Manager, Federal Affairs

    • Job Tracking ID: 611
    • Job Location: Washington, DC
    • Job Level: Management
    • Level of Education: BA/BS
    • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
    • Date Updated: January 13, 2021
    • Years of Experience: 5 - 7 Years
    • Starting Date: ASAP
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Job Description:


CHA advances child health through innovation in the quality, cost, and delivery of care. Representing 220 members, CHA is the voice of our member hospitals nationally. These hospitals are essential providers, setting the standard for the highest quality pediatric care while training the next generation of pediatricians. With its members, CHA champions policies that enable pediatric hospitals to better serve children; leverages its position as the pediatric leader in data analytics to facilitate national collaborative and research efforts to improve performance; and spreads best practices to benefit the children of our nation. CHA has offices in Lenexa, KS, and Washington, DC.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


Manages, plans, performs and coordinates legislative activities in support of CHA’s public policy agenda. Serves as registered lobbyist representing the CHA. Facilitates and organizes CHA member activity in support of efforts to advance CHA priority issues focusing on Congress while supporting policy implementation with detailed legislative expertise.


Manages Federal Affairs Issue Portfolio

  • Participates in the development of CHA’s Federal Affairs agenda.
  • Leads team legislative efforts related to assigned public policy issues including:
  • tracking relevant congressional activity, introduction of legislation and committee action;
    • review of legislation and amendments;
    • activities supporting the introduction and sponsorship of CHA-supported legislation, generation of support for and movement through the legislative process;
    • coordinating with Policy Analysis team regarding reviewing rules to determine impact on children’s hospitals and CHA’s position;
    • participation in congressional meetings, hearings, and briefings
  • Manages and develops legislative advocacy materials such as testimony, fact sheets, talking points, white papers, letters, public statements and articles. Coordinates with Policy Analysis staff regarding actions taken by the Executive branch to inform legislative advocacy activities, reviewing policy and advocacy documents as needed for accuracy and developing policy educational materials as appropriate
  • Ensures consistent public policy messaging in partnership with External Affairs, Data/Analytics, and other CHA staff
  • Coordinates and collaborates with CHA departments to achieve public policy and organization-wide strategic goals

Serves as a registered lobbyist representing CHA

  • Influences direction of federal legislation impacting children’s hospitals
  • Develops successful working partnerships with members of Congress, congressional staff, and other federal officials in support of advancing CHA’s public policy agenda as a registered federal lobbyist
  • Builds and participates in coalitions including advocates for children’s health, hospital associations, and other public-policy focused organizations to garner support among allied organizations for policy positions supporting children’s hospital’s priorities
  • Prepares, coordinates review, and submits all required lobbying disclosure paperwork
  • Represents CHA before Congress, leveraging expertise within children’s hospitals and CHA to support public policy agenda

Engages Association Membership in Public Policy Activities

  • Develops and maintains strong relationships with hospital members, particularly with government relations staff, while working with senior hospital leadership including CEOs, to engage hospital participation in coordinated efforts to advance the public policy agenda
  • Works with member hospitals in assessing and developing potential champions within Congress, developing public policy positions, and understanding policy proposals impact on children’s hospitals
  • Disseminates information to children’s hospitals on relevant Congressional activity through variety of platforms, including conference calls, written communications, briefings, webinars, CHA educational meetings, conferences and presentations
  • Organizes and leads outlets for hospital engagement on key issues, such as workgroups, webinars, or written requests for feedback/input
  • Responds to hospital information requests, assists with preparation for congressional visits or contact with congressional staff, and accompanies hospital staff on lobbying visits
  • Serves as key resource on federal policy issues relating to children’s hospitals. Provides detailed technical assistance
  • Engages hospital staff on CHA’s overall efforts and their implications for the public policy agenda

Managerial Duties and Responsibilities

  • Leads direct reports with an understanding of how dynamics, personalities and talents work together to build a strong team
  • Coaches, mentors and actively engages in professional development of staff by providing or supporting opportunities to broaden and enrich roles
  • Exhibits integrity while building trust and rapport with staff to encourage honest conversations, conflict resolution and the appreciation of diversity. Fosters a spirit of teamwork and collaboration that results in better work
  • Consciously demonstrates a workplace culture that is consistent with CHA’s and emphasizes the mission, vision and values
  • Implements office procedures and protocols in accordance with organizational policies and promotes compliance leading by example
  • Provides leadership by clearly communicating through all available channels. Facilitates methods to help team members report progress and evaluates results
  • Works with direct reports to establish clear and manageable priorities and guides effective workload management
  • Empowers and challenges staff through effective delegation and provides opportunities for growth, enabling greater ownership and contributions to results while promoting accountability

Experience and Skills:


  • Bachelor’s degree, Master preferred, in political science, public policy, health care administration or related field.

Experience and Special Skills:

  • Minimum of five years of professional experience in public policy or related field
  • Knowledge and experience with federal/state government, legislative relations, or grassroots advocacy
  • Demonstrated expertise working on complex policy issues affecting children and children’s hospitals such as Medicaid, health insurance, patient care, research, teaching and public health
  • Ability to work with public policy makers and staff of all ideologies
    • Strong research, analytical, organizational, and information management skills
    • Ability to write and communicate clearly and concisely
    • Ability to pursue strategic goals, including lobbying Congress while independent or in advocacy coalitions
    • Ability to juggle multiple issues and projects to achieve results on a timely basis
    • Ability to work independently as well as across CHA to coordinate information and activities
    • Develop, manage, and assess projects and new information services
    • Supervise, develop, and mentor professional staff including delegation of duties and issue ownership