American Heart Association Government Relations Manager in Washington, District Of Columbia

Government Relations Manager

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Job Description

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 Government Relations Manager in our National Center office located in Washington, DC .

We are specifically looking for candidates in the Washington, DC area that have extensive knowledge of/background in issues related to access to care (Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act).

Essential Job Duties:

The Government Relations Manager represents the American Heart Association before Congress and the Executive Branch agencies on a portfolio of legislative and regulatory issues related to preserving and expanding access to care for heart and stroke patients through the Medicare, Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act programs . Other issue areas may include stroke and health disparities. Additional responsibilities include:

  • Identify, develop and recommend a portfolio of issues and policy objectives within assigned content areas that further the mission of the Association through federal advocacy. These issue areas may include, but are not limited to, access to care, stroke, and health disparities.

  • Develop strategies and tactics to achieve policy objectives, working in collaboration with policy, grassroots and media advocacy departments. Manage at least one proactive legislative issue for the Association.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and channels of communication with Members of Congress, Executive Branch officials and their respective staff.

  • Work closely with a variety of coalitions or organizations.

  • Lead or serve on integrated team within assigned issue areas.

  • Retain expertise in issue areas and monitor relevant legislative and regulatory issues to inform Association staff and volunteer leaders.

  • Work closely with policy department to develop fact sheets, briefing memos, talking points, testimony, report language and other materials relevant to assigned issue areas.

  • Provide relevant verbal and written updates and briefings to AHA leadership and volunteers.

  • Develop strong relationships with AHA staff in other departments and monitor and report on issues relevant to their work.

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

Required Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Political Science, History, Sociology, Journalism, Communications or a related field of study.

  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience working in the public policy arena.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and as a team or coalition leader.

  • Ability to work effectively with the Association staff and volunteer leadership.

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.

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

  • Master's degree in public policy, public administration or related field

  • Five or more years’ experience working on Capitol Hill or in an executive branch agency.

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” (or “Existing Resume” if you have previously applied to AHA positions) to submit your online application. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

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 Location

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Position Type


Job Category: Advocacy

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