State Advocacy Specialist

Alexandria, VA
Aug 24, 2017
Sep 01, 2017
Full Time
Job Title: State Advocacy Specialist Job Type: Full-Time Location: Alexandria, VA   Job Description:

Are you interested in an opportunity to bring your policy and state advocacy-related experience to a vibrant medical association at the forefront of the oncology field?

Cancer strikes more than 10 million people worldwide each year. As the leading medical society representing doctors who care for people with cancer, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is committed to conquering cancer though research, education, and promotion of the highest quality patient care.

Who we are:
ASCO is a stable, forward-thinking, growing membership organization that operates in a results-focused work environment in which employees’ evaluation emphasizes performance outcomes. This is an Alexandria, Virginia-based position that offers an excellent benefits package, subsidized parking or Metro benefits, and opportunities to participate in professional development programs. To learn more about ASCO, please visit

Who we are looking for:
ASCO has a new and exciting opportunity for a high-performing and mid-level State Advocacy Specialist to join the growing Policy and Advocacy Department. The successful candidate will have a key role in contributing to the advancement of ASCO’s policy goals at the state level working with the State Affiliates while supporting department initiatives. If you thrive in a fast-paced environment, enjoy using your planning, writing, and research skills, and have an interest in continuous learning, then we want to hear from you.

What you will do:                                                                                                 

  • Support the development and implementation of state advocacy strategies working the Director, Federal and State Legislative Affairs
  • Research, analyze, and track state legislation and regulations relating to cancer care and the practice of medicine
  • Develop policy briefs, letters, testimony, and other materials for state legislative and regulatory purposes
  • Identify opportunities to increase State Affiliate activity in state policy and ASCO’s visibility in state advocacy; coordinate with staff on grassroots activities
  • Represent ASCO in state-based coalitions and develop relationships with counterparts at physician and cancer community organizations
  • Provide information and guidance to State Affiliates, ASCO committees, and others on state policy affecting cancer care and the practice of oncology; serve as a resource for the State Affiliate Council on state policy issues
  • As a key member of the Government Relations and State Advocacy division, provide support to projects and initiatives  

Qualified candidates should contribute:

  • Five or more years’ experience in a state legislature, state agency, or a state legislation monitoring organization within a focus on healthcare
  • Knowledge of state legislative and/or regulatory processes and health care policy, prior experience with cancer care and physician issues being a plus
  • Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Law, or a related field
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; hands-on experience working with online research databases
  • Excellent communication skills (verbal, listening, and writing); and the proven ability to compose research summaries, policy briefs, and other written materials
  • Ability to effectively connect with multiple audiences with strong relationship building skills
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to think things through and see the bigger picture;  successful multi-tasking in a fast-paced environment while following through on assignments with limited supervision


ASCO is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE)

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