The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) seeks an experienced Associate Director for Legislative Affairs to work within its Office of Public Affairs. FASEB advances health and well-being by promoting research and education in biological and biomedical sciences through collaborative advocacy and service to 28 scientific societies and their members.

Position Title:  Associate Director for Legislative Affairs
Status: Exempt, 37.5 hours/week
Reports to: Director, Office of Public Affairs
Department: Office of Public Affairs
Date: May 27, 2020
Location: Bethesda, MD

Primary Function: Serves as principal representative of FASEB to members of Congress and congressional staff. Advises FASEB leadership and Board of Directors on legislative strategies and advocacy initiatives related to increasing federal funding for and awareness of life sciences research. Responsible for developing and executing a successful appropriations strategy and legislative advocacy program on behalf of FASEB and FASEB member societies and coordinates with other stakeholders in the biomedical research advocacy community.

Major Duties:

  • Tracks and reports on the congressional budget and appropriations process for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Department of Energy Office of Science, and other issues as assigned
  • Represents FASEB in meetings with members of Congress, congressional staff, and administration officials, and stakeholder coalitions to communicate FASEB positions and expand visibility of FASEB on Capitol Hill
  • Writes articles for the Washington Update newsletter. Drafts congressional testimony, e-action alerts, issue summaries, talking points, and FASEB’s annual Federal Funding Recommendations, and creates charts/graphs and PowerPoint presentations on assigned portfolio of issues
  • Develops new advocacy materials and updates existing resources. Organizes the annual FASEB Capitol Hill Day including providing advocacy training and coordinating logistics for participants

Skills Required:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication and public speaking/presentation skills
  • Ability to negotiate positions and build consensus among multiple audiences
  • Proficiency in managing multiple projects with minimal oversight
  • Ability to prioritize and meet tight deadlines
  • Superior interpersonal skills and ability to work with a team

Education and Experience:

  • Masters Degree in political science/government/public policy or Ph.D. in biomedical/biological research with demonstrated interest in congressional affairs preferred
  • Three – five years congressional/legislative relations experience with expertise in appropriations issues and process
  • Proven success in building effective working relationships with congressional offices and committees

Working Requirements:

  • Sitting for a full work day, extensive use of computer keyboard, mouse, and monitor
  • Extended workdays may be required during extremely busy periods
  • Other work-related assignments on evenings and weekends are possible

Please visit this site to submit a cover letter, CV/Resume, and a policy-oriented writing sample (no research manuscripts):

FASEB is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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