Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

29 Oct, 2020


Senior Vice President, Government Affairs

Washington, DC

Purpose and Essential Duties of Position┬áTo seek positive outcomes for member companies through advocacy on Capitol Hill and/or with the Executive Branch. To lobby the Hill to educate Members and staff, encourage certain action or inaction, and seek opportunities for member companies. To develop and implement strategies to advance the industry’s positions with Members of Congress and government agencies. To oversee the department’s grassroots, federal affairs, and PAC functions. To represent the Association when the Chief Advocacy Officer is unavailable.


    • Supervises department’s five administrative, grassroots, federal affairs, and PAC staff. Responsible for approving timesheets, time off requests, and expense reports. Responsible for staff’s performance management, performance reviews, and goal setting/assessment


    • Evaluates pending legislation and regulations that may impact AdvaMed’s member companies; takes a leadership role within the government relations function and proactively works to advance AdvaMed’s interests


    • Develops and executes healthcare positions and strategies on legislative, policy, regulatory, and political issues; advances industry interests with Board members, company representatives, consultants, relevant trade associations, outside policy makers, and senior executives


    • Formulates and executes a government affairs strategic plan on behalf of members, only after collaborating with Washington heads of office through multiple venues to balance all competing (sometimes, conflicting) interests to arrive at the best approach


    • Establishes and maintains a sophisticated political contact network in the healthcare arena, specifically with key Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff in both the Senate and the House and with Leadership, and in the relevant executive agencies


    • Interfaces regularly with many external parties, including members of Congress, trade associations, advocacy/stakeholder groups, and agencies to create priorities, shape policies and drive legislative solutions


    • Serves as a spokesperson for the medical technology industry and responds to Congressional inquiries/needs and creates opportunities to improve Congressional understanding of the industry


    • Collaborates with stakeholders, including patient, physician, and other groups to form appropriate and leading coalitions


    • Provides support and counsel to AdvaMed members, senior staff, and the President & CEO; advises senior officers on all related matters of interest and concern to the Association


    • Engages with member companies to establish and maintain consensus on strategies to advance industry interests


    • Assists in the development of action plans and overall communications strategy related to grassroots activities; assists in development of an annual PAC plan; increases political involvement and encourages PAC participation


    • Travel Requirements: 5 – 10% domestic preferred; daily local travel required


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)


    • Thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory processes and landscape


    • Capability to build substantive knowledge of medical device and health care issues and their impact on AdvaMed


    • Strong working relationships with members of Congress


    • Ability to develop strategic plans for accomplishing legislative priorities


    • Excellent analytical ability


    • Sophisticated communication skills, both verbal and written


    • Political savvy and astuteness


    • Exceptional credibility, judgment, and diplomacy skills


    • Effective presentation skills


    • Ability to integrate understanding of Congress and the executive branch of the federal government into the design of strategies and tactics


    • Strong organizational skills and the ability to organize and prioritize workload


    • Committee management and negotiation and coalition-building skills


    • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to persuade others


    • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships


    • Proficient in the use of relevant Microsoft Office Suite software


    • Availability for meetings outside typical working hours


    • Ability to motivate and work with supervisees to attain specified outcomes



Minimum Education Required: Bachelor’s degree

Minimum Experience Required: 12+ years’ experience in Washington as a government executive, a Congressional staffer or as a senior public servant in a relevant government department, agency or business; Experience in US health care policy, preferably within medtech and life sciences; Relationships with Congressional Members (not just staff), access to the directors or senior personnel of key government agencies

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Job posted: 2020-10-29