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Director, Advocacy and Government Relations

Date: August 8, 2017

Position Title: Director, Advocacy and Government Relations

Reports To: Chief Executive Officer

Status: Exempt

Position Summary:

Responsible for Society’s legislative, federal, state, private payer and liaison activities. Responsible for development of key Congressional, government agency and coalition relationships; all matters of advocacy and public policy-related media relations for the society.


  • Oversees strategic direction of ASAM federal, state and private sector relations activities.
  • Oversees development of public policy statements, and policy position papers.
  • Oversees the development of letters, comments and testimony in response to federal, state, and private sector policies on behalf of the Society.
  • Organizes legislative advocacy events on Capitol Hill and other grassroots lobbying efforts for ASAM members.
  • Serves as liaison for Congressional staff, government agencies, partner associations, coalitions and ASAM.
  • Monitors and reports federal and state addiction medicine-related legislation, regulation and other related government and private payer initiatives.
  • Manages ASAM’s coalition activities – those launched by ASAM and those where ASAM is a participant.
  • Supports ASAM’s media relations, including reporter inquiries, press releases, and press conferences on government affairs and public policy topics.
  • Supervises and manages work of Policy Advisor, Private Sector Relations Manager, Advocacy Coordinator, State Government Manager, ASAM’s lobbying consultants, and other contractors, as needed.
  • Recruits and manages program interns.
  • Assures that content on key sections of ASAM website (e.g., advocacy and practice support) are kept up-to-date.
  • Supports ASAM’s role within the American Medical Association (AMA) as staff support to ASAM’s AMA delegation and the AMA Opioid Task Force.
  • Serves as staff support for Legislative Advocacy Committee, and Board-commissioned task forces as appropriate.

Works closely with:

  • EVP/CEO, Board of Directors and Chapter Presidents
  • Marketing, Membership and Communications staff
  • Publications staff
  • Professional Development staff

Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Public Policy or a related field or equivalent government relations experience required.
  • Knowledge of addiction policy issues.
  • Experience working with MS Office products, membership databases, website content management systems and legislative tracking software.
  • Experience working directly with elected leadership
  • Proven success with constituent outreach and coalition building

Skills and Abilities:

  • Must be creative, organized and detail oriented
  • Excellent research, writing and presentation skills
  • Ability to work within and meet tight deadlines in an environment of shifting priorities
  • Some travel required

To Apply: Please submit a resume and a cover letter to hr@ASAM.org describing your interest in the position and how your skills match the requirements.

Competitive salary range with a robust benefits package.


ASAM provides equal opportunity to all staff. No person shall be discriminated against because of race, color, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, physical handicaps, marital status, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or any other category that is protected by federal law or the laws of the state of Maryland.

ASAM Staff Values: As an organization, our work has national and generational impact. We are an energetic, scrappy, and resilient team who are passionately dedicated to providing hope and redemption in the addiction field. Our safe, positive and professional work environment allows us to celebrate both our successes and shortcomings. We help and support each other as a family of compassionate individuals. We work with pride and an insatiable hunger to change the addiction field and to leave our mark.