Associate Director, Strategic Engagement

TITLE: Associate Director

DIVISION: Center for Strategic Engagement

REPORTS TO: Chief Strategy Officer



POSITION SUMMARY: The Associate Director is responsible for policy development, analysis and regulatory advocacy with federal, state and local agencies. The Associate Director manages assigned health policy 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.


  • Policy Research and Development
    • Serve as the subject matter expert in assigned health policy issues
    • Conduct policy research and analysis 
    • Develop reports and white papers
    • Research and respond to policy inquiries from county medical societies and member physicians
  • Advocacy
    • Draft regulatory comments, testify in public hearings, represent the Association in meetings with state agencies and departments, and organize physician testimony on relevant regulations
    • Support the Association’s advocacy agenda by providing background information and policy support on assigned issues and collaborating with the Association’s other advocacy centers, as needed
    • Build relationships and coalitions with associations, health plans, medical societies, committees, companies, government agencies, and consumer organizations
  • Association Governance
    • Provide staff support to Association councils and policy committees as assigned 
    • Coordinate policy development activities among various departments of the Association, including government relations, economic services, legal and communications
  • Other Duties as Required
    • Assigned health policy issues may change from to time based on organizational needs or priorities as the Chief Strategy Office shall determine

Frequent contact with CEO, General Counsel, Vice Presidents, 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 care stakeholders 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.


  • College degree and at least 5 years of relevant job experience required.  Graduate degree preferred. 

  • Demonstrated strong analytical, communication (verbal and written), organizational, and interpersonal skills. 

  • Knowledge and experience in health policy: public health, health equity, state fiscal policy and budget, private and public health insurance programs, health finance and economics.

  • Ability to proactively identify policy issues impacting physicians and their patients and work collaboratively with others to develop policy, legislative or regulatory solutions.  

  • Familiarity with legislative process, state fiscal and budget process, and administrative agencies.

Works independently and in close collaboration with other Association staff according to established deadlines under the direction of the Chief Strategy Officer.

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

Some travel, including overnight travel necessary to attend hearings at governmental agencies, CMA conferences and meetings, and health care policy seminars and symposia.

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

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