The Advocacy & PAC Manager provides daily communication, research, issue monitoring, and direct support to the department’s Director and Deputy Director, with an emphasis on PAC management and fundraising. The Government Affairs department is responsible for advocating to advance AACAP’s legislative priorities at the federal and state levels and working with AACAP members to develop the organization’s clinical policies. The position will be responsible for the administrative functions of AACAP-PAC, including, but not limited to, creating AACAP-PAC communications, materials, conducting solicitations both in-person and in written form, assisting in preparing materials and logistics for AACAP-PAC Board meetings, updating AACAP-PAC’s website, representing AACAP and/or AACAP-PAC at a variety of events, including, but not limited to, “meet and greets,” congressional hearings and briefings, and medical association PAC meetings. In addition to working on AACAP-PAC, this position will be responsible for drafting regular bi-weekly AACAP Advocacy Updates and periodic issue briefs, ad-hoc lobbying, as directed; arranging congressional visits for Legislative Conference attendees, families, and Resident Fellow grant winners; logistics and other material preparation AACAP’s Legislative Conference, and updating the advocacy sections of AACAP’s website, and AACAP-PAC’s website.
Duties and Responsibilities
Act as principal drafter of AACAP Government Affairs signature bi-weekly AACAP Advocacy Updates, federal action alerts, and advancing AACAP grassroots priorities;
Manage the day-to-day administrative functions of AACAP-PAC; including but not limited to: contribution processing, PAC website management, PAC database management, FEC fillings, ensuring contributions meet all FEC requirements, and attend in-person fundraising at various AACAP events:
Provide support for AACAP-PAC’s Board, including: drafting and proofreading routine correspondence and documents, preparation of AACAP-PAC meeting documents, maintaining all chronological and subject files, and working to ensure face-to-face and other meeting logistics;
In coordination with the Deputy Director, take the lead on PAC board management, fundraising, campaign development, written PAC solicitations, and creating promotional and educational materials for AACAP-PAC; Assist as needed in monitoring federal legislative and regulatory initiatives pertaining to department priorities;
Lead special projects/activities, including collecting member responses for surveys, doing research for regulatory/ legislative initiatives, presentations, or member requests, as assigned;
Assist in scheduling and preparation for Association committees’ conference calls and face-to-face meetings;
Co-manage AACAP’s Legislative Conference, including scheduling Hill meeting appointments for attendees, families, and Resident Fellow grantees, working with other organizations to recruit family and youth advocates, creating promotional materials, creating advocacy materials, and assisting with meeting logistics;
Compile and ensure filing of AACAP’s and Individual Lobbying and Contribution Reports (LDAs) on a respective quarterly and bi-yearly basis, as mandated by law for AACAP and AACAP-PAC;
Monitor and update department’s materials on the website for accuracy and content, including maintaining AACAP-PAC’s website;
Attend and report back on meetings, hearings, and conferences as assigned;
Support department staffing of the AACAP delegation to the American Medical Association (AMA) annual and interim meetings;
Provide staff liaison support to AACAP committees, as assigned;
Assist the department with other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably with a concentration in political science or psychology
1-3 years of PAC experience
Knowledge of the legislative/regulatory process
Knowledge of association work and/or equivalent experience of 2-4 years.
Knowledge of children and/or mental health issues preferred
Some Hill or political experience strongly preferred
Strong customer service skills
Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
Strong writing and proofreading skills
Strong computer skills with proficiency in Microsoft Office and other standard programs;
Strong oral communication skills
Resourcefulness in handling phone calls, unscheduled requests and events, and trouble-shooting in the absence of supervisors
Ability to work independently as well as with other staff members, and to meet deadlines
Ability to be work within our team and to work with different departments on collaborative projects
Positive attitude, pleasant demeanor, and willingness to learn and grow
Additional Salary Information: Compensation will be internally equitable with similar manager positions and externally competitive with organizations of similar size and budget.
About American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
The Mission of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry is to promote the healthy development of children, adolescents, and families through advocacy, education, and research, and to meet the professional needs of child and adolescent psychiatrists throughout their careers.
The Academy is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership based organization, composed of over 9,200 child and adol...escent psychiatrists and other interested physicians. Its members actively research, evaluate, diagnose, and treat psychiatric disorders and pride themselves on giving direction to and responding quickly to new developments in addressing the health care needs of children and their families.