Associate Director, Health Policy

TITLE: Associate Director, Health Policy

LOCATION:  Sacramento                                      

CENTER: Health Policy

EXEMPTION STATUS: Exempt                                     

REPORTS TO:  Vice President, Center for Health Policy

Position Summary

The Associate Director is responsible for policy development and strategic planning around health care policy issues, as well as regulatory advocacy with state and local agencies. The Associate Director manages these issues within the policy-making bodies of the association, which includes an annual congress of physician delegates, a Board of Trustees, an Executive Committee, standing councils, technical advisory committees and delegations.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate Director will perform the following duties within assigned health policy issue areas.

  • Advocacy
    • Draft regulatory comments, testify in public hearings, and organize physician testimony on relevant regulations
    • Provide written and verbal advocacy on state legislation
    • Build relationships and coalitions with associations, health plans, medical societies, committees, companies, government agencies, and consumer organizations
  • Policy Research and Development
    • Serve as the subject matter expert in specified health policy issues
    • Conduct policy research and analysis in a wide range of health policy issues
    • Develop reports and white papers
    • Research and respond to policy inquiries from county medical societies, media, and member physicians
  • Association Governance
    • Staff CMA internal councils and committees related to policy development
    • Coordinate activities with centers within the organization, including government relations, economic services, legal and communications
  • Other Duties as Required


Frequent contact with CEO, Center VPs, CMA officers and Trustees, and CMA and AMA staff to interpret policy, provide technical support, and solve problems.  Outside contacts with a variety of other medical and health interests including: county medical societies, physicians, attorneys, health plans, business and consumer groups and government representatives to discuss policy matters related to the scope of responsibilities.

Knowledge and Experience

  • College degree and at least 5 years of relevant job experience required.  Graduate degree preferred.
  • Demonstrated strong analytical, communication (oral and written), organizational, and interpersonal skills.
  • Thorough knowledge and experience in researching health policy issues.  Ability to proactively identify policy issues impacting the Association and its members and work collaboratively with others to develop policy solutions.  Familiarity with legislative process and administrative agencies.


Works independently and in close collaboration with other Association staff according to established deadlines under the direction of the Vice President.

Equipment Operation

Position requires operation of normal office equipment, computer, printers, photocopier, fax machines and multi-line phone.

Physicial Requirements

Some travel, otherwise normal professional requirements.

(This job description reflects the general level and nature of the job. It is not intended to be all-inclusive.)

Apply for this position

To apply, please download the application form and email your cover letter, resume and completed application form to Human Resources.