Government Relations, Health, Research and Information
4 Year Degree
AMERICAN COLLEGE OF RHEUMATOLOGY
TITLE: Senior Manager, State Affairs
DATE: July 25, 2017
LEVEL: Senior Specialist
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Senior Director, Government Affairs
POSITION SUMMARY DESCRIPTION:
The Sr. Manager, State Affairs, serves as the ACR’s liaison with state rheumatology societies and coordinates efforts to advance ACR/ARHP member advocacy engagement. The individual is charged with monitoring state-level legislative and regulatory activity that may affect the rheumatology community and coordinating appropriate action to implement the ACR’s policy agenda at the state level. The individual will also manage and develop the ACR’s grassroots and grasstops networks of rheumatology advocates to affect positive outcomes. The individual will coordinate collaborations with stakeholder groups having similar legislative goals, analyze and track state legislation and regulations; assist with strategy to influence legislation and regulations impacting the membership; coordinate communications to the ACR membership; and write articles to update the membership on pertinent government affairs activities. Additionally, the position will be the staff liaison to the Affiliate Society Council, responsible for managing and growing ASC membership and activity. The individual will provide members and societies with updates on ACR initiatives and activities.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Serve as an advocacy liaison for ACR/ARHP members and lead point of contact for state rheumatology societies.
Research, analyze, and track state legislation and regulations that may impact rheumatologists, and coordinate development of action alerts, statements of position, comments, and testimony on priority issues. Maintain the legislative tracking sheet for the 50 states and update the sheet with developments.
Effectively communicate legislative and regulatory developments and advocacy activities to the membership and grassroots networks, including writing articles and alerts.
In conjunction with the Senior Director of Government Affairs and Government Affairs Committee, identify model statutes and inform the ACR and GAC to assist with pursuit in states as appropriate.
Develop and maintain relationships with: state government organizations (e.g., National Conference of State Legislatures); state medical associations; national medical specialties’ state programs; AMA; and health care associations, to identify opportunities for cooperation, gather information on their relevant activities and inform them of ACR policy.
Initiate, develop and maintain relationships with state lawmakers, policy experts, coalitions and other stakeholders. Coordinate efforts to expand the ACR’s advocacy pool including increasing the engagement of state societies to support the ACR’s policy agenda.
In conjunction with state medical associations and other partners, assist Affiliate Society Council members and rheumatologists in non-member states in the identification, introduction, and passage of legislation benefitting rheumatologists, or defeating harmful state legislation.
Coordinate ACR/ARHP member participation in state legislative committee meetings or regulatory hearings as needed. The individual will represent the ACR before legislative panels and in other policy meetings as needed.
Serve as the primary staff liaison to the Affiliate Society Council. Coordinate meeting preparation and assist the ASC chair with presentations and materials, prepare communications related to the ASC, and other work as requested.
Develop initiatives to increase the effectiveness of ASC and growth of the council. Build state and regional rheumatology society participation; assist the ASC and Chair in strengthening their respective organizations, enhancing educational activities, and providing support for their members; assist ASC member societies in sharing best practices and information.
Develop the ACR’s grassroots advocacy and advance member involvement in government affairs, work to expand and leverage the ACR’s grassroots networks.
Plan and implement state-level meetings and events as needed, to include coordinating meeting logistics, scheduling meetings with legislators, and communication about the meetings. Assist ACR members in meeting locally with lawmakers, including assisting with scheduling meetings and tours of facilities. As needed, travel to states to directly assist in advocacy activities.
Assist the Senior Director of Government Affairs in preparing information and materials for the Government Affairs Committee, and Committee on Rheumatologic Care as needed; assist with staffing committees by participating in conference calls and meetings. Participate in conference calls and meetings of other ACR committees and subcommittees as needed.
Represent the ACR at advocacy and policy events as requested and support other advocacy programs and initiatives as needed.
Attend the Annual Scientific Meeting and handle duties as directed.
National travel required, approximately 20%.
Any other duties as the Senior Director, Vice President, or the ACR Executive Vice President may assign.
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent and 3-5 years of related professional experience. State advocacy and/or grassroots work experience in a non-profit or government setting preferred.
Familiarity with political and legislative processes including tracking and advancing state legislation, monitoring and impacting regulations, lobbying, and coordinating member advocacy activities.
Ability to develop knowledge of issues impacting rheumatologists including insurance, patient safety, treatment access, practice operations, medical liability reform, and pharmaceutical issues.
Ability to develop understanding of practice issues; ability to understand state laws pertaining to issues such as billing and reimbursement; ability to interpret legislation and regulations.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to make clear and persuasive presentations.
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with volunteers and staff tactfully and effectively, and to effectively represent the ACR among members, lawmakers, state societies, and issue stakeholders.
Ability to build and maintain partnerships among a wide variety of individuals and to develop an extensive professional network, to include physicians, state legislators, state regulators, legislative and regulatory personnel, and other medical association government affairs professionals.
Self-starter with the ability to organize and manage several projects simultaneously and to exercise judgment in prioritizing and handling responsibilities.
Not-for-profit experience highly desirable.
The ACR provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The ACR complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities or conducts business.
This is not a contract. The description and duties as they relate to this position are subject to change as reasonable business necessity dictates. In the event of such changes, a new job description may be created.
The American College of Rheumatology's mission is advancing rheumatology. The organization is for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that meet the mission through programs of education, research, advocacy and practice support.
The ACR provides professional education for its members through several venues. The Annual Scientific Meeting, held each fall, is the premier scientific m...eeting devoted to the rheumatic diseases. This meeting draws thousands of rheumatologists and arthritis health professionals from around the world. A winter rheumatology symposium, spring clinical meetings, and other topical conferences round out the ACR's educational offerings.