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Manager, Regulatory Affairs

American College of Rheumatology
Washington D.C./ Hybrid position
$98,113 annually
Closing date
Mar 1, 2024

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Focus Areas
Diseases & Disorders, Education, Government, Healthcare
Job Function
Education / Teaching, Health / Medical, Public Policy / Administration
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
up to 25%
Experience Level

Job Details


TITLE:                                    Manager, Regulatory Affairs

STATUS:                                 Exempt

LEVEL:                                   Sr. Specialist

LOCATION:                           Washington, D.C.

Hybrid position located in the DC metro area. Minimum number of days in office would be two days per week. 

DIRECT SUPERVISOR:        Vice President, Practice, Advocacy & Quality


The Manager, Regulatory Affairs will be responsible for managing the ACR’s regulatory efforts and will implement advocacy strategies related to regulations and agency issues that affect the rheumatology community.  They will monitor and provide guidance related to the ACR’s interactions with regulatory agencies and the organization’s responses to rules, proposed rules, guidance and other proposals and regulations. The individual will serve as one of the lobbyists for the ACR and will represent the organization at meetings of agencies, commissions, specialty societies, coalitions, and legislators where appropriate. They will effectively engage with key stakeholders and coalition partners to advance the ACR’s regulatory agenda.


  • Analyze and proactively keep ACR leaders and staff up to date about proposed regulatory policies impacting the rheumatology community and develop appropriate responses to proposed and finalized regulatory policies.
  • Work collaboratively with ACR staff team members and volunteer leaders in strategically responding to agency rules and proposals and implementing advocacy strategies.
  • Assist in the development of policy position statements and correspondence on regulatory issues.
  • Prepare effective advocacy materials including background papers and issue briefs for regulatory policy initiatives.  Develop timely communications of regulatory developments and advocacy activities for the membership, leadership, and grassroots networks.
  • Manage and implement strategic regulatory activities related to policies affecting access to rheumatologic care, including Medicare Physician Fee Schedule updates; implementation of the Quality Payment Program (QPP); appropriate reimbursement for rheumatologists and rheumatology services; access to appropriate and effective treatments; leveraging qualified clinical data registries (QCDRs) such as the ACR’s RISE registry; implementation of ACR-developed quality measures for rheumatology; and addressing additional physician and rheumatology care team requirements.
  • Advocate with departments and agencies of the Executive branch including FDA, CDC, GAO ONC, NIH, and CMS as appropriate, along with MedPAC. Serve as one of the lobbyists for the ACR and maintain relationships with agency and commission staff.  Represent the ACR at meetings of agencies, commissions, specialty societies and coalitions.
  • Engage with coalitions and develop partnerships with physician societies and patient advocacy groups in relation to shared regulatory objectives. Effectively work with key stakeholders and allied organizations to advance the ACR’s policy agenda.
  • Provide support for the Committee on Rheumatologic Care including staffing monthly meetings, coordinating with the committee chair and Vice President on all initiatives, and maintaining documentation of meetings and initiatives.
  • Regular communication with the ACR team including coordination with the Head of the Washington DC office via conference calls and emails regarding policy strategy, events, and scheduling for the DC policy team.
  • Any other duties as the Vice President, Practice, Advocacy, and Quality; or the ACR Executive Vice President may assign.   


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience and minimum of 5 years of related professional experience; health policy experience strongly preferred
  • Master’s degree in public policy, public health, health services administration or similar area, or equivalent work-related experience desired
  • Experience with regulatory processes, as well as analysis and response to regulations and proposed regulations, especially in the health policy arena; understanding of physician payment and healthcare quality
  • Outstanding writing and verbal communication skills, with the ability to make persuasive presentations and to distill highly complex documents in communications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work with volunteers and staff effectively Ability to effectively interact with a wide variety of individuals and develop an extensive professional network, to include physicians and other health care professionals, regulatory agency staff, and other medical association government affairs professionals Self-starter with the ability to organize and manage several projects simultaneously and with minimal supervision; ability to exercise judgment in prioritizing responsibilities Highly detail-oriented with demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Not-for-profit experience highly desired; healthcare association experience preferred

The ACR provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The ACR complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities or conducts business.

This is not a contract.  The description and duties as they relate to this position are subject to change as reasonable business necessity dictates.  In the event of such changes, a new job description may be created.


Our Mission:

To empower rheumatology professionals to excel in their specialty

We are a professional membership organization committed to improving the care of patients with rheumatic disease and advancing the rheumatology subspecialty. Founded in 1934, we are a not-for-profit, global medical society that serves over 7,700 physicians, health professionals, and scientists worldwide.

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