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Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs

Job Title: Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs

Department: Advocacy

Reports To: CEO

FLSA Status: Regular, Full-time, Exempt

Apply: Send your cover letter and resume to [email protected]

SUMMARY - The Director of Advocacy and Government Affairs is responsible for maximizing the effectiveness of ACNM and affiliated organizations in achieving their public policy goals through the development and implementation of advocacy strategy and tactics in assigned areas.

The Director reports to the CEO, advises the CEO and Board of Directors on all issues related to advocacy strategy and tactics on the state and federal level, and implements these programs to achieve established policy goals. The Director is a team player who works closely with other ACNM staff members including direct reports, ACNM Board members, state affiliate organizational leadership and legislative chairs, state lobbyists, and other volunteer leadership, and represents the Association in meetings with legislators, policymakers and other key officials and stakeholders. The director is responsible for proposing and managing the departmental budget, supervising two personnel (ACNM State Affiliate Advocacy Support Specialist and ACNM Affiliate Development Specialist) and ACNM’s federal representative.


  • Lead the development and implementation of assigned components of ACNM’s federal and state policy agenda, including strategic campaigns and tactics designed to maximize ACNM’s effectiveness in reaching its board-approved public policy goals. Identify trends, threats, gaps and areas of potential proactive opportunities.
  • Directly represent or ensure appropriate representation of ACNM to policymakers, professional organizations, coalitions and the general public.
  • Build effective relationships and alliances with organizations with shared goals and objectives at the state and national level. Assist ACNM affiliate organizations to do the same.
  • Ensure appropriate review and comment on legislation and regulation in accordance with ACNM policies and positions.
  • Develop and implement appropriate systems and services to support advocacy and organization of ACNM affiliates and individual members, including online and in-person training and development programs, online resources, the member-governed Midwives PAC, and other appropriate capacity-building services.
  • Maintain monitoring and reporting systems on state law and regulation.
  • Develop and publish fortnightly the ACNM Policy Update for members, and contribute advocacy and policy content to ACNM publications such as the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health, Quick-E News email update to members, Quickening quarterly to members, social media platforms, webinars and other publications.
  • Work closely with ACNM member committees engaged in grassroots mobilization, the Midwives-PAC, and other member organizations involved in federal and state policy advocacy.
  • Develop annual goals, objectives, work plans and budgets to achieve assigned elements of ACNM’s policy agenda.
  • Directly supervises ACNM State Affiliate Advocacy Support Specialist, ACNM Affiliate Development Specialist, and Federal Representative (contractor) in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s or other advanced degree preferred, in political science, government, public policy, or related field.
  • Five or more years of progressive experience and responsibility with legislative, regulatory and other policy analysis at the state and federal levels; political strategy and execution; PAC development and compliance; coalition development and mobilization; and public speaking. Demonstrated facility in current health policy issues and trends, particularly in women’s health. Demonstrated skill in supervision and leadership of staff and volunteer teams. Experience within federal legislative or legislative affairs offices, state legislative or executive branch offices, nonprofit or government affairs organizations or firms.
  • Ability to demonstrate the highest level of professional integrity.
  • Demonstrated capability to prioritize, manage multiple tasks under tight deadlines, work with minimal guidance and meet deadlines under pressure or short timelines, and manage fine and critical details.
  • Ability to effectively work in a small team to accomplish ACNM projects and goals
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Excellent writing and editing skills, following established style guides. Ability to read and interpret technical documents including state and federal law and regulation, reports, technical documents, and articles in professional/scientific journals.
  • Ability to write regulatory comments, official correspondence, and complex reports and articles for publication on policy issues.
  • Ability to speak effectively before internal and external stakeholders, including media, legislators and regulators, and other high-level audiences.
  • Proficiency with ACNM’s suite of technical tools and platforms, including the Microsoft Office suite, and capability to work effectively with Voter Voice, Informz, our Association Management System database, Google Docs, Basecamp and common social media platforms, and website content management systems.


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