Manager, Policy and Advocacy Operations

Position Summary

The Policy and Advocacy Operations Manager is responsible for developing and managing the department’s operational infrastructure supporting ABMS advocacy and relationship management initiatives. The position is exempt and reports to the Senior Vice President, Policy and External Affairs.

Essential Functions

The Manager of Advocacy Operations provides critical organizational support for departmental advocacy operations and external engagement. This will include:

Departmental Operations

  • Mange operations of departmental initiatives and activities, including oversight of budgets, development of project plans, and management of engagement projects
  • Assist in the development of committee reports, member communications, and advocacy communications related to health policy and public affairs
  • Maintain consulting contracts in coordination with Legal Affairs
  • Participate in the writing and preparation of communication and educational materials
  • Partner across the organization to ensure that departmental initiatives are coordinated with other strategic initiatives
  • Identify and implement operational improvements to achieve departmental and organizational goals

Policy and Advocacy

  • Develop and maintain procedures to track legislative activity and support state-specific advocacy plans, including acquisition of tracking software, development and maintenance of document storage, activation of grassroots campaigns
  • Manage production and use of advocacy outreach materials
  • Manage grassroots advocacy and legislative/regulatory platform, including recruitment, communications, and engagement of volunteer ambassadors
  • Collect data and resources to support advocacy activities
  • Manage and maintain consulting contracts
  • Manage legislative advocacy budget
  • Maintain summary materials to present updated information for ABMS leadership and staff about legislative and regulatory issues affecting member boards and certified physicians

External Affairs

  • Develop and oversee implementation of project plans to support stakeholder engagement initiatives
  • Maintain updated databases on societies and associate members
  • Develop and manage CRM system
  • Manage logistics for meetings convened between Boards and physician specialty organizations and other stakeholder groups, including budget development and agenda planning

Skills and Attributes 

  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects under strict deadlines
  • Highly organized and results oriented
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to anticipate and creatively meet team needs
  • Working knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes desired
  • Willingness to contribute on evenings or weekends to respond timely during legislative sessions

Education, Training and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree in health policy, health administration, public health, or business desired
  • Familiarity with health policy and governmental relations, stakeholder engagement, public affairs, or other relevant experience desired
  • Familiarity with physician certification and licensure and the regulation of health care quality and safety is a plus
  • 3-5 years of experience in project management preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in public affairs, government relations, and/or advocacy required

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

How to Apply

You may send your resume and cover letter 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