American Hospital Association
Washington, DC

The Senior Associate Director, State Issues is responsible for developing, articulating and advocating for a portfolio of policies related to health care coverage. This position plays a key role in advancing the AHA’s policy and advocacy agenda related to public and private health care coverage, including through the Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance, and Medicare Advantage programs, as well as the Health Insurance Marketplaces. Works collaboratively with the Coverage and State Issues Forum team, as well as with other AHA colleagues and members, to enable the AHA to have a positive impact on the political and policy environment in which our members work, and to assist our members in navigating and thriving in these environments.

1. Develop, articulate, and advocate for a portfolio of policies related to health care coverage, which will include, at a minimum, issues related to Medicaid eligibility and financing and coverage programs. The portfolio will also include state-level policies to advance health care coverage and access to care, which may include telehealth, coordination across state and local social and medical service delivery, and state workforce development programs.
2. Develop and maintain relationships with state, regional, and metropolitan hospital association executives, which includes serving as a resource to them on federal policies impacting states and on state-level policy issues.
3. Develop informational tools and resources for hospital association executives and oversee mechanisms to communicate and share information with them on a routine basis. Facilitate shared learning across the state association executives through the State Issues Forum.
4. In coordination with AHA Federal Affairs (advocacy) colleagues, develop strategies to engage state, regional and metropolitan members in advocacy activities at the state and local level.
5. Identify, evaluate and keep AHA leadership informed of emerging policy issues at the state level. In collaboration with AHA analytic staff, prepare and conduct qualitative and quantitative analyses of such issues, including developing member surveys, synthesizing background information, developing analytic frameworks and identifying key considerations. Develop mechanisms to share these findings with state, regional and metropolitan association executives.
6. Analyze legislation and regulations and write regulatory advisories, comment letters and testimony. Develop and conduct member webinars. Make presentations to members and policymakers advocating policy changes.
7. Serve as the AHA liaison to key government officials and other national organizations that influence the development of public policy at the state and local level, such as the National Governors Association and the National Conference of State Legislatures, among others.
8. Attend, as needed, meetings with Congressional and Administration officials to share information of the impact of certain policies on AHA members and present policy alternatives.
9. Work collaboratively with other AHA colleagues to effectively manage issues and support AHA activities.
Educational and Experience Requirements
Years of experience may be substituted for education.
1. Required Education: Master’s Degree

2 Desired fields of study: Public Policy, Health Care Administration or related

3. Required Experience: 7-10 years

Desired area/fields(s) in which experience was obtained:
Minimum 7 years of experience in policy development process, public policy analysis, government, and/or related health care issues areas.
Legal or business education and experience preferred.

Knowledge Requirements
Describe the general or specific field of knowledge required.
Advanced understanding of federal regulations and the federal regulatory process.
Expert knowledge of public policy related to health care issues.

Technical Requirements
Describe the technical, hardware, and software knowledge required.
Intermediate computer and Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel) skills.
Ability to learn new technology

TRAVEL: 10% to 30%


We offer an excellent total compensation package, which includes medical/dental coverage (PPO/HMO), vision care, life insurance, short and long-term disability plans, 401(k), tuition reimbursement, paid vacation/holidays/sick days, wellness programs and more!
The American Hospital Association (AHA) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics. We will provide reasonable accommodation for individuals protected by Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please call (312) 422-3000 and ask for the Director, Human Resources and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information. The AHA participates in the E-Verify Program.

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Job Posted: September 1, 2017