We are seeking a manager of state government affairs with at least five years of relevant experience with state legislatures, policy, and advocacy. This position will report to the director of government affairs. The state government affairs manager will also be responsible for creating/managing a budget and supervising staff. Candidates with less than three years of experience in budget creation and supervising full-time staff need not apply. This position will work closely with state associations, and NATA’s federal affairs, reimbursement, public relations, and marketing staff to advance the profession of athletic training. It will also be responsible for managing the legislative grant program as well as providing advice and analysis to members regarding job setting, duties, and scope of practice.
Ideal candidates should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field including but not limited to political science or public policy. Must be proficient with Microsoft office applications and have strong oral and written communication skills. Experience with state regulatory agencies a plus. Approximately 10% travel. Relocation is not offered for this position.
1. Monitor state legislative and regulatory bodies for laws, rules and regulations that impact the profession of athletic training or competitors to the profession.
2. Organize and manage state grassroots campaigns to assist association leaders, members, volunteers and staff in lobbying for/against laws, rules and regulations that impact the profession of athletic training at the state and local levels.
3. Obtain and maintain state athletic training regulations and other closely-related allied health care professions' practice acts. Provide materials to members as requested.
4. Research and respond to member requests for information concerning relevant enacted and pending state legislation, judicial, and administrative activities that affect the practice of athletic training.
5. Provide information and materials on the legislative process, effective use of the legislative process, and for specific legislative undertakings (such as drafting letters for members to send to legislators and regulators; drafting model and state specific legislation; assisting with the identification of key governmental personnel; interacting with other organizations concerned with athletic training legislation).
6. Analyze and comment on athletic training regulatory legislation drafted and submitted for review by members.
7. Review testimony presented at regulatory hearings and develop arguments supporting athletic training regulation and rebutting opposition arguments.
8. Develop relationships with government personnel. Respond to requests from regulatory boards.
9. Identify legislative activities related to the health care arena, closely-related health professions, and issues pertinent to associations. Serve as a clearinghouse for state legislative activities.
10. Represent NATA at conferences such as BOC, NCSL, NGA, ALEC as well as other meetings as determined by management. Provide comprehensive report to management and list of key contacts for use by government affairs department and state/district associations.
11. Maintain addresses of state athletic training regulatory boards, synopsis of athletic training regulations, and list of regulated states.
12. Alert Governmental Affairs Council members, executive director, and associate executive director of important legislative or regulatory developments.
13. Develop governmental affairs educational workshops, panels and resources for states.
14 Prepare governmental affairs articles for publication in the NATA News, as needed.
15. Staff liaison to Governmental Affairs Council, including agenda preparation, coordination with Chair, and preparation of minutes.
16. Staff liaison to the Professional Responsibility Committee, including agenda preparation, coordination with the Chair, and preparation of minutes.
Legislative Grant Program
1. Provide staff leadership to Government Affairs Council in ongoing review of criteria for legislative grant program.
2. Communicate and coordinate with state applicants for grants.
3. Process check requests, check documentation, record-keeping, and notification of payments to states.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Please visit www.nata.org for more information.
We provide a full complement of benefits including generous leave policies and benefit money provided by NATA to be utilized toward a benefit package that makes sense for each individual employee. We also offer a 401(k) and pension plan, wellness and fitness benefits, tuition reimbursement, professional development, and flextime.
If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume with cover letter and salary requirements to HR@nata.org.
The National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) is the professional membership association for certified athletic trainers and others who support the athletic training profession. Founded in 1950, the NATA has grown to more than 43,000 members worldwide today. The majority of certified athletic trainers choose to be members of NATA to support their profession and to receive a broad array of membership benefits. By joining forces as a group, NATA members can accomplish more for the athletic training profession than they can individually. The NATA national office currently has more than 40 full-time staff members who work to support NATA’s mission.