Assists the DC Office leadership to advance The Joint Commission’s government relations agenda by; 1) establishing and maintaining relationships with federal policymakers and influencers; 2) helping to ensure that public policymakers understand and appreciate The Joint Commission’s contribution to national quality and safe health care; 3) identifying opportunities to add new, or improve upon existing, partnerships with federal agencies; 4) keeping central office staff informed about policy development that affects Joint Commission programs; and 4) helping to implement the Joint Commission’s advocacy agenda.
The Associate Director works under the general supervision of the Executive Director of Federal Relations.
1. Assists in developing and implementing short and long-term public policy goals that promote the Joint Commission’s mission, particularly in Congress and the Executive Branch, but also with national influencers. Helps formulate the Joint Commission’s annual federal relations agenda and assists with its effective implementation.
2. Establishes and maintains strong relationships with Congressional and Administration staff and others who are key to The Joint Commission’s successful partnerships for advancing quality and safety nationally. Using these relationships, focuses on issues that are important to The Joint Commission, and helps promote awareness and appreciation of the Joint Commission’s activities and role in ensuring high quality health care.
3. Develops agenda and content for meetings with federal officials and legislative staff members, and coordinates participation in these meetings with other Joint Commission representatives.
4. Analyzes proposed regulations, legislation, and executive branch policy guidance for their effects on Joint Commission programs and mission. As necessary, prepares amendments and comments to these proposals, and organizes meetings with pertinent government staff to discuss Joint Commission positions.
5. Becomes expert in a portfolio of assigned policy issues and keeps abreast of changes. Prepares documents as necessary to inform other Joint Commission staff on these issues. Leads internal discussions on these areas as appropriate.
6. As directed, serves as a liaison between the Joint Commission and Washington- based health care organizations, and with other organizations having significant national or regional reach in the areas of quality and safety. Examples of such organizations include the National Quality Forum, the Institute of Medicine and the Government Accountability Office. Follows the progress, and stays apprised of developments of such national organizations as relevant to The Joint Commission’s work.
7. Serves as a liaison and resource to federal executive agencies and the Congress. Examples of federal agencies include the CDC, FDA, CMS, HRSA. AHRQ, the IHS, the DoD, and the VA.
8. Identifies and suggests new opportunities for The Joint Commission to improve upon existing public partnerships or to enter into new collaborations to enhance the reach of The Joint Commission’s mission.
9. Helps keep Joint Commission officers and staff routinely apprised of Washington Office activities. Prepares reports on views of executive and legislative branch officials that address Joint Commission activities. Assists the Executive Director of Federal Relations in preparing routine reports to Joint Commission leadership on federal relations activities and issues; and assists with the development of quarterly reports for the Board of Commissioners.
10. As requested, prepares and delivers presentations to internal Joint Commission audiences and to external groups. As appropriate, represents The Joint Commission at national meetings.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
1. Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in government, health care administration, or a related field is preferred.
2. Six to Ten years’ experience working in government relations, such as in a Congressional office, Federal Agency,or a healthcare related organization. In addition, a central part of the position included contributing and/or making policy positions for the organization on healthcare issues.
3. Ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of regulatory, governmental and public representatives concerning health care issues.
4. Experience analyzing health care legislation or regulations, as well as the ability to synthesize diverse information and develop policy recommendations.
5. Experience writing legislation or amendments to legislation and conducting/and or writing issue briefings for senior policymakers.
6. Experienced writer related to health care policy or quality of health care issues.
7. Excellent written and oral communication skills necessary to effectively present information and ideas in proposals, position papers, written communications and speeches.
8. Interpersonal skills necessary to participate in dialogue and negotiations with individuals outside The Joint Commission.