American Cochlear Implant Alliance (ACI Alliance) is a non-profit organization of cochlear implant clinicians from across the care continuum, educators, scientists, parents and consumers. Its mission is to advance access to cochlear implantation through research, advocacy and awareness. Located in McLean, VA outside of Washington, DC, this member driven organization is seeking to expand its support of members’ involvement in national and state healthcare activities that promote access to the cochlear implant intervention. More information about cochlear implants may be found on the website: www.acialliance.org. A description of ACI Alliance Advocacy may be found on the website here: http://www.acialliance.org/page/AdvocacyInitiatives
This new part-time position (20-30 hours/week) is being created to expand and enhance the organization’s involvement in national policy and to facilitate the State Champion network. The successful applicant will generate interest and excitement in our governmental affairs work. With the expected shift in healthcare decision-making from the Federal government to states, ACI Alliance will provide enhanced support to our members to advance state-based activities. We have increased the number of State Champions in each state and supplemented our efforts with consumer and parent advocacy volunteers who will participate in newly created State Committees. The Governmental Policy Manager will support the volunteer network and their advocacy efforts in various ways including: develop materials, coordinate activities, provide direct guidance, and coordinate efforts at the national level. Participation in coalition activities will help provide perspective on how other general disability, as well as hearing loss specific, organizations are approaching the national healthcare environment. The staff person will also participate and represent the organization with other healthcare and disability organizations in Washington, DC working with appointed officials and Members of Congress. The position is part-time (20-30 hours per week) with some flexibility on hours. Though the work environment is remote, it is expected that there will be frequent in-person interactions with ACI Alliance staff and colleagues in other organizations.
The successful candidate will have a minimum of an undergraduate degree (graduate degree in a related public or governmental affairs field preferred) and at least three years of relevant experience in public affairs activities at the state and/or national levels. We are seeking an individual with strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to motivate and support others to take action. The individual selected for the position will report to the organization’s Executive Director. The position is open immediately though the start date is somewhat flexible. Compensation is commensurate with experience.
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The American Cochlear Implant Alliance is a not-for-profit membership organization created with the purpose of eliminating barriers to cochlear implantation by sponsoring research, driving heightened awareness and advocating for improved access to cochlear implants for patients of all ages across the US. ACI Alliance members are clinicians, scientists, educators, and others on cochlear implant tea...ms as well as parent and consumer advocates. An annual meeting for professional members is convened.
WHAT IS A COCHLEAR IMPLANT?
A cochlear implant is an electronic medical device designed to restore the ability to perceive sounds and understand speech by individuals with moderate to profound hearing loss. Children and adults who are not sufficiently helped by hearing aids may benefit from cochlear implants. Unlike a hearing aid, which delivers amplified sound acoustically, a cochlear implant bypasses damaged hair cells in the cochlea and stimulates the remaining nerve fibers directly through the application of electrical current. A cochlear implant is a device for people whose hearing technology needs may be beyond hearing aids.