Director of Federal Affairs, Education

Posting Date: 4/25/2018

Location: Rockville, MD

Cluster/Team:  Government Affairs & Public Policy

Coach:  Director of Federal & Political Advocacy

Salary Range (Non-Negotiable):  $105,708 – $117,453

FLSA Exemption Status: Exempt


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This position is responsible for the identification, development, and management of strategic relationships with Members of Congress and political appointees in executive branch agencies for the purpose of advancing the education priorities of ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda on behalf of the professions of audiology and speech-language pathology.


  1. Collaborates on identifying, developing, executing, and evaluating coordinated advocacy strategies designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
  2. Carries out federal strategic lobbying activities related to advancing the education priorities of ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
  3. Identifies, develops, and manages strategic relationships with key United States Senators and Representatives, Congressional staff, and political appointees of executive branch agencies.
  4. Proposes, reviews, and offers comment as needed on relevant policy recommendations that are designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda.
  5. Identifies, develops, maintains, and leverages strategic relationships with relevant staff of external organizations, including coalitions, in accordance with relevant ASHA policies.
  6. Collaborates on strategic communications, messaging, and grassroots materials that are designed to advance ASHA’s Public Policy Agenda. Develops articles and other products for online and print communications.
  7. Advises the Director of Political Affairs on supporting Members of Congress who support the education priorities within the Association’s Public Policy Agenda, and attends political events on behalf of ASHA-PAC.


Knowledge Typically Acquired Through

  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, government, public policy, or a related field; an advanced degree is preferred
  • 5 years of experience on Capitol Hill, or direct federal lobbying experience in education policies at an association or corporation; experience as Congressional staff is strongly preferred; experience at a nonprofit association is also preferred

Scope and Depth of Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Demonstrated ability in strategic lobbying activities
  • Demonstrated ability to influence and persuade Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and/or political appointees of executive branch agencies
  • Extensive existing relationships with key Members of Congress, Congressional staff, or political appointees of executive branch agencies
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain new strategic relationships with lawmakers, policymakers, and allied stakeholders
  • Demonstrated negotiation skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of federal legislative and regulatory processes
  • Working knowledge of health care or education policies that impact ASHA is desirable
  • Working knowledge of communication sciences and disorders is desirable

Scope and Depth of Non-Technical Skills/Knowledge

  • Strong collaborative and facilitative leadership skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize, organize, and execute multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and a creative approach to work
  • Ability to work effectively under pressure with tight deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to achieve consensus when opposing viewpoints are presented

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EOE/minorities, women, persons with disabilities, veterans with disabilities and Vietnam veterans are encouraged to apply.

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