Associate Director/Director, Legislative Affairs

POSITION: Associate Director/Director, Legislative Affairs (Full-time, Exempt)

REPORTS TO: Vice President, Federal Affairs

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.

COMPANY PROFILE

The Alliance of Community Health (ACHP) represents the nation’s top-performing non-profit health companies, which serve tens of millions of Americans in 36 states and DC. ACHP member health plans collaborate with providers on high-quality coverage and care – leading the industry in practical reforms.

ACHP is the voice of a unique payer-provider partnership model advancing proven solutions that deliver better value for patients, employers and taxpayer. More information is available on achp.org.

ACHP is committed to diversity, inclusion and equity within our organization and the promotion of these values across the health sector. We encourage different perspectives, identities and backgrounds, regardless of job function in order to create a more resilient organization that supports a strong, equitable health industry. We foster this by encouraging openness and transparency about diversity issues and we are invested in strategies that seek to equalize opportunities within ACHP.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

The Associate Director/Director of Legislative Affairs works in close partnership with the VP, Federal Affairs to advance ACHP’s policy and advocacy agenda. The person has considerable skill in all facets of advocacy work with a particular focus on capturing and disseminating the unique contributions of nonprofit, community health plans. This person partners with senior management and member plan government relations leaders to develop and implement advocacy strategies on key priorities.  This is a central position in a fast-paced, highly collaborative, member-focused environment.

The Associate Director/Director of Federal Affairs is a self-starter, creative and flexible, and has a passion for policy and politics. This person must be able to work independently, under the supervision of the VP, Federal Affairs, to manage assigned issues and responsibilities to drive ACHP’s mission to promote not-for-profit, provider-aligned companies. The Associate Director/Director is accountable for lobbying Congress and driving positive results, including elevating ACHP’s congressional relationship to shape legislative policy and outcomes.

CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Congressional Lobbying and Advocacy Strategy

  • Lobbies assigned offices in the US House of Representatives and US Senate.
  • Contributes to the development and execution of a lobbying strategy that advances the ACHP advocacy agenda at the federal level
  • Builds and expands strong relationships with member of Congress on key committees of jurisdiction and their staff to achieve measurable advocacy outcomes, including regulatory relief and legislative action
  • Monitors and anticipates relevant political and policy developments impacting member organizations and develops strategies for engagement around them

Networking and External Affairs

  • Attends hearings, meetings and various events in Washington to represent ACHP as needed
  • Builds and maintains ACHP’s relationships with key policymakers and health care stakeholders in D.C., with particular focus on Congressional committees of jurisdiction and federal health agencies
  • Facilitates collaboration with like-minded stakeholders in pursuit of policy aims

Communication and Presentation skills

  • Presents to key internal and external audiences on developments in Washington and on ACHP’s advocacy work
  • Ability to synthesize complex policy documents into shorter, easy to understand materials for diverse audiences via multiple channels
  • Plays a key role in planning and executing ACHP’s in-person member meetings, such as fly-ins and annual Symposium
  • Contributes to  ACHP’s public affairs messaging and social media
  • Other duties as assigned.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE, EDUCATION AND OTHER QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree preferred
  • 7 + years of experience in combined public policy, health advocacy or health sector
  • Established bipartisan relationships on Capitol Hill and/or Executive Branch
  • Experience representing clients or members on Capitol Hill
  • Deep understanding of government health programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and the Marketplace, as well as prescription drug policy and other key areas of interest for the insurance industry
  • Proven track record of successfully navigating the Washington political and policy environment
  • Critical thinking, strategic expertise
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills; ability to synthesize and present complex information for various audiences
  • Strong capabilities with modern communications tool such as PowerPoint, Excel, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • Ability to register as a Federal lobbyist

WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Work is in an office environment, with consideration of remote options
  • Some travel required

APPLICATION PROCESS

Please submit a cover letter and resume to hr@achp.org with your name and the position in the subject line.  Your cover letter should highlight your relevant experience and provide specific examples of the core responsibilities listed above: advocacy strategy, networking and external affairs, communication and presentation skills.  Please include your name and the position in the subject of the email and send files in pdf format with your name in the filename.

ACHP does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, and a woman’s right to breastfeed), disability (physical or mental), age (18 and older), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, political affiliation, marital status, veteran or military status, tobacco use, credit information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

Making Health Care Better

ACHP is the voice of a unique approach in health care today, one that puts the patient at the center with plans and clinical teams collaborating to improve health outcomes and reduce costs. Our advocacy focuses on providing policymakers with tested solutions, rooted in a model that is proven to deliver better value for patients, employers and taxpayers.

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