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Company Name:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Approximate Salary:
Not Specified
Washington, Dist. Columbia
United States
Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
> 10 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Advocacy Officer (SMFM)

In partnership with The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine (SMFM) is currently seeking a Advocacy Officer to provide strategic and operational oversight of SMFM's advocacy and communications activities by developing and driving the dynamic vision for the Society's public policy agenda and helping to shape and promote the association's external and internal communications. Responsibilities:


  • Works closely with the CEO, the Board of Directors, and SMFM Health Policy and Advocacy Committee in crafting and implementing the association's advocacy agenda, including taking legislative and regulatory action on major federal and state public and health policy initiatives.
  • Builds and maintains working relationships with key federal legislators and staff, federal agency officials, employees, SMFM members, affinity organizations, and key stakeholders, including a developing plan to reach out to state officials; works with external counsel on an as-needed basis.
  • Monitors and informs SMFM leadership about important developments in government legislation and the regulatory arena as they relate to healthcare, prevention and pregnancy.
  • Works with elected officials and their staff to understand the rationale, goals and impact of legislation on SMFM members and their patients; collaborates closely with the appropriate SMFM committees and stakeholders to understand the impact.
  • Prepares an analysis of proposed bills, resolutions, or regulatory topics and writes testimony, position statements, fact sheets, comment letters, Q&A, etc. Prepares comment letters in response to notices of proposed rulemaking and other regulatory proposals.
  • Prepares briefing documents for legislative hearings and public events for members, staff, and stakeholders.
  • Plans and directs efforts to advance grassroots policy initiatives and communicates policy positions related to maternal-fetal medicine to members; provides assistance and training to members in their grassroots advocacy efforts.
  • Develops creative and innovative approaches to strategically engage and involve SMFM members in the legislative, political, and policy development process.


  • Oversees and coordinates with other staff all aspects of SMFM's internal and external communications, and branding efforts to ensure cohesive, compelling brand.
  • Oversees the communications staff to ensure proactive communication of SMFM's message of value to members and to increase public exposure of the association, the work of its members and maternal-fetal medicine as a specialized field.
  • Directs the use of SMFM's various media channels to advocate for, and advance the organization's positions with relevant audiences in a timely and coordinated manner.
  • Ensures consistent and accurate use of data and research available to SMFM to provide evidence and support SMFM's positions.
  • Serves as an integral part of the team of spokespeople that represents SMFM before the media, affinity organizations, industry, elected and appointed officials, state legislators, and relevant regulatory agencies.



Bachelor's degree required, master's in public policy, public health, communications, or related field preferred. Five to seven years' employment with successful track record in public policy work, preferably with a healthcare association, lobbying firm, or in a Congressional or relevant agency office, and a demonstrated commitment to women's health; some years on Capitol Hill preferred. Knowledge of state/local and federal policy apparatuses and processes, grassroots, and grass tops advocacy and strategies required. An expertise and deep knowledge of federal health care budget and legislative policy regarding maternity care and women's health is strongly desired. Experience working with elected officials and their staffs to work through legislative questions and issues. Media, government, and extensive health policy connections a plus. Understanding of political activity disclosure reporting and work knowledge of FEC law and filing requirements highly desirable.





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