Government Relations Vice President

Washington, DC

You are a leader who values collaboration and inclusion, and who inspires and empowers your team to achieve excellence. You are passionate about making a difference in the public policy arena, where you champion the causes of healthcare professionals and patients. You have earned the respect and trust of the key players and influencers in the federal and state governments, thanks to your impressive track record of successful advocacy and relationship-building. You are well-versed in the intricacies and nuances of the legislative and regulatory frameworks and issues that impact healthcare quality, safety, and outcomes. You are always ready to take on new challenges and opportunities, with your creative and strategic mindset. You are a master at communication, whether it is delivering persuasive presentations, negotiating win-win solutions, or writing compelling messages.

If this sounds like you, please read on! 

  • Reporting to the Executive, Quality, Registries and Government Relations, oversees the work of the Office of Government Relations in legislative, regulatory, and political arenas, in order to carry out the mission and Strategic Plan of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  Provides day-to-day administrative and management including supervision of department managers and their unit staff.  
  •  Directs and supervises the daily work activities of the Office of Government Relations including both Washington, D.C., and Rosemont staff. Based in the Washington, DC office. Evaluates performance in accordance with the Academy’s standard performance management policies and timetables. 
  • Develops and submits an annual budget for all account units under the purview of the Office of Government Relations in concert with the Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and relevant committees/council. 
  • Maintains communication and coordinates efforts with AAOS Executive Department, Office of General Counsel, Department of Clinical Quality and Value, Department of Marketing and Communications, and Registries Department with regard to health policy, advocacy, political, and musculoskeletal research initiatives. 
  • Oversees the principal staff liaison to the Council on Advocacy.  Helps coordinate all Committee activities within the Council.  
  • Interacts and collaborates with AAOS departments on a regular basis to coordinate a unified advocacy agenda in the State and Federal legislative, regulatory and health policy arenas. 
  • Reviews and provides advice and guidance on Federal and State legislative and regulatory health policy initiatives for the AAOS.  Meet as necessary with AAOS colleagues to coordinate and strategize on health policy initiatives. 
  • In consultation with the Advocacy Council Chair and the Chief Executive Officer, develops strategies to implement policy objectives. 
  • Promotes and represents the viewpoint of the orthopaedic community through the development and maintenance of a professional network in the Federal, Legislative and Executive branches.  Initiates and coordinates the development and maintenance of coalitions of interest groups in Washington, D.C. in furtherance of policy objectives of the Association.
  • Oversees and coordinates the legislative, regulatory, and political components of the National Orthopaedic Leadership Conference (NOLC). 
  • Oversees the activities and relationships with orthopaedic specialty societies.  Also oversees the PAC Manager and other staff involved in the internal and external activities of the Political Action Committee of the Association. 
  • In consultation with Marketing and Communications, develops or contributes to external communications on Federal and State advocacy issues.
  • Handles all other projects and assignments as required by the Executive, Quality, Registries and Government Relations, ensuring timely and high-quality results.

Exemplifies the following essential values of the Academy:  

  • Teamwork: Effective collaboration and team-focus to solve complex problems and drive innovation. 
  • Empowerment: The authority, information, and skills to make decisions and drive results. 
  • Accountability: Ownership of process and results that drive decisions and ensure implementation. 
  • Mindset of Growth/Continuous Learning:  Focused on and invested in self and staff development to become more adaptable, making the Academy more agile, innovative, and sustainable.  


  • Up to 75 days per year



  • Strong health policy background required, which may include a graduate degree in political science, health policy or related area.    
  • 10 years of related experience 
  • Experience supervising employees, managing budgets, interacting with a Board of Directors, and working for a non-profit organization. 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven success managing teams of professionals. 


  • 5+ years of experience working in a Congressional office or regulatory agency.
  • 5+ years of association experience in a D.C. environment.
  • Lobbying and advocacy experience. (Federal lobbying registration not required)  

If this describes YOU, please apply by sharing the following:   

-Clearly communicate why you are the ideal candidate for this role, providing specific examples and experiences as proof points.

-Resumes must be accompanied by a cover letter with salary expectations to be considered. 

Please note: 

This hybrid position is based in Washington, DC and is open to applicants who are able to commute weekly to this office.

Applicants must already be authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis. We are unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of work visas.


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