Director, Advocacy & Government Affairs

Washington D.C.
Posted 2 months ago


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, (Washington, DC based) for our Health Policy & Practice Services (HPPS) Team.  This position is 100% home office based and person must live in the DC area.  All staff must be fully vacinnated for Covid-19.

AAPM&R serves more than 9,000 physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (one of 24 ABMS certified medical specialties) and advocates on behalf of patients with disabilities.  PM&R physicians, also known as physiatrists, treat a wide variety of medical conditions affecting the brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.  PM&R physicians utilize cutting-edge as well as time-tested treatments to maximize function and quality of life.  AAPM&R is a leader in helping PM&R physicians acquire the continuing education, practice, knowledge, leadership skills and research findings needed to provide quality patient care.

Located in Rosemont, a Chicago suburb, AAPM&R has an operating budget of $12M and a staff of 46.


The Director, Advocacy and Government Affairs position will serve as the Academy’s knowledge leader in health care advocacy 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 and participating in strategic planning activities within the Health Policy and Practice Services Team and the overall organization to help position the PM&R specialty and the Academy.  In this role, the Director will lead and coordinate a broad range of issues across our health policy and advocacy, legislative, and regulatory agenda with external entities while based in Washington, D.C. Knowledge of government affairs, including current and proposed health care legislation and regulations, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

Position Responsibilities:

  • 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, members, relevant stakeholders and other outside entities.
  • Direct and support 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, reimbursement, research, and regulatory issues with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), among other federal agencies.
  • 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 Committee, Future Leaders, and workgroups and task forces as needed.  Manage related budgets.
  • 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.
  • Represent the Academy and PM&R specialty directly with:
    • Congressional leaders and staff
    • Administration officials and staff
    • Agency leaders and staff (including CMS, CDC, NIH, AHRQ, FDA, and others)
    • Physician leaders and staff within organized medicine
    • Relevant Coalitions
  • 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.
  • Collaborate with the Health Policy and State Legislative Affairs Manager to identify and respond to state level grassroots activities as prioritized by the Academy.
  • Be integral to the full Academy, including travel to the Rosemont, IL national office for designated meetings and events. Actively participate on the Academy’s Leadership Team.
  • Maintains high professional standards of integrity, ethics, and commitment to the goals of AAPM&R.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred in a relevant topic area, such as political science, health administration, law, economics, or health-related field.
  • Minimum of 5 years of direct experience in a government affairs role at healthcare related organization.
  • Medical association experience a plus.
  • Professionally represent the Academy and PM&R specialty in Washington, D.C.
  • Ability to analyze information and understand political impact on Academy members.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of healthcare issues, preferably from a physician perspective. Experience with rehabilitation medicine a plus.
  • Excellent time management skills with ability to work under deadline pressure.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate within Health Policy and Practices Services Team to achieve both departmental and organizational goals.
  • Provides excellent customer service with timely, accurate, and courteous responses to all members and key stakeholders.
  • Computer proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) and Internet navigation
  • Travel is approximately 5%, including the Annual Assembly and occasional committee and staff meetings at the Executive Office in Rosemont, IL. Weekend committee meetings should be expected as well as evening conferences/webinars throughout the year.
  • Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment.

AAPM&R offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package.


This search is being conducted by Mary McMahon, Associate, Tuft & Associates, Inc. Qualified candidates should submit, in confidence, a resume and a cover letter that outlines relevant personal qualifications to:

  • Complete the resume submission form below, and include your resume and cover letter.
  • Email your resume and cover letter to Tuft & Associates, Inc. at

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LocationWashington, DC