American Heart Association Government Relations Director in Sacramento, California


Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine 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 day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can 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 is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


As an integral member of a strong Government Relations team, the Director manages, plans, directs, and implements the advocacy program for the State of California to influence local, state, and national public issues related to the AHA/ASA’s mission. This is achieved by lobbying, mobilizing volunteer, staff and coalition resources in developing and responding to cardiovascular public health and organizational issues.The position also identifies, cultivates and manages state health alliances that support and enhance the AHA/ASA’s ability to achieve its strategic goals and objectives.

Major Duties I nclude:

  • Serve as lobbyist in an assigned geographic location and be present for all pertinent legislative meetings and critical regulatory action.

  • Represent the AHA/ASA before decision making bodies, including but not limited to providing testimony at public meetings and hearings, prepping champions, legislators and staff, providing letters of support or other written materials and direct lobbying of key decision makers.

  • Work collaboratively with staff and volunteers to develop an Advocacy and Government Relations Plan and oversee its implementation.

  • Develop strategies and tactics to achieve policy objectives, working in collaboration with policy, grassroots and communications departments.

  • Negotiate with lobbyists and interest groups.

  • Monitor legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the AHA/ASA and apprises appropriate volunteers and staff of emerging advocacy issues.

  • Develop and maximize strategic relationshipswith local, state and federal public and elected officials, organizations, corporations and the state agencies to ensure that activities and efforts are directed to effectively address the issues related to heart disease, stroke and related risk factors.

  • Serve as consultant to staff and volunteers on advocacy related issues


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in political science, public administration, health education, health administration, or related discipline.

  • Minimum of 3 - 5 years' experience in legislative/lobbying, public policy/government relations, political campaigns, state or local government, managing community health promotion, educational programs, or related field.

  • Knowledge of government relations, public policy, and political process at the state, local and federal levels.

  • Demonstrated excellence in written communications skills.

  • Demonstrated skills in effective one-on-one and group communications and work with all levels of government and community leaders.

  • Experience with coalition development and management.

  • Ability to effectively direct, coach, monitor, and supervise professional volunteers.

  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of strategic planning, budgeting, and managing work.

  • Demonstrated ability to simultaneously manage multiple, complex projects in varying stages of development under time pressure.

  • Ability to handle negotiation and work collaboratively in a team environment.

  • Ability to demonstrate good organizational skills and the ability to plan and act independently on projects with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and, as needed, outside standard business hours.

  • Ability to travel in the geographical area served, and to travel on overnight business trips as required.

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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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