Assistant Director of Policy and Advocacy

Job Type

Part Time


Minimum: $55,000
Maximum: $65,000
Details: will be pro-rated to 50% of FTE




4301 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 404
United States


Genetic Alliance seeks an individual with expertise in health policy in the regulatory (FDA, CMS) and legislative realm for a part-time position (US Congress). Assistant Director of Policy and Advocacy will help Genetic Alliance pursue our policy priorities. An understanding of genetics and genomics issues and technologies is highly desirable. The individual will work with senior Genetic Alliance staff to craft position statements and strategies, analyze policies and congressional bills and will report directly to the CEO.


Primary Responsibilities:


●     Assist the CEO and Chief Strategy Officer in coordinating policy related activities.

●     Maintain an understanding of the nuances of policy issues, sharing that information with Genetic Alliance staff and others.

●     Develop and execute public policy and advocacy educational efforts, which include but are not limited to preparing letters, testimony, and grassroots materials to support legislative and regulatory efforts.

●     Represent Genetic Alliance on public policy issues before a variety of external audiences, including legislators and legislative staff, agency staff and other regulatory parties, and other industry-related groups representing manufacturers, consumers, other professional organizations, and coalition partners.

●     Develop and manage communications with key audiences, including by writing articles and using online member forums.

●     Work with disease advocacy organizations to clearly articulate policy issues.

●     Monitor and report on legislative and regulatory activity related to specific bills.

●     Manage other special projects and duties as assigned.



●     At least five years professional experience in health policy

●     At least three years recent experience working with staff on Capitol Hill

●     Sound judgment and decision making skills

●     The ability to explain complex ideas in a simple way

●     Strategic and critical thinker with the ability to focus on diverse internal and external stakeholders

●     Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

●     Demonstrated awareness of laws, regulations, and policies that govern health: genetics, genomics a plus

●     A self-starter who is well-organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and independently

●     Ability to work efficiently and adapt to rapidly evolving climates with limited oversight

●     Must have exceptional research, analytical, writing, and editing skills

●     Strong project management skills

●     A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles

●     Dynamic comprehension skills with a keen ability to analyze, summarize, draw conclusions, and problem solve

●     Have a sophisticated understanding of policy-making processes, including state legislative and regulatory processes, and political dynamics

●     Bachelor's degree required, advanced degree encouraged; comparable professional experience will be considered.


Paid vacation, health and holidays, generous health insurance, long-term disability, life insurance, transportation deduction, and employee-contributed/ employer match 403b plan (pro-rated to 50%)

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, writing sample(s) and references to: Yuliya Ilchyk,