Vice President, Policy, Government Relations, and Strategic Engagement

Position Description

The Vice President, Policy, Government Relations, and Strategic Engagement, provides strategic and operational oversight for ABMS policy development, advocacy, and strategic engagement with government, professional organizations, health care organizations, and other public stakeholders of specialty certification to strengthen and increase the value of ABMS specialty board certification.

Essential Responsibilities

The Vice President provides strategic leadership and operational oversight to a program of policy development, advocacy, and strategic engagement. Major responsibilities include:

Strategic Stakeholder Engagement

  • Lead external engagement efforts to enhance the value of continuing certification to the public, participating physicians and other beneficiaries of the certification process and represent ABMS and the Boards in meetings and public forums.
  • Develop and implement mechanisms to obtain input from key stakeholders, including physicians and their professional organizations, hospitals and health systems, medical groups and health plans, to increase the extent to which certification meets stakeholder needs.
  • Develop and implement a plan for external engagement to increase awareness of certification and to increase its use by key stakeholders.
  • Enhance relationships with ABMS Associate Members and key strategic partners.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with the Federation of State Medical Boards and its member licensing boards.
  • Create a process to track and comment on relevant state medical board regulatory and legislative initiatives.
  • Develop relationships with key stakeholder groups in the states, including consumer groups, hospitals and health systems, payers and employer coalitions in support of advocacy efforts.

Policy and Advocacy

  • Develop and implement a strategy for aligning ABMS Maintenance of Certification program with state licensure, federal quality programs, and other public accountability initiatives related initiatives to specialty physician practice.
  • Support the Health Policy and Strategy Committee, including strategic direction for the committee, preparation of briefing materials, discussion drafts, and annual strategy report for the ABMS Board of Directors.
  • Implement national advocacy plan to increase awareness of physician training, certification, and professional development among major national health quality and safety organizations.
  • Represent ABMS in health policy leadership coalitions and collaborative stakeholder efforts.
  • Represent ABMS Member Board interests, aims and perspectives with government policy makers and thought leaders through position statements, commentaries, testimony, and other advocacy communications.
  • Assist in the development of comment and testimony on federal and state legislation and regulation relevant to specialty training and certification.
  • Prepare policy analysis and discussion papers about changes in the political, policy, and economic environment that may affect certification and specialty medicine for ABMS leadership and directors and the Member Boards.
  • Contribute to ABMS state legislative activities, including assisting in bill analysis, development of state tactical plans, coalition building, testimony development, and cultivation of in-state volunteers.

Strategic Communications and Thought Leadership

  • Work with national organizations and thought leaders to develop standards for physician performance assessment and public accountability.
  • Support ABMS Conference through development and implementation of conference sessions addressing national and state health policy issues and trends relevant to physician assessment, regulation and performance improvement.
  • Collaborate with ABMS Marketing and Communications team to prepare statements, editorials and articles that reflect ABMS policy perspectives.
  • Regularly brief ABMS constituent groups, governance, and leadership on topics related to health policy and regulation of physician practice.
  • Develop webinars to educate Member Boards on significant policy issues and environmental trends relevant to physician assessment, performance improvement and their programs and services.

Planning, program implementation, and operational management

  • Assist the SVP with departmental strategy planning and contribute to ABMS strategic planning.
  • Work collaboratively across the organization to implement the plan and fulfill the responsibilities and functions of the department.
  • Supervise and support the professional development and effective performance of the Manager of Policy and Advocacy Operations and Program Coordinator.

Skills and Attributes 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and comfort representing the organization to external stakeholders.
  • Strong consensus-building skills.
  • Organized, results oriented, flexible, and able to prioritize.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with health services research, evaluation science, and improvement science.
  • Familiarity with the issues of physician assessment, quality improvement, licensure and certification, including the regulation of health care access, safety and quality.
  • Strong staff leadership and management skills required.
  • Professional leadership and integrity essential.

Education, Training and Experience

  • MA, JD, or PhD degree in public health, public policy, or related professional field expected.
  • Experience cultivating productive business, coalition, or other collaborative stakeholder relationships.
  • Ten to 15 years of experience in health policy analysis, health services research, or policy development.
  • Experience in medical professional affairs, physician regulation, association management or governance preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in health policy, governmental relations, and legislative affairs.
  • Professional experience with State Medical Boards, medical societies, specialty societies, preferred.
  • Familiarity with the issues of physician licensure and certification, including the science of performance assessment and the regulation of health care safety and quality.
  • Administrative experience in health care, with progressive leadership responsibilities in a nationally recognized professional society, health policy/governmental agency, or other related healthcare organization.

Travel: Up to 20 percent travel may be required

Status: Full time, regular

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