Legislative Advocate

TITLE: Legislative Advocate


CENTER: Government Relations


REPORTS TO: Senior Vice President
POSITION SUMMARY: The Legislative Advocate of Government Relations advocates for CMA before the Legislature. In addition to communicating CMA’s positions on legislative proposals, this position requires analyzing legislative proposals and assessing its relationship to CMA policy, overseeing the process for establishing official CMA positions on proposed legislation, and coordinating the advocacy strategy on legislation.
  • Research and analyze legislative proposals
  • Communicate legislative and regulatory information to CMA members and CMA committees both in writing and orally
  • Write support and opposition letters to legislators and legislative committees
  • Provide testimony at legislative hearings on CMA’s positions 
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with CMA leaders, legislators, legislative staff, and other government officials 
  • Develop strategies to build and maintain identified interest groups
  • Support CMA governance by contributing, as necessary, relevant information to CMA’s policymaking bodies
  • Assist Communications and Grassroots staff in developing media and grassroots outreach tools on legislative priorities
  • Coordinate with other CMA Centers to ensure consistency across the organization
  • Staff internal CMA committees, forums, sections, or other governance bodies, as necessary
  • Other duties as assigned

CONTACTS:  Legislators, legislative staff, other elected officials, regulatory agencies and appointed Board members, CMA management and supervisorial staff, officials of other organizations, CMA members.


  • Minimum 5 years experience in legislative and/or related government activity
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to handle multiple assignments with minimal supervision
  • Ability to grasp issues quickly and communicate their importance articulately and persuasively to the Legislature
  • Familiarity with bill tracking systems; knowledge of CapitolTrack a plus
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Previous experience with health policy and/or politics preferred

SUPERVISION: Works under the direction of Senior Vice President.

EQUIPMENT OPERATION:  Position requires operation of normal office equipment, computer, printers, photocopier, fax machines, multi-line phone, mobile communications tools

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Work extended hours and, on the weekends, as legislative deadlines dictate. Travel required.


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