The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We are looking for a Grassroots Coordinator.
In coordination with Director of Federal Affairs, the Grassroots Coordinator, plans and implements the federal grassroots advocacy program in order to impact federal and state legislation and advance the strategic goals of the Academy’s legislative and regulatory agendas. Responsible for the planning and execution of legislative lobby days and coalition building to influence Members of Congress, impact federal legislation and maintain a strong presence of Capitol Hill.
With the Director of Federal Affairs, develops short and long-range plans to effectively utilize, build and strengthen the Academy’s grassroots program
Maintains legislative grassroots spreadsheets/databases and promotes technological innovations to improve program efficiency and effectiveness
Assists Congressional Advocates with building their relationships with members of Congress
Plans and executes the Academy’s annual Congressional Advocacy Day and other targeted fly-in events
Tracks and develops regular reports on the effectiveness of advocacy and communications efforts
Supports OPHTHPAC Committee members and federal advocacy coordinators (FACs) to ensure that they have the necessary support that they need to improve and grow the grassroots program in their targeted areas
Performs other responsibilities as assigned by the Director of Federal Affairs
Assists with the development and distribution of appropriate email messages and action alerts, on both federal and state issues, to targeted members and conduct the necessary email and phone follow up to ensure action was taken
Drafts articles for Academy publications
Works with federal and state affairs staff to identify and develop connections with relevant health, patient and consumer groups at the national and state level
Two to three years related work experience, preferably on Capitol Hill or with an association with government relations/grassroots
Knowledge of the legislative process, Capitol Hill and grassroots advocacy
Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills
Strong ability in database management
Skilled in grassroots software programs, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Internet searches
Ability in issue management, financial management, superior oral and written communications skills and creative problem solving
Ability to develop annual strategic grassroots plan and create effective communications that increase grassroots communications to Capitol Hill
Ability to convey concepts clearly and write effectively for each of various publication styles, including issue papers, web pages, newsletters, advocacy action alerts, year-end reports, event promotions, advertising copy and others
Ability to oversee multiple high priority projects
Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in political science or equivalent
About American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. For more information, visit www.aao.org.
We offer our employees competitive base salaries, discretionary year-end bonuses, comprehensive health benefits (medical, dental and vision), generous vacation days with additional gifts of time, in addition to 10 paid holidays per year.
For more information on benefits please go to: http://www.aao.org/jobs/benefits