Vice President of Government Relations

13 Oct, 2020


Vice President of Government Relations

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM)
Bethesda, MD

The Organization

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) was founded in 1898 to lend support and assistance to the nation’s osteopathic medical schools, and to serve as a unifying voice for osteopathic medical education. The association is guided by its Board of Deans of member colleges of osteopathic medicine, and various other member councils and committees. AACOM represents and advances the continuum of medical education by:

  • supporting our member institutions as they educate the future physician workforce;
  • increasing awareness of osteopathic medical education and osteopathic medicine;
  • promoting excellence in medical education, policy, research, and service; and
  • fostering innovation and quality throughout medical education

AACOM’s strategic plan is focused on operating a fiscally responsible organization that embraces the use of technology to enhance member service, leverage business intelligence, and support communication and collaboration across its diverse communities of administration, faculty, and students of the osteopathic medical colleges in the United States.

Overview of Responsibilities

The Vice President is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic direction for the AACOM mission as it pertains to government relations and advocacy contributing to our recognition by policymakers as the voice representing the continuum of osteopathic medical education.

The VP will serve as the Chief Advocacy Officer for the association, maintaining strategic relationships with government officials, policymakers, higher education and health professions associations and others to collaborate and advocate for AACOM’s priorities.

This position works closely with AACOM leadership and key stakeholders to establish and execute the association’s public policy agenda and other goals for government relations, and to develop and maintain strategic relationships.


Leadership and Administration

  • Lead, manage, and supervise internal government relations staff.
  • Maintain accountability for the development and oversight of a budget aligned to organizational priorities.
  • Work with and oversee consultants representing AACOM on legislative, regulatory, and strategic issues.
  • Oversee the documentation of federal lobbying for the organization and its employees.
  • Draft appropriate communication for the organization and its leadership based upon the association’s public policy agenda and other goals for government relations and strategic relationships.
  • Oversee reporting on relevant congressional activity, federal legislation, policy developments, proposed regulations, hearings, mark-ups, and other meetings, and funding opportunities of relevance to the organization and its member institutions.

Advocacy and Public Policy

  • Assure that osteopathic medical education is an active contributor to the formulation of national health policy by advocating and advancing the association’s policy positions with Congress and federal agencies.
  • Provide necessary advice, guidance and leadership on public policy matters while identifying opportunities for AACOM to enhance its profile and standing in the public policy arena.
  • Recommend and cause to be implemented changes in legislation, statutes, and proposed and final regulations to ensure appropriate federal recognition of osteopathic medical education.
  • Oversee the identification and analysis of current and emerging federal policy, legislation and regulations and other public policy initiatives to assess the potential impact on AACOM and formulate recommended policy positions.
  • Oversee the lobbying activities of the association to include Congress, the Executive branch, and federal agencies on AACOM policy priorities.
  • Build and maintain the advocacy capacity of our membership.

Relationships and Outreach

  • Establish and cultivate a broad range of relationships external to the association, including, but not limited to, government officials, public policymakers and their staff, other associations, industry partners and other thought leaders and influencers to support the success of the AACOM strategic plan.
  • As a member of the executive leadership team, serve as a liaison to establish AACOM’s leadership role in the higher education and health professions associations community and strengthen relationships with same.
  • Serve as a spokesperson on behalf of AACOM to strengthen government relations and strategic relationships, elevating AACOM as a resource to Congress, the Executive branch, federal agencies and appropriate policymakers at the state level.
  • Oversee monitoring and dissemination of federal funding opportunities to membership.
  • Identify and promote the appointment of qualified individuals to federal advisory commissions, committees, councils, and panels.

Other Duties

  • To be assigned as necessary.

Supervision Exercised

  • 4-6 department staff members

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in related field preferred and 15 plus years of government relations experience, preferably at the senior level, in one or more of the following sectors: public health, higher education, healthcare institution or association management. Knowledge of entire government process is required; Capitol Hill experience is highly preferred.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • An outstanding executive presence, with the ability to gain credibility, rapport, and support, with all key internal and external stakeholders, including federal lawmakers and government agency officials, osteopathic medical educators and physicians at member institutions and leaders of other professional organizations.
  • Leadership with a history of successful program implementations with measurable results.
  • Ability to function as a quick study of complex and dynamic issues. Creatively solve problems with highly organized approach to developing high impact communications, using a collaborative work and leadership style to align efforts across the organization.
  • Effective communications with development of a framework for AACOM’s government relations and strategic relationships message and ability to ensure consistent and comprehensive execution.
  • Ability to prioritize and delegate. Comfort and familiarity with a fast-paced environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. Ability to collaborate with executives across diverse functional groups and to translate a vision into high-quality work products.
  • Must be able to respond appropriately to questions during policy discussions and to negotiate effective policy positions.
  • Must be able to present on behalf of association and its membership at various meetings and events, to include AACOM-held meetings.
  • Skills include proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite applications, including Excel, Powerpoint, and Word.

Working Conditions

  • Office environment.
  • Requires participation in frequent internal and external meetings (live or virtual).
  • Must be willing to attend national meetings in person on an occasional basis.

General Benefits Information

AACOM is committed to providing a comprehensive benefits program that best meets the needs of the employees and their families. Employee benefits, based on eligibility, include:

  • Medical, dental and vision
  • Life, Short-Term and Long-Term Disability
  • Retirement plans with a generous Organization contribution
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Athletic Club reimbursement
  • Bike Transit reimbursement
  • Supplemented Parking and Transit cost

The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine is an equal opportunity employer (EOE).

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Job posted: 2020-10-13