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Jobs at NHPCO

The National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is an energetic, fast-moving, nonprofit organization whose vision is a world where individuals and families facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer and whose mission is to lead and mobilize social change for improved care at the end of life.

We are a dedicated group of innovative thinkers who are committed to excellence, appreciate and foster a sense of humor, and embrace change and team play as essential to success. We care about the work we do and the difference that we make. This is your chance to make a difference, too. We are seeking result-oriented people — talented, strategic, and innovative team players who have an unwavering commitment to excellence in all they do.

Job opening at NHPCO


Under the direction of the Chief Advocacy Officer and as a member of the Hospice Action Network (HAN) team, the incumbent will manage all activities related to the development of legislative strategies and successful advancement of the legislative agenda of NHPCO.  As NHPCO’s staff lobbyist, the incumbent will serve as the primary liaison between the legislative branch and NHPCO staff.  He/she will be responsible for building and strengthening relationships with Members of Congress, congressional offices, and relevant congressional committees.  He/she will draft legislative proposals and monitor and analyze existing and emerging legislative proposals to determine the potential impacts on the hospice and palliative care community.  With a keen awareness of the current political environment on Capitol Hill, he/she will advise HAN and NHPCO staff about important trends and events and will serve as an advisor to NHPCO leadership, the HAN Board, and various NHPCO Committees.  The incumbent will support all aspects of planning and logistics for HAN events, communications, and initiatives as needed.  Essential duties include the following:

  • Directly lobby Members of Congress, congressional staff, and federal agencies.
  • Develop and implement federal lobbying strategy and tactics in coordination with NHPCO leadership; serve as lead point person for contract lobbyists.
  • Build and maintain effective relationships with key stakeholder groups including, but not limited to Members of Congress, other elected officials, members, NHPCO partner organizations, and government agencies.
  • Help to manage a consensus process to the develop the legislative agenda for NHPCO and strategies required for advancing the legislative agenda.
  • Work with NHPCO leadership and staff to develop legislative proposals and advocate for NHPCO federal policy priorities.
  • Work closely with the NHPCO leadership, HAN Board, members, and NHPCO Committees and Workgroups on a regular basis to ensure strategies are executed to advance the legislative and regulatory agenda.
  • Support the HAN team in engaging state leaders, members, and hospice and palliative care professionals by assisting in the development of an appropriate messaging strategy to advance the legislative and regulatory agenda.
  • Track, analyze and translate legislative proposals and issues; develop summaries and other resources and ensure timely dissemination to the HAN team, NHPCO leadership, HAN Board, and members. 
  • Respond to specific inquiries from members and public inquiries, with substantive answers and materials as needed.
  • Prepare and submit written letters to Members of Congress and comments to congressional committees and other federal policy officials.
  • Provide talking points and prepare research for NHPCO leadership in preparation for meetings, interviews, and other activities.
  • Manage internal databases of congressional meetings and contacts.
  • Support the HAN team with planning and logistics for HAN events and other initiatives.

Competencies for this position include the following:

  • Leadership, diplomacy and experience to advance a national public policy agenda for a national leadership organization;
  • A thorough understanding of local, state and federal governmental processes and the ability to provide comprehensive strategic and tactical plans to effectively intervene for the benefit of the organization; 
  • Ability to support and direct the implementation of organizational ideas, projects and plans;
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and projects while working as part of a team;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing;
  • Ability to maintain professional presence in both internal and external settings;
  • Polished interpersonal skills to facilitate working with the target audience and other stakeholders.

An advanced degree is preferred, but a Bachelor’s degree is required in political science, communications, or policy-related field, along with three to five years of recent experience working for a congressional committee or Member of Congress and /or in a national organization’s federal government affairs department.  Knowledge of and/or experience in hospice and palliative care policy development or similar healthcare public policy initiatives is preferred.  To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite and advocacy and policy tracking computer systems.

Competitive salary, excellent benefits, conveniently located at King St. Metro in Alexandria, Virginia.  To apply, send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to jobs@nhpco.org.  Please reference “Manager, Legislative Affairs” in the subject line.  Principals only / no phone calls please. Only candidates selected for interview will be notified.

NHPCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

NHPCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Founded in 1978, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.

Founded in 1990, the National Hospice Foundation envisions a world where everyone facing serious illness, death, and grief will experience the best that humankind can offer.  NHF supports NHPCO’s quality and research initiatives; hospice and palliative care provider education activities; consumer engagement and caregiver services; and global hospice partnerships.

Founded in 2007 as the Alliance for Care at the End of Life, the Hospice Action network is a nonprofit affiliate of NHPCO.  HAN provides a more aggressive and comprehensive advocacy and lobbying voice that serves the entire field and, ultimately, one of America’s most vulnerable populations – those nearing the end of life.