This position is responsible for the identification, development, and management of strategic relationships with Members of Congress and political appointees in executive branch agencies for the purpose of advancing the health care priorities of ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda on behalf of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.
Collaborates on identifying, developing, executing, and evaluating coordinated advocacy strategies designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
Carries out federal strategic lobbying activities related to advancing the health care priorities of ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda
Identifies, develops, and manages strategic relationships with key United States Senators and Representatives, Congressional staff, and political appointees of executive branch agencies.
Proposes, reviews and offers comment as needed on relevant policy recommendations that are designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda
Identifies, develops, maintains, and leverages strategic relationships with relevant staff of external organizations, including coalitions, in accordance with relevant ASHA policies.
Collaborates on strategic communications, messaging, and grassroots materials that are designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda. Develops articles and other products for online and print communications.
Advises the Director of Political Affairs on supporting Members of Congress who support the health care priorities within the Association’s Public Policy Agenda, and attends political events on behalf of ASHA-PAC.
Knowledge Typically Acquired Through
Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, public policy or a related field; an advanced degree is preferred
5 years of experience on Capitol Hill, or direct federal lobbying experience in health care policies at an association or corporation; experience as Congressional staff is strongly preferred; experience at a nonprofit association is also preferred
Scope and Depth of Technical Skills/Knowledge
Demonstrated ability in strategic lobbying activities
Demonstrated ability to influence and persuade Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and/or political appointees of executive branch agencies
Extensive existing relationships with key Members of Congress, Congressional staff, or political appointees of executive branch agencies
Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain new strategic relationships with lawmakers, policymakers and allied stakeholders
Demonstrated negotiation skills
Demonstrated understanding of federal legislative and regulatory processes
Working knowledge of health care or education policies that impact ASHA is desirable
Working knowledge of communication sciences and disorders is desirable
Scope and Depth of Non-Technical Skills/Knowledge
Strong collaborative and facilitative leadership skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize, and execute multiple tasks simultaneously.
Demonstrated problem-solving skills and a creative approach to work.
Ability to work effectively under pressure with tight deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus when opposing viewpoints are presented.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for 218,000 members and affiliates who are speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists in the United States and internationally.