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American Heart Association Health Policy Analyst, National Heart Failure Initiative in Greensboro, North Carolina


Are you ready to join an organization where you can be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives?

Envision all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every single day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? you bet!

This is satisfying work that makes a real difference in people's lives. You can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. You will connect with people and make a lifesaving impact. You will partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Policy Analyst – Heart Failure in our National Center located in Washington, DC (remote/home based is acceptable). Location of the selected candidate is flexible provided location allows for effective and cost-efficient travel.

In this role, you will be responsible for researching, developing, writing and summarizing evidence based on policy related to heart failure and delivery of care, especially rehabilitation and palliative care. Additional responsibilities include translating science and developing content for national coverage determination around cardiac rehabilitation/supervised exercise therapy, developing policy briefs, fact sheets, position statements and other communications to build support for AHA’s advocacy efforts. This role convenes national partners and manages coalition for policy/advocacy work on heart failure.

This is a full time, grant funded, benefits eligible opportunity. Currently funded through 11/2023.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Translates science into policy for assigned strategic issues and policy development supporting state and federal advocacy. Develops policy statements (published and unpublished), National Coverage Determination (NCD) submissions and regulatory comments , model legislation , policy briefs , and other material to support, position and build the AHA advocacy and programmatic efforts.

  • Shepherds policy papers from conception to publication, interacts with writing groups, convenes experts from around the country. Occasionally, serves as an author in areas of expertise, manages the writing process, and balances differing opinions.

  • Working with AHA staff colleagues within and outside of Advocacy, lead and manage the convening of a coalition of strategically aligned national partners that share and are committed to assist in the advancement of the Association’s heart failure policy goals and objectives.

  • Interacts with relevant government agencies, including CMS and CDC. Represents the AHA at conferences and meetings. Will occasionally serve as a speaker on behalf of the AHA in areas of expertise

  • Represents policy research by participating on interdepartmental and intradepartmental working groups addressing quality of care, access to care, and other areas as needed.

  • Provides content in the areas of expertise to support the Advocacy Coordinating Committee and other staff and volunteer leadership governing committees, providing materials for the agenda, presenting on certain topics and serving as a liaison with volunteers.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


The successful candidate will have a familiarity with heart failure from either clinical experience or a policy background.

  • Advanced Degree - Health Science, Public Policy (Healthcare), Healthcare Administration, Political Science, or related area demonstrating understanding of health systems or quality of care.

  • Minimum of three (3) years of:

  • Experience translating science and medical research outcomes into policy.

  • Proficient knowledge of health policy issues including prevention (nutrition, obesity, physical activity, tobacco, air pollution), access to health care, health care delivery systems, and cardiovascular research.

  • Experience leading coalitions and collaborative partnerships.

  • Comprehensive writing and speaking skills.

  • Ability to develop external relationships with government agencies, national coalitions, or other potential partners for American Heart Association advocacy work.

  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.

  • Ability to meet deadlines amid competing project and program delivery requirements.

  • Ability to manage people, orient them to the team and provide a priority work stream.

  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 10% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Comprehensive proof-reading skills and attention to detail.

  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?

Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Employees scheduled to work at least 20 hours per week are eligible to participate in the medical, dental, and vision plans the first of the month following 30 days of service. AHA subsidizes the medical and dental cost to ensure benefits are affordable. Eligible dependents under AHA’s group benefit plans include legal spouse, domestic partner, children under the age of 26 or who are disabled. AHA offers additional benefits like an EAP, telehealth benefit for general medical and behavioral health, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and disability.

Retirement Plans: AHA retirement plans offer employees a way to start saving after their first paycheck. The retirement plans provides employer contributions after two years of service. If you have previous 501(c)(3) non-profit experience, within the last 5 years, at a national health agency, an institution of higher learning or a medical institution, that experience may count towards the two-year waiting period. Employees are 100% vested in employee and employer contributions.

Paid Days Off: Regular full-time and part-time employees earn Paid Time Off (PTO) based on years of service. PTO begins accruing on date of hire. Full time employees receive one paid Community Service time off day per year and are encouraged to participate in projects, programs and organizations which contribute to the health and vitality of their communities. AHA also offers 12 paid holidays per year.

Leaves of Absence: AHA offers both Short Term and Long Term Disability benefits which replace earnings if you are unable to work due to a non-work-related illness or injury. Employees are eligible for Short Term Disability after 90 days of service and are eligible for Long Term Disability after being disabled for 90 days or more. Eligible employees can take up to 12 weeks off of work for a qualified leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), intermittent FMLA leaves and leave as an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act as Amended (ADAAA.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Location US-DC-Washington

Posted Date 2 weeks ago (6/1/2021 10:09 AM)

Requisition ID 2021-6912

Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs

Job Category Advocacy

Additional Locations Diversity Distribution US - Top 50


Location: Greensboro,NC