The Associate Director serves as a Federal Relations representative and lobbyist and will report to the Director, Federal Relations. The Associate Director will work in collaboration with the Director, Federal Relations and the government relations team in the development and advancement of APA’s federal legislative agenda, including comprehensive mental health reform, physician reimbursement, health disparities and equity, physician workforce development, mental health parity, medical research, and appropriations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Work Together with the Director and Federal Affairs Team to develop, execute, and evaluate advocacy and lobbying strategies that advance APA’s federal agenda under the direction of the Chief of Government Relations.
Work with Director and Federal Affairs Team, in developing, executing, and evaluating cross functional and cross organizational strategies, including program resources and staffing needs, designed to advance APA’s federal legislative agenda as advised by the Chief of Government Relations.
Provide leadership, along with the Director and Deputy Director, in the execution of advocacy and lobbying strategies that advance APA’s federal agenda.
Educating and lobbying key policymakers in Congress
Recommending the development of original legislative proposals
Securing introduction of supportive legislation or amendments, and appropriate votes
Negotiating and mediating compromises to specific legislation or amendments, in collaboration with division leadership
Developing and planning Congressional briefings
Drafting position papers, congressional letters, testimony or other advocacy documents
Collaborating with colleagues within and outside the Department of Government Relations, including APA staff subject matter experts, advocacy staff, expert member physicians, and key external stakeholders as appropriate
Harnessing member advocacy and engagement through grassroots strategies in collaboration with departmental staff and State Association and District Branch leadership
Establishing and leading key alliances among organizations and other third-party policy groups that share similar advocacy objectives
Collaborating with APA’s Communications Division and Psychiatric News on media strategies regarding relevant legislation, Congressional hearings, regulations, and political developments
Enhancing and maintaining an effective public relations/public affairs approach, inclusive of a strong plan to strengthen the reputation of the association
Establish effective relationships with assigned committees of jurisdiction, other congressional offices and caucuses, and leadership within the United States Senate and House of Representatives, including Members and relevant staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee, the House and Senate Judiciary and Veterans Affairs Committees, and the House and Senate Budget and Appropriations Committees.
Initiate and maintain effective relationships with legislative staff, as warranted, of relevant federal agencies with a role in mental health (including addiction), health disparities, veterans, and research.
Collaborate and strategize with the Policy Division to ensure that policy and budgetary implications of relevant federal legislation, legislative proposals, are analyzed and disseminated in a timely fashion to Congress, APA leadership, APA administration staff, APA Councils and Committees, professional societies, health-care related organizations, patient advocates, and other organizations as warranted.
Review and comment on position letters, testimony, and legislation, Congressional hearings, designed to advance APA’s federal agenda.
Provide substantive advice when warranted to APA leadership and APA Administration, including member physicians serving on the Board of Trustees, Council on Advocacy and Government Relations (including VA Caucus) as well as other key APA components and committees, such as the Committee on Health Care Systems and Financing, the Council on Psychiatry and Law, the Council on Minority Mental Health and Health Disparities, and the Council on Addiction Psychiatry, as well as to the APA C.E.O. and Medical Director, and APA executive staff.
Advise APAPAC on Members of Congress who are supportive of APA’s advocacy priorities.
Advise the Jeanne Spurlock, MD, Congressional Fellowship selection committee.
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in law, political science, public policy or equivalent, preferred.
Minimum 5 years of experience in winning federal advocacy, association management, political/issue campaigns, and some combination of Hill experience and/or direct lobbying Members of Congress and their staff, as well as federal agencies.
Understanding of health care policy; understanding of mental health, substance use disorders, health equity, and disparities issues a plus.
Ability to provide leadership, strengthen, and work with a high performing government relations team to positively impact the APA’s federal advocacy agenda.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
About American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the world's largest psychiatric organization, with over 38,500 U.S. and international member physicians and 240 employees. Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment. APA has excellent benefits, including medical, dental, 401k, flexible spending accounts, and tuition assistance. The APA is located in Washington, D.C. within walking distance of the L'Enfant Plaza Metro stop.
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