Director, Division of Government Relations

09 Jun, 2020


Director, Division of Government Relations

American Academy of Family Physicians
Washington, DC

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This position is located in Washington, DC
TRAVEL: Approximately 25-30 days annually

Job Description

The Director of the Division of Government Relations provides strategic and operational oversight of the AAFP’s federal and state advocacy activities aimed at advancing the AAFP’s strategic objectives. The Director, using their experience and expertise, will advise and collaborate with the Senior Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement, and Policy to execute the strategic vision and goals as established by the AAFP Board of Directors.

The Director, working with internal and external resources available, will ensure that the discipline of family medicine is appropriately represented in all legislative and regulatory arenas where the decisions and outcomes impact family physicians and the patients cared for by family physicians.  The Director will identify and implement strategies that proactively advance the strategic goals of the AAFP and promote the discipline of family medicine in all legislative, regulatory, political, and advocacy arenas.  The Director, in collaboration with other AAFP resources, will inform and collaborate with AAFP members, state chapters and other family medicine organizations to advance the AAFP’s strategic objectives.

The Director will establish and maintain relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional and Committee staff, professional and political staff working in the Administration, and with representatives of other health care organizations.

  • Provide strategic and management oversight of the AAFP’s federal and state advocacy activities; as well as the political operations of FamMedPAC.
  • Identify and implement strategies that proactively advance the strategic goals of the AAFP and promote the discipline of family medicine in all legislative, regulatory, political, and advocacy arenas.
  • Provide professional leadership to the Division of Government Relations, through effective management and coaching of staff, oversight and management of the Division budget, selection of qualified personnel as needed, and active participation in AAFP senior management activities and meetings.
  • Serve as a resource to the AAFP Board of Directors, Commissions, state chapters, senior AAFP leadership on strategic objectives, advocacy activities and messaging of AAFP priorities and successes to AAFP members and the public.
  • Provide strategic oversight of the Family Medicine Action Network (FMAN) and the Family Medicine Political Action Committee (FamMedPac) to create an alliance of informed and active family physician advocates who are advancing the AAFP’s strategic and advocacy objectives.
  • Oversee AAFP advocacy meetings & conferences (Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) & State Legislative Conference (SLC)).
  • Other duties as assigned.



This position requires a sound working knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes gained through ten or more years previous experience in a responsible position working with government, Congress, or in the private sector. A bachelor’s degree is required and a master’s degree is preferred.

The Director oversees management of the AAFP’s Division of Government Relations, including supervision of a staff of 10, oversight of external consultants and oversight of FamMedPAC, the AAFP’s political action committee.  Therefore, the successful applicant must have direct experience in advocacy, lobbying/issue advocacy campaigns and experience managing a team of professionals and overseeing budgets. Also required are strong communication skills including the ability to write for different audiences; be a highly competent and effective public speaker; and have the ability to work effectively with people who have different views.

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Job posted: 2020-06-09