Chief of Government Affairs

Announcement No.: CGA01272014-2
Position: Chief of Government Affairs

Grade: X-4
Division/Department: Department of Government Relations

Salary Range: Negotiable
FLSA Status: Exempt
Work Site: Arlington, VA
Work Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (not actual work hours)
Area of Consideration: All applicants
Opening Date: January 27, 2014

Closing Date: Open Until Filled

BRIEF DESCRIPTION:

The Chief of Government Affairs serves as the senior legislative professional in developing, analyzing, formulating, lobbying and representing the APA’s positions and objectives before Congress, the Administration and state governments. The incumbent directs the legislative and regulatory issues of importance to members, develops and implements a strategy for APA’s federal and state policies regarding mental illnesses, substance abuse and programs influencing psychiatry, and oversees activities of several APA components. Works in a seamless, integrated manner with senior leadership team members to achieve goals and objectives established by the CEO/Medical Director and pursuant to the policy decisions made by the board. Advocacy functions include ongoing analyses of the healthcare and policymaking fields to identify critical areas for APA involvement and formulating and implementing appropriate action plans. Government relations includes developing and maintaining strong working relationships with policymakers at the federal and state levels with the objectives of shaping APA policy as well as developing public policy to support the practice of psychiatry and the interests of the Association’s membership. Reports directly to the CEO and Medical Director. Works in a cross-functional team with the senior leadership.

DUTIES: 

  • Responsible for conceptualizing, advising and administering the overall advocacy and government relations strategies and activities of the APA. 
  • Develops effective legislative and regulatory strategies to support the APA’s mission and respond to federal and state political and policymaking developments. 
  • Represents the APA before federal and state legislative and regulatory bodies. Identifies opportunities for and coordinates the support for APA leadership testimony before policymaking bodies, including drafting testimony, conducting issue research, and scheduling meetings with key elected leaders and staff. 
  • Provides ongoing and timely reports to the CEO and Medical Director on APA advocacy and government relations activities. 
  • Keeps relevant APA leadership and staff informed of important developments within public policy at the federal and state levels and across healthcare policy and within partner associations. 
  • Analyzes the impact of federal and state legislative proposals on APA members and their patients; obtains comments and prepares policy position recommendations; and works with APA member council’s to develop policies where current policies do not exist. 
  • Proactively develops legislative proposals for federal or state legislative bodies 
  • Prepares comprehensive briefing papers and verbal briefings for legislators and legislative staff regarding psychiatry issues. 
  • Prepares synopses of bills pending in legislative bodies for dissemination to appropriate parties 
  • Supervises the management of the APA’s political action committee (APAPAC). Identifies areas for APAPAC and membership support and fundraising opportunities. Ensures financial health of the APAPAC and promotes contributions from APA leadership at all levels. 
  • Oversees the development of APA’s Advocacy Leadership Conference, State Legislative Conference and develops grassroots campaigns to engage APA members in advocacy at the federal and state levels, and oversees membership advocacy updates. 
  • Coordinates and manages the APA’s support for District Branch and State Association lobbying and advocacy needs, including coordinating with state-funded lobbying activities. 
  • Participates in major health care/child-related coalitions, as representation is needed. Monitors legislative coalition participation by department representatives. 
  • Cultivates and develops strategic relationships with other medical professional associations (particularly the AMA), non-physician associations, and patient organizations in furtherance of APA goals. 
  • Liaises with APA leadership as well as internal APA Divisions to stay current on developments within the APA and maintain an updated knowledge base about changes in psychiatric care and practice as well as health care system and financing. 
  • Oversees the selection and placement of APA’s Congressional Fellow. 
  • Develops Division budget and provides oversight during the year to ensure proper expenditure of funds. 
  • Supervises and manages Division staff, including developing performance goals and plans and conducting ongoing performance reviews. Provides ongoing review of Division operations and makes recommendations to the CEO and Medical Director for opportunities to enhance operations and effectiveness. 
  • Provides overall direction of Division staff liaisons to support APA components and committees within the Division’s area of responsibility and those with issues impacting advocacy and government relations. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE AND PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a master’s, doctoral, law, or other related degree strongly preferred. 
  • Minimum of fifteen years of professional experience in government relations, preferably working on a Congressional staff within a health care membership association’s department of government affairs, or a health-care related agency. 
  • Recent (within the last 4 years) experience working in the U.S. Congress and possessing current key senior contacts within government is preferred. 
  • Individual should possess extensive knowledge of associations and have key senior contacts within organized medicine and/or mental health organizations. 
  • Proven analytical skills to set and implement the legislative agenda, which includes negotiating provisions supporting APA policies. 
  • Excellent oral skills for addressing large meetings, small conferences, and one-on-one encounters. 
  • Superior writing and editing skills. 
  • At least five years of management and supervisory experience. 
  • Knowledge of psychiatric service delivery, managed care, and preferably have key senior contacts within organized medicine and/or mental health organizations 
  • Ability to effectively develop, plan, and organize ideas and concepts into products and services. 
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and professionals from organizations with which the APA is associated. 
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule depending upon the assignments received

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Office Environment

PHYSICAL EFFORT:
Sedentary

HOW TO APPLY:
Interested applicants must submit resume, cover letter with salary requirements.


RESUMES SUBMITTED FOR CONSIDERATION WILL NOT BE RETURNED TO THE APPLICANT. Employment will require a background check.

WHERE TO APPLY: 

                  Lochlin Partners
Via Email: apa@lochlinpartners.com 

ATTN: Chief of Government Affairs

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