JOB PURPOSE The Policy and Advocacy Specialist/Manager manages and supports programs and activities of the Policy and Advocacy Department. Most of their time is split between managing the development of programs and resources to support ASHG member advocacy, and supporting implementation of ASHG committee projects and activities in policy, advocacy and professional practice. They also track policy issues and drafts Society statements.
ASHG Member Advocacy o Develop and execute year-round strategies and programming to engage ASHG members in advocacy o Coordinate with government relations contract staff and oversee ASHG member advocacy programming, including the Advocate Certificate for Human Genetics and Genomics Trainees and ASHG’s annual Capitol Hill Day o Manage development of materials supporting member advocacy, including congressional fact sheets, newsletters and action alerts o Coordinate meetings and activities of the Government & Public Advocacy Committee o Track significant advances in human and genetics and genomics research. o Manage accounts with web-based advocacy platform and congressional news service o Participate in scientific community-wide advocacy events
Professional Practice o Coordinate activities of the Professional Practice and Social Implications Committee (PPSI), including meetings and review of Annual Meeting social issue track proposals o Support PPSI writing groups developing professional practice guidance for researchers and associated year-round programming o Support PPSI project development such as graduate training curriculum on ethical, legal and social issues in genetics and genomics research
Policy Development o Draft ASHG policy statements o Conduct policy research on ASHG policy priorities o Track policy topics and provide updates to senior staff and ASHG membership
Other duties o Manage policy, advocacy and professional practice web pages o Support Genetics and Public Policy Fellowship recruitment o Other duties as assigned
Education and experience
Bachelor’s degree required; advanced science or public policy-related degree a strong plus
2 years experience in science advocacy and demonstrated interest in advancing science and health policy
Excellent written communication skills
Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail
Ability to manage multiple projects independently, seek input when warranted, prioritize and meet deadlines
Ability to build and maintain productive professional working relationships, and to work collaboratively with ASHG members, staff and consultants
Competency with office technology and software suites
Professional behavior within and outside the organization
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a team
To Apply: Please send your resume and cover letter in an email titled “ASHG Policy and Advocacy Manager Role” to Adrienne.firstname.lastname@example.org. Title and salary for this position will be commensurate with experience of the successful candidate.
ASHG is a dynamic professional community of human genetics researchers, clinicians and other specialists who work at the leading edge of discovery, generating new genetic knowledge and translating it rapidly to improve human health and well-being. A non-profit founded in 1948, ASHG has 7,500 members worldwide; hosts more than 8,000 attendees annually at the world’s largest genetics and genomics meeting; publishes influential, innovative, and field-leading journals; and undertakes a growing array of public outreach, education, policy and advocacy programs throughout the year. ASHG is a dynamic and healthy organization with 26 staff, an annual budget of approximately $7 million, and substantial reserves.
ASHG offices are located in Rockville, MD near White Flint Metro in new office space with free parking, onsite fitness facility, and dining options. [Note: ASHG is currently working remotely until further notice.] We offer a work environment with a great mission, collegial team, and professional trust and respect. We also offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits, including flexible schedules and a telework policy; a generous 403(b) pension plan; and excellent vacation, ...medical and dental plans.
ASHG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from candidates of diverse backgrounds.