Vice President of Government Relations #2020-2554

22 Jan, 2020


Vice President of Government Relations #2020-2554

Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI)
Washington, DC
Vice President of Government Relations


As Vice President of Government Relations for the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI), you will serve as the principal advisor to SCAI leadership and its 5,000 members on policy and advocacy. Reporting to the CEO and working closely with the board of trustees, Advocacy Committee, and other key departments, you will shape the policy and communication of SCAI’s advocacy efforts, ensuring that SCAI has a proactive voice in driving federal and state advocacy initiatives. Focused exclusively on invasive/interventional cardiovascular care, SCAI is a recognized leader in quality improvement and a proponent of efforts that help patients and their families make informed decisions about prevention, symptom recognition, testing, and treatment; your efforts will ensure that patients have every opportunity for cardiovascular care.

In this role, you will develop, implement, manage, and coordinate all of SCAI’s government relations and advocacy activities, evaluate the impact of proposed legislation on interventional cardiologists and their patients, and provide leadership, guidance, and a unified voice. Working with our communications team, you will develop comment letters, briefings, press releases, and email campaigns in response to federal regulations.

In order to ensure that the interests of our members and the patients they serve are considered in federal and state healthcare policy decisions, you will initiate, cultivate, and maintain successful relationships with congressional members and staff as well as federal agencies such as the FDA, CMS, NIH, and AHRQ. You will identify and form strategic coalitions with patient groups, partner organizations, physicians, and industry partners to stay informed and to advocate for life-saving procedures.


Organization Overview

SCAI has experienced tremendous growth over the past 10 years and today represents more than 5,000 members across 80 countries. Interventional cardiology is a tremendously interesting, important, and constantly changing field where you will be working with world premier experts. SCAI transforms life-saving innovation into life-saving action by providing cutting-edge, high-quality education for interventionalists and their teams.


Our mission is to lead the global interventional cardiovascular community through education, advocacy, research, and quality patient care. Focus areas for SCAI include establishing standards and guidelines for all aspects of cardiac catheterization and angiography, training, credentialing, safety, and quality assurance for cardiovascular procedures.


Responsibilities of the Vice President of Government Relations

  • Supervise the team in developing and implementing SCAI’s advocacy agenda.
  • Form the Society’s policies regarding Medicare and physician payment reform, access to healthcare, quality improvement, patient safety, and other health policy issues.
  • Understand legislative needs and issues, developing strategic approaches with periodic updates.
  • Evaluate SCAI’s strategic plan and implementation with regards to legislative initiatives.
  • Develop relationships in a bipartisan manner to expand SCAI’s network with members of Congress and congressional staff.
  • Develop relationships with related medical societies, leading on interventional issues, garnering partnership support, and offering collaborative support on related issues.
  • Develop relationships with industry partners to understand issues and proactively communicate SCAI positions representing interventional cardiologists and their patients.
  • Represent SCAI in multiple external facing roles, including amongst elected government officials, the American Medical Association (AMA), and other relevant groups as needed.
  • Develop external advocacy communications materials such as briefing materials, congressional letters, and/or bill language.
  • Develop internal advocacy communications materials such as issue alerts and briefs, bill tracking, newsletter articles, social media posts, and web content.
  • Develop a strategy for growth and utilization of SCAI’s political action committee (PAC) resources and manage all reporting requirements.
  • Identify legislative opportunities and concerns, and coordinate with Regulation and Environment.
  • Identify key legislative committees, leaders, and opportunities and coordinate Hill visits with SCAI members as appropriate.
  • Manage the day-to-day relationships with the Alliance of Specialty Medicine in partnership with the director of reimbursement and regulatory affairs, conveying the needs and expectations of SCAI Advocacy leaders and the director of reimbursement and regulatory affairs.
  • Maintain working knowledge of and compliance with the SCAI’s mission and goals, strategic initiatives, bylaws, and public policies.
  • Serve as a staff liaison to the Advocacy Committee, PAC, and assigned workgroups. Manage volunteer committees to ensure that their activities are aligned with the organization’s strategic plan.
  • Plan and execute periodic Washington, D.C. fly-ins for the purpose of addressing targeted issues of interest to the Society and its members.
  • Monitor and report progress on established advocacy goals.
  • Manage administrative filings and monitor AMA membership status.
  • Supervise and collaborate with the director of reimbursement and regulatory affairs, who has a track record and proven experience with SCAI.
Qualifications of the Vice President of Government Relations

  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, public health, public administration, or related field is preferred.
  • 7-10+ years’ experience in federal advocacy/government affairs or on Capitol Hill.
  • Professional cardiovascular-related medical society experience preferred.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills with the ability to communicate effectively. Experience working closely with a communications/marketing team to promote and advocate for policy initiatives.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Significant knowledge of federal legislative and regulatory processes and, preferably, cardiovascular issues.
  • Ability to develop and execute public policy and advocacy strategy.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, teambuilding, rapport-building, organization, and collaboration skills. Demonstrated experience in coalition building.
  • Ability to travel approximately 10–20 percent of the time to support Society activities, such as attending meetings and other events.


Attributes of the Vice President of Government Relations

  • Effective communicator. You have the ability to clearly and concisely communicate the complexity of advocacy issues and implications to leadership and members.
  • Diplomatic. You are willing to listen and can articulate a clear vision.
  • Strong leader. You have proven leadership and management skills, and a profoundly collaborative style. You are able to lead and build the team. You work closely with your colleagues – you build trust and rapport across all levels of the organization.
  • Politically astute. You can understand, respect, and appreciate the challenges of the industry and the ongoing, evolving needs of members. You represent yourself and your organization as polished, credible, and knowledgeable.
  • Business acumen. You understand medical terminology and leverage this knowledge to build strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Problem solver. You understand the big picture and easily recognize challenges before they occur. You make sense of complex and sometimes contradictory information to effectively solve problems.
  • Results driven. You smoothly manage through ambiguity and can easily shift gears, reprioritize, and stay focused on outcomes. You consistently achieve results, even under tough circumstances.
  • Project manager. You allocate and optimize resources, assign responsibility, manage timelines, reduce risks, and get the project done.
  • Collaborative. You can find common ground and build consensus for workable solutions. You know how to take a stand and disagree without being disagreeable.
  • Entrepreneurial. Smart and creative, you intuitively recognize opportunities and take action.


What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?

  • This role is an integral part of the leadership team.
  • You will be a trusted and respected advisor to members who are committed and engaged.
  • SCAI has experienced tremendous growth over the past 10 years and today represents more than 5,000 members across 80 countries.
  • SCAI’s staff are smart, collaborative, energetic, hard-working people who are committed to their work and delivering a solid work product.
  • SCAI offices are in the heart of D.C. with access to train and metro.
  • We offer highly competitive compensation and benefits.


To Apply for the Vice President of Government Relations position

Simply email your resume to Ellen Greenwood at with “SCAI – Vice President of Government Relations #2020-2554 ASAE” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.


Staffing Advisors has been engaged to find the right candidate and is committed to helping create a diverse work environment for our client. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. This position may require pre-employment screening potentially including a criminal background check, verification of academic credentials, licenses, certifications, and/or verification of work history.

Internal Number: #2020-2554

Job posted: 2020-01-22