American Heart Association State Government Relations Director in Jackson, Mississippi
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The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a The State Government Relations Director.
The State Government Relations Director is responsible for serving as the primary representative of the AHA to the assigned state legislature and relevant state agencies to generate awareness and support for the AHA’s public policy agenda. Strategically coordinate and oversee efforts to further the state public policy priorities of the American Heart Association (AHA). Responsible for working with AHA staff, volunteers, coalitions and partner organizations to build support for AHA policy issues and to integrate advocacy messaging into relevant AHA programs and events. Responsible for developing and advancing a local policy agenda in Jackson, MS and other communities.
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Essential Job Duties
Meets one on one with members of the state legislature, their staff, and other state government officials to gain support for the AHA’s advocacy issues.
Monitors and engages on state-level legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the AHA and apprises appropriate AHA volunteers and staff of emerging advocacy issues.
Provides policy research, development of support materials, recruitment of spokespersons, preparation of testimony, and other activities as needed to advance the AHA’s legislative agenda.
Participates in coalition building efforts and collaborative partnerships to leverage opportunities that advance the AHA’s advocacy issues.
Recruits membership for and provides staff support to volunteer state advocacy committee(s). Collaborates with the committee to develop an annual state legislative agenda.
Provides strategic direction on statewide grassroots and key contact, recruitment, retention and mobilization efforts. Provides strategic direction and support materials for state lobby days and/or local in-district meetings.
Collaborates with communications staff partners on development and timing of media advocacy efforts.
Prepares required reporting information including local, state and/or federal lobbying reports and other reporting as necessary.
Provides advocacy presentations and training opportunities to volunteers and staff as needed.
Attends and participates in relevant AHA meetings throughout the year, including national and affiliate staff training, affiliate and state-level meetings with staff partners, and metro board meetings.
Bachelor's Degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Law, related field or equivalent work experience
Three (3) years of experience and success in legislative and regulatory lobbying
Three (3) years of demonstrated experience building and managing issue advocacy coalition(s)
Three (3) years of experience developing and implementing grassroots and media advocacy tactics
Exceptional oral and written communications skills
Policy analysis and technical (legislative and regulatory) writing skills
Ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time constraints
Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work
Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations
Experience working in health care policy
Experience in volunteer management
Understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems
Compensation & Benefits
The AHA is committed to making an investment in each employee. Below are our main components of the total rewards package we offer. Visit our Rewards & Benefits (add hyperlink) section to see more detailed information.
Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments as needed.
Performance and Recognition – Employees are rewarded for achieving success in the form of merit increases and incentive programs based on type of position.
Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including, medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, and a robust retirement program that include an employer match and automatic contribution. To further emphasize our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program, and telemedicine and medical consultation.
Professional Development – You will have the opportunity to join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the AHA’s national online university that provides over 100,000 resources delivered in a variety of formats to meet your needs and busy schedule.
Work/Life Satisfaction – The AHA offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days increase based on seniority level. You will also have 12 paid holidays off each year.
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Posted Date 4 months ago (6/16/2022 1:54 PM)
Requisition ID 2019-5404
Job Category Advocacy
Position Type Full Time