State Government Relations Director, Wyoming & South Dakota

08 Oct, 2020


State Government Relations Director, Wyoming & South Dakota

American Heart Association
Cheyenne, WY


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people’s lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a State Government Relations Director overseeing Advocacy work in both South Dakota and Wyoming .

In order to be considered for this role, you must live in Wyoming and be within commuting distance of the State Capital

The State Government Relations Director is responsible for serving as the primary representative of the AHA to the assigned state legislature and relevant state agencies to generate awareness and support for the AHA’s public policy agenda. You will strategically coordinate and oversee efforts to further the state public policy priorities of the American Heart Association (AHA). Additionally, this role is responsible for working with AHA staff, volunteers, coalitions and partner organizations to build support for AHA priorities and to integrate advocacy and health impact messaging into relevant AHA programs and events. The Director will also drive the execution of health impact goals in Wyoming by focusing in the areas of hypertension, cholesterol, diabetes, nutrition, obesity, and physical activity.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Strategically coordinate and oversee all elements of successful public policy campaigns and community impact efforts, both leading and supporting, in partnership with key volunteers, strategic alliances, institutions and corporations.
  • Monitors and engages on legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the AHA and apprises appropriate AHA volunteers and staff of emerging issues, meeting with members of the state legislature, their staff, and other state government officials to gain support for the AHA’s advocacy issues.
  • Provides policy research, development of support materials, recruitment of spokespersons, preparation of testimony, and other activities as needed to advance the AHA’s legislative agenda.
  • Participates in coalition building efforts and collaborative partnerships to leverage opportunities that advance the AHA’s advocacy issues and health impact goals. Participate in market health assessments, organize and/or lead community collaborations, build and implement plans for policy, system or environment change driving toward opportunities for impact.
  • Recruits membership for and provides staff support to volunteer state advocacy committee(s). Collaborates with the committee to develop an annual state legislative agenda.
  • Provides strategic direction on statewide grassroots and key contact, recruitment, retention and mobilization efforts. Provides strategic direction and support materials for state lobby days and/or local in-district meetings.
  • Prepares required reporting information including local, state and/or federal lobbying reports and other reporting as necessary.
  • Recruit, train and manage volunteers and strategic community alliances to achieve priority advocacy, community and collective impact goals.
  • Attends and participates in relevant AHA meetings throughout the year, including national and affiliate staff trainings, affiliate and state-level meetings with staff partners, and metro board meetings.
  • Build and implement a cross-functional hypertension, diabetes, and cholesterol control strategy with measurable outcomes (high blood pressure management, cholesterol, diabetes management, and healthy behavior initiatives) in designated communities.
  • Work with healthcare providers to ensure best practices for treatment of patients through initiatives and programs including but not limited to: Target: BP™ and Check. Change. Control. CHOLESTEROL™, consulting with clinical staff on the implementation of strategies for improved patient outcomes.
  • Work with internal staff partners and volunteers to identify and secure funding for relevant campaigns and ensure population health strategies are integrated into development, communications and marketing, advocacy, and healthcare quality improvement activities.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Law, related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of:
  • Experience and success in legislative and regulatory lobbying.
  • Experience building and managing issue advocacy coalitions.
  • Experience developing and implementing grassroots and media advocacy tactics.
  • Minimum of (2) years’ experienceworking with community/public health issues and/or managing community/public health promotion or related educational programs. This experience may also count towards satisfying this position’s educational requirement.
  • Possess policy analysis and technical (legislative and regulatory) writing skills.
  • Ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work.
  • Ability to collaborate with health care providers to connect them with quality improvement resources.
  • Experience working with multicultural communities preferred.
  • Proven ability to recruit, mobilize and manage volunteers, including C-suite level executives.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills.
  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 25% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Proficiency in StateNet.
  • Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience working in health care policy.
  • Experience in volunteer management.
  • Understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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Job posted: 2020-10-08