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Legislative Director, Federal Relations

Job ID 11011762944 Location Washington, DC Position Type Full-Time

 

Position Description

The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is the nation's leading cancer advocacy organization. Together with our charitable partner, the American Cancer Society, we work in Congress, state legislatures and local jurisdictions to support evidence-based policy and legislative solutions designed to eliminate cancer as a major health problem. Based in Washington, DC with offices throughout the country, ACS CAN works to encourage elected officials and candidates to make cancer a top national priority. 

  • Senior manager/lobbyist for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), representing the Society’s and ACS CAN’s mission and advocacy agenda with respect to the following priority issues and federal campaigns: Research and annual federal appropriations, cancer prevention and early detection issues, and other related issues before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, and external coalition partners.
  • Chairperson of the ACS CAN led One Voice Against Cancer Coalition
  • ACS CAN staff partner to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.
  • ACS CAN liaison to strategic partner organizations working in the above issue areas.
  • Manage day-to-day engagement, monitoring and collaborative work on federal legislative campaigns.
  • Direct supervision of ACS CAN Federal Relations team staff.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves as principal federal lobbyist and strategist for the Society and ACS CAN on all issues relating to research, annual federal appropriations, and early detection and prevention of cancer, and other related issues.
  • Manage day-to-day engagement, monitoring and collaborative work across teams of federal legislative campaigns. Works with federal relations team colleagues to coordinate necessary engagement with capitol hill and the executive branch staff to move federal legislative priorities forward. Works collaboratively with directors on the federal relations team to identify and develop engagement strategies across all federal campaigns. Works collaboratively with counterparts on federal grassroots team to identify strategies and tactics that should be executed to move priority legislation forward.
  • Represents the Society and ACS CAN before Congress, the Executive Branch, coalition partners, and others in the health care arena in support of all the above-named health policy issue areas.
  • As Chairperson of the One Voice Against Cancer coalition, provides extensive strategic support for, and day to day management of, the OVAC coalition.  OVAC related responsibilities include correspondence with policymakers, attending meetings, lobby day organization, briefings, other coalition activities, phone calls, and briefing memos.
  • Acts as ACS CAN’s lead lobbyist on all federal appropriated accounts and issues relating to cancer research. Responsibilities include time-sensitive legislative and issue tracking, reporting on budget and appropriations numbers, staffing meetings, developing talking points, charts, fact sheets, drafting correspondence and testimony, and conducting briefings.
  • Provides strategic guidance to ACS CAN senior leaders on annual federal appropriations process. 
  • Represent ACS CAN at external research coalitions, including but not limited to United for Medical Research, National Coalition for Cancer Research and the Ad Hoc Group.
  • ACS CAN staff partner to the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.  Includes translating policy recommendations into legislation, leading and/or coordinating staff discussions leading to decisions about lobbying targets, bill introduction, advertising development, coalition development, volunteer education and outreach, materials production, website content etc. 
  • Work closely with the leadership of ACS’s divisions of Cancer Control and Research in the development and operationalizing of mission advocacy strategies.
  • Work closely with the VP, Federal Advocacy, ACS CAN field, media, policy and grassroots teams in coordinating ACS CAN strategic involvement in legislative and regulatory priorities.
  • Identify advocacy needs and opportunities and design and implement appropriate strategies in coordination with ACS CAN leadership and staff. 
  • Interact directly with Members of Congress, Congressional staff and Administration officials to advocate on behalf of ACS CAN policy priorities.
  • Draft and analyze legislative proposals, develop talking points, charts, fact sheets, presentations, draft correspondence and testimony, conduct briefings on and off Capitol Hill, on all issues relating to research, annual federal appropriations, prevention, women’s cancers,  and miscellaneous issues.
  • Respond to information requests from Congressional offices and the public as well as inquiries from ACS CAN, National Corporate Center, and Society field and division staff and volunteers.
  • Proactively identify needs for research and materials to support lobbying activities and enable quick response to current events
  • Attend relevant conferences and meetings.
  • Provide technical assistance, as appropriate, to divisions in support of federal and state priorities.
  • Provide information for member profiles and maintain reports on legislative meetings.
  • Attend Federal Government Relations Team and other ACS CAN meetings.
  • Provide frequent status reports to the ACS CAN President and the Vice President, Federal Advocacy and Strategic Alliances on activities and work accomplished.

 

Position Requirements

FORMAL KNOWLEDGE: 

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree (preferred).
  • Capitol Hill work experience (preferred).
  • High level of expertise in federal health policy.
  • 15 or more years of professional experience required, including extensive legislative and/or advocacy experience.
  • Experience working with and leading coalitions.
  • Superb research and writing skills. 
  • Must have a great attitude and be a team player.
  • Must be a self-starter able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be flexible, and able to manage multiple administrative tasks and projects.

SKILLS: 

  • Experience working with and leading coalitions
  • Superb research and writing skills. 
  • Must have a great attitude and be a team player.
  • Must be a self-starter able to work with minimal supervision.
  • Must be flexible, and able to manage multiple administrative tasks and projects.
  • Internet, Microsoft Office.
  • Understanding of the federal legislative and appropriations process

 

ACS CAN provides staff a generous paid time off policy; medical, dental, retirement benefits, wellness programs, and professional development programs to enhance staff skills. Further details on our benefits can be found on our careers site at: jobs.cancer.org/benefits. We are a proud equal opportunity employer.

Equal Opportunity Employer.

See our commitment to a policy of Equal Employment Opportunity to continually ensure equal opportunity to our employees and to our applicants.

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