Director, Advocacy and Government Affairs

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Rosemont, IL

Director, Advocacy and Government Affairs

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation


The American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR), the premier professional association for rehabilitation physicians, also known as physiatrists, is seeking an experienced government affairs professional with a thorough understanding of current and proposed healthcare legislation and regulations to serve as Director, Advocacy and Government Affairs.

AAPMR serves more than 9,000 board certified physicians who specialize in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PMR). PM&R physicians are nerve, muscle, bone and brain experts who treat injury or illness non-surgically to decrease pain and restore function. Representing approximately 70 percent of all rehabilitation physicians, AAPMR 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.

AAPMR serves its member physicians by advancing the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation, promoting excellence in physical medicine and rehabilitation practice and advocating on public policy issues and overall health-care delivery. The organization seeks to ensure that its members are essential in the evolving healthcare environment, that it serves as their primary resource for professional development and that it is a public policy advocate for its members and those served by the specialty.

Located in Rosemont, a Chicago suburb, AAPMR has an operating budget of $12M and a staff of 42.

Position Summary

The Director, Advocacy and Government Affairs, serves as the Academy’s knowledge leader in health care legislation and understands the implications for physiatric practice, and develops an appropriate agenda and activities for the organization. The Director also plays an integral role in the Academy by collaborating with member volunteers and staff and participating in strategic planning activities within the Healthy Policy and Practice Services (HPPS) Team and the overall organization to help position the PM&R specialty and the Academy overall.  While based in Washington D.C, the Director will lead and coordinate a broad range of issues across AAPMR’s health policy, legislative, and regulatory agendas with external entities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Stakeholders describe the successful candidate as a strategic and collaborative leader with in-depth healthcare advocacy knowledge. The ideal candidate should understand the needs of physicians in a rapidly changing environment as well as be attuned to the AAPMR member perspective.  The Director will also:

  • Lead legislative and regulatory analysis and related policy development for the Academy; be the “eyes and ears” of the association in Washington, D.C.
  • Analyze the impact of proposed legislation on the Academy’s members and their patients and 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.
  • Direct 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).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Monitors and manages 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, NIH, and FDA)
    • 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 Legislative Affairs Coordinator to identify and respond to state level grassroots activities as prioritized by the Academy.
  • Collaborate and actively participate with Academy’s senior leadership team to proactively identify issues and opportunities in health policy.
  • Be integral to the full Academy, including travel to the Rosemont, IL national office for designated meetings and events.
  • Provides excellent customer service with timely, accurate and courteous responses to all members and key stakeholders.
  • Maintains high professional standards of integrity, ethics, and commitment to the goals of AAPM&R.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred in a relevant topic area, such as political science, healthcare administration, economics, or health-related field.
  • Government affairs or health policy experience with a medical association preferred.
  • Knowledge of government affairs, including current and proposed legislation and regulations, such as health care reform bills and the Quality Payment Program.
  • Knowledge of healthcare issues, preferably from a physician perspective.   Experience with rehabilitation medicine a plus.
  • Demonstrated experience as an effective communicator with excellent analytical, writing and interpersonal skills, ability to translate information into meaningful member communications that create value and understanding.
  • Ability to effectively collaborate within Health Policy and Practices Services department to achieve both departmental and organizational goals.
  • Demonstrated experience working as a member of a senior-level collaborative team.
  • Ability to function at both strategic and tactical levels with a high level of business acumen.
  • Self-directed, energetic, forward-thinking and creative, with high ethical standards and professional image.
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities, interpersonal, facilitation, listening and public speaking skills
  • Budgeting and financial oversight experience.
  • Proficient in MS Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook).
  • Travel is required.

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:; phone: 312-642-8889

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