Director, Government and Public Affairs

Position Description

The Director, Government and Public Affairs, plays a key role in the management of strategic relationships with government and external stakeholders to advance ABMS policy goals. The position reports to the Vice-President, Health Policy and Public Affairs.


The Director of Government and Public Affairs provides leadership, strategic planning, and project management for activities that advance ABMS objectives for community engagement and advocacy, implementing strategies aimed at generating awareness and support for ABMS Board certification and continuing certification.  


  • Leads a cross-department team to develop and deliver programs and activities that advance ABMS policy positions at the national and state level
    • Develops and executes legislative strategy for priority states. 
    • Directs activities aimed at educating members of the state Legislature, their staff, and other state government officials to gain support for ABMS advocacy issues.
  • Monitors, analyzes and reports on national and state legislative and regulatory initiatives important to certifying boards and ABMS.
  • Oversees the management of a grass roots program to foster ABMS relationships with national and state-based governmental and non-governmental organizations, to include recruitment, retention, and mobilization efforts.
  • Assists in preparing briefings for ABMS constituent groups and governance leadership on topics related to national and state health policy and the regulation of physician practice.
  • Conducts advocacy activities needed to advance the ABMS legislative agenda, including policy research, materials development, spokespersons recruitment and training, testimony preparation, and other activities as needed to advance the ABMS legislative agenda. 

Community Engagement

  • Serves as an organizational liaison to key stakeholder groups including consumer groups, payer and employer coalitions.
  • Participates in coalition efforts and other collaborative partnerships to leverage opportunities that advance the ABMS policy agenda. 

Advocacy Communications

  • Develops communications for ABMS leadership and the ABMS community of Boards on legislative and regulatory issues of concern to the ABMS, and keeps leadership apprised of emerging advocacy opportunities as well as legislative support or opposition to ABMS issues.
  • Participates in the development and implementation of communications and education for stakeholders, including state agencies and policy organizations, to increase understanding of ABMS member board certification and promote the value of national standards for physician specialty certification.
  • Collaborates with communications staff partners on development and timing of media responses. 

Skills and Attributes

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to analyze and plan strategically within a team environment
  • Capacity to represent ABMS and the Boards in meetings and public forums
  • Strong consensus-building skills
  • Working knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes
  • Organized, results oriented, flexible, and able to prioritize

Education, Training and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree is required, Master’s degree preferred.
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience in legislative and/or grassroots/community or state governmental affairs.
  • Exceptional oral and written communications skills, including the ability to conduct presentations, lead meetings and effectively communicate policy and guidelines.
  • Knowledge and understanding of developing and implementing external issues campaigns and relevant components: grassroots, media relations, crisis management, coalition building, collateral development, direct mail, etc.

Hours: 37.5 hours per week, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Early morning, evening, and weekend hours are required periodically.  Overnight travel will be required – anticipated 35%.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status, genetic information, or disability. 

How to Apply

You may send your resume and cover letter for this career opportunity to Please include the job title in the subject of your email.

You may also submit your resume and cover letter by postal mail to:

American Board of Medical Specialties
Attn: Human Resources
353 North Clark Street
Suite 1400
Chicago, IL 60654