American Heart Association (AHA)

Senior Health Policy Analyst

American Heart Association (AHA)

Job Description

This job opportunity is located in Washington, District Of Columbia Overview

Are you ready to join an organization where you can make an extraordinary impact every day?

Imagine all Americans enjoying ideal cardiovascular health free of heart disease and stroke. At the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, we get to work toward that goal every day. Is it easy? No. Is it worthwhile? Absolutely.

This is satisfying and challenging work that makes a real difference in people's lives. We are where you can achieve professional growth with personal fulfillment. We are where you can connect people to making a lifesaving impact. We are where you can partner with individuals, schools, lawmakers, healthcare providers and others to ensure everyone has access to healthier lifestyle choices and proper healthcare. The American Heart Association is where you can make an extraordinary impact.


The American Heart Association (AHA) has an excellent opportunity for a Sr. Health Policy Analyst in our National Center office located in Washington, DC (remote/home based is acceptable) .

The Sr. Policy Analyst is responsible for translating science with a special a focus on Nutrition, obesity, hypertension and other areas of prevention policy for local, state and federal advocacy and is an expert within AHA on those particular topics. In this role, you will help develop content for policy briefs, fact sheets, regulatory comments, and other material that supports, positions, and provides a foundation for American Heart Association advocacy efforts. Additional responsibilities include helping with budget and Contract Management support, hiring/supervising paid interns for the department, and supervisory responsibilities in other areas as needed.

*Due to the current pandemic, travel is minimal and voluntary to ensure the health and safety of staff. There is no overnight travel currently. In the future, this position may resume daily/overnight travel. All staff are currently working from home.* Essential Job Duties:

  • Serves as a senior policy analyst translating science into policy for assigned strategic issues and policy development supporting state/federal advocacy. Is a recognized expert on these issues both internally and external to the American Heart Association. Develops policy statements (published and unpublished), regulatory comments, model legislation, policy briefs, and other material to support of AHA advocacy and programmatic efforts.
  • Shepards policy papers from conception to publication, interacting with writing groups, convening experts domestically and globally, serving as an author occasionally when applicable in areas of expertise, managing the writing process, and balancing difference of opinion.
  • Responsible for hiring and oversight of paid interns in the policy research department; manage Time and Attendance, training/orientation, and mentoring.
  • Interacts with government agencies, coalitions, and/or external partners relevant to the Association's advocacy work. Represents the AHA at conferences and meetings. Will occasionally serve as a speaker on behalf of the AHA in areas of expertise.
  • Represents policy research by leading or participating on interdepartmental and intradepartmental working groups addressing quality of care, access to care, and other areas as needed.
  • Helps support the Advocacy Coordinating Committee meetings with content in the areas of expertise, providing materials for the agenda, presenting on certain topics and serving as a liason with the volunteers in certain policy areas.
Want to help get your resume to the top? Take a look at the experience we require:


This position requires knowledge of health policy issues including prevention (nutrition, obesity, physical activity, tobacco, air pollution), access to health care, health care delivery systems, and cardiovascular research.

Additional Requirements:

  • Advanced Degree in Health Science, Public Policy (Healthcare), Healthcare Administration, Political Science, or related area demonstrating understanding of Health Systems or quality of care.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience translating science into policy.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to develop external relationships with government agencies, national coalitions, or other potential partners for American Heart Association advocacy work.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment and under deadline pressures.
  • Ability to manage people, orient them to the team and provide a priority work stream.
  • Must be able to travel overnight approx. 10% of the time.
Here are some of the preferred skills we are looking for:

  • Flexibility - ability to adjust to changing priorities.
  • Excellent proofreading skills and attention to detail.
So, are you ready to work for the largest voluntary health organization dedicated to fighting heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases? Compensation & Benefits


Pay is commensurate with experience; geographic differentials may apply.

Benefit Plans:

Our Rewards & Benefits package not only gives you the total benefits you want, but also goes above and beyond with innovative programs to develop your skills – helping you grow and thrive at the American Heart Association. To learn more about our benefit offerings please visit: 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.

  EOE/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities Location US-DC-Washington Posted Date 2 weeks ago (6/2/2021 5:39 PM) Requisition ID 2018-2956 Job Family Group Health Strategies & Programs Job Category Advocacy Location: Washington, DC American Health Associasion (AHA) does not indicate an expiration date for vacancies. Please apply timely not to miss an opportunity.

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