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Director, Healthcare Policy Policy and Government Affairs (Washington, D.C.)

Summary of Position:
This Director, Healthcare Policy will work with member companies, federal, state and local officials, trade associations, and other third-party stakeholders as an industry advocate. 
The Director, Healthcare Policy will chart the direction for the Association’s legislative and regulatory approach to healthcare policy.  The Director, Healthcare Policy will also be responsible for alerting internal groups to relevant legal and regulatory developments.  She/he will also support the Association’s lobbying and advocacy activities with federal, state and local officials, and communicate the restaurant industry’s position on healthcare policy issues to all stakeholders (member companies, Board of Directors, elected officials, etc).  
Principle Duties:
Lead the Healthcare Policy legislative agenda to accomplish Association and departmental goals.
Serve as the team lead on all issues within the Healthcare policy portfolio working cross-functionally with the federal, state and local, research, grassroots, political and communications teams.
Execute issue management process for all legislative and regulatory issues in the areas affecting healthcare policy. 
Track and analyze legislative and regulatory developments and proposals within the healthcare policy portfolio.
Attend Congressional hearings, press briefings, legislative briefings and committee mark-ups, and fully participate in advancing the Association’s legislative agenda at the federal, state and local levels.  
Attend meetings, media briefings, or hearings as assigned and interpreting these events for the Association membership through written and oral communication.
Conduct legislative research and analysis to support Association policy strategy and development.  Responsibilities include writing legislative updates to Association members, and preparing written materials for Congress and the administration to support the industry’s advocacy efforts.  
Work with third party advocacy organizations and associations to promote the Association’s strategic advocacy programs.
Analyzing new legislative, policy and regulatory proposals as they arise, keeping other members of the Association staff informed. 
Draft Congressional testimony, state and local legislative testimony as well as assist in drafting regulatory comments on topics of interest to the industry. Work with communications team to prepare press statements.
Prepare reports and legislative summaries on a regular basis to inform and mobilize NRA's membership on current and upcoming legislative matters.
Present speeches to help communicate the industry's views on federal legislative and government affairs issues.
Work in a team setting to develop and execute strategies to advance NRA’s legislative priorities.
Secondary Duties:
Work on special projects and other duties as required helping to promote department’s success.
Position Specifications:
Essential Training/Certifications:
Bachelor’s in Political Science or related Field
Minimum 3-5 years of experience in federal legislative and regulatory healthcare policy
Essential Skills/Knowledge: 
Strong writing, reading and math skills
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely
Computer literate (Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint applications)
Broad fundamental knowledge of the regulatory process 
Basic knowledge of office equipment such as fax and telephone
Ability to maintain confidentiality of work records
Strong organizational skills
Flexible and resilient
Problem-solving skills
Time management skills
Strong interpersonal and diplomacy skills 
Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently
Demonstrative abilities in collaborative team building and consensus
Exceptional analytical and critical thinking skills
Fundamental understanding of the restaurant industry/business environment
Significant communication skills in written and verbal formats; showcases clear and concise manner
Ability to persuasively communicate complex concepts and programs to government regulators 
Ability to work as part of a team and to work independently; a self initiator, versatile and assumes risk with responsibility
Essential Mental Requirements:
Must be able to work as an integral part of the Public Affairs team
Must be able to maintain good rapport with all departments
Must be able to cope within a fast-paced work environment
Must be able to manage multiple projects with minimal supervision 
Must be able to understand the importance of the position for the success of the business
Ability to accept changes and be flexible
Be on time and with a minimal amount of absence
Must be able to act with honor, character and integrity

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