Purpose of Position
To develop and implement AdvaMed’s state government relations program in assigned states by working with member company representatives, AdvaMed staff and consultants to develop and implement advocacy strategies to influence policy issues. Serve as a liaison to regional groups, support area member retention and prospect recruiting, and promote regional events. Primary purpose (75%) of position is state advocacy, with additional duties related to supporting membership development, events, and revenue.
Essential Duties of Position
Identifies state legislative and regulatory initiatives that present threats as well as opportunities relating to medical technology access. Works to stop or amend legislation / regulations that threaten the industry. Works to advance pass legislation that benefits the industry.
For specific issues, communicates AdvaMed concerns to state policymakers, legislators and staff by participating in meetings, submitting letters, and presenting testimony as appropriate.
Prepares and utilizes advocacy materials, including background papers, letters, testimony and calls-to-action.
Identifies and develops third-party allies to increase support for key initiatives.
Develops and implements strategies to proactively educate key state legislators on the benefits of medical technology.
Tracks state legislation through an online database, regular communication with members, and regular monitoring of state legislative and regulatory websites.
Communicates to members on state device-related initiatives through legislative updates and regular work group calls.
Maintains regular contact with member company representatives, regional groups and key state government officials.
Shares information with appropriate AdvaMed staff on potential precedent-setting state issues and keeps staff updated on developments.
Manages activities of retained lobbyists and other consultants.
Responds to inquiries from state officials for information and assistance.
Maintains and administers AdvaMed’s California PAC, and manages other political activities in assigned states.
Maintains and builds contact with state and regional device, lifescience, investor and relevant associations and groups.
Acts as an ambassador for AdvaMed and assists with business development, new member recruiting, member retention and promotion of AdvaMed Purchasing Group within assigned states. Helps arrange regional conferences and events for AdvaMed as well as sectors of the industry, including Digital, Diagnostics, and Accel.
Travel Requirements: 50%, domestic. Home-office position based in California, with regular travel to the AdvaMed offices in Washington, D.C. as well as to assigned states.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s)
Knowledge of state- legislative and regulatory processes required, with preference given to those with knowledge of medical technology industry and ecosystem
Ability to develop strategic plans for accomplishing state legislative and regulatory priorities
Excellent oral and written presentation skills
Exceptional ability to present to working groups and build trust and collaboration
Exceptional ability to analyze complex issues and develop public policy proposals
Ability to persuade others and build consensus with senior level government officials
Ability to handle and navigate conflict
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with state policymakers
Knowledge of electronic research methodologies
Excellent organizational and analytic skills
Proficient in the use of relevant Microsoft Office Suite software
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in political science
5+ years experience in state government relations with a company or trade association; 10+ years lobbying experience
The Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed), is a trade association that leads the effort to advance medical technology in order to achieve healthier lives and healthier economies around the world. AdvaMed’s membership has reached nearly 300 members and more than 80 employees with a global presence in countries including Europe, India, China, Brazil, and Japan. AdvaMed's member companies range from the largest to the smallest medical technology innovators and companies. The Association acts as the common voice for companies producing medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems.