The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) is a national medical organization composed of biochemical, clinical, cytogenetic, medical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors and other healthcare professionals committed to the practice of medical genetics. The ACMG was incorporated in 1991 to give national representation to providers of genetic services and their patients with genetic disorders and to speak for the emerging specialty of medical genetics in organizations and agencies concerned with medical service, certification, and regulatory issues. The ACMG provides education, resources, and a voice for the medical genetics profession and its mission is to improve health through genetics. The educational and public health programs of the ACMG are dependent upon charitable gifts from corporations, foundations, and individuals through the ACMG Foundation for Genetic and Genomic Medicine.
The field of genetics and genomics is a rapidly evolving discipline and ACMG serves as a leading voice for the field. As a member of the ACMG Advocacy and Education team, the Advocacy and Education Director serves as a member of the Medical Genetics Professional Staff and supports advocacy efforts by serving as the liaison between ACMG and Government Affairs Counsel, communicating with Hill staff and regulatory agencies, developing policy statements and drafting materials for ACMG members on policy/advocacy issues. In addition, this role participates in educational program development by providing guidance on genetics content and supporting the ACMG Education Committee.
Advocacy and Public Policy
Participates in policy planning and serves as liaison between ACMG and Government Affairs Counsel
Communicates with Hill staff by email, phone and in person and attends briefings on the Hill and other policy meetings at Federal agencies and NGOs, reporting back to ACMG leadership as appropriate
Drafts policy documents, including legislative language, special reports
Prepares written communication for ACMG membership and publications on Policy/Advocacy issues and activities
Serves as internal and external point person for ACMG on policy issues
Medical Genetics Professional Staff
Contributes to special projects of the Board, often serving as staff liaison
Attends all meetings of ACMG and ACMGF Board of Directors
Serves as a resource to department leaders as requested
Assists with Media inquiries when requested by the Director of Communications and Public Relations, including provision of background information, resource identification and occasionally communicating directly with members of the Media
Participates in educational program development
Provides guidance on genetics content to Associate Director of Education
Staff support to ACMG Education Committee
Provides continuity between ACMG staff and educational activities in ACMG and ACMGF grants and contracts
Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
Proven and skilled individual with the ability to effectively and efficiently solve problems and create new customer and team opportunities
Possesses strong work ethic and commitment to customer service
Exhibits professionalism and strong project management skills including the ability to organize and prioritize and handle multiple tasks to meet multiple competing deadlines and the ability to delegate projects
Proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite is required
Ability to work efficiently and independently as well as with a team in a very fast-paced environment, working with a variety of departments and all levels of the organization.
Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees are required
Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Philosophy is preferred
At least five (5) years of experience in medical genetics, genetic counseling, testing and service delivery
Two (2) to Four (4) years of public policy experience; understanding of Hill and HHS agencies preferred
Enthusiasm for the ACMG’s mission to “translate genes into health”
Please send your resume and cover letter, with salary requirements, and a writing sample in attachment form to email@example.com with the subject line, “ACMG Public Policy Director.”Only competitive candidates will be contacted and invited to participate in the selection process. No phone calls please. Applications are accepted until the position is filled.