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American Heart Association Federal Government Relations Manager in Washington, District Of Columbia


As we celebrate our Centennial year, we invite you to join us in shaping the next century of impact. Be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives as we remain devoted to a future of health and hope for everyone, everywhere. At the American Heart Association, your contribution matters, and so does your career.

The American Heart Association has a great opportunity for a Federal Government Relations Manager with our Federal Advocacy Team in our Washington, DC office.

Under the direction of the Director, Federal Government Relations, the Government Relations Manager represents the American Heart Association before Congress, the Executive Branch, and coalition partners on a portfolio of legislative issues including preserving and expanding healthcare access through the Medicare, Medicaid, and Affordable Care Act programs; women and children’s health; cardiac rehabilitation; and peripheral artery disease. The Government Relations Manager also serves as the federal subject matter expert for the American Heart Association.

The Association offers many resources to help you maintain work-life harmonization through your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university, as well as additional training and support, locally.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity, equity & inclusion, our focus on work-life harmonization and our Guiding Values. Discover why you will Be Seen. Be Heard. Be Valued™ at the American Heart Association by following us on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), and at


  • Identify, develop, and recommend a portfolio of issues and policy objectives within assigned content areas that further the mission of the association through federal advocacy.

  • Develop strategies and tactics to achieve policy objectives, working in collaboration with policy, grassroots, media advocacy, and internal matrix teams.

  • Work closely with communications and grassroots to develop messaging to the media and volunteers, as necessary.

  • Develop and maintain strong relationships and channels of communication primarily with Congressional offices, and as appropriate, executive branch agency staff.

  • Work closely with a variety of coalitions or organizations, including facilitating leadership roles as appropriate.

  • Lead or serve on integrated matrix team(s) within assigned issue areas.

  • Retain expertise in issue areas and monitor relevant legislative issues.

  • Work closely with policy department to develop fact sheets, briefing memos, talking points, testimony, report language, and other materials relevant to assigned issue areas.

  • Provide relevant verbal and written updates and briefings to American Heart Association leadership and volunteers.

  • Develop strong relationships with American Heart Association staff in other departments and monitor and report on issues relevant to their work.

  • Request and participate in meetings with Congressional and relevant federal agency staff.

  • Work with appropriate field staff to coordinate actions between the federal and state level.

  • Serve as a resource to other advocacy staff on access-related legislative issues.

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


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Policy, History, Sociology, or a related field of policy study.

  • Minimum of five (5) years professional experience working in public policy.

  • Knowledge of and background in issues related to access to care (Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to present effectively to small and large groups.

  • Demonstrated success with policy goals.

  • Ability to work independently, as part of a team, and as a team or coalition leader.

  • Ability to operate with minimum supervision, take initiative, and produce results.

  • Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines.

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

  • Master's degree in public policy, political science, public administration, or related field.

  • Five or more years’ experience working on Capitol Hill or in an executive branch agency.

Compensation & Benefits

The American Heart Association invests in its people. Here are the main components of our total rewards package. Visit Rewards & Benefits to see more details.

  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments, as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – You are rewarded for achieving success by merit increases and incentive programs, based on the type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, along with a robust retirement program that includes an employer match and automatic contribution. As a mark of our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program and telemedicine, and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You can join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the Association’s national online university, with more than 100,000 resources designed to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work-Life Harmonization – The Association offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days will increase based on seniority level. You will also have a total of 12 paid holidays off each year, which includes several days off at the end of the year.

  • Tuition Assistance - We support the career development of all employees. This program provides financial assistance to employees who wish to further their education and career in relation to their current duties and responsibilities, or for potential future positions in the organization.

The American Heart Association’s 2024 Goal: Every person deserves the opportunity for a full, healthy life. As champions for health equity, by 2024, the American Heart Association will advance cardiovascular health for all, including identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives, regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, age, language, sexual orientation, national origin and physical or cognitive abilities. We're committed to ensuring our workforce, workplace culture and mission have a shared impact across a diverse set of backgrounds.

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Posted Date 1 month ago (4/23/2024 11:17 AM)

Requisition ID 2024-13166

Job Category Advocacy

Position Type Full Time