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American Heart Association VP Federal Advocacy (Washington, DC) in Washington, District Of Columbia


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 VP Federal Advocacy in our National Center Advocacy office located in Washington, DC

In this role, you will be responsible for the development and implementation of the American Heart Association's government affairs initiatives aimed at actions to significantly influence national leaders in the public and private sectors, in order to implement policies and programs that support the mission and goals of the AHA. National government affairs activities will be focused primarily at federal government bodies.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Establishes, manages and oversees, directly and through their team, relationships with elected officials, key leaders, government agencies, trade groups, voluntary health agencies, and other stakeholders to position the AHA as a leader and advance the Association’s public policy agenda. Maintains personal portfolio of key DC-based external contacts and relationships essential to the AHA.

  • Strategically develops and directs federal issue campaigns and advocacy efforts to achieve the Association’s policy priorities. This includes managing the government relations team responsible for federal legislative and regulatory efforts. Recruits, develops and retains top talent with a high level of expertise in strategic campaign planning, coalition building, direct lobbying volunteer engagement, and other advocacy tactics. Oversees contract lobbyists and other external services in support of federal work.

  • Informs, advises and engages AHA executive staff leadership and business units on key Federal legislative/regulatory issues essential to the success of the Association. This includes the AHA’s core, commercial and emerging strategies and business plans as well as key volunteer leaders (especially the president, president-elect, chairman, chairman-elect, and the Advocacy Coordinating Committee) to ensure that public advocacy activities are responsive, coordinated and effective.

  • Engages senior AHA volunteer leadership, National Board and Advocacy Coordinating Committee to establish priorities for each Congress that support the strategic goals and priorities of the AHA and based upon evidence-based developed through science and policy research translation.

  • Collaborates with internal Advocacy senior staff leadership to ensure the integration of federal efforts with the aligned advocacy operations for the entire Association. This includes campaign planning policy research, media advocacy, grassroots advocacy and field operations.

  • Helps secures and effectively manages financial resources available to support federal advocacy operations. This includes identifying, developing and supporting proposals to secure foundation grants and other funding to support AHA Advocacy. Ensures federal advocacy operations are in compliance with all applicable federal statues, registration and reporting requirements.

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


  • Advanced degree in Political Science, Public Affairs, Public Policy or related area.

  • Minimum of ten (10) years of successful experience leading a federal policy or government affairs management operations, including formation of federal legislation.

  • Experience effectively managing a team in an integrated environment.

  • Excellent political acumen and strategist.

  • Excellent communicator and public speaker capable of representing the AHA in front of elected officials, large audiences and media.

  • Working knowledge of nonprofit advocacy and applicable laws.

  • Demonstrated commitment and experience in advancing health equity through public policy.

  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 5% of the time.

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

  • Established reputation as a leader in a related sector with relevant DC contacts and connections.

  • Proven ability to work in bipartisan manner, but with strong connections within political circles.

  • Demonstrated mastery of innovative new approaching to influencing public policy, including the effective use of digital and social media, data, and unconventional collaborations.

  • Advanced degree and publications, preferably in area of science, law, political science, public affairs or related field.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

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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Requisition ID 2019-3778

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Advocacy

American Heart Association
Equal Opportunity Employer