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American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
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Description

The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) is the leading national professional medical association dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by mental, behavioral, or developmental disorders. Established in 1953, AACAP is dedicated to advancing the psychiatric standards of care for children and adolescents through advocacy, education, research, and the professional development of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers. The AACAP affiliated 501(c)(6) American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and related AACAP-PAC advocates for the advancement of children’s mental health. As the only PAC representing child and adolescent psychiatrists, the AACAP-PAC is the voice of child and adolescent psychiatry on Capitol Hill.

POSITION SUMMARY: 

The Director of Government Affairs provides strategic oversight of the federal and state government affairs program and develops, evaluates, and advances AACAP’s federal priorities regarding mental health reform and child and adolescent psychiatry. This position leads AACAP’s advocacy agenda in accordance with policies set by AACAP leadership and provides strategic oversight of the American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the 501(c)(6), and related AACAP-PAC activities.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Recommends and develops AACAP’s federal and state legislative agenda, in line with AACAP policy, in coordination with the Executive Director/CEO and AACAP leadership, including the Executive Committee and Council, member committees, and internal staff. 
  • Serves as the main point of contact with members of Congress, federal officials, and the Administration to develop, negotiate, and advance legislation and regulations, and drafts appropriate correspondence to help strengthen and maintain AACAP’s role as the leader in issues relating to child and adolescent psychiatry.
  • Works with the Executive Director/CEO and staff leadership team to strengthen collaboration between AACAP and allied organizations, including other physician specialty organizations, patient/consumer organizations, and leading mental health organizations. 
  • Writes clear and concise issue briefs, analysis, letters of support, or action alerts, among other correspondence, often with quick turnaround, to Congressional offices, committees, federal agencies, and the Administration to advance the interests of AACAP members.    
  • Responds to AACAP members’ inquiries regarding federal policy or regulation and develops policy-focused advocacy tools for their use to help advance AACAP advocacy priorities,
  • Develops targeted grassroots campaigns on timely issues; uses the Assembly of Regional Organizations of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Advocacy Liaisons as a legislative network.
  • Coordinates with Clinical Practice Staff on regulatory issue of importance to the field. 
  • Maintains a network of AACAP members necessary to support emergency or targeted legislative actions.
  • Participates in major healthcare/child-related coalitions where representation is needed and conveys information to AACAP leadership and membership regularly.
  • Maintains updated knowledge on legislation pertaining to the healthcare delivery system and financing, specifically mental health financing and services, child mental health systems, mental health parity, telehealth, and other issues relevant to child psychiatry and children’s mental health.
  • Coordinates with the Executive Director/CEO and Communications Department on AACAP presidential statements and relevant press inquiries, as needed.
  • Staffs AACAP’s Delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD), including reviewing reports and resolutions, making recommendations, and serving as a resource to AACAP’s HOD delegation during HOD annual and interim meetings.
  • Provides professional guidance and support to the Advocacy Committee and Children and the Law Committee.
  • Maintains positive working relationships with elected officials, federal agencies, allied organizations, and other key stakeholders.
  • In collaboration with AACAP’s Advocacy Committee, directs the annual Legislative Conference with significant participation from AACAP members and possible family advocates.
  • Communicates legislative and regulatory developments to AACAP membership and interested parties through various communication vehicles, including legislative alerts and AACAP’s Advocacy Updates.
  • Develops and manages the Department of Government Affairs annual budget.
  • Oversees the administration of AACAP-PAC, to ensure sound financial management and compliance with applicable federal election laws and regulations and increase member involvement in AACAP-PAC activities.
  • Files timely required Federal Lobbying Disclosure Act submissions.

OTHER DUTIES INCLUDE:

  • Attends Board Meetings, the Annual Meeting, Committee Meetings, Directors’ Meetings, and manages all assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • Identifies, develops, and administers grants and contracts from diverse sources to fund and support departmental activities..
  • Acts as a leader in Presidential Initiatives and special Task Forces as they pertain to the Government Affairs Department.
  • Motivates and implements training programs for team members to develop skills and clarify roles and responsibilities while building a supportive team environment.
  • Ensure that SOPs related to Government Affairs are reviewed and updated to clarify roles and responsibilities.
  • Work with Directors, members, and Committees to support AACAP’s mission and policies.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director/CEO.


Requirements

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree required; related graduate degree preferred.
  • Minimum of ten years of professional experience in government relations, preferably working as Congressional staff, within a health care membership association’s department of government affairs, or a healthcare-related agency.
  • At least five years of management and supervisory experience leading a team.
  • Expertise and extensive experience in the legislative and regulatory processes.
  • Current and relevant connections and relationships to key Congressional allies and federal agencies.
  • Analytical skills to set and implement the legislative agenda, which includes negotiating provisions supporting AACAP policies.
  • Excellent oral skills for addressing large meetings, small conferences, and one-on-one encounters.
  • Strong writing skills for testimony, legislative alerts, reports, correspondence, newsletter articles, and special projects.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of staff and membership.
  • Minimum 3 to 5 years of experience working with a PAC (Political Action Committee).
  • Thorough knowledge of psychiatric service delivery, managed care, and major organizations involved in each.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and effectively develop ideas and concepts into products and services.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with AACAP and component members, staff, and professionals from organizations with which AACAP is associated.
  • Strong knowledge of children’s mental health issues a plus.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57955982
  • Location:
    Washington, Dist. Columbia, United States
  • Position Title: Director of Government Affairs
  • Company Name: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Category: Director
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: BA/BS/Undergraduate
  • Min Experience: Over 10 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

Mission Statement The mission of AACAP is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.

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