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Summary: The director of government affairs is responsible for monitoring developments in the federal affairs environment with a primary focus on budget and appropriations; analyzing both federal legislative and regulatory rules impact on state and territorial public health; meeting with members of Congress and their staff in coordination with the Senior Director of Government Affairs and developing tools and resources for state and territorial health officials, alumni, and affiliates to engage with members of Congress.
- Works with members of Congress, their staff, and the Administration in collaboration with the senior director of government affairs to implement ASTHO’s legislative agenda and assists in identifying opportunities for ASTHO engagement.
- Monitors, tracks, analyzes, and reports on federal government rules, regulations, bills, and other related developments that could impact state and territorial public health.
- Drafts legislative alerts to ensure content is accurate, timely, and relevant with a particular focus on budget/appropriations, substance abuse/misuse, environmental health, chronic disease, and tobacco policy.
- Leads ASTHO’s public health leader roundtable coalition. Proactively identifying opportunities for engaging the coalition and alignment with ASTHO advocacy priorities.
- With the chief of government affairs, leads the 22x22 campaign garnering additional supporters, sign on letters, and other materials.
- Provides subject matter expertise and updates to ASTHO policy committees and peer groups on an as needed basis to the affiliate council, senior deputies, and SMART committee.
- Represents ASTHO on advocacy coalitions.
- Develops testimony, fact sheets, legislative summary memos, letters, and other documents as needed.
- Assists in the development of material for inclusion in the public health advocate newsletter.
- Assists the senior director of government affairs with ASTHO’s annual hill day including but not limited to collaboration with partner organizations, developing of fact sheets, appropriations budget book, talking points, training sessions, hill meetings, and consultants.
- Attends and provides high level summaries about Congressional hearings, briefings, and other events with Congress and the Administration.
- Develops tools and resources for ASTHO members, alumni, and affiliates to utilize to engage with members of Congress. These items include the advocacy toolkit, talking points, background memos, and “how to guides.”
· Bachelor's degree in policy or government affairs. Advanced degree preferred.
· 5 years experience in federal advocacy or lobbying.
· Experience in public health preferred.
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