The Congressional Relations Associate works under the supervision of the Policy department to support the development, planning and implementation of the legislative priorities of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH).
The key feature of this position is the ability to be an effective policy analyst and advocate in the legislative arena. Effective advocacy relies on several key elements functioning in harmony.
Among these are; relationships; communication; the ability to develop and execute a winning political strategy; the ability to envision, plan and create advocacy events; policy analysis and strong issue knowledge; and strong working knowledge of Capitol Hill. The Congressional Relations Associate must demonstrate and high proficiency in each of these areas as well as the ability to effectively utilize these skills in appropriate combination as necessary to advance the legislative agenda. This proactive, high-energy professional is a leader in providing information and action recommendations to NCUIH leadership, Indian Country and the Hill, developing, and in contributing to planning and implementing the legislative priorities and strategy for the NCUIH.
The Congressional Relations Associate must be ahead of the curve with knowledge of legislative developments relevant to American Indian and Alaska Native health policy, including staying abreast of Committee actions, building a reliable network of Hill contacts, timely submission of requests to testify and researching, analyzing and communicating policy developments, their potential impact on American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) health and recommending plans of action to ensure the best possible policy outcomes for Indian Country.
The Congressional Relations Associate must build and maintain effective relationships with NCUIH’s member and non-member organizations, the Tribes and organizations and individuals who are key to advancing the legislative agenda.
Communication skills are essential to the position. Among these are writing congressional testimony; identifying, securing and preparing UIHP Leaders to serve as congressional witnesses; preparing briefing packets to convey NCUIH positions to the Hill and other national policy-making entities with diplomacy and reliability; preparation of technical, issue reports and; being the lead writer to prepare congressional testimony, position papers, resolutions, action alerts and policy impact analysis evaluations. He or she will also be proactive about preparing
and maintaining fact sheets and other promotional, policy materials for education, outreach and advocacy; prepare memoranda and briefing papers for Tribal Leaders; be involved in ongoing creative processes to improve communication and outreach efforts to both Capitol Hill and Indian Country, and is responsible for follow through in creating and disseminating effective materials to do so. This includes preparing materials for the web on, at a minimum, a weekly basis, and providing the NCUIH Webmaster with materials and assistance necessary to keep the legislative portions of the NCUIH website current. Additional communications will be necessary, both written and speaking in arenas such as press outreach, public speaking, organizing events.
The position requires assistance in analyzing and participating in Tribal consultations and caucuses, the Federal budget development process and in preparing appropriations requests.
Travel is required.
This position is based in Washington, DC.
1. Informs and advocates for the advancement of AI/AN health policy, budget and
2. Provides excellent political strategy based on expert knowledge of Capitol Hill and Indian Country.
3. Builds, maintains and utilizes a vast network of contacts.
4. Researches and prepares analyses on various legislative issues and bills, including
appropriations and the budget, related to the provision of health care services to Indian
5. Evaluates and analyzes legislation and budget issues and their impact on the provision of health care services in Indian country.
6. Maintains accurate data on health care services and status.
7. Develops and contributes articles for publication to the quarterly NCUIH newsletter, biweekly, website and for other venues as needed.
8. Represents the NCUIH before the staff members of congressional offices and prepares correspondence to the Hill on a variety of issues.
9. Performs public speaking as needed.
10. Contributes to the NCUIH policy updates and maintains and updates NCUIH Legislative Tracker on a bi-weekly basis.
11. Contributes to and manages the creation of materials for Hill packets and other briefing materials as needed, including “Telling our Stories” booklet.
