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Director, Advocacy & Government Affairs

Reference Code: HPPS 

The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPM&R), the premier professional association for rehabilitation physicians, has an immediate opening for a Director, Advocacy & Government Affairs. 

AAPM&R serves more than 9,000 physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (one of 24 ABMS certified board certified medical specialties). 

General Summary:

The Director, Advocacy and Government Affairs position will serve as the Academy’s knowledge leader in health care legislation who understands the implications for physiatric practice and develops an appropriate agenda and activities for the organization.  The individual also plays an integrated role in the Academy by collaborating with volunteers and staff.  In this role, the Senior Manager/Manager will lead and coordinate a broad range of issues across our health policy, legislative, and regulatory agenda with external entities while based in Washington, D.C. Knowledge of government affairs, including current and proposed legislation and regulations, such as health care reform bills and the Quality Payment Program, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.   

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Lead legislative and regulatory analysis and related policy development for the Academy; be the “eyes and ears” of the association in Washington, D.C., and analyze the impact of proposed legislation on the Academy’s members and their patients; educate members on current health policy and regulatory issues; assure appropriate and timely communication of activities within the organization to the Board of Directors, Committee members, Council leaders, members, and outside entities. 
  2. Manage a broad range of issues for the Academy at Washington, D.C. based coalitions and meetings that include, but are not limited to the areas of: health policy, practice, research, and regulatory issues with the National Institute of Health (NIH), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
  3. Serve as staff lead to the Health Policy and Legislation (HP&L) Committee, partnering with the Chair and supervisor to establish a legislative and regulatory strategic plan and guide committee projects to successful completion, overseeing meetings/conference calls, and preparing meeting agendas and minutes.  Also, provide necessary leadership, support and expertise to other committees and programs, including the Quality, Practice, Policy and Research Committee, State Advocacy Subcommittee, Leadership Fellows, and workgroups and task forces as needed.  Manage related budgets.
  4. Write and/or draft timely and relevant memoranda, testimony, position statements, regulatory comments, reports, webinars, articles, and news updates for member education and information. Collaborate with Academy’s Marketing and Communications team to assure time-sensitive updates pertaining to relevant legislative and regulatory activity are provided in the Academy’s monthly newsletter, The Physiatrist, as well as in the weekly Connection electronic newsletter, the AAPM&R website, PhyzForum, and social media.
  5. Represent the Academy and PM&R specialty directly with:
    • Congressional leaders and staff
    • Administration officials and staff
    • Agency leaders and staff (including CMS, NIH, and FDA)
    • Physician leaders and staff within organized medicine
    • Relevant Coalitions
  6. Build meaningful relationships and coalitions to advance the Academy’s advocacy priorities and work effectively with consultants, including the Academy’s Washington, D.C. based lobbying firm.
  7. Collaborate with the Health Policy and Legislative Affairs Coordinator to identify and respond to state level grassroots activities as prioritized by the Academy.
  8. Be integral to the full Academy, including travel to the Rosemont, IL national office for designated meetings and events.
  9. Maintains high professional standards of integrity, ethics, and commitment to the goals of AAPM&R.
  10. Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  1. Professionally represent the Academy and PM&R specialty in Washington, D.C.
  2. Ability to analyze information and understand political impact on Academy members.
  3. Demonstrated experience as an effective communicator with excellent analytical, writing and interpersonal skills with ability to translate information into meaningful member communications that create value and understanding.
  4. Knowledge of healthcare issues, preferably from a physician perspective.  Experience with rehabilitation medicine a plus.
  5. Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Internet navigation.
  6. Excellent time management skills with ability to work under deadline pressure.
  7. Ability to effectively collaborate within Health Policy and Practices Services department to achieve both departmental and organizational goals.
  8. Provides excellent customer service with timely, accurate, and courteous responses to all members and key stakeholders.

Education and Experience:

  1. Minimum of 5 years of direct experience in a government affairs related role at a healthcare related organization.
  2. Bachelors required, Master’s Degree preferred in a relevant topic area, such as political science, health administration, economics, or health-related field.
  3. Medical Association experience a plus.

Estimated Travel

Travel is appproximately 10%, including the Annual Assembly and meetings at the Executive Office in Rosemont, IL. Weekend committee meetings should be expected as well as evening conference calls/webinars throughout the year.

How to Apply for a Job with AAPM&R

Search Process: 

This search is being conducted by Tuft & Associates.  To apply, please forward your resume electronically with cover letter in confidence to: Mary McMahon, Associate, Tuft & Associates: cbabjak@tuftassoc.com; phone: 312-642-8889

No faxing or phone inquiries please.
AAPM&R offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a very comprehensive benefits package. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).