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Specialist, Federal Affairs

Washington DC


CHA advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost, and delivery of care. Representing 220 members, CHA is the voice of our member hospitals nationally. These hospitals are essential providers, setting the standard for the highest quality pediatric care while training the next generation of pediatricians. With its members, CHA champions policies that enable pediatric hospitals to better serve children; leverages its position as the pediatric leader in data analytics to facilitate national collaborative and research efforts to improve performance; and spreads best practices to benefit the children of our nation. CHA has offices in Lenexa, KS, and Washington, DC.

Job summary:

Supports and assists coordination of legislative activities in support of Children’s Hospital Association’s (CHA) public policy agenda. Serves as a registered lobbyist representing CHA. Facilitates CHA member activity in support of efforts to advance CHA priority issues focusing on Congress while supporting policy implementation with detailed legislative expertise.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Essential duties and responsibilities:

SUPPORTS LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES AND MANAGES ASSIGNED FEDERAL AFFAIRS ISSUE PORTFOLIO

  • Supports the enactment of CHA’s Federal Affairs agenda

  • Responsible for supporting Federal Affairs team legislative efforts while managing assigned public policy issues

  • Performs legislative activities including preparation of detailed bill/amendment summaries, tracking of relevant Congressional activity such as the introduction of legislation and committee action; activities supporting the introduction and sponsorship of CHA-supported legislation, generation of support for and movement through the legislative process; and participation in congressional meetings, hearings, and briefings

  • Develops and produces legislative advocacy materials such as testimony, fact sheets, talking points, white papers, letters, public statements, and articles. Coordinates with Policy Analysis on actions taken by the Executive branch to inform legislative advocacy activities, reviewing policy and advocacy documents as needed for accuracy and developing policy educational materials as appropriate

  • Achieves consistent public policy message in partnership with External Affairs, Data/Analytics, and other CHA staff

  • Coordinates and collaborates with CHA departments to achieve public policy and organization-wide strategic goals

ENGAGES ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIP IN PUBLIC POLICY ACTIVITIES

  • Supports Federal Affairs staff in working with children’s hospitals in assessing and developing potential champions within Congress, developing public policy positions, and understanding policy proposals’ impact on children’s hospitals

  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with hospital members, particularly with government relations staff, to engage hospital participation in coordinated efforts to advance the policy agenda

  • Assists in disseminating information to CHA children’s hospitals on relevant Congressional activity through a variety of platforms, including conference calls, written communications, briefings, and webinars

  • Responds to hospital information requests, assists with preparation for congressional visits or contact with congressional staff and supports hospital engagement on key issues

  • Serves as a resource on federal policy issues relating to children’s hospitals. Provides detailed technical assistance as needed

  • Engages hospital staff regarding CHA’s overall efforts and their implications for the public policy agenda

SERVES AS A REGISTERED LOBBYIST REPRESENTING CHA

  • Successfully influences the direction of federal legislation impacting children’s hospitals

  • Develops successful working partnerships with members of Congress, congressional staff, and other federal officials in support of advancing CHA’s public policy agenda as a registered federal lobbyist

  • Represents CHA before Congress, leveraging expertise within children’s hospitals and CHA to support public policy agenda

  • Builds and participates in coalitions including advocates for children’s health, hospitals associations, and other public policy-focused organizations to garner support among allied organizations for policy positions supporting children’s hospital’s priorities

  • Prepares, coordinates, reviews, and submits all required lobbying disclosure paperwork

Required Experience:

Education:

Any combination of education and experience providing the required skill and knowledge is qualifying.

Typical qualifications would be equivalent to:

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, health care administration or related field.

Experience and Special Skills:

  • Minimum of two years of professional experience in public policy or related field

  • Knowledge and experience with federal/state government, legislative relations, or grassroots advocacy

  • Demonstrated expertise working on complex policy issues affecting children and children’s hospitals such as Medicaid, health insurance, patient care, research, teaching, and public health

  • Ability to work with public policymakers and staff of all ideologies
  • Strong research, analytical, organizational, and information management skills

  • Ability to write and communicate clearly and concisely

  • Ability to pursue strategic goals, including lobbying Congress while independent or in advocacy coalitions

  • Ability to juggle multiple issues and projects to achieve results on a timely basis

  • Ability to work independently as well as across CHA to coordinate information and activities

  • Develops, manages, and assess projects and new information services

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Posted August 9, 2019


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