ABOUT THIS ROLE
The Director, State Advocacy & Outreach, leads the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) state government affairs program in the Western region. This position collaborates with volunteer state leaders to enact priority legislation and regulations, and reports to the Vice President, State Outreach & Advocacy.
The Director ensures that state PA organizations are well-equipped to meet advocacy goals. Examples include creating state advocacy plans that include grassroots advocacy, developing coalition strategies, and drafting legislation, and testimony.
The Director is responsible for cultivating a close partnership between the state organization and AAPA, serving as the primary point-of-contact, public policy process expert and advocacy resource. Volunteer management is a critical aspect of the position. In addition, the Director, working with other members of AAPA’s staff, assists in developing strategy to improve all state organizational advocacy efforts and capacity.
The Director will serve as a PA state law expert and responds to inquiries from members, policy makers and employers. Responsibilities also include closely monitoring legislative and regulatory trends, in their region, as well as on assigned subject areas of PA practice. This position assists the Vice President in reporting trends as well as developing and maintaining key external stakeholder relationships.
The Director must have well-rounded interpersonal skills, a willingness to collaborate, and experience in communicating and interacting with diverse personality styles.
- Serves as the staff contact for the 11 state chapters within the Western region and several US territories.
- Encourages state chapters to support and adopt key AAPA’s advocacy priorities.
- Analyzes state legislative and regulatory activity in the region and notifies state leaders about legislation or regulations that may affect PA practice.
- Designs, plans, and executes advocacy strategies for constituent organizations, including drafting legislation, regulations, testimony, educational materials.
- Attends stakeholder meetings or hearings as needed, including testifying on behalf of AAPA or serving as a subject matter expert.
- Prepares and provides supporting materials for state advocacy efforts.
- Advises AAPA members on state laws and regulations by providing state law citations and AAPA-produced state law/regulatory summaries.
- Partners with Communications staff in their efforts to promote the PA profession.
- Initiates and assists in liaison activities with other organizations guided by the AAPA’s strategic plan.
- Serves as staff lead on specific programs and projects as assigned by Vice President.
- Makes presentations to AAPA leadership, PA constituent organizations, and other organizations on state government topics.
- Assists Vice President in informing AAPA staff and leadership of state legislative and regulatory issues affecting PA ability to practice.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
ABOUT THE ADVOCACY TEAM
AAPA’s advocacy and government relations department works to advance the priorities of the organization and promote policies that improve the ability of PAs to practice at the top of their education and experience. The department is divided into three teams; State Advocacy and Outreach (SAO), Federal Advocacy, and Reimbursement and Professional Advocacy which all report to the Senior Vice President, Advocacy and Government Relations. Together, these teams manage external advocacy on behalf of the organization and conduct work that is vital to the profession. The department has nineteen staff members, with a wide scope of expertise but a shared dedication to excellence. Most team members have a background in law, health policy or government service.
- Ability to inspire, motivate, and involve PA volunteer leaders in state advocacy.
- Strong persuasive and interpersonal skills.
- Lobbying experience preferred.
- Experience creating grassroots campaigns at the state level.
- High-energy problem solver and a willingness to learn.
- 5+ years of progressively responsible experience in a field related to state advocacy
- Knowledge of health care issues at the national, state and provider levels.
- Strong ability to understand and support the advocacy goals and priorities of AAPA.
- Excellent organizational and time-management skills; ability to manage multiple projects with various timelines and deliverables.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
- Willing to travel* and attend evening and weekend meetings.
- Bachelor’s degree required.
*Currently, AAPA has suspended staff travel due to COVID-19.
The American Academy of PAs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and considers all qualified applicants without regard to color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, disability and any other classification protected by law.
Due to considerations regarding COVID-19, AAPA has been operating remotely since March 2020 and plans to continue to have staff telework in the near future. Moving forward, AAPA plans to transition to a hybrid work schedule dependent upon employee role and department. This would still require employees to be locally based. Staff should be prepared to return on-site for meetings in Alexandria, VA once a return to office date has been determined.
AAPA requires proof of COVID vaccination for all staff by October 4, 2021 or submission of an accommodation request form for those who wish to request exemption. Submission of this form does not guarantee exemption.