Director, Government Affairs

18 Jun, 2019


Director, Government Affairs

National Quality Forum
Washington, DC


The Director of Government Affairs is responsible for assisting the Chief of Staff with developing and implementing the National Quality Forum’s (NQF) legislative and regulatory strategy.  This includes representing NQF on Capitol Hill, identifying legislative and policy opportunities to advance NQF’s initiatives, preparing written documents and presentations, and managing a member advocacy coalition.  The Director of Government Affairs works collaboratively with staff in departments across the organization.



  • Oversees NQF’s advocacy, health policy, and government affairs activities in conjunction with the Chief of Staff.
  • Evaluates pending legislation and regulations  and proactively works to advance NQF’s interests.
  • Participates in day-to-day advocacy activities including representing NQF in meetings with Congressional Members and staff.
  • Briefs senior leadership and NQF Board Members on legislative and regulatory agenda.
  • Serves as resource to congressional offices by offering legislative analysis, drafting, editing or recommending technical assistance, as appropriate.
  • Develops messaging and material for dissemination to congressional members and staff, NQF members, press and other key stakeholders.  Represents NQF as a speaker or liaison to external stakeholders.
  • Manages relationships with strategic partners regarding NQF’s advocacy agenda, including the Friends of NQF, an over 100-member advocacy coalition.
  • Organizes annual NQF Board Capitol Hill advocacy day and congressional briefings to advance NQF’s key initiatives.
  • Drafts testimony, letters and regulatory comments as necessary.
  • Establishes and maintains a sophisticated political contact network, specifically in the healthcare arena, with key Capitol Hill lawmakers and staff in both the House and Senate, and in the relevant executive agencies.
  • Manages government affairs operations including budget, contracts, and outside consultants.




  • Bachelor’s degree required, relevant master’s preferred.


  • 8-10 years of relevant healthcare experience on Capitol Hill or in government affairs with strong working knowledge of the legislative and regulatory process.
  • Experience managing coalitions or diverse stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to distill complex concepts into plain English.
  • Contemporary working relationships with congressional members and staff, especially those on Senate and House healthcare committees.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple priorities and projects simultaneously and ability to shift as priorities change.
  • Experience presenting or writing on behalf of an organization.
  • Political astuteness.


Physical demands

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Work environment

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • In the primary environment the noise level is quiet to moderate with ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional office equipment as found in a typical office environment.

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Job posted: 2019-06-18