American Kidney Fund
Rockville, MD

Position Summary: The Director of Public Policy supports and enhances effective Federal and State advocacy for the American Kidney Fund (AKF), including issues related to End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), third party payment and kidney care policy, including Medicare, Medicaid, Medigap and private insurance (including the Affordable Care Act), through strong policy analysis and writing skills. The Director will work with the Vice President of Government Affairs on strategic issue assessment, policy development and analysis, timely production of advocacy materials and comment letters, thought leader development and coalition building. The Director of Public Policy should be an excellent communicator, both written and verbal, and able to translate complex policy issues into useful information for AKF employees and key constituents, including AKF patient advocates.

Salary: $110,000 – $115,000 depending upon experience

Position Overview:


• In collaboration with the Vice President of Government Affairs, work effectively and professionally with Federal regulators/lawmakers, such as Health & Human Services (HHS), The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), MedPAC, Congress and other government officials with responsibility for overseeing ESRD and related kidney care policy.

• Work effectively with, influence and mobilize policy positions of kidney care associations (e.g., Kidney Care Partners), coalitions of patients, providers, and other groups in support of AKF policies.

• Works in close collaboration with fellow Office of Government Affairs team members, other AKF colleagues, as well as colleagues in associated organizations. Helps support public policy efforts in States.

• Regularly scans environment for emerging policy trends based on regulatory, policy, and legislative proposals, developments, data and research from Congress, the Administration, government advisory committees, and other key organizations.

• Remains abreast of insurance policy and trends as they impact persons with ESRD and potentially impact AKF programs and activities.

• Identifies the key policy issues and debates facing AKF; collaborates with outside organizations when appropriate and develops, recommends, and gains approval of AKF policy positions on key issues, including regulatory comment letters.

• Drafts full range of advocacy materials for use with Members of Congress and their staff and will work closely with the Director of State Policy and Advocacy to develop materials for State legislators and regulators, all of which effectively articulate rationale for AKF positions.  Will also be responsible for action alerts, monthly e-newsletters, etc.

• Work closely with the Director of State Policy and Advocacy to develop materials.

• Assist in preparation of related materials for AKF’s Public Policy Committee meetings; help coordinate Hill briefing materials for VP and assist with drafting committee reports and other related materials such as PowerPoint presentations.

• Local travel – 20% to 30% of position.

• Occasional out of town travel for AKF or partner events.

• Other duties as assigned.


7-10 years of strategic, senior-level public health policy experience, preferably in a chronic disease state at a nonprofit organization. Master’s or other advanced degree preferred. Advocacy and health policy experience, with specific knowledge of The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, required.  Understanding of End Stage Renal Disease and kidney disease preferred. 5 years of strong supervisory experience. Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint, required.  Proficient Project Management Skills. Must have excellent writing, interpersonal, presentation and communication skills. Excellent online research skills. Must be well-organized with strong attention to detail; excellent proof reading skills; a proactive problem solver; able to work independently and within a team framework. Ability to proactively track and coordinate multiple projects and complete work in a timely manner. Ability to handle confidential matters with a high level of integrity. Demonstrated ability to be highly flexible. Ability to work weekends or evenings as required.

How to Apply:

Send cover letter, resume and salary requirements for consideration to

We wish to thank all applicants for their interest and effort in applying for a position with the American Kidney Fund, however, only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

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Job Posted: March 25, 2017