Director of Public Policy

02 Jan, 2022


Director of Public Policy

Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA)
Arlington, VA

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is a community of over 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Our mission is to improve the health of individuals, communities, and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health, and prevention relating to infectious diseases.

The Society is a great place to work!  IDSA has a highly competitive total compensation package, offers flexible work and telework arrangements and our organizational culture is highly rated by staff.  Our new office is located two blocks from the metro and has a free gym onsite.

We are an innovative and dynamic professional association committed to the principles of inclusion, diversity, access, and equity.

Position Overview

The Director of Public Policy serves as lead staff for the Society’s policy agenda across multiple issue areas. This position plays a key role in establishing IDSA public policy positions, developing and strengthening relationships with relevant federal agencies and external stakeholders and developing and implementing strategies to advance IDSA’s public policy agenda and to position IDSA as a central resource and authority on ID research, public health and science policy.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Develop and implement IDSA public policy agenda
  • Develop and implement strategic plans to advance policy priorities in research, diagnostics and public health (e.g. ID physician-scientist workforce; biomedical and regulatory science; public health and pandemic preparedness; biosecurity; regulation of federally funded research; diagnostics regulation and reimbursement, R&D, clinical integration); assess policy landscape to judge and prioritize emerging policy issues and opportunities
  • Provide strategic guidance and lead activities for IDSA policy committees: Diagnostics, Public Health, Research and associated advisory groups
  • Develop policy reports/documents and other products, including comment letters in response to federal draft guidance/regulations and similar documents, and organize conferences and other meetings as necessary to support the Society’s policy and advocacy goals
  • Identify agencies, individuals or other stakeholders (associations/societies, advocacy organizations, industry, etc.) with the potential to help inform or advance IDSA’s policy goals and create and pursue opportunities to forge these relationships.  Strengthen strategic relationships with NIH, CDC, FDA, AHRQ, and other federal agencies.
  • Support IDSA member subject matter experts on public health, research, and diagnostics policy priorities, and serve as the staff subject matter expert on these priorities providing internal consultation to the Society’s leadership and staff as well as to external parties, including federal policymakers, as appropriate
  • Provide updates of activities to PPGR SVP and written summaries of activities in report form to the Board, Executive Committee, and members, as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned

Direct Reports

  • Senior Public Policy Coordinator

Minimum Qualifications and Experience
Five (5) years of progressive experience, including policy analysis, policy research and work with committees, government agencies and non-governmental entities

  • Advanced degree in science, public health, public policy or related field, or equivalent experience
  • NIH, CDC, FDA or other federal agency experience developing federal public health, science or research policy helpful
  • Physician or scientific association experience managing volunteer committees, developing policy positions and working with federal agencies to advance policy objectives helpful

Required Skills

  •  Ability to think and plan strategically
  • Ability to manage change effectively and engage collaboratively
  • Excellent verbal and written communications/interpersonal skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects on multiple deadlines
  • Knowledge of science, research or public health policy
  • Knowledge of infectious diseases and diagnostics helpful
  • Demonstrates sound people-management skills

The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is an equal opportunity employer and considers all applications without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, disability, socioeconomic status, marital or veteran status. We also welcome those of all abilities and make reasonable accommodations to support successful outcomes for our team members 

All offers of employment with IDSA are contingent upon a successful background check.

Job posted: 2022-01-02