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- Government Relations & Policy Officer, DC, USA

Government Relations & Policy Officer (Washington DC, USA)

TAG Treatment Action Group (health advocacy)

 

Treatment Action Group [TAG] is an independent, activist and community-based research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, prevention, a vaccine, and a cure for HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C virus. TAG is a not-for-profit organization founded in 1992 and based in New York City.

http://www.treatmentactiongroup.org <http://www.treatmentactiongroup.org/> 

 

Description

 

Treatment Action Group [TAG], founded in 1992 as a non-profit NGO whose mission is global advocacy for treatment development and access addressing HIV, TB and HCV, as well as policy and prevention education, is seeking to hire as full-time staff the position of Government Relations & Policy Officer, to be based in Washington, DC.

 

Under the supervision of TAG's U.S. & Global Health Policy Director, the Government Relations & Policy Officer will be responsible for managing government relations and advancing the domestic and global health priorities of Treatment Action Group. The Government Relations & Policy Officer will work to strengthen TAG's advocacy and public policy priorities by focusing on legislation, federal appropriations process, administrative policy, and regulatory changes that support TAG's HIV, TB, HCV and cross-cutting advocacy work with U.S. Government, bilateral, and multilateral institutions. This position will forge and deepen partnerships with high-level officials in government agencies, elected officials, and their staff, providing leadership and education around TAG policy priorities. The Government Relations & Policy Officer will also participate in partnerships to advance relevant legislation and policies.

 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities 

 

*         Establishing strategic and effective working relationships with relevant elected officials, legislative staff, committee staff, and agency staff at the federal level and, in some cases, at the state level to introduce, educate, and raise awareness on TAG's priorities and concerns across HIV, TB, HCV, and other cross-cutting issues. 

 

*         Manage and maintain relations with government agencies (e.g, FDA, NIH/NIAID, USAID, OGAC/PEPFAR, BARDA, and CDC) to support TAG's policy priorities.

 

*         Monitor, analyze, and strategize around key policy and legislative opportunities, and political trends that impact TAG's priorities.

 

*         Craft and drive federal, and selected state, legislative and regulatory strategies and plans related to TAG's growing and evolving policy priorities.

 

*         Help organize and build capacity for meaningful grassroots engagement in TAG's HIV, TB, and HCV issues, including providing support and/or presence for Hill days.

 

*         Participate in national coalitions and other policy-making bodies in Washington, D.C. relevant to appropriations, clinical research, treatment/healthcare access, human rights, regulatory and other related issues.

 

*         Coordinate with partner organizations at the federal and state level to advocate for legislative and policy change to advance R&D, treatment, and care priorities.

 

*         Prepare and submit presentations, public comment, testimony, report language and other official materials in collaboration with partners for relevant decision-makers that advance TAG's policy priorities.

 

*         Draft and create policy briefs, press releases, action alerts, blogs, op-eds and other advocacy-related materials, communications and content for stakeholder education and grassroots mobilization, including supporting social media efforts.

 

*         Attend and participate in key meetings, consultations and conferences.

 

*         Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with appropriate TAG project staff in the shared goal of protecting or expanding research, programs, funding, and policies to address HIV, TB, HCV, and intersectional health/ social justice/ human rights issues.

 

 

 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

 

Representative knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to successfully perform this job include:

 

*         A minimum of 3 years professional experience in advocacy related to health, research & development issues, and/or HIV, TB, HCV or other infectious diseases;

 

*         Sharp interpersonal and networking skills; friendly rapport with the ability to communicate effectively in a non-partisan manner and maintain relationships;

 

*         Knowledge of political dynamics and policy processes; 

 

*         Experience in public policy, and state or federal funding stream analysis. Lobbying, advocacy, and/or government affairs work a plus;

 

*         Track record of success in managing projects or policy initiatives;

 

*         Strong leadership skills and ability to work independently;

 

*         Sound judgment, strategy, and problem-solving skills;

 

*         Must have excellent written and oral communication;

 

*         Ability to effectively manage multiple high-priority projects simultaneously;

 

*         Willingness to grasp complex subject matter; 

 

*         Interest in domestic and global health issues; 

 

*         Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability is an important institutional value.

 

Salary

 

This is a full-time position. Pay is competitive and will be commensurate with skills and experience, within the range of $60,000-$68,000 per annum. 

 

Benefits

 

TAG offers a generous benefits package, including heath/medical and vision/dental insurance for employee, spouse and children (TAG pays full premium costs), long-term and short-term disability, paid family leave, and (modest) life insurance. Employees can elect to participate in pre-tax health/medical FSA withholding, pre-tax 403(b) retirement investment, and pre-tax transit voucher options. TAG staff also receive generous annual paid time off.

 

How to apply

 

Please submit a cover letter with salary requirements, CV/resume (2 pp maximum), relevant writing sample (5 pp maximum), and 3 professional references to by September 6, 2018 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <mailto:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.> . Please, no recruiters or phone calls. 

 

TAG does not have capacity to provide visa support. Only candidates with existing authorization to work in the U.S. will be eligible. 

 

Treatment Action Group is fully committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity. Applicants are considered without regard to age, color, creed, disability, disease status, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, parental status, sex, sexual orientation, or transgender status.

 

 

Job posted on 17th August 2018

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