Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations

05 Sep, 2021


Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations

American Academy of PAs
Alexandria, VA

The Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations, is responsible for the oversight and direction of the Academy’s public policy and advocacy activities. The SVP leads a staff devoted to federal and state legislative and regulatory programs, public and private insurance, relationships with private professional and accrediting organizations, policy development, constituent organization outreach, and the political action committee (PA-PAC). Major external audiences are federal and state government agencies and policymakers, insurers, medical boards, and other healthcare organizations and stakeholders. This division produces state and reimbursement related e-books and issue briefs, organizes an annual Leadership and Advocacy Conference, and administers a state grant program. The SVP sits on the senior leadership team and plays a role in the overall financial health and strategic direction of the Academy. Currently, the departments staff consists of 18 individuals. The department’s annual operating budget is approximately $3.3 million dollars.

Because this position may be exposed to sensitive and confidential information on a daily basis, the Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Government Advocacy, is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality that knowledge of such information warrants.


  • Maintains a broad awareness of the political environment, trends, threats, positioning, and opportunities for the PA profession. Prioritizes initiatives based on the political environment and the needs of the profession. Develops annual and long-term strategic plans for advancing the Academy’s goals.
  • Initiates advocacy activities to advance the PA profession and its public policy agenda, including state and federal lobbying, grassroots organizing and outreach, public affairs campaigns, electronic and print communications and publications, third party endorsements, coalition participation, PAC contributions, and an annual Hill Day.
  • Assures effective implementation of the Academy’s federal advocacy program, including development of the legislative agenda, lobbying efforts, lobbying compliance, and issuance of statements and regulatory comments. Manages external lobbying firm. Strengthens AAPAs brand and presence in Washington, DC with the Administration and Congress.
  • Oversees the operation of the Political Action Committee, PA-PAC. Ensures compliance with relevant laws and regulations. Grows the PAC and develops innovative outreach strategies to PAs in conjunction with the PAC director. Formalizes candidate and party contributions and attends PAC events.
  • Responsible for oversight of the Academy’s state grant program. This includes distribution of a yearly grant allocation approved by the board of directors to assist states with lobbying and communications to move Academy priority items forward.
  • Provides guidance and support to over 120 PA constituent organizations and maintains affiliation program with them.
  • Oversees efforts to obtain third party coverage for services provided by PAs from private and public insurers, as well as the collection and distribution of accurate information on reimbursement, participation in national coding and billing committees, health facility accreditation advisory committees, and efforts to maximize PA employment and practice environments (including hospital privileging and credentialing).
  • Advises and coordinates the Government Relations and Practice Advancement commission.
  • Participates in activities with other healthcare and external organizations to advance the Academy’s goals and the interests of the PA profession. Speaks at internal and external conferences and events.
  • Assures the collection and maintenance of relevant government, policy and practice-related information and published reports and the updating of advocacy web pages as necessary.
  • Manages, nurtures and retains a high functioning advocacy staff. Supervises 18 staff members, 5 of whom are direct reports.
  • Develops and manages advocacy and government relations annual operating plan and budget.


  • Bachelor’s degree required. Master’s degree in relevant field preferred.
  • 12-15 years of responsible professional experience in government, association and/or health professional position.
  • 5-8 years of supervisory experience managing, motivating and developing a high-performing team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of healthcare issues at the national, state and provider levels.
  • Recognized track record of bi-partisan collaboration, successful influence campaigns and legislative/regulatory victories.
  • Proven ability to handle a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment and manage a high level of responsibility and multiple priorities.
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Inspiring leader able to clearly articulate a vision and strategy and identify and align internal and external resources.
  • Possess emotional intelligence, self-awareness and executive presence.
  • Known for personal and professional integrity.
  • Willingness to travel and work weekends.

The American Academy of PAs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability and any other classification protected by law.

Due to considerations regarding COVID-19, AAPA has been operating remotely since March 2020 and plans to continue to have staff telework through the end of September, 2021. Staff should be prepared to return on-site for meetings in Alexandria, VA effective Monday October 4, 2021. Moving forward, AAPA plans to transition to a hybrid work schedule dependent upon employee role and department. This would still require employees to be locally based.

AAPA requires proof of COVID vaccination for all staff by October 4, 2021 or submission of an “accommodation request form” for those who wish to request exemption. Submission of this form does not guarantee exemption.

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Job posted: 2021-09-05