12. Builds, promotes, maintains and utilizes a grassroots database.
13. Communicates information, actions, action alerts and other materials to the NCUIH grassroots network.
14. Assists with the preparation of Congressional testimony and writes timely reports about congressional hearings and other meetings as appropriate
15. Maintains legislative portion of the NCUIH website, including Legislative/Policy Agenda progress tracking.
16. Provides assistance as requested in planning and implementing the NCUIH conferences.
17. Performs other duties as assigned and travel to meetings as needed.
Minimum Job Requirements
• BS or BA in:
• Political Science ● Economics
• Public Affairs ● Political Communications
• Health Care Administration ● Public Administration
• Business ● Social Services
MA or JD a plus
• At least 2+ years work experience in legislative or policy capacity, preferably on Capitol Hill, either on legislative staff of an elected official, congressional committee, or in the government relations office of an industry or non-profit.
• Experience developing legislation, preparing Congressional testimony, devising
legislative strategy, and preparing legislative reports and advocacy materials.
• Knowledge and experience with the federal appropriations process
• Experience in health policy development and analysis;
• Knowledge about the national health care agenda, issues, impacts, and trends, as they
relate to American Indians and Alaska Natives;
• Knowledge in fields of health care and social work areas, as related and focused on tribal governments and individual tribal members;
• Creative team player;
• Excellent follow-through and completion of tasks with respect to deadlines;
• Ability to communicate effectively in oral, verbal and written forms;
• Knowledge in research and analysis techniques, particularly as they relate to policy;
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects;
• Knowledge and ability to use automated office equipment and software programs;
• Ability to use tact and diplomacy with all sensitive issues and special situations;
• Ability to assist in research of documents, analyze contracts, budgets, and prepare
• Incumbent must be able to:
• Work in an office environment and structure with both workstations and offices;
• Sit for long periods of time and use a personal computer;
• Retrieve documents from book shelves, file cabinets, etc.;
• Travel via airplanes and automobiles;
• Own and operate personal vehicle and obtain valid liability insurance;
• Work under pressure and deadlines within short time frames; Work after hours, as
Director of Congressional Relations
The National Council of Urban Indian Health was founded in 1998 to represent the interests of Urban Indian Health Programs (UIHPs) before Congress and Federal agencies, and to influence policies impacting the health conditions experienced by urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).The National Council of Urban Indian Health is a 501(c)(3), membership-based organization devoted to support the development of quality, accessible, and culturally sensitive health care programs for AI/AN living in urban communities. NCUIH fulfills its mission by serving as a resource center providing advocacy, education, training, and leadership for urban Indian health care providers. NCUIH strives for healthy American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings, which comprise over 70% of the AI/AN population, supported by quality, accessible health care centers and governed by leaders in the Indian community. NCUIH represents urban Indian Health Programs receiving grants under Title V of IHCIA and the American Indian and Alaska Natives they serve.
Compensation: $70,000 - $85,000
Roles and Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Executive Director and Deputy Director, the Director of Congressional Relations will have both internal and external facing responsibilities grounded in serving Urban Indian Health Programs to advance the mission of NCUIH through excellence in policy, advocacy, outreach, technical assistance, discreet research projects and related programs. The Director of Congressional Relations must have a strong understanding of health care delivery, the federal trust relationship with Indian Tribes as well as the legal, policy and political frameworks impacting the IHS system. The Director of Congressional Relations supervises at least one associate, subcontractors, and sub-awardees in the areas of policy and budget analysis; technical assistance to UIHPs and Tribal representatives serving on various federal Tribal advisory committees; and special projects related to Indian health. The Director of Congressional Relations also is responsible for ensuring the viability and growth of the funding supporting these activities, including aggressive attention to relevant funder relations, grants compliance and timely excellence in achieving and exceeding deliverables expectations.
The Director of Congressional Relations is responsible for working with the Executive Director and providing political strategy on UIHP legislative priorities. The Director of Congressional Relations will provide technical support and coordination for a number of different Tribal Health Care Advisory committees. In addition, the Director of Congressional Relations will be responsible for the tracking, analyzing and reporting of current bills, policies, other agencies that impact UIHPs such as but not limited to: HHS, VA, CMS, SAMHSA, educating Congress and federal agencies on ways to improve health care programs and services for American Indian and Alaskan Natives (AI/AN). The Director of Congressional Relations is responsible for conducting analysis, reviewing and responding to bills, policies, preparing testimony, technical reports, policy position papers and advocacy materials on key health issues.
