy publications, legal research and legislative tracking applications, social media networks, and grassroots communication software for action alerts and information dissemination is preferred.
  • Experience or training in political action including: grassroots management, political campaign involvement or coordination, or legislative and/or regulatory involvement.
  • Experience with and demonstrated knowledge of health laws, rules, regulations, ordinance and legislative processes at state and federal levels is preferred.



  • Ability to analyze information and prepare concise and comprehensive written and oral reports.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Technical proficiency with online research and software applications including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PPT, Access, Outlook).
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to deal professionally with persons inside and outside the organization concerning AORN’s government affairs priorities.
  • Excellent organizational skills to manage member and committee contact lists, lobbyist registration forms, contract and bill files, and AORN internal contract management system.
  • Demonstrates and holds others accountable for demonstrating organizational values of communication, quality, innovation and collaboration.

Telecommuting is allowed.

Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with skills and experience

Internal Number: 168
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Job posted: 2019-01-28