Sr. Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer

19 Jun, 2019


Sr. Legislative & Federal Affairs Officer

American Psychological Association
Washington, DC

The Senior Legislative and Federal Affairs Officer will manage the legislative and regulatory initiatives of the American Psychological Association regarding the role of psychology in federal elementary, secondary and higher education programs. This involves collaboration with the Associated Executive Director for Government Relations, APA members, committees, congressional offices, federal agencies, and relevant associations and coalitions. Individual will advocate on education policy issues at the federal level and represent APA and the interests of psychology to members of Congress and their staff, federal agency officials, APA members and representatives of other organizations.

Education and Experience Required:

Bachelor’s Degree required. Master’s degree in psychology, policy, law, science or social science preferred.

Minimum five years of federal advocacy, issues management or policy experience is required (e.g., government relations office, congressional office, think tank, or related setting).

Solid knowledge of elementary, secondary and higher education policies, including federal financial aid, accreditation, loan repayment and loan forgiveness programs.

Established network of extensive contacts on Capitol Hill and federal agencies.

Excellent and persuasive written, oral and presentation communications skills. Can communicate effectively to different levels of authority.

Excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.

Self-starter, who takes the initiative, solves problems, adapts to changing circumstances and acts with urgency as needed.

Ability to understand complex issues and strategically position APA in an effective manner.

The incumbent will possess thorough knowledge of the federal legislative and regulatory process and the ability to analyze, synthesize, and present psychological and legislative materials for a non-scientific audience.

Computer Skills Required:

Advanced skills with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel)

Advanced skills with advocacy platforms (CQ Engage)

Basic skills with social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.)


  • Manage APA’s legislative and regulatory activities, specifically authorizing legislation such as the Higher Education Act and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
  • Provide research and complex analysis of Federal law and regulations and their relevance to APA’s legislative and policy goals.
  • Develop and implement strategies for increasing federal recognition and support of psychology by initiating and maintaining contact with, and representing policies to, members of Congress and their professional and committee staff members and key federal agency representatives.
  • Coordinate with colleagues in the analysis, development of strategy, and presentation of APA issues to members of Congress and federal officials.
  • Maintain and expand a network of contacts with relevant congressional offices and committee staff, federal agencies and other organizations to strengthen APA’s ability to influence public policy.
  • Meet regularly with the Chief Advocacy Officer to plan and coordinate education advocacy activities. Meet regularly with Advocacy staff and periodically with other relevant APA staff to coordinate advocacy activities of interest to multiple APA constituency groups. Establish and maintain relationships with APA members and divisions with expertise and/or interest in education and utilize their expertise in the development of APA policy positions and agenda, and keep them informed of APA public policy activities.
  • Seek and coordinate support for policy and issue positions with members of Congress and their staff, federal agencies, and coalition partners (including consumer and provider groups, advocacy associations, and scientific groups) and, as appropriate, other APA departments.
  • Represent APA positions with and participate in provider, consumer, advocacy, or other relevant coalitions.
  • Prepare advocacy materials including briefing sheets, justification papers, Congressional testimony, and correspondence to members of Congress. Research, write, and plan: legislative language and proposals; draft action alerts, web and newsletter articles, periodic issue updates and advocacy training materials.
  • Participate in developing and conducting training workshops for education governance groups, committees/councils, and APA members in general.

About APA:

The American Psychological Association (APA) represents 118,400 psychologists, students, and affiliates, primarily in the U.S. and Canada but also in other countries around the world. APA is a scientific and professional organization categorized as a 501(c)(3) and has an annual operating budget of about $110 million. Along with its 501(c)(6) companion organization, APA Services, Inc., APA has about 600 employees. The American Psychological Association is located at 750 First Street, NE, Washington D.C., near Union Station. It is Metro accessible from the Red Line, VRE (Virginia), and MARC (Maryland/ West Virginia) commuter trains. For more information, please visit

Application Instructions:

Qualified candidates must apply online through APA’s applicant system and attach a resume and cover letter specifying your salary expectations. Applications that are submitted without both documents are considered incomplete and will not be reviewed for consideration. Once your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email. Please make sure to check your Spam folder if you do not receive an email from us.

The American Psychological Association is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other protected categories covered under local law.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Job posted: 2019-06-19