Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs
Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs
FLSA Status: Regular,
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SUMMARY - The Director of Advocacy
and Government Affairs is responsible for maximizing the effectiveness of ACNM
and affiliated organizations in achieving their public policy goals through the
development and implementation of advocacy strategy and tactics in assigned
reports to the CEO, advises the CEO and Board of Directors on all issues
related to advocacy strategy and tactics on the state and federal level, and
implements these programs to achieve established policy goals. The Director is
a team player who works closely with other ACNM staff members including direct
reports, ACNM Board members, state affiliate organizational leadership and
legislative chairs, state lobbyists, and other volunteer leadership, and
represents the Association in meetings with legislators, policymakers and other
key officials and stakeholders. The director is responsible for proposing and
managing the departmental budget, supervising two personnel (ACNM State
Affiliate Advocacy Support Specialist and ACNM Affiliate Development
Specialist) and ACNM’s federal representative.
the development and implementation of assigned components of ACNM’s federal and
state policy agenda, including strategic campaigns and tactics designed to
maximize ACNM’s effectiveness in reaching its board-approved public policy
goals. Identify trends, threats, gaps and areas of potential proactive
represent or ensure appropriate representation of ACNM to policymakers,
professional organizations, coalitions and the general public.
effective relationships and alliances with organizations with shared goals and
objectives at the state and national level. Assist ACNM affiliate
organizations to do the same.
appropriate review and comment on legislation and regulation in accordance with
ACNM policies and positions.
and implement appropriate systems and services to support advocacy and
organization of ACNM affiliates and individual members, including online and
in-person training and development programs, online resources, the
member-governed Midwives PAC, and other appropriate capacity-building services.
monitoring and reporting systems on state law and regulation.
and publish fortnightly the ACNM Policy Update for members, and contribute
advocacy and policy content to ACNM publications such as the Journal of
Midwifery and Women’s Health, Quick-E News email update to members, Quickening
quarterly to members, social media platforms, webinars and other publications.
closely with ACNM member committees engaged in grassroots mobilization, the
Midwives-PAC, and other member organizations involved in federal and state
annual goals, objectives, work plans and budgets to achieve assigned elements
of ACNM’s policy agenda.
supervises ACNM State Affiliate Advocacy Support Specialist, ACNM Affiliate
Development Specialist, and Federal Representative (contractor) in accordance
with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include
interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and
directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees;
addressing complaints and resolving problems.
other duties as assigned
degree required, master’s or other advanced degree preferred, in political
science, government, public policy, or related field.
or more years of progressive experience and responsibility with
legislative, regulatory and other policy analysis at the state and federal
levels; political strategy and execution; PAC development and compliance;
coalition development and mobilization; and public speaking. Demonstrated
facility in current health policy issues and trends, particularly in
women’s health. Demonstrated skill in supervision and leadership of staff
and volunteer teams. Experience within federal legislative or legislative
affairs offices, state legislative or executive branch offices, nonprofit
or government affairs organizations or firms.
to demonstrate the highest level of professional integrity.
capability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines,
work with minimal guidance and meet
deadlines under pressure or short timelines, and manage fine and critical
to effectively work in a small team to accomplish ACNM projects and goals
and willingness to travel
writing and editing skills, following established style guides. Ability
to read and interpret technical documents including state and federal law and
regulation, reports, technical documents, and articles in
to write regulatory comments, official correspondence, and complex reports and
articles for publication on policy issues.
to speak effectively before internal and external stakeholders, including
media, legislators and regulators, and other high-level audiences.
with ACNM’s suite of technical tools and platforms, including the Microsoft
Office suite, and capability to work effectively with Voter Voice, Informz, our
Association Management System database, Google Docs, Basecamp and common social
media platforms, and website content management systems.