State Policy Advocacy Associate

11 Sep, 2020


State Policy Advocacy Associate

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists
Bethesda, MD

Job Title: State Policy Advocacy Associate

Reports to: Senior Director, Health and Regulatory Policy

Job Summary: Develops advocacy tools to support ASHP-affiliated state societies in advocating policy before state legislative and regulatory bodies on issues affecting health-system pharmacy. Communicates to state affiliates using a variety of media. Assists the Senior Director, Health and Regulatory Policy on related matters as needed.

Major Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. State legislative and regulatory advocacy.
    1. Promotes and implements ASHP’s mission and strategic plan by assisting affiliated state societies to advocate ASHP policy through its government affairs programs. Provide strategic advice on state legislative and regulatory issues to state society leaders and staff, including legislative committee members. Develop advocacy skills of state leaders to effectively promote policy changes at the state level.
    2. Guides affiliated state societies in advocating ASHP policy before state legislative and regulatory bodies.
    3. Coordinates with other associations and health system advocacy functions to increase the impact of ASHP’s state advocacy efforts.
    4. Develops advocacy tools to support state society advocacy efforts, coordinating within the Office of Government Relations and Affiliate Relations, including the development of testimony, statements, comments and other advocacy materials.
    5. Develops and distributes background material on state-level health-system pharmacy issues to assist state societies in developing testimony and statements. Serves as an information resource and clearinghouse on these issues.
    6. Communicates and advises affiliated state societies on an ongoing basis to assist their efforts to affect health policy at the state level. Coordinates with state societies in providing data, experience and perspectives on individual state issues.
    7. Serves as liaison and represents ASHP at annual meetings of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy.
  2. Communications and content creation.
    1. Handles all inquiries relating to state government affairs in a timely fashion.
    2. Provides updates via webinars, etc., on state government affairs issues to state leadership and grassroots volunteers. Works with Communications Division and Affiliate Relations to communicate with affiliated state societies and members on trends and developments about state legislative activity and specific legislative/regulatory matters in a state.
    3. Makes presentations to ASHP members and interested publics on state legislative and regulatory issues including educational sessions at ASHP’s Summer and Midyear Clinical Meetings.
    4. Collaborates with Communications Division to inform members about state legislative and regulatory matters.
    5. Contributes articles for publication concerning state government affairs issues that impact health-system pharmacy.
  3. Meets regularly with the Senior Director, Health and Regulatory Policy to establish state advocacy priorities.
  4. Attends meetings and briefings pertinent to ASHP’s public policy initiatives.
  5. Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Requires a minimum of a degree plus a working knowledge of the theories and principles of grassroots and government affairs.
  • Requires a minimum of two years of prior related work experience.
  • Minimum two years’ successful experience working in a congressional or government affairs office of a trade or professional association.
  • Successful experience supporting cross-functional teams in a deadline-driven environment.
  • Awareness of pharmacy issues desirable.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational skills.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously, including tracking and coordinating activities and setting and adhering to deadlines.
  • Skill with communications and information management technologies.

ASHP is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, religion, national origin, age, gender, sexual preference, sexual orientation, gender identity, transgender status, marital status, family status, genetic information, pregnancy, parenthood, political affiliation, veteran’s status, disability, or any other protected status.

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Job posted: 2020-09-11