American Heart Association Government Relations Director (Greater Bay Area, CA) in Oakland, California

Government Relations Director (Greater Bay Area, CA)

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Government Relations Director (Greater Bay Area, California)

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 towards 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 an organization that has been recognized by the NonProfit Times as “One of the Best Nonprofits to Work” year after year. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.

We have an excellent opportunity for a Government Relations Director based in our Greater Bay Area office located in Oakland, California.

As an integral member of a strong Government Relations team, the Director manages, plans, directs, and implements the advocacy program to influence local, state, and national public issues related to the AHA/ASA’s mission. This is achieved by mobilizing volunteer, staff and coalition resources in developing and responding to cardiovascular public health and organizational issues. The position also identifies, cultivates and manages state health alliances that support and enhance the AHA/ASA’s ability to achieve its strategic goals and objectives.

Major Duties I nclude:

  • Serve as lobbyist in an assigned geographic location and be present for all pertinent legislative meetings and critical regulatory action.

  • Represent the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association before decision making bodies, including but not limited to providing testimony at public meetings, prepping champions, legislators and staff, providing letters of support or other written materials and direct lobbying of key decision makers.

  • Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers to develop an Advocacy and Government Relations Plan and oversee its implementation.

  • Develop strategies and tactics to achieve policy objectives, working in collaboration with policy, grassroots and communications departments.

  • Monitor legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the AHA/ASA and apprises appropriate volunteers and staff of emerging advocacy issues.

  • Develop and maximize strategic relationships with local, state and federal public and elected officials, organizations, corporations and the state agencies to ensure that activities and efforts are directed to effectively address the issues related to heart disease, stroke and related risk factors.

  • Serve as consultant to staff and volunteers on advocacy related issues.

Required Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in political science, public administration, health education, health administration, or related discipline.

  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years' experience in legislative/lobbying, public policy/government relations, political campaigns, state or local government, managing community health promotion, educational programs, or related field.

  • Knowledge of government relations, public policy, and political process at the state, local and federal levels.

  • Demonstrated excellence in written communications skills.

  • Demonstrated skills in effective one-on-one and group communications and work with all levels of government and community leaders, and AHA volunteers and staff.

  • Ability to deal professionally in a corporate and non-profit environment and assume responsibility for guiding projects and programs from inception through completion.

  • Ability to effectively direct, coach, monitor, and supervise professional volunteers.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work.

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure.

  • Ability to handle negotiation and work collaboratively in a team environment.

  • Ability to demonstrate good organizational skills and the ability to plan and act independently on projects with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and, as needed, outside standard business hours.

  • Ability to travel extensively in the geographical area served, and to travel on overnight business trips as required.

Attracting talented, committed employees means offering a competitive benefits package, ongoing professional development and training, and a diverse and inclusive environment in which to work and grow. And we do. Click here to see other opportunities with the American Heart Association.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Click on “New Resume” to submit your online application.

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Job Location

Oakland, California, United States

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Job Category: Advocacy

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