Team Leader, State Government Affairs

20 Sep, 2022


Team Leader, State Government Affairs

American College of Cardiology
Washington, D.C.

The Team Leader, State Government Affairs will lead the State Government Affairs (SGA) team within the Advocacy Division of the ACC. This person will develop, implement, and oversee the comprehensive strategy for ACC state and chapter advocacy, aligning with ACC’s strategic plan and advocacy priorities, and collaborating with the Division Vice President, Advocacy, ACC’s Health Affairs Committee, ACC’s Board of Governors and Chapter Affairs, and ACC’s Communications team. He/she will lead the State Government Affairs team in effectively refining chapters’ advocacy infrastructure, tracking and educating members on applicable legislation, regulations, and case law, and lobbying state legislators and regulators.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintain policy and operational alignment between state chapters and ACC’s Advocacy Division and Health Affairs Committee.
  • Oversee and coordinate College state advocacy activities, including policy and messaging, for state capitals and ACC domestic chapters.
  • Collaborate with Board of Governors/Chapters and Communications staff to ensure ongoing. Consistent engagement and awareness.
  • Understand the intersection of ACC’s mission and public policy, with the goal of effectively identifying legislative, regulatory, and political risks and/or opportunities, which will drive ACC’s state government engagement.
  • Provide guidance and policy expertise to ACC member leaders. Lead SGA team in educating member leaders on external policy environment and its impact on ACC mission, programs, and member interests.
  • Represent State Government Affairs and Advocacy at ACC leadership meetings as well as chapter meetings, working with the SGA team to increase member engagement in state affairs, and highlighting the valuable work the SGA team is doing in support of ACC’s members.
  • Oversee team’s ongoing review, interpretation, and member communication of pertinent state government activity, including legislation, regulation, and case law, and ensuring ACC’s appropriate response.
  • Develop and manage operating budget for State Government Affairs.
  • Create and foster relationships with other associations and organizations with overlapping interests and agenda to leverage resources.
  • Lead, develop, and manage a highly functioning and independent SGA team, leveraging the team members’ potential and driving overall team performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and least 10 years of professional work experience with increasing responsibility, including at least 7 years of experience with state government affairs, preferably with a medical society.
  • Experience with persuasively communicating complex concepts to policymakers and business leaders.
  • Strong political acumen; strong ability to grasp complex issues; collaborative approach.
  • Thorough understanding of how state-level government relations works, and an ability to be effective with members of both political parties.
  • Strong presentation skills to update diverse audiences regarding public policy developments and the effects of such developments on ACC’s members and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated success in working with member volunteer leaders and engaging members in advocacy efforts.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Technical proficiency with the ability to track state government activity and disseminate information with ACC’s software.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a proven ability to work productively in a team-oriented work environment.
  • Ability to travel 15%

Desired Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree preferred.
  • Prior direct management experience.
  • At least 9 years of state government affairs experience.


About Us:  

At the American College of Cardiology, we bring our hearts to work. 

We are a 500-person organization dedicated and committed to our mission to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health for the past 70 years. When you join our team, you become part of a passionate culture that envisions a world where innovation and knowledge optimize cardiovascular care and outcomes. 

Every day, we are committed to supporting our more than 54,000 members and their patients around the globe and in doing so, ensure our staff have a positive environment of teamwork, collaboration, professionalism and excellence. To learn more about why ACC has been recognized as one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare please visit our site at:

COVID Considerations: 

As an employer in the public health space, and an organization that serves members who are essential medical personnel, ACC requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire. Proof of vaccination will be required.  Individuals can request an exemption from this requirement due to a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief, and those requests for reasonable accommodations will be evaluated individually. 

ACC is proud to be an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all candidates and employees. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need. Equal Opportunity Employer, including individuals with disabilities and veterans. 

ACC is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact Crystal Nott, Sr. Director, People Resources & Engagement at or (202)375-6423. 

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Job posted: 2022-09-20