Position: Associate Director of Legislative and Political Affairs

Reports to: Director of Government Affairs

Supervises: None

Budget Responsibilities: WAMPAC Budget

Overall Accountability: The Associate Director of Legislative and Political Affairs reports directly to the Director of Government Affairs and assists in the development and execution of the WSMA’s legislative and political action agenda and strategic plan.

This position:

  • Is responsible for coordinating the activities of WSMA’s political action committee (WAMPAC) and ensuring WAMPAC’s compliance with all federal and state campaign finance laws and regulations, in coordination with the Director of Government Affairs.
  • Supports the WSMA’s advocacy work on the state and federal level.
  • Works in coordination with, as directed to by the Director of Government Affairs, the Director of Policy.
  • Represents the Association in many capacities including representation with state agencies, the legislature, the executive branch, and affiliated membership organizations and other stakeholders.

Specific Responsibilities: Specific responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following:

Legislative:

  • Identify, research, and track state legislative issues relevant to health care and the practice of medicine.
  • Assist in developing and advancing the WSMA’s legislative agenda.
  • Assist in the development of reports and communications of the WSMA’s legislative and political advocacy efforts.
  • Assist in the organization and support of the annual WSMA Legislative Summit, as well as other membership meetings.
  • Coordinate, when appropriate, state legislative and political initiatives with the WSMA and its partners related to federal and state legislative and political initiatives.
  • Attend and coordinate as requested, meetings with state officials, key state and legislative members and staff, and health care related organizations and coalitions.
  • Represent the WSMA at relevant health care related and associated events.
  • Assume other responsibilities as requested by the Director of Government Affairs in support of the department’s goals and objectives.

Political Affairs:

  • Manage the administration of WAMPAC to ensure sound financial management and compliance with applicable federal, state, and local election laws.
  • In coordination with the Director of Government Affairs, manage the activities of the WAMPAC Board of Directors, including preparation of agendas, presentations, financial reports, official minutes, and grassroots outreach strategy.
  • In coordination with the Director of Government Affairs, develop and maintain an annual budget for WAMPAC activities.
  • In coordination with the Director of Government Affairs, develop strategies for engagement on political campaigns, including directing contributions and other relevant activities.
  • Prepare regular reports of all internal WAMPAC activities, including documentation of WAMPAC activities, revenues and expenses, communication materials, and analysis for the WSMA staff and leadership.
  • Develop strong working relationships with PACs at other entities such as the AMA, fundraising consultants, the WSMA members, key leaders and others, as directed.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with members, candidates, legislators, statewide officials, the executive branch, individuals, and groups and coalitions (may include medical organizations and associations).
  • Coordinate meetings/interviews with candidates for office and other events related to membership grassroots outreach.
  • Represent WAMPAC as needed before all levels of the WSMA employees and members.
  • Oversee the WAMPAC Diamond Club, including efforts to promote participation among membership.
  • Coordinate the vote-tracking system to help guide the activities of WAMPAC and the WSMA.
  • Assume other responsibilities as requested by the Director of Government Affairs in support of the department’s goals and objectives.

Position Requirements

Required:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent.
  • Knowledge and background in campaign activities, including operations of Political Action Committees, fundraising, solicitation or money-raising techniques, and familiarity with federal, state and local election laws.
  • Knowledge of federal and state policymaking processes.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written skills.
  • Ability to multitask and work toward achieving desired outcomes.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Proficiency with technology and electronic research.
  • Ability to employ clear, comprehensive, and consistent methods of communication with Director of Government Affairs, including but not limited to populating and sharing of
  • calendars, frequent written/verbal updates, and accounting of ongoing projects, responsibilities and assignments.

Preferred:

  • Two or more years of PAC or other relevant fundraising and/or election/campaign experience.
  • Two or more years of legislative staff experience.
  • Public speaking, advocacy, and leadership skills.
  • Experience with budgets and financial management.

Starting salary DOE plus an excellent benefits package including medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, vacation, holiday and sick pay.

Interested candidates may submit a resume to WSMA Government Affairs Director Sean Graham at Sean@wsma.org.

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