Federal Affairs Specialist

Oct. 23, 2019

Join our team and be a part of one of the largest life science societies in the world.
With 30,000 members, including researchers, educators and health professionals, ASM advances the microbial sciences through conferences, publications, certifications and educational opportunities. It enhances laboratory capacity around the globe through training and resources. It provides a network for scientists in academia, industry and clinical settings. Additionally, ASM promotes a deeper understanding of the microbial sciences to diverse audiences.
We offer competitive salaries, top-notch benefits and liberal PTO.
  • Employee pays $0 toward their own health insurance
  • We contribute 10% of your salary to a 403(b) after 2 years of fulltime employment
  • Holiday schedule includes the days between Christmas and New Year’s
Just to name a few benefits…
ASM is increasing its organizational commitment in public policy and advocacy activities with the goal of becoming highly visible and more effective in this space. The Federal Affairs Specialist will work with the Director of Federal Affairs to influence public policy at the federal level to advance the microbial sciences across all areas, but with a particular focus on agricultural, energy, and environmental legislation and public policy. This position will also interact with the ASM members and other organizations to advance the interests of ASM and its members. The position requires working collaboratively with internal departments, in particular, the Communications and Membership departments, to gather input from and communicate to stakeholders--including members, organizational partners, and media--about policy and advocacy efforts.

Primary Functions:
  • Proactively identifies opportunities for ASM federal policy engagement
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on legislative and regulatory activity that has the potential to affect the microbial sciences community in assigned policy areas
  • Provides timely updates on policy issues for staff and volunteers.
  • Works with ASM members to develop position statements, testimony, and regulatory comments. 
  • Assists with Capitol Hill-focused activities such as advocacy days and congressional briefings.
  • Ensures a strong presence on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch
  • Represents ASM in coalitions with whom the Society is engaged and identifies new partnership opportunities
  • Collaborates effectively with diverse stakeholders and partners working to address issues that impact the microbial sciences
  • Work directly with volunteer committees and volunteer leaders
Primary Competencies:
  • Demonstrated success building relationships with government agencies, legislative bodies, coalitions and other policymaking entities and designing and implementing advocacy campaigns; strong connections with key policymakers preferred
  • Outstanding written and verbal communication skills and demonstrated ability to craft compelling messages for ASM member audiences and policymakers, including communicating with non-scientific audiences
  • Excellent policy analysis skills and the ability to use data/evidence to shape policy and advocacy messages.
  • Good decision-making and organizational skills
  • Passion for addressing issues that impact the microbial sciences community
  • Ability to work under pressure and in a fast-moving environment, with demonstrated success in working under tight deadlines and with competing priorities
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment, but also independently when necessary
Education and Experience
  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in science or public policy preferred
  • 5+ years with a professional, scientific, or trade association policy and advocacy activity
  • Knowledge of the life sciences, research and the relationship to  policy issues, including federal appropriations;
  • Experience working with  volunteer leaders a plus

If you are ready for a real challenge and to make a real difference in science, apply for this unique position today.  Please submit salary requirements, cover letter and resume to hr@asmusa.org

We are an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all team members.