American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
Location: Washington DC
Type: Full Time
Education and Training
Please note: (Flexible Hybrid Work Schedule) Position is currently a combination of in-office and remote, Ability to work onsite in DC office.
Responsible for supporting and further developing AACN’s policy presence by maximizing AACN’s resources for political consumption, responding to federal agency proposed rules, and engaging member expertise.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Prepares strategic communications and messaging to amplify AACN’s voice for key health policy discussions at the federal level and in Congress and the Administration on a regular basis and as needed.
Oversees, creates and implements mechanisms to share analysis (e.g. dashboards, fact sheets, policy briefs, tool kits) in broadly accessible formats for a variety of stakeholders on an annual and as needed basis.
Promotes the influence, visibility, and impact of academic nursing to key policy makers within the federal government and other key stakeholders. Leads and serves as a liaison with the administration and facilitates the participation of academic nursing leaders on key committees in the federal government.
Responds to requests from federal agencies and provides support in curating information.
Serves as staff liaison to the Health Policy Advisory Council.
Monitors the Federal Register, provides regulatory analysis for the association, and assists in preparing comments. Additionally, reviews government agency information for updates of interest to the department’s federal policy agenda or current AACN initiatives.
In collaboration with the Director of Government Affairs, attends hearings, congressional briefings, national advisory council meetings, or meetings with the Administration for the department.
Works with Director of Government Affairs to coordinate legislative and regulatory priorities, issue areas to monitor, and share relevant information to ensure department efficiency and agility.
Identifies grant funding opportunities, writes proposals for funding in response to various grant opportunities, and serves as the principal investigator on funded grants.
Translates academic research into policy briefs that inform federal policymakers as well as health care and academic leaders.
Analyzes and utilizes existing data sources to recommend changes in federal policy, comments, or current laws that would be effective in addressing issues in academic nursing.
Prepares position papers on key policy issues and develop policy recommendations.
Conducts policy scans that analyze/synthesize information for consumption by the broader nursing, higher education, research, and healthcare communities.
Prepares and presents presentations to various audiences on AACN’s policy portfolio.
Other duties as assigned.
Background /Skills / Abilities Required
AACN promotes higher education; therefore, a Master’s degree or higher is preferred. Additional professional experience may be considered in lieu of an advanced degree.
At least 5 years of policy analysis, research and evaluation experience, preferably in an association or policy-related environment.
Strong, proactive project management skills with experience managing and coordinating research projects, policy analysis, and federal comments.
Must be highly organized, detail oriented, flexible and collaborative, and have good interpersonal and communication skills.
Exceptional writing and editing skills combined with strong presentation and public speaking skills.
Additional qualifications include ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders, and strong analytical and research skills.
Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, data analytic software, and Outlook, and specialized software programs as necessary.
Fast-paced, professional office environment with moderate noise levels.
Must be able to use a computer at a workstation for long periods of time and to accommodate potentially frequent interruptions.
Moderate travel may be required for this position, especially local travel in the Washington, DC area.
About American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate nursing education. AACN works to establish quality standards for nursing education; assists schools in implementing those standards; influences the nursing profession to improve health care; and promotes public support for professional nursing education, research, and practice.
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency/fellowship programs in nursing.