The AAMC seeks a Senior Director, Grasstops Advocacy. Experienced in grasstops advocacy strategy development and implementation, the Senior Director of Grasstops Advocacy is a new position, responsible for developing, directing, and implementing a grasstops advocacy program. Key responsibilities include developing the systems and infrastructure needed to identify and engage grasstops advocates from among member institutions who can educate and influence key federal officials on issues important to AAMC and its members.
Working with colleagues, the Senior Director also will be responsible for directing the association’s education and professional development services for member institutions’ government relations representatives (GRRs). This work includes developing and implementing strategies to strengthen GRR engagement in AAMC events and advocacy efforts as well as managing the association’s three annual educational meetings for GRRs.
The Senior Director will report to the AAMC Chief Public Policy Officer and work in close coordination with the association’s government relations, as well as, where appropriate, the staffs of departments responsible for strategic communications (including grassroots advocacy initiatives), health care affairs, academic affairs, scientific affairs, and other units important to public policy advocacy.
Development of Annual Strategic Goals and Workplan for Grasstops Advocacy.
The goals shall address both broad and targeted approaches:
A broad approach will include efforts to engage a broad cross-section of association members, including segments of the membership organized in councils and groups.
A targeted approach will identify specific member institutions whose leadership agrees to partner with the AAMC for the purpose of identifying and engaging grasstops advocates to contact and educate key federal policy makers about issues of importance to AAMC and its member institutions.
Implementation of Annual Grasstops Advocacy Strategic Goals and Workplan
Implementation of the strategic goals, including research to help identify legislative champions and potential grasstops advocates, building partnerships with targeted member institutions, developing educational materials, organizing and/or attending events, managing a database for capturing and accessing data on grasstops advocates, and other activities.
Management of GRR Engagement in AAMC Programs and Activities
Working in collaboration with government relations staff, identification of strategic goals for strengthening member institutions’ GRR engagement with AAMC, including participation in direct, grassroots, and grasstops advocacy on issues of importance to AAMC and its member institutions as well as attendance at AAMC meetings and events. This includes strategic oversight of three annual educational meetings that update GRRs on federal policy, politics, and advocacy
12 years of related work experience required, plus a master's degree in a related field. . Association experience and/or experience with health care, health care policy, or academic medicine also is strongly preferred.
Experience with program development, implementation, management, and evaluation, including budget development and management
Experience with grasstops advocacy development and implementation, including running grasstops advocacy campaigns as part of an organization’s overall government relations or public relations program
Experience developing and maintaining both internal and external collaborations
Superior communication skills – both written and verbal – for multiple audiences, including executive and clinical
Experience working as a member of a public policy, government relations, or public affairs team within a complex organization
Skills with advocacy database development and management
Ability to produce a high volume of quality work with minimal supervision
Internal Number: 10003432
About Association of American Medical Colleges
Founded in 1876 and based in Washington, D.C., the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is a not-for-profit association representing all 145 accredited U.S. and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and 80 academic and scientific societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC represents 128,000 faculty members, 75,000 medical students, and 110,000 resident physicians.
Through its programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world's most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions. The AAMC and our members are dedicated to the communities we serve and steadfast in our desire to earn and keep the public's trust for the role we play in improving the nation's health.