Federal Affairs Manager

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Remote: candidates located in/near the Washington DC area will be considered
  • Aug 04, 2023
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description


The Federal Affairs Manager works with the Director of Government Relations, Political Affairs, and Health & Payment Policy to (1) determine strategic and operational objectives across the federal advocacy and policy landscape and (2) manage the execution of those objectives.

In executing key responsibilities, the Federal Affairs Manager will develop and manage the budgetary centers related to federal policy tracking and advocacy and manage efforts to (1) analyze and influence policy proposals, (2) engage with policymakers and their staff through direct lobbying, (3) execute grassroots advocacy, (4) identify and enact needed process refinement in those areas; (5) identify and work with stakeholder groups that share ASPS policy goals; (6) communicate opportunities to the Director for any areas where strategic programmatic development may be initiated to further support ASPS’s political and governmental advocacy; (7) manage production of reports and resources that serve to educate federal policymakers and thought leaders, ASPS physician members, and ASPS staff on key issues; and (8) supporting the ASPS Advocacy Summit ASPS political action committee, PlastyPAC.


  • Create processes for the regular identification of political and legislative trends affecting ASPS priorities
  • Identify and recommend potential areas for strategic development to address emerging and ongoing high-priority federal issues
  • Develop positive relationships and useful lines of communication with key government staff
  • Manage processes supporting ASPS coordination with federal advocacy partners
  • Lead ASPS’s congressional direct and grassroots advocacy initiatives
  • Develop relationships and work directly with congressional offices to advance ASPS’s priorities
  • Manage the work of Advocacy and Government Affairs staff executing direct engagement and grassroots advocacy initiatives at the federal level
  • Execute, manage and refine protocol for the deployment of ASPS advocacy resources, such as ASPS comment letters, grassroots action alerts, grassroots letter sign-on campaigns, contracted lobbyist time, and ASPS member time
  • Ensure departmental adherence to the protocol
  • Respond to federal regulatory developments impacting plastic surgery through advocacy contacts with federal agencies, Congress, and likeminded medical societies and coalitions.
  • Serve as a subject matter expert for members with questions on the use of quality deliverables and Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) reporting.
  • Interpret federal regulations related to quality and performance measurement
  • Monitor work of quality related organizations, including but not limited to NQF, CMS, SQA, CMSS, etc, and engage in their work as relevant and support the Director in responses to.
  • With the Director, serve as ASPS’s primary federal lobbyists
  • Engage with key stakeholders in the Washington, DC political and medical communities to enhance ASPS’s role in related activities
  • Engage in direct lobbying of members of Congress on priority issues through formal meetings and event-based encounters


  • Serve as the Washington presence for the PAC and support the Board of Governors as needed:
  • Work with the Political Affairs Manager to identify strategically significant meet-and-greets to attend and conduct PlastyPAC check disbursement meetings
  • Support the Director and Political Affairs Manager in assessing federal congressional candidates for potential PlastyPAC support.
  • Provide counsel to the PlastyPAC Board of Governors in the course of their consideration of potential check disbursements
  • Help prepare ASPS political candidate assessment materials
  • In balance with the State Affairs Manager, prepare and disseminate committee minute


  • In balance with the State Affairs Manager, serve as staff liaison of the ASPS Legislative Advocacy Committee
  • Plan, organize, and execute committee meetings
  • Manage and support committee-led projects and initiatives


  • Lead the budget planning and management process for the Federal Advocacy and Federal Policy Tracking ASPS cost centers
  • Analyze and report on areas where programming is reduced, expanded, eliminated or created
  • Develop an operational plan for activities in each cost center, and translate that plan to a budget
  • Work across ASPS departments and divisions to ensure that stakeholders impacted by the plan are aware of and able to meet the demands created for them
  • Conduct ongoing financial management
  • Monitor spending and accounting on a monthly basis to ensure that all expeses are correctly classified and described
  • Track expenses-to-budget and adjust operational plans to overcome budget deficits and capitalize on unanticipated savings through new programming or offsetting expected shortfalls.


  • Help develop story ideas related to federal activities for ASPS’s advocacy publications and contributions. As needed, prepare background materials for use by a freelance writer in writing long-form articles.
  • Lead weekly development of federal activity-related submissions for ASPS Focus
  • Develop social media content to advertise ASPS’s federal activity and advance ASPS advocacy initiatives.
  • Write weekly Activity Updates to ASPS leadership and monthly Activity Updates to the Legislative Advocacy Committee on key federal developments
  • Develop summary reports of ASPS advocacy work to be shared with ASPS physician leadership

Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor Degree in political science, health administration, or related field preferred. Advanced degree a plus.
  • Understanding of advocacy and legislative process. At least five years previous experience in government relations and federal legislative/regulatory issues.
  • Experience in health/medical association management and knowledge of health care delivery and third party reimbursement helpful.
  • Excellent oral/written communication, research, interpersonal, and project management skills.
  • Ability to simultaneously coordinate a variety of projects and work within activity program deadlines.
  • Capacity to work independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office, Excel, Access, Oracle, PowerPoint, and Internet technology. Previous PAC software experience a plus.



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