Chief Health Policy Officer
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is the world’s largest association of neurologists with more than
36,000 members and nearly 200 staff. AAN’s mission to promote the highest quality patient-centered care and
to enhance member career satisfaction is furthered through its goals to:
• Demonstrate and assert the value of neurology to policymakers, patients, the public, and other major
• Grow the neurology workforce and innovate care delivery to meet the future needs for patient care.
• Demonstrate and communicate our commitment to be a fully inclusive, diverse, and anti-racist
organization that promotes neurologic health equity and actively works to recruit and support a diverse
• Ensure the health of the neurology community and enhance member and staff satisfaction, well-being and
resiliency, and engagement.
• Advocate and support the financial well-being, continuing viability, and innovation of the practice of
• Expand and support neuroscience research.
• Create novel ways to educate and assist members in providing high value, team-based, patient-centered
We work together as neurology professionals and the AAN staff to accomplish the mission and vision of the AAN
and to share our common experience and expertise in belonging to and serving the neurology community.
We guide, inspire, and empower members, patients, and other stakeholders to make a positive difference in
their own lives and the lives of others in the neurology community, and to contribute to the AAN mission.
We set and maintain the highest ethical standards for ourselves and our programs, products, and services.
We work collaboratively as a committed team, to share our expertise and use informed decision-making in
service of others to improve the quality of neurological care.
We embrace the dignity and uniqueness of every person, being sensitive and empathetic to the needs of others.
Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Anti-racism, and Social Justice (IDEAS)
We commit to intentional action to be a fully inclusive, deliberately diverse, and anti-racist organization that
respects and values our membership, our staff, and the communities we serve. We will actively promote equity
and social justice in neurology and the neurosciences.
Operating from its headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota,with a six-person public policy office in Washington
D.C, the AAN is the parent 501c6 organization that operates the American Academy of Neurology Institute
(AANI), a 501c3 research, education and events subsidiary. Annual revenues are approximately $60MM (38%
from royalties and publishing of eight publications, 25% from conferences and education, 16% from
membership dues, 15% from grants and gifts, and 6% from other sources including business support services
for two related nonprofits – the American Brain Foundation (ABF) and the United Council of Neurological
As a member of the Executive Team, the Chief Health Policy Officer provides effective leadership and
strategic oversight for the health policy division and guidance for associated governance committees,
overseeing products, programs, and services that improve the quality of care delivered by neurologists
and others on the medical team, optimizing practice and business operations, and delivering effective
advocacy on behalf of AAN members and their patients.
Leadership and Strategy:
o Accountable for establishing vision and implementation of health policy committee and staff
structure in consultation with the AAN President and CEO
o Accountable for federal, state, and regulatory advocacy initiatives including action plans and
o Leads the development of strategic and operational plans within the health policy division
o Serves as the primary liaison to the Officers and Board ofthe AAN relating to health policy
o Ensures coordination between Health Policy and other divisions and across committees
o Develops and enhances positive relationships, networking and coalition building efforts between
the AAN and other groups and associations with related interests such as neurology-related
consumer/patient groups and organizations, other medical societies, the American Medical
Association, and federal health-related agencies
Ensures competent staff support for Quality, Advocacy,and Medical Economics and Practice
Quality and Guidelines
o Accountable for the development and dissemination of clinical practice guidelines, quality
measures, Axon Registry, and related tools and products
o Ensures synergistic collaboration among all quality improvement initiatives
o Oversees registry operations and maintains positive relationships with external vendors
Medical Economics and Practice
o Guides the practice and medical economic activities to ensure favorable environments for
members to practice
o Oversees efforts to build relationships and communication channels with health plans and payers
o Stays abreast of ever-changing health care practice and regulatory environments
o Accountable for strategies and tactics related to state and federal legislative advocacy and
o Ensures appropriate BrainPAC operations and support for effective implementation of
o Guides programs to develop, cultivate,and maintain effective advocacy among members through
programs such as Neurology on the Hill and the Palatucci Advocacy Leadership Program
o Position is responsible for direct employee supervision which includes the selection, training,
performance management, compensation administration, and termination of employees
o Promotes a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values learning
and a commitment to quality
o Establishes and monitors staff performance, development of goals, assignment of
accountabilities, setting of objectives, and establishment of priorities
o Oversees and monitors health policy activities of AAN’s Minneapolis and Washington,DC, offices
o Accountable for development and implementation of division budget
Minimum of 15 years of strategic planning experience in related field of medicine or health
policy or as a health care executive in a medical practice or institution
Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience leading other leaders
Experience in advocacy and quality improvement
Experience in developing health policy and governmental relations at the state and/or federal
Demonstrated oral and written communication skills. Ability to interface and engage diverse
groups of cross-functional department employees, members, community and clients, and
quickly develop rapport
Understanding of regulatory and legislative process
Demonstrated leadership, management, and supervisory skills
Deep knowledge of socioeconomic issues affecting specialty medicine
Understanding of physician-payer relations, including private and public payers
Experienced in building coalitions and effective relationships with public and private
organizations as well as federal agencies
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
Visionary, inclusive leader who inspires trust. Approachable, collaborative, and willing to rollup-your-sleeves.
Politically astute with the ability to build consensus, rally support around common goals, and
motivate groups and individuals.
Clear and concise communicator.
Innovative, agile, and creative.
Servant leader approach, high-impact manager. Team-oriented with an open-door philosophy
but also decisive.
Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
Strong attention to detail.
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills.
Bachelor’s Degree in Health Policy, Health Administration, Public Health, Business
Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, or related area of study required
Master’s Degree in equivalent area preferred
Certified Association Executive (CAE) preferred
Incredible mission of helping neurologists worldwide provide the best possible care for their
patients, including seeking new cures and treatments for brain disease and working to ensure
patient access to the right care
Make a direct impact on health care policy
Collaborative and member-focused culture
Equal Employment Opportunity
The American Academy of Neurology is an equal opportunity employer.
If you or someone in your network is interested in exploring this opportunity,
please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Debbie Tang Larry Griffin
Partner, Bridge Partners Partner, Bridge Partners
Job posted: 2021-03-08