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Director, Communications and Public Affairs


The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) is looking for an enthusiastic candidate to play a central role on the team of this Washington, DC advocacy organization. The position requires a strategic and creative thinker who is a good writer, editor and researcher to advance ACLA communications objectives in a fast-paced environment. This role will be part of a collaborative team to maintain ACLA’s position as a thought leader and to foster greater stakeholder understanding of the importance of the American clinical laboratory industry in improving health outcomes. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, solid project manager and trusted multi-tasker. This position reports to the President. This position offers excellent opportunities for career development and growth.

Essential responsibilities:

  • Lead the development of internal and external communications collateral on ACLA advocacy priorities and showcasing member value to external audiences including Capitol Hill, the Administration, third-party groups and the media
  • Write educational advocacy materials; assist in the research and creation of issue briefs, one-pagers, press releases and other collateral for internal and external uses
  • Initiate and maintain outreach to ACLA members; gather, develop and write member stories for use in advocacy and media efforts.
  • Coordinate with external communications firm on media responses, messaging, and industry value communications efforts
  • Maintain an active understanding of the evolving media environment around the clinical laboratory industry and association priorities to identify and respond to reporting that could impact the mission/priorities of the organization
  • Act as liaison with aligned outside groups as assigned on ACLA policy priorities, and research and draft materials and coordinate follow-up on ACLA meetings
  • Serve as project manager as assigned for other areas in ACLA, supporting and advancing ACLA policy priorities
  • Draft and coordinate plan with external communications firm on strategy to advance priority advocacy goals of the ACLA President and related outreach to external audiences including Capitol Hill, the Administration, third-party groups and the media
  • Other duties as assigned

Professional experience, education and other qualifications:

  • Bachelors’ Degree in related field (e.g. English, Public Policy, Economics, Communications)
  • 5+ years of work experience. Health care, public affairs and /or nonprofit communications experience a plus. Experience in crisis communications, digital/social media engagement, speechwriting and executive visibility, and knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes also a plus
  • Ability to think creatively and strategically in a fast-paced Washington, DC advocacy organization
  • Excellent, quick writing/copyediting skills to develop internal and external advocacy materials; keen eye in proofreading for digital and print, including AP Style
  • Excellent ability to craft content to translate complex health policy and regulatory topics for better understanding among different types of audiences
  • Ability to give and receive constructive feedback and recommendations for edits
  • Strategic mindset, proactive, resourceful, and self-motivated
  • Ability to be collaborative and member service-focused
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational and coordinating skills.
  • Results-oriented with a high attention to detail
  • Solid project management abilities, capable of advancing multiple communications priorities and working independently under tight deadlines
  • Experience in coordinating activities and managing relationships with stakeholders and congressional staff
  • Knowledge of Microsoft PowerPoint application a plus

Office working model:

  • Hybrid office and work-from-home model. Position may involve occasional travel.

To apply:

Please submit a CV, cover letter and two writing samples via e-mail to ACLA Human Resources at Please include Director, Communications and Public Affairs along with your first initial and last name in the subject line of your e-mail message.

ACLA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship status, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, related medical conditions, and a woman’s right to breastfeed), disability (physical or mental), age (18 and older), genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, matriculation, family responsibilities, personal appearance, political affiliation, marital status, veteran or military status, tobacco use, credit information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

ACLA values diversity, inclusion and equity within our organization and the promotion of these values across the healthcare industry. We encourage different perspectives, identities, and backgrounds, regardless of job function to create a more resilient organization.

ACLA provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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