Director of Policy and Advocacy
Research!America (R!A) is the nation’s leading nonprofit membership alliance advocating for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all. We are seeking a Director of Policy and Advocacy with experience on Capitol Hill, a comprehensive understanding of federal health and medical research policy, and exceptional problem-solving skills to strengthen our team. In this role, reporting to and working closely with the Senior Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, you will supervise 3 direct reports and be deeply involved in formulating and executing policy and advocacy objectives, as well as contributing to alliance member recruitment and stewardship, development, and other organization-wide priorities.
The US is at a pivotal point in history—the pipeline of medical research funding is under threat for the first time in over a decade while our understanding of current and potential health crises has never been clearer. There is tremendous scientific opportunity, but funding is essential for continued progress. You will work with our team to champion scientific innovation across the multiple sectors involved in its advancement, advocate for research that advances health, and urge Congress and the administration to increase funding for key agencies (NIH, CDC, FDA, AHRQ, and NSF). We will look to you to take a problem-solving, service-oriented approach to creating advocacy strategies and policy solutions, leveraging cross-partisan common ground while working toward our vision of achieving the fastest possible pace of medical and public health progress to benefit all.
In this role, you will have the opportunity to make a significant societal impact, helping shape the future of medical progress and public health. Diplomacy, discernment, and the ability to interface with high-level research and development ecosystem leaders, members of Congress, federal officials, key congressional and executive branch staff, and members of Research!America’s Board of Directors will be central to your success.
How You’ll Make an Impact
Working closely with the SVP, you will assume responsibility for ensuring the Policy and Advocacy team meets and exceeds its objectives. You will be essential in building our team’s capacity to map out strategy and respond quickly and effectively to the challenges and opportunities bearing on federal funding for medical and health research and the surrounding policy environment. Key focus areas include:
Work Environment, Salary, and Benefits
Research!America is a nonprofit medical and health research advocacy alliance that advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all. Together with our member organizations representing a vast array of medical, health, and scientific fields, our goals are: (1) Achieve funding for medical and health research from the public and private sectors at a level warranted by scientific opportunity and supported by public opinion. (2) Better inform the public of the benefits of medical and health research and the institutions that perform research. (3) Motivate the public to actively support medical and health research and the complementary sciences that make advances possible. (4) Promote and empower a more active public and political life by individual members of the research community on behalf of medical and health research, public health, and science overall.
We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position description; we will consider people from a variety of backgrounds and career experiences.
Use the "Apply" button on this page or simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Research!America – Director Policy Advocacy #2024-2819 SA” as the subject of the email.
Job responsibilities are similar to the following positions: Director of Advocacy, Director of Policy, Legislative Director, Legislative Assistant.
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