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State Government Relations Director

Location: Lexington, KY
Company: American Heart Association
Hours: Full time
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Now is the time to join an organization that enables you to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Here at the American Heart Association, you matter and so does your career!

The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a State Government Relations Director in Kentucky.

***In order to be considered for this role, you are required to live in the state and be within commuting distance of the State Capital.***

The State Government Relations Director is responsible for serving as the primary representative of the American Heart Association to the assigned state legislature, state executive branch and associated state agencies to generate awareness and support for the AHA’s public policy agenda. You will strategically coordinate and lead efforts to advance the state public policy priorities. Additionally, this position is responsible for annually planning, managing, and executing an active public policy agenda at the local level for Lexington and Louisville, as well as identifying and encouraging local public policy work for success related to AHA’s mission throughout Kentucky. This role is responsible for working with staff, volunteers, coalitions and partner organizations to build support for our policy issues and to integrate advocacy messaging into AHA programs and events.

The American Heart Association offers programs to help you maintain work/life satisfaction according to your changing needs and life situations. To help you be successful, you will have access to Heart U, our award-winning corporate university as well as various other training and support mechanisms locally and through our National Center.

#TheAHALife is our company culture, our way of life, reflecting our diversity and inclusion, our focus on work-life satisfaction, and our Guiding Values - Check out this hashtag on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter today!


Essential Job Duties:

  • Coordinates and handles all elements of successful public policy priority campaigns.
  • Meets with members of the legislature, their staff, and other state government officials to gain support for AHA’s advocacy issues.
  • Meets with local elected officials and stakeholders in the Lexington and Louisville areas and other local jurisdictions (as defined by your supervisor) to maximize opportunities and gain support for AHA’s advocacy issues.
  • Monitors and engages on state-level legislative and regulatory issues of concern to AHA and apprises appropriate volunteers and staff of emerging advocacy issues.
  • Provides policy research, development of support materials, recruitment of spokespersons, preparation of testimony, and other activities as needed to advance our state and local legislative agenda.
  • Participates in coalition building efforts and other partnerships to crafted to strengthen opportunities that advance our advocacy issues.
  • Recruits membership for and provides staff support to volunteer state advocacy committee(s). Collaborates with the committee to develop an annual state and local legislative agenda.
  • Provides strategic direction on statewide grassroots and key contact, recruitment, retention and mobilization efforts. Provides strategic direction and support materials for state lobby days and/or local in-district meetings.
  • Collaborates with communications staff partners on development and timing of media advocacy efforts.
  • Prepares required reporting information including local, state and/or federal lobbying reports and other reporting as necessary.
  • Provides advocacy presentations and training opportunities to volunteers and staff as needed.
  • Attends and participates in meetings throughout the year, including national and regional staff trainings, regional and state-level meetings with staff partners, and metro board meetings.

Want to help get your resume to the top? Consider the experience we require:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy, Political Science, Law, related field or equivalent work experience.
  • Minimum of three (3) years of:
    • Experience and success in legislative and regulatory lobbying.
    • Experience building and managing issue advocacy coalitions.
    • Experience developing and implementing grassroots and media advocacy tactics.
  • Possess policy analysis and technical (legislative and regulatory) writing skills.
  • Ability to simultaneously balance multiple, sophisticated projects in varying stages of development under time constraints.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of planning, budgeting, and prioritizing work.
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills.
  • Ability to travel overnight approx. 25% of the time.

Here are some of the preferred skills/experiences we are looking for:

  • Knowledge of voluntary health organizations or nonprofit organizations.
  • Experience working in health care policy.
  • Experience in volunteer management.
  • Understanding and appreciation for the use of technology and information systems.

So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases?


The AHA is committed to making an investment in each employee. Below are our main components of the total rewards package we offer. Visit our Rewards & Benefits (add hyperlink) section to see more detailed information.

  • Compensation – Our goal is to ensure you have a competitive base salary. That’s why we regularly review the market value of jobs and make adjustments as needed.

  • Performance and Recognition – Employees are rewarded for achieving success in the form of merit increases and incentive programs based on type of position.

  • Benefits – We offer a wide array of benefits including, medical, dental, vision, disability and life insurance, and a robust retirement program that include an employer match and automatic contribution. To further emphasize our commitment to employee well-being, we also offer an employee assistance program, employee wellness program, and telemedicine and medical consultation.

  • Professional Development – You will have the opportunity to join one of our many Employee Resource Groups (ERG) or be a mentor/mentee in our professional mentoring program. HeartU is the AHA’s national online university that provides over 100,000 resources delivered in a variety of formats to meet your needs and busy schedule.

  • Work/Life Satisfaction – The AHA offers Paid Time Off (PTO) at a minimum of 16 days per year for new employees. The number of days increase based on seniority level. You will also have 12 paid holidays off each year.


Click on “Apply for this job online” to submit your online application or “Log back in!” if you are a returning applicant. Only those candidates deemed most qualified by the hiring manager will be contacted to interview.

At American Heart Association | American Stroke Association, diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to heart health and stroke prevention.

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