American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Location: Bethesda, MD
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Telecommuting is allowed.
The Associate Director of Government Relations (GR) reports to the VP of GR. The Associate Director serves as a senior member of AACOM’s Office of Government Relations (GR), acting as liaison between AACOM, the federal government, advocacy groups, and AACOM members. In close collaboration with VP and Director, helps develop and lead federal legislative and regulatory strategies on behalf of the association to advance AACOM’s public policy agenda. Supports Director in daily supervision of AACOM’s GR team. Facilitates implementation of AACOM’s short- and long-term public policy priorities. Exercises a high level of professional and independent judgement in executing her/his responsibilities and must be able to provide strategic public policy direction to AACOM leadership.
Specifically, the Associate Director of Government Relations is responsible for the following areas:
Represents AACOM before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and external stakeholders.
Establishes and maintains relations with key congressional, executive, and federal agency staff, industry groups and coalitions, and advisory commissions and panels to advance association policy and regulatory priorities.
Supports the VP and Director of GR in managing the day-to-day operations, staff workflow deliverables and consultants.
Supervises the development, revision, and dissemination of AACOM communications to Congress, the Administration, industry, and the public.
Supervises the development and dissemination of legislative and regulatory updates and other information relevant to AACOM’s membership and the broader public. Ensures timely updates and correspondence through advocacy platforms, webpages, and social media. Contributes to the creation and promotion of government relations content for the AACOM Washington Insider and other dissemination platforms.
Monitors the political climate and current legislative/regulatory developments affecting the association and reports on relevant legislative and regulatory activity to AACOM leadership, staff, external stakeholders, coalitions and membership.
Works closely with the VP, Director, and other staff to guide AACOM’s nominations to federal advisory committees/councils and increase osteopathic representation; maintains communication with federal government officials/liaisons, external organizations, and nominees.
Develops strong working relationships with coalition partners and industry stakeholders to advance AACOM’s public policy agenda.
Works with AACOM staff to prepare advocacy material for policy and regulatory analysis.
Manages the Osteopathic Health Policy Internship Program and helps the Director with the policy-related aspects of the Osteopathic Health Policy Fellowship seminars in Washington, DC.
Facilitates administration of the grassroots advocacy network. Develops and disseminates timely and effective communications to engage members in grassroots advocacy. Identifies and recruits grasstop leaders. Administers an OME outreach network that supports and advances AACOM’s public policy agenda.
Supports, administers and serves as liaison to relevant AACOM councils workgroups.
Develops materials, talking points and presentations for AACOM meetings and conferences, including AACOM Educating Leaders. Present government relations information to OME constituencies at meetings and conferences.
Provides a strong and credible voice for the association with key policymakers, industry stakeholders, and other public and private institutions.
Performs other duties as need and experience may dictate.
Office environment with local meetings at various locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area
Occasional travel to national meetings.
This position is primarily remote but must be based near the Bethesda, MD office or in the DMV area (The National Capital Region portion of the Washington Metropolitan Area) due to the local travel and meetings.
This position is primarily sedentary and is performed in an office-like setting (including remote work).
Position requires ability to communicate effectively, and the ability to use computers, telephones, and other office equipment.
To be qualified, you must have the requisite skills, experience and education for the job and must also be able to perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation. The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine provides reasonable accommodations to applicants upon request.
Supervises the Government Relations Associate
Provides direction to the Government Relations Managers
Seven years of legislative and/or regulatory experience required
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Strong leadership and program management skills; ability to train, supervise and mentor professional GR staff; ability to manage effectiveness and accountability of GR consultants.
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Knowledge of VoterVoice and Microsoft Teams a plus.
This position is primarily remote but must be be based near the Bethesda, MD office or in the DMV area (The National Capital Region portion of the Washington Metropolitan Area) area due to the local travel and meetings.
HOW TO APPLY
Submit your cover letter and resume by clicking 'Apply Now.' Please note, a cover letter is a requirement to be considered for this position.
To request an accommodation for the application process, please email HR@aacom.org.
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About American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation's osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education.