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About the Position
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is seeking a talented and motivated candidate to serve as Government Relations and Policy Associate. This dynamic position will manage government relations and advance domestic and global health priorities through outreach and advocacy. The Government Relations & Policy Associate reports to the U.S. and Global Health Policy Director. This position is based in Washington, D.C.

The Government Relations & Policy Associate will focus on the federal appropriations process, priority legislation, administrative policy, and regulatory changes that relate to TAG’s TB, HIV, HCV programs and cross-cutting advocacy. This position will build and strengthen partnerships with relevant elected and federal agency officials, committees, and legislative staff, as well as with activist coalitions and fellow advocates to advance TAG policy priorities. The Associate’s work will be guided by, and be conducted with representatives from communities most directly affected by TB, HIV, and HCV.

TAG’s current federal policy priorities include funding for public health programs and research, regulation of drug pricing and equitable access to health technologies, inclusion of historically underrepresented populations in research, and other health policies rooted in human rights and scientific research. The Government Relations and Policy Associate will contribute to the overall strategic direction of policy work at TAG and will take on special projects as directed by the U.S. and Global Health Policy Director.

Key Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide budget analysis and implement advocacy strategies around the annual appropriations process, as well as monitor key policy and legislative opportunities, and political trends that impact TAG’s priorities.
  • Organize and build capacity for meaningful grassroots engagement in TAG’s HIV, TB, and HCV advocacy, including supporting Hill days and long-term relationship building with offices.
  • Build and grow relationships with relevant federal elected officials, legislative staff, and committee staff to advance TAG’s appropriations goals and legislative priorities.
  • Support TAG’s policy priorities with government agencies (i.e. FDA, NIH/NIAID, USAID, OGAC/PEPFAR, BARDA, and CDC) with partners such as the TB Roundtable and the Federal AIDS Policy Partnership.
  • Monitor and manage the annual appropriations process, key policy and legislative opportunities, and political trends.
  • Draft and deliver written and verbal public comments/testimony, report language, and other official materials.
  • Craft and lead federal and selected state legislative and regulatory strategies related to TAG’s growing and evolving policy priorities.
  • Participate in national coalitions and other policy-making bodies relevant to appropriations, clinical research, treatment/healthcare access, human rights, and other related issues.
  • Coordinate with partner organizations at the federal and state level to advance prevention, diagnostic, treatment, and research priorities.
  • Create policy briefs, press releases, action alerts, blogs, op-eds and other advocacy materials for stakeholder education and grassroots mobilization.
  • Attend and participate in key meetings, consultations, and conferences; seek opportunities to present and build partnerships.
  • Communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with appropriate TAG project and communications staff in the shared goal of protecting or expanding research, programs, funding, and policies to address HIV, TB, HCV, and intersectional health/ social justice/ human rights issues.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

Representative knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to successfully perform this job include:

  • A minimum of 2-4 years professional experience in advocacy or government affairs related to health, research & development issues, and/or HIV, TB, HCV, or other infectious diseases;
  • Knowledge of political dynamics and policy processes such as federal appropriations, and ability to keep-up on U.S. government affairs;
  • Sharp interpersonal and networking skills; friendly rapport with the ability to communicate effectively to targets in a non-partisan manner and maintain relationships;
  • Excellent written and oral communication;
  • Strong leadership, strategy, and problem-solving skills and ability to work independently;
  • Willingness to grasp complex subject matter and maintain/manage a diverse multi-issue policy portfolio;
  • Flexible to sudden change and responsive to emerging issues in a rapidly changing policy and political context;
  • Commitment to principles of human rights, healthcare access, global cooperation, harm reduction, and strengths-based public health;
  • Demonstrated experience working in a multicultural environment where commitment to diversity based on race, ethnic origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, and physical ability is an important institutional value.

Reporting lines: U.S. and Global Health Policy Director.

Compensation & Benefits:
The annual compensation will be $68,000 – $72,000, commensurate with experience and skills. TAG offers a competitive benefits package that includes fully-employer paid health insurance and generous paid vacation (starting at four weeks, plus additional paid sick leave and holidays). TAG also provides professional development opportunities and a flexible work environment.

How to Apply:
Please send a one-page cover letter, current resume (two-page maximum), two writing samples and 3 professional references to jobs@treatmentactiongroup.org, with “Government Relations and Policy Associate ” in the subject line. We will review applications on a rolling basis. Please, no recruiters or phone calls.

About TAG
Treatment Action Group (TAG) is an independent, activist and community-based research and policy think tank fighting for better treatment, prevention, a vaccine, and a cure for HIV, tuberculosis, and hepatitis C virus.

At TAG, we strive to reflect in our organizational composition and operations the values, principles, and rights for which we advocate externally. This includes a commitment to equity and justice, as well valuing diversity of experience, in our employment practices. We encourage people of color; women; transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people; veterans; and people with disabilities to apply. TAG is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, personal appearance, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable law.

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