The Director of Congressional Relations will seek out opportunities for the UIHP position to be advanced in the federal/congressional policymaking arenas. This includes leading efforts to engage national UIHP support for priority issues, working collaboratively with UIHPs, Tribes and tribal organizations, creating regional and national harmony and consistent and reliable outreach and education efforts to the UIHPs.
The Director of Congressional Relations will be actively engaged in the planning and preparation of NCUIH National Conferences. The Director of Congressional Relations will also heavily work with the Director of Federal Relations and the senior leadership team to ensure continuity among federal and congressional relations.
• Informs and advocates for the advancement of AI/AN health policy, budget and
• Provides excellent political strategy based on expert knowledge of Capitol Hill and Indian Country.
• Builds, maintains and utilizes a vast network of contacts.
• Researches and prepares analyses on various legislative issues and bills, including
• appropriations and the budget, related to the provision of health care services to Indian country.
• Evaluates and analyzes legislation and budget issues and their impact on the provision of health care services in Indian country.
• Maintains accurate data on health care services and status.
• Develops and contributes articles for publication to the biweekly NCUIH Newsletter, develop a Hill Indian health newsletter, NCUIH Members Policy Updates newsletter, website and for other venues as needed.
• Represents the NCUIH before the staff members of congressional offices and prepares correspondence to the Hill on a variety of issues.
• Performs public speaking as needed.
• Updates NCUIH Legislative Tracker on a bi-weekly basis.
• Contributes to and manages the creation of materials for Hill packets and other briefing materials as needed.
• Builds, promotes, maintains and utilizes a grassroots database. Plan, coordinate and implement grassroots training and materials
• Communicates information, actions, action alerts and other materials to the NCUIH grassroots network.
• Prepare Congressional testimony, talking points and writes timely reports about congressional hearings and other meetings as appropriate.
• Maintains legislative portion of the NCUIH website, including Legislative/Policy Agenda progress tracking.
• Provides assistance as requested in planning and implementing the NCUIH conferences.
• Aide in legislative communications, including social media/ website development and posting
• Track and maintain communications with NCUIH leadership and membership regarding current and potential legislative affairs pertinent to Urban Indian Health
• Assist with Urban Indian representation at tribal advisory bodies as well as management of legislative and executive branch outreach activities
• NCUIH is a team/community-based organization that relies heavily on all members of the team participating and supporting each other. It is a requirement of this position to work as an active member of the team
• Performs other duties as assigned and travel to meetings as needed.
Successful candidates will have a passionate commitment to the mission of improving the health of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This is a senior management position requiring a combination of education, experience, cultural competency and political acumen that would adequately prepare one for a senior management role at a national, Tribal, non-profit organization. A Master’s or JD degree with several years of post-graduate experience is required. Effective public speaking skills with strong, analytic writing skills. Candidates must demonstrate significant ability to learn quickly and efficiently. Experience administrating federal grants and contracts. Knowledge of Indian health care programs, a high degree of organization are required for this position.
Successful candidates will possess excellent writing and public speaking skills and work well independently and with the team in a fast paced, high profile environment. This position will require some work afterhours and on weekends. A 3-4 year commitment is anticipated.
The position also demands a track record of success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities; proven ability to work with efficiency, flexibility, and good humor; demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with a wide array of people, for government (Tribal/State/Federal)/ profit/non-profit/foundations and; operates with excellence in mind in all matters, with the confidence to defend/debate. This position will require careful attention to detail and successful candidates must be able to demonstrate diligent, responsible communications skills, both oral and written.
American Indians and Alaska Natives strongly encouraged to apply.
This is a Washington DC-based position; some travel will be required.
Role: Congressional Relations Associate
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