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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.


  • 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”

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

Please send your resume and cover letter, with salary requirements, and a writing sample in attachment
form 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.

ACMG Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

  Metro Area Washington DC
  Job Location City Bethesda
  Job Location State Maryland
  Job Location Zip 20814
  Job Location Country United States
  Job Category Advocacy, Public Policy
  Prefered Experience 2 year(s)
  Job Type Full time
  Job Posting Date Oct. 5, 2017

Organization Details

  Organization Name American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG)
  Organizational Focus Health and Medicine
  Contact Person N/A
  Contact Phone none posted
  Contact Fax none posted
  Contact Email

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