The Federal Health Policy Director is responsible for increasing the organization’s capacity to identify, develop and support legislative and federal regulatory policies to improve outcomes and opportunities for kidney patients, to enhance health professionals' abilities to prevent, identify and treat chronic kidney disease, and to meet the needs of living kidney donors. The Director reports to the Vice President for Government Affairs.
Duties and Responsibilities
Activities for the Federal Health Policy Director shall include but not be limited to the following:
In conjunction with the Senior Health Policy Advisor, Senior Vice President for Scientific Activities, and Vice President for Government Relations, identify opportunities and build support for federal regulatory and coverage opportunities pertaining to National Kidney Foundation priorities.
Collaborate with the Senior Health Policy Advisor to review and draft responses to proposed regulations, policy statements, and guidance documents that pertain to the identification and treatment of chronic kidney disease (CKD), organ donation and transplantation, and other issues of interest to the Foundation.
Work with senior staff to expand opportunities for kidney disease research sponsored by the federal government.
In conjunction with the Vice President for Government Relations, collaborate with professional medical societies (including but not limited to other kidney organizations) on policy issues of interest to individuals with CKD and to kidney health professionals.
Represent the Foundation at federal agency meetings as needed.
Provide regulatory and rulemaking updates to NKF Professional and Constituent Councils as necessary.
Assist NKF’s Affiliates and Divisions on health policy issues as necessary.
Assist the Vice President for Government Relations to build support for Foundation legislative priorities.
Develop relationships with Washington, D.C. representatives of pharmaceutical and similar entities in support of providing the highest quality level of care to CKD patients.
Update the NKF community of public policy developments by writing the Foundation’s quarterly Capital Kidney Connection.
Participate in public speaking engagements as needed.
Perform additional duties, as required.
Minimum of 5 years experience in health related government affairs with a federal agency or congressional office, or public health policy in the private sector.
Solid, demonstrated experience of the federal rulemaking process, particularly Medicare.
Experience in the evaluation of public health policy initiatives.
Demonstrated understanding of the Affordable Care Act.
Ability to work independently as well as collaborate with colleagues on policy development.
Ability to assist the Foundation’s grant-writing team a plus.
Excellent verbal/written communication and presentation skills.
Excellent, organization, networking and interpersonal skills.
Ability to think strategically.
Proficient in Microsoft Office applications.
Available for business travel estimated 5-8 trips annually.
Flexible to work evenings as needed.