DEPARTMENT: Government Affairs and Clinical Practice
REPORTS TO: Director of Government Affairs and Clinical Practice
The Deputy Director of Congressional and Political Affairs works with the Director of Government Affairs and Clinical Practice to advance AACAP’s legislative and political agenda and educate members of Congress about issues of importance to the profession. This position is AACAP’s representative at various coalition meetings and is a dedicated lobbyist on Capitol Hill. The Deputy Director also oversees the day-to-day operations of AACAP-PAC. Primary responsibilities include directly communicating with and lobbying Congressional Members and staff, as well as drafting documents for Congress lobbying and advocacy. This position supervises a staff of two.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Establish relationships with and influence Members of Congress and their staff, and executive branch political appointees and elected officials. Represent AACAP at political and public policy events.
Represent AACAP with allied organizations.
Identify and analyze federal legislation pertinent to AACAP.
Research and draft correspondence, reports, papers and articles on legislative issues for a variety of audiences. Arrange direct contacts between AACAP members and members of Congress and/or staff, as appropriate.
Develop materials for meetings with congressional offices and staff. Seek opportunities for AACAP members to engage with the Executive and legislative branch officials, including but not limited to Congressional hearings and or briefings.
Coordinate AACAP’s Legislative Conference, hill briefings, and other departmental campaigns aimed at special legislative goals and targeted AACAP policies and programs.
Promote joint activities with other AACAP departments.
Collaboration with Advocacy Groups
Serve as AACAP’s representative to various coalitions.
Directly communicate AACAP legislative interests with coalition groups.
Collaborate with other organizations, as appropriate, in developing joint materials, Congressional briefings, grassroots campaigns, and other events that will promote AACAP policies regarding child and adolescent psychiatry.
Organize special meetings and/or nurture coalitions to develop and advance legislative strategies.
Manage daily activities of AACAP-PAC.
Ensure compliance with all FEC regulations, reporting requirements, and federal laws.
With AACAP-PAC Treasurer oversight, coordinate and maintain PAC receipts and disbursements with Finance Department.
Oversee all AACAP-PAC record-keeping.
Oversee AACAP-PAC reports and communications for internal and external audiences.
Oversee management of PAC solicitation campaigns.
Oversee management of PAC fundraising events and actively participate in face-to-face events, as scheduled and needed.
Oversee management of PAC fundraising materials.
Educate AACAP members, including the AACAP-PAC Board of Directors, on proper and legal fundraising methods.
Manage the AACAP-PAC Board of Directors.
Plan AACAP-PAC Board Meetings with staff assistance
Plan and execute formal and informal fundraising trainings for AACAP-PAC Board Members and Association Members.
Attend most PAC fundraisers on behalf of AACAP-PAC.
Write and disseminate information to AACAP members on legislative issues affecting child and adolescent psychiatry and children’s mental illnesses.
Contribute and advise on committee projects
Staff AACAP committees, Task Forces, Work Groups and any other projects or initiatives, as assigned.
Manage government affairs-related activities for the AACAP’s Annual Meeting.
Manage other activities, as assigned, for special meetings and initiatives under the direction of the Director of Government Affairs and Clinical Practice.
Education and Training: Bachelor’s Degree required in political science, health policy, or similar education and experience with at least 5 years’ Hill experience and/or comparable association staff experience.
Familiarity with child mental health issues and medicine a plus.
Willingness to learn and update knowledge of the health care system, including the specific issues of child and adolescent psychiatry.
Demonstrated skills and proficiency in written and verbal communications.
Knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes and language.
Ability to supervise staff.
Solid computer skills, MS Word, Excel, Power Point, and internet savvy.
Ability to coordinate on-going projects simultaneously.
Demonstrated ability to work within deadlines.
Knowledge of office procedures and organizational strategies.
Internal Number: DDPA_0320
About American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The Mission of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 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.
The Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership based organization, composed of over 9,500 child and adolescent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.
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