- POSITION: MANAGER OF STATE RELATIONS
- DIVISION/DEPARTMENT: DEPARTMENT GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
- OPEN DATE: DECEMBER 6, 2016
- CLOSED DATE: OPEN UNTIL FILLED
- GRADE: E-18
- SALARY: PLEASE PROVIDE SALARY REQUIREMENTS IN YOUR COVER LETTER FOR CONSIDERATION
- FLSA: EXEMPT
- AREA OF CONSIDERATION: ALL INTERESTED APPLICANTS
In our nation’s capital, APA leaders and the Department of Government Relations federal staff advise Congress, the White House, and federal agencies on issues facing the medical specialty of psychiatry, our patients, and their families. APA advocates for quality and accessible mental health care by facilitating communication between psychiatrists and their legislators. Additionally, APA’s Political Action Committee, APAPAC, works to elect Members to Congress who demonstrate support for psychiatry and mental health.
Reporting to the Director of State Affairs, the Manager of State Relations will manage and support advocacy by APA member physicians and performing a variety of tasks in support of the day-to-day management of the State Government Affairs (SGA) function. In particular, the Manager of State Relations will (1) research, track, and monitor legislative and regulatory proposals in order to ascertain potential impacts on the practice of psychiatric medicine and quality care; (2) work directly with the Director and Deputy Directors of State Affairs to implement action plans in response to state legislative and regulatory developments; (3) maintain and expand grassroots programs in consultation with the APA’s District Branches (DBs) and State Associations (SAs); and (4) assist with the development of position papers and other internal and external communications.
The Manager of State Relations will also work closely with the Associate Director of Operations on the planning and implementation of various advocacy programs and meetings.
In addition, the Manager of State Relations will provide leadership to improve engagement, solve problems, develop products, represent the organization, and effectively further the priority goals of the APA.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Research, track, and monitor state legislative and regulatory issues affecting psychiatric medicine, quality care, and mental health issues.
- Expertly utilize state tracking service to identify, track, and monitor legislation and proposed regulations that could impact psychiatry.
- Analyze state legislation of interest to APA in the states and ensure timely information flow to the SGA team and DB/SAs.
- Compile and disseminate key state legislative and regulatory findings to appropriate DGR staff.
- Perform research on state legislative and regulatory issues.
Work directly with the Director and Deputy Directors of State Affairs to implement action plans in response to state legislative and regulatory developments.
- Participate in the developing informational and educational materials on priority legislative issues for APA, DB/SAs, and state policy makers.
- Coordinate the APA’s positions on issues affecting psychiatry and mental health in the state legislatures and regulatory agencies.
- Assist in the drafting of APA correspondence to state legislators and policymakers.
- Assist in the preparation of testimony to state legislators and policymakers.
- Implement and coordinate state issue briefings and strategy calls with DBs/SAs during the legislative session.
- Provide updates on notable state activity to the SGA team.
Serve as primary State Grassroots Manager. Maintain and expand grassroots programs in consultation with the APA’s DBs and SAs to complement and enhance the state lobbying efforts.
- Serves as liaison to the state legislative grassroots service, keeping current on new legislative and regulatory information, as well as advocacy products, to enhance DGR assistance to member physicians and advocacy of APA’s positions.
- Maintain and expand extensive state grassroots database. Implement programs to encourage additional APA member participation in DGR’s grassroots program. Consult and coordinate with DB/SA staff to ensure maximum participation.
- Coordinate mass communications and track member response on action alerts for SGA.
- Assist DBs/SAs with grassroots and advocacy events.
- Participate in development and implementation of state grassroots campaigns and activities, including travel to selected states to provide training on “Advocacy 101” and discuss legislative and regulatory issues of national and state significance.
- Coordinate with the Membership Department’s Director of DB/SA Relations & Strategic Development to disseminate state grassroots communications and ensure orderly information flow.
Support the planning and execution of State and Federal Advocacy Conferences and other programs and presentations focused on state advocacy efforts.
- Work with the DGR State Affairs staff, Federal Affairs staff, and the Associate Director of Operations to plan and implement State and Federal Advocacy Conferences.
- Assist State Affairs staff in planning and executing other advocacy-related programs and presentations, including State briefings and APA staff or leadership presentations to DBs/SAs.
- Assist with the planning and execution of the signature APA annual event to be held in Washington, DC.
Experience and Professional Qualifications
- Minimum college graduate; relevant graduate degree in public administration, policy, or law preferred; 3-5 years related experience.
- Excellent analytical ability, including demonstrated experience with state legislative or regulatory issues or activities.
- Experience with computer applications including CapWiz and state tracking systems; proficient with Internet research.
- Strong organizational skills
- Excellent public speaking ability
- Strong professional writing skills
- Ability to travel
- Ability to self-start and self-direct work a necessity
- Willingness to attend occasional evening and weekend meetings