The Joint Commission

Federal Relations Specialist - (hybrid work opportunity)

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Identifies, analyzes and tracks national and federal health-related information in support of The Joint Commission’s goals and priorities. Supports the Washington Office staff in their legislative, public policy daily, important and regulatory work so that The Joint Commission is aware of, and up-to-date on significant issues, regulations, and other relevant information that would affect its advocacy, policymaking, standards development, survey operations and other strategic initiatives important to The Joint Commission. Ensures timely communications of this information to central office staff in order to fully inform them of national issues affecting The Joint Commission’s work. Attends external meetings, hearings, briefings, policy discussions, etc. on behalf of the Joint Commission. Receives additional assignments from Associate Director/Director/EVP as needed.



  1. On a daily basis, performs environmental scans of key national, federal, and other health related print and electronic sources and key websites to ascertain the emergence of important new information relevant to the Joint Commission’s work.

  2.  Timely disseminates this Information to key Joint Commission staff.

  3. Monitors relevant legislation, and when necessary summarizes legislation. Attends Congressional hearings, briefings, and other relevant events as assigned.  

  4. Follows information from a number of national agencies, private sector sources and federal organizations such as the Government Accountability Office; the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; the Institute of Medicine; The Congressional Research Service; and the Agency for Health Research and Quality.

  5. Monitors the regulatory agendas of important federal agencies such as the Centers for and Medicare and Medicaid Services; the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), The Office of the Inspector General; and the DHHS Office of the National Coordinator.

  6. Proactively seeks new information of importance to The Joint Commission by identifying new information sources, and by establishing liaisons for information exchange with individuals knowledgeable about health care within federal agencies, private sector organizations, and other professional venues.

  7. Researches the answers to questions that arise from Joint Commission staff.  

  8. Tracks relevant policy information from CMS for The Joint Commission’s deeming programs.

  9. Works with colleague to compile The Washington Beat or similar write up for internal dissemination and sends other pertinent information throughout the organization in a timely manner.

  10. Performs additional duties relevant to keeping the Joint Commission informed on health care legislative, policy, and other relevant areas of Joint Commission interest, such as listening to Webinars; attending meetings; and creating PowerPoint presentations as assigned. 


  1. Assists in the identification of key information, including information difficult to obtain without resourceful and proactive behavior.

  2. Keeps abreast of latest developments in health care including legislative, policy, and regulatory issues.

  3. Analyzes, complies, and synthesizes information into understandable and usable formats.

  4. Actively contributes to the knowledge base and library of information on health care legislation, policy, and reform in order, that all Joint Commission staff have access to the latest information.  

  5. Assists with Congressional Advocacy activities including targeting, outreach, and strategy; monitors, reviews, and analyzes federal regulations and legislation.  

  6. Prepares legislative and regulatory summaries, talking points, issue briefs, and policy materials for executive and senior staff.

  7. Prepares staff memoranda, progress reports and ad hoc reports as assigned.



  1. The level of knowledge equivalent to that ordinarily acquired through the completion of at least a bachelor’s degree.  
  1. Ability to monitor and manage legislative, policy, and regulatory issues. Knowledge of the health care and public health issues. 2-3 Years’ experience. 
  1. Solid computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point. 
  1. Skills associated with proactive seeking of information, and knowledge of Internet resources in health care. 
  1. Interpersonal skills to effectively interactive with members of health care organizations. Experience working with professional associations, clinical experts, and task forces desirable.  
  1. Requires minimum amount of direction. 
  1. Possesses excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. 


This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an employee assigned to this position.  The description is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills and abilities, and working conditions associated with this position.  All requirements are subject to possible modification due to business needs and/or reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities.


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