Corporate Political Outreach Director

01 May, 2023


Corporate Political Outreach Director

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Washington D.C.

You have a natural ability to connect with others, while forming and fostering both meaningful and strategic relationships. You are known for your informative and persuasive communication skills, which enable you to convey your message effectively. Your unwavering political acumen paired with your ability to develop and implement effective bi-partisan strategies and campaigns that achieve the desired results. You are proactive and align your outreach initiatives with an organization’s purpose and goals top of mind.

If this sounds like you (or someone you know), please read on!

The Corporate Political Outreach Director is responsible for the continued development, enhancement, and implementation of two key components of the AAOS political program: the AAOS Orthopaedic PAC and the Advisor’s Circle program.

PAC activities.

Manages Advisor’s Circle.

Manages all aspects in sustaining and growing our million-dollar soft dollar donation program. Works directly with current Advisor’s Circle members and works to identify and recruit future members. Manages Advisor’s Circle participation at political events, including retreats, in-district fundraisers, and convention, and at AAOS meetings, including the Annual Meeting, NOLC, and Fall Meeting. Takes minutes on the monthly/quarterly conference calls and creates Advisor’s Circle related presentations and webinars. Coordinates and attends shareholder meetings, sub-specialty Annual Meetings, and in-district political events associated with the Advisor’s Circle. Works with Senior Director, Political Affairs in planning Advisor’s Circle DC events, such as fly-ins and NOLC activities. Plans and attends the annual Advisor’s Circle business meeting.

Represents AAOS at political events.

Attends political events and fundraisers on behalf of the Orthopaedic PAC. Interacts with members of Congress, their staff, fundraisers, and other industry lobbyists to engage and discuss orthopaedic policies and political issues.

Coordinates resident activities for OGR and the PAC.

Works to increase resident involvement in the Orthopaedic PAC and AAOS advocacy activities, including the Resident Reception and deployment of the Future’s Capitol Club. Provides assistance with the development and execution of the PAC Resident Fellowship (established in 2015) to increase PAC outreach and education efforts to AAOS resident members. Plans and coordinates the PAC Resident Leadership Reception at Annual Meeting to increase resident PAC involvement. Collaborates with development staff in representing the OGR at all resident industry sponsored symposia.

Cultivates internal outreach and communications for current Orthopaedic PAC donors and prospects.

Writes email solicitations and assists in mail and telephone solicitations. Works with PAC members to encourage peer-to-peer fundraising. Provides PAC updates for the Orthopaedic PAC Newsletter, AAOS Now, Advocacy Now, Advisor’s Circle, PAC Annual Report, and the AAOS Resident Newsletter.

Develops and deploys new hard dollar fundraising programs.

Works with PAC team to develop, launch, and maintain new sources of funding for the PAC including big data, mobile fundraising, and the Rainmaker’s Program.

Coordinates all AAOS Political Events.

Helps plan AAOS-hosted political fundraisers and check delivery events (62 in 2018). Works with Senior Director to promote events, confirm attendees, and strategically plan to maximize the impact they make to the beneficiary. Works with Senior Director, as well as DC and national fundraisers, to plan bundled DC and in-district fundraising events.

Assists staffing the PAC Executive Committee.

Assists in staffing PAC Executive Committee as needed. Provides updates to Committee on political activity. Works with the PAC Executive Committee to plan and execute the Orthopaedic PAC’s Independent Expenditure program.

Works with Medical and Dental PACs (MaDPAC) to plan political workshops.

Assists in planning and attending two political workshops: MaDPAC Forum and Candidate Workshop. Works with Senior Director and with other medical and dental PACs to coordinate and plan two multi-day industry workshops.

Exemplifies the following essential values of the Academy:

  • Teamwork: Effective collaboration and team-focus to solve complex problems and drive innovation.
  • Empowerment: The authority, information, and skills to make decisions and drive results.
  • Accountability: Ownership of process and results that drive decisions and ensure implementation.
  • Mindset of Growth/Continuous Learning:  Focused on and invested in self and staff development to become more adaptable, making the Academy more agile, innovative, and sustainable.


  • Up to 35 days per year



  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree
  • Four years of government relations experience
  • Experience running a PAC through at least two election cycles
  • Skilled at networking and negotiating
  • Association Management
  • Knowledge of the legislative process and grassroots advocacy
  • Experience managing multiple projects, strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to convey concepts clearly and write effectively for each of various publication styles, including issue papers, web pages, newsletters, advocacy action alerts, fundraising appeals, year-end reports, event promotions, advertising copy and others
  • Strong interpersonal, writing and oral communication skills mandatory
  • Skilled at Word, Excel, PowerPoint


  • Corporate Fundraising
  • Ability in database management
  • Experience with industry-specific PAC and grassroots software programs
  • Familiarity with medical PAC community
  • Contacts with the Hill and Members of Congress

If this describes YOU, please apply by sharing the following:

-Clearly communicate why you are the ideal candidate for this role, providing specific examples and experiences as proof points.

-Resumes must be accompanied by a cover letter with salary expectations to be considered. 

Please note:

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and is open to applicants who are able to commute weekly to this office.

AAOS requires all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. An applicant(i) who is disabled or who has a qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) who objects to being vaccinated on the basis of a sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice may request a reasonable accommodation. This determination will be made on a case-by-case basis and in accordance with applicable law and public health guidance. Any medical information concerning an applicant’s disability will be treated as a confidential medical record in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Exemptions from the vaccine policy may also be provided to fully remote positions that do not involve any business travel or in-person work activities.

JOB CODE: 1000046

Job posted: 2023-05-01