District of Columbia
Government Relations Manager
Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a leading public health policy, research, and advocacy organization, seeks a Government Relations Manager to lead the organization’s work in behavioral health, including substance misuse and mental health. TFAH is expanding its existing work on opioid misuse to include a wider range of behavioral health issues, with a focus on prevention and advancing the recommendations included in TFAH’s Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Epidemics and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy report.
The Government Relations (GR) Manager will work with the GR team to support implementation of TFAH’s legislative and regulatory priorities on public health and disease prevention with a focus on behavioral health. This position will be responsible for developing policy recommendations to advance prevention in area of behavioral health; advocating for those recommendations to policymakers in the federal legislative and executive branches; and building on existing relationships and establishing new partnerships with key organizations working on these issues. This is an opportunity to work with a leading public health organization and build out a growing portfolio of work.
TFAH is a non-profit, non-partisan public health organization that promotes optimal health for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national priority. In addition to substance misuse and mental health, current focus areas at TFAH include, but are not limited to, public health funding, public health preparedness, obesity, health equity, and population health.
1. Advance a behavioral health agenda by developing and advocating for legislative and regulatory proposals in support of TFAH’s policy recommendations; provide analysis of pending legislation and regulatory proposals; and develop and advocate for TFAH’s public health funding priorities.
2. Provide a broad range of support of TFAH’s public policy objectives, including the monitoring of legislative and regulatory issues using available tools and technologies, development of supporting materials, and implementation of, outreach to, and education of, key federal policymakers.
3. Engage and mobilize external support for TFAH’s public policy and organizational priorities, including assisting in the formation and functioning of a coalition dedicated to promoting the prevention of substance misuse and suicide and building partnerships with key stakeholders.
1. Manage TFAH’s legislative and regulatory activities related to issues impacting behavioral health, and potentially other prevention and public health related issues.
2. Organize and attend relevant Congressional, Administration, and federal agency meetings, hearings, issue briefings and related activities to advance TFAH’s agenda.
3. Work with Congressional staff, coalition partners, and other stakeholders to draft legislation and regulatory comments in support of TFAH’s priorities.
4. Initiate and maintain relationships with members of Congress and their staff and executive branch officials and their staff to provide input into priorities and to build support for TFAH priority issues in Congress and the Administration.
5. Conduct research and prepare background materials, advocacy documents, testimony, regulatory comments, hearing questions, and external correspondence to policymakers.
6. Develop and advance TFAH funding priorities, and closely monitor the budget and appropriations process, including drafting appropriations backgrounders, testimony, hearing questions and report language.
7. Provide input into drafting of the Government Relations section of narrative reporting requirements for TFAH grants.
8. Establish and maintain a network of contacts with other organizations and coalitions, building partnerships to advance policy goals.
9. Work with the Communications team on relevant reports and products, helping to craft the content with regard to legislative, programmatic and/or policy recommendations and providing information on key relevant government programs, policies and funding.
10. Organize, publicize and manage Congressional briefings pertaining to issue areas assigned.
11. Other duties and tasks as assigned.
1. Bachelor’s degree in public health, political science, public policy or related field (Master’s degree in a related field preferred).
2. Five to seven years of direct federal legislative and regulatory experience, with specific experience in the behavioral health policy field. Capitol Hill experience preferred.
3. Thorough working knowledge of the federal legislative and regulatory process.
4. Excellent communication skills (interpersonal, written and verbal), including public speaking.
5. Ability to understand research and present complex concepts to audiences with limited scientific background.
6. Excellent organizational skills, the ability to think logically, and pay close attention to details.
Minimum Education Required