The Chief of the Government Relations department serves as the senior legislative professional in developing, analyzing, formulating, lobbying and representing the APA’s positions and objectives before Congress and state governments. The incumbent works in a seamless, integrated manner with senior leadership staff to achieve goals and objectives established by the CEO and Medical Director pursuant to the policy decisions made by the Board. 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.
SECTION 2: ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Collaborates with the Chief of Policy, Programs and Partnerships on advocacy functions including ongoing analyses of the healthcare and policy-making fields to identify critical areas for APA involvement and formulating and implementing appropriate action plans.
Works in close coordination with the Chief of Communications on issues, legislation or policies that require public affairs campaigns or Psychiatric News coverage. Responsible for conceptualizing, advising and administering the overall advocacy and federal and state government relations strategies and activities of the APA.
Develops effective legislative 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 bodies.
Identifies opportunities 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 within partner associations.
Provides strategic leadership, management and oversight of the impact analysis of legislative proposals on APA members and their patients; preparation of policy briefs, proactive legislative proposals, and comprehensive briefing papers and meetings on psychiatric issues.
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.
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 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 Government Relations budget and provides oversight during the year to ensure proper expenditure of funds.
Supervises and manages Government Relations staff, including developing performance goals and plans and conducting ongoing performance reviews. Provides ongoing review of Government Relations operations and makes recommendations to the CEO and Medical Director for opportunities to enhance operations and effectiveness.
Provides overall direction of Government Relations 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 needed.
SECTION 3: REQUIRED SKILLS, EXPERIENCE, AND QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelor’s degree, in any field, with a Master’s, Doctoral, Law, or other related degree preferred.
Fifteen years of professional experience in government relations, working on a congressional staff, preferably within the health care industry.
Recent experience working with the U.S. Congress and possessing current key senior contacts within government.
Five years of management and supervisory experience.
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.
Knowledge of psychiatric service delivery preferred.
Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships with key senior contacts within organized medicine and/or mental health organizations is a plus.
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.
Excellent oral skills for addressing large meetings, small conferences, and one-on-one encounters.
Superior writing and editing skills.
SECTION 4: PHYSICAL DEMANDS
Normal demands associated with an office environment.
Ability to work on computer for prolonged periods, communicate with individuals by telephone, e-mail and face to face.
This position requires 15-20% travel.
Internal Number: CHIEF01093
About American Psychiatric Association
American Psychiatric Association (APA) is the world's largest psychiatric organization, with its 37,000 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 Arlington, VA within walking distance of the Rosslyn Metro stop.