Vice President, Government Affairs

  • AdvaMed
  • 701 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC, USA
  • Mar 08, 2018
Full time Director / VP / Pres.

Job Description

I.       Purpose of Position

To seek positive outcomes for member companies through advocacy before the U.S. Congress and/or with the Executive Branch. To lobby Congress to educate Members and staff, encourage certain action or inaction, and seek opportunities for member companies to improve industry visibility with policymakers. To develop and implement strategies to advance the industry’s positions with political parties and government agencies.


II.      Essential Duties of Position

Evaluates pending legislation and regulations that may impact AdvaMed’s member companies, and proactively works to advance AdvaMed’s interests.

Develops and executes positions and strategies on legislative, policy, regulatory and political issues.

Engages regularly with member companies and relevant AdvaMed work groups to communicate information, and establish and maintain consensus on strategies to advance industry interests.

Works with company representatives and executives, consultants, relevant trade associations, and other third party organizations including patient and physician groups in support of AdvaMed priorities.

Establishes and maintains a sophisticated political contact network, specifically in the healthcare and tax arenas, with key Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff in both the House and Senate, and in the relevant executive agencies.

Responds to congressional inquiries/needs and creates opportunities to improve congressional understanding of the industry.

Serves as a spokesperson for the medical technology industry, speaking to interested stakeholder groups.

Provides support and counsel to AdvaMed members, senior staff, and the President & CEO; advises senior officers on all related matters of interest and concern to the Association.

Assists in the development of action plans and overall advocacy strategy related to grassroots activities.

Assists in development of an annual PAC plan, and represents AdvaMed at political events.

Travel Requirements: 5 – 10% domestic preferred; daily local travel required.


III.     Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s)

Thorough understanding of the federal legislative and regulatory processes and landscape

Capability to build substantive knowledge of medical device, health care and tax issues and their impact on AdvaMed

Strong working relationships with members of Congress and staff

Ability to develop strategic plans for accomplishing legislative priorities

Excellent analytical ability

Sophisticated communication skills, both verbal and written

Political savvy and astuteness

Exceptional credibility, judgment and diplomacy skills

Effective presentation skills

Ability to integrate understanding of Congress and the executive branch of the federal government into the design of strategies and tactics

Strong organizational skills and the ability to organize and prioritize workload

Committee management and negotiation and coalition-building skills

Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to persuade others

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

Proficient in the use of relevant Microsoft Office Suite software

Availability for meetings outside typical working hours


Minimum Education Required: Bachelor's degree

Minimum Experience Required: 5+ years experience in Washington as a government executive, a Congressional staffer or as a senior public servant in a relevant government department, agency or business; Relationships with Congressional Members (not just staff), access to the directors or senior personnel of key government agencies