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Government Relations Manager
Trust for America's Health in Washington, DC
 
 
 
Date Posted 09/07/2021
Category
Admin-Public Relations, Marketing and Communications
Philanthropy-Administrative-Non-profit
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), a leading public health policy, research and advocacy
organization, has an opening for a Government Relations Manager with a focus on chronic
disease prevention. The Government Relations Manager will be responsible for developing and
managing the legislative and regulatory strategy on a range of priority issues focused on chronic
disease prevention, including obesity, nutrition and physical activity, social determinants of
health, health equity, and federal appropriations that impact public health and prevention.
The Government Relations Manager also works with other departments at TFAH to help develop
related policy recommendations and reports, and organizes outreach to partner organizations.
This individual will work closely with Government Relations colleagues to cultivate and
maintain relationships with key Congressional and Administration staff; draft background
documents, testimony, hearing questions, and other advocacy documents; and represent TFAH
and its positions in both public and private meetings.
TFAH is a non-profit, non-partisan organization in Washington, DC that promotes optimal health
for every person and community and makes the prevention of illness and injury a national
priority. TFAH envisions a nation where prevention and health equity are foundational to
policymaking at all levels of society. Some focus areas at TFAH include public health funding,
public health preparedness, obesity, health equity, social determinants of health, substance
misuse and suicide, and healthy aging. Examples of TFAH reports and related materials are
available at: http://www.tfah.org.
Ongoing Responsibilities
1. Manage TFAH’s legislative and regulatory activities related to issues impacting
chronic disease prevention, social determinants of health, and obesity, and potentially
other prevention and public health related issues.
2. Develop and advance TFAH funding priorities, and closely monitor the budget and
appropriations process, including drafting appropriations backgrounders, testimony,
hearing questions and report language.
3. Help to develop and advance strategy for TFAH’s policy priorities.
4. Organize and attend relevant Congressional and Administration meetings, hearings,
issue briefings and related activities in order to advance TFAH’s agenda.
5. Work with Congressional staff, coalition partners, and other stakeholders to draft
legislation and regulatory comments in support of TFAH’s priorities.
6. Initiate and maintain relationships with members of Congress and their staff and
executive branch officials to provide input into priorities and to build support for
TFAH priority issues in Congress and the Administration.
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7. Conduct research and prepare background materials, advocacy documents, testimony,
regulatory comments, hearing questions, and external correspondence to policymakers.
8. Work with the Communications and Policy Research team on relevant reports and
products, helping to craft the content with regard to legislative, programmatic and/or
policy recommendations and providing information on key relevant government
programs, policies and funding.
9. Provide input into drafting of Government Relations section of narrative reporting
requirements for TFAH grants and contracts.
10. Establish and maintain a network of contacts with other organizations and coalitions,
building partnerships to advance policy goals.
11. Organize and manage Congressional briefings pertaining to issue areas assigned.
12. Other duties and tasks as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
1. Bachelor’s degree in public health, political science, public policy or related field (Master’s
degree preferred).
2. Four to six years of direct federal legislative and regulatory experience. Capitol Hill or
federal advocacy experience preferred, and background in public health is a plus.
3. Thorough working knowledge of the federal legislative and regulatory process.
4. Excellent communication skills (interpersonal, written, and verbal), including public
speaking.
5. Ability to understand research and present complex concepts to audiences with little
scientific background.
6. Excellent organizational skills, the ability to think logically, and pay close attention to
details.
7. Ability to organize and partner with grassroots and professional constituencies in support of
policy goals.
8. Ability to work both independently and with a team with confidence and reliability.
9. Knowledge of the use of technology and information systems to build broad-based support
for priority issues.
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Supervision
This position reports to the Director of Government Relations. Salary and title commensurate
with experience and qualifications.
To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to esarfo@tfah.org. Please, no
calls or faxes.

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