Email a resume and cover letter with “Director of Policy & Government Relations” in the subject line to: Ryan Biehle, Executive Vice President & CEO: email@example.com
The Director of Policy & Government Relations is responsible for directing the CAFP’s Government Relations activities. It is a dynamic role working on behalf of family physicians to enhance their ability to serve patients and to improve Coloradans’ access to equitable and affordable health care. The Director will work with the CAFP contract lobbyist (reporting to the CEO) to carry out CAFP’s advocacy agenda. This position represents CAFP in federal and state legislative issues, and undertakes multiple advocacy efforts including coalition-building, arranging testimony at the state Capitol, scheduling and coordinating the Doctors of the Day, regulatory advocacy, health policy research, policy development, CAFP Political Committee and Small Donor Committee fund development and event planning, member outreach, action alerts, report writing, and assisting in media/communications activities.
Legislative Advocacy and Policy Development: Staffs the CAFP Legislative Committee and works with CAFP lobbyist to monitor and analyze Colorado state legislation, budget, regulations, policies and issues that affect family physicians and their patients’ health. Help to identify and develop legislation and policy priorities that reflect CAFP’s agenda and devise actions and strategies for these priorities; inform internal departments and CAFP leadership of legislative changes and activities.
Advocacy: Direct association advocacy by:
Collaborating with other organizations on legislative strategy to pass and/or defeat bills impacting family medicine and health care
Promoting CAFP policy in local, state and federal government
Increasing CAFP presence to exchange information about medical practice and public policy
Elevating health equity in CAFP advocacy objectives and activities
Advocating on behalf of family medicine and its strengths
Continuing to be patient advocates
Remaining an independent voice in the medical community
Promoting a public health agenda for overall health improvement in CO
Creating an annual legislative agenda
Member Advocacy/Champions Engagement: Recruit and develop CAFP Family Physician leaders by training them on government/public policy structures and opportunities.
Research: Research quantitative and qualitative data and background material to support policy positions; draft and revise recommendations, position papers, articles and updates.
Coalition Building: Help to establish and develop relationships with key elected and appointed officials, community, employer and physician based organizations, and maintain a network with other health related organizations with similar interests and goals.
Member Assistance: Oversees provision of assistance to individual members with specific legislative and regulatory issues/problems.
Meetings and Conference: Attends meetings with external and internal partners in coordination with the CEO. Organizes representatives to the AAFP State Legislative Conference and Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C., attends if possible.
Doctor of the Day: Oversees recruitment, scheduling and coordination for the Doctor of the Day program at the Capitol. Maintains Doctor of the Day office, equipment, and supplies
Member Communications: In coordination with communications staff, writes communications to CAFP members on timely legislative issues, including Doctor of the Day and legislative alerts.
Political Committee & Small Donor Committee Development: Coordinate PC/SDC activities in coordination with the CAFP lobbyist. Develop and implement a fund development plan including identifying and securing new contributors.
Direct, coordinate and develop strategic and tactical plans, policies, and politically responsive activities.
Monitor, review and summarize legislation important to CAFP programs;
Establish and maintain good working relationships with key personnel in the legislature, executive branch, regulatory agencies and representatives of other organizations interested in health care and health policy; contribute to CAFP’s visibility and influence within these bodies.
Research and write reports, blogs, articles, and other legislative reports.
Provide primary staff leadership and support to the Legislative Committee, and Political Committee. Oversee planning and execution of teleconferences and other member services related to legislative affairs and other advocacy topics.
Draft and edit articles for CAFP publications, including Colorado Family Physician magazine, and monthly e-newsletter.
Assist CAFP’s public relations team with development of communication strategies regarding media relations activities, ensuring a consistent public image and integrated messages across CAFP business lines.
Coordinate efforts with marketing and business development leadership to integrate marketing and communications goals designed to increase number of family physicians viewing CAFP legislative advocacy as a valuable asset.
Effectively communicate committee activities to the CEO and other organization staff. Work interdepartmentally to fulfill strategic plan objectives. Participate in organization-wide strategic planning and budget development for areas of responsibility.
Budget and monitor expenses and income for projects and programs assigned to position
Provides staff support during CAFP educational conferences and other scheduled meetings as assigned.
Performs miscellaneous duties as assigned. Assists with the responsibilities of other staff persons as needed.
Travel of up to 20 days per year can be anticipated. However, all travel is currently on pause due to COVID-19. We are highly committed to our team’s physical and mental health. All staff are currently working remotely. When it is safe to return to the office for in-person work, we plan to maintain at least one day remotely.
CAFP is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a work environment that supports diversity and inclusion, and we strongly encourage candidates of all backgrounds and experiences to apply.
Experience and understanding of health care policy, social determinants of health, and barriers to health equity. Working knowledge of healthcare system and insurance reform developments, Medicaid, and patient advocacy concerns preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in political science, public administration, health policy, public health or related field. Four years relevant experience in government/legislative affairs and/or policy preferred but not required. Master’s degree in relevant field a plus.
Passion for enhancing the lives of family physicians and their patients through a more affordable, equitable, and accessible health care system
Strong planning, project and time management skills.
Excellent written, verbal, analytic and presentation skills.
Excellent communication skills, with the ability to communicate with people from diverse backgrounds.
Highly collaborative, skilled in building and maintaining relationships, and experience working on teams to accomplish work.
Commitment to issues of diversity and equity
Strong leadership skills, self-directed, possesses initiative, able to motivate others and multitask.
Ability to organize a variety of projects and tasks and complete them effectively and in a timely manner
Ability to evaluate situations, identify options and resources, and recommend creative solutions to problems within assigned responsibilities
Flexibility to work occasional weekends and evenings as needed.
About Colorado AFP
About the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP)
Founded in 1948, the CAFP represents 2,600 family physicians and medical students. We are the only medical society devoted solely to primary care. Our mission is to serve as the bold champion for Colorado’s Family Physicians, patients, and communities through education and advocacy. To learn more about the Colorado Academy of Family Physicians, please visit the web site at www.coloradoafp.org.