The Director of Advocacy is responsible for monitoring, analyzing, strategizing and mobilizing action to address legislative and regulatory efforts impacting vascular surgery. This position participates in and leads multi-specialty legislative and regulatory efforts on behalf of SVS and is responsible for keeping members informed about health policy including payment, government relations and quality measurement. This Director is the primary Staff liaison to the Advocacy Council, Government Relations Committee, Political Action Committee (PAC), and Veteran’s Administration Committee. Additional Committees within the Advocacy Council, such as Coding and Reimbursement, and Quality Performance Measures require direct or contracted Staff support as appropriate.
What you own:
Staffing, attending, and following through, on actions from Government Relations Committee
Legislative Duties, including:
Lobbying Congress in conjunction with the health policy/quality consultant in support of issues that have an impact on vascular surgery
Managing/participating in coalition efforts with other physician groups
Conducting grassroots campaigns
Regulatory Duties, including:
Regularly reviewing the Federal Register and creating comments on relevant proposed/final rules in conjunction with the health policy/quality and coding consultants
Facilitating and attending meetings between regulatory agency staff and SVS members
Conducting grassroots campaigns on regulatory issues that have a negative impact on vascular surgery
Political Action Committee Duties, including:
Staffing, attending, and following through, on actions from the PAC Committee
Attending PAC fundraisers with other surgical groups and discussing priority issues with members of Congress and health care staff
Overseeing fundraising campaigns to increase PAC funding
Having a major presence at the Vascular Annual Meeting and regional meetings
Member Services Duties, including:
Organizing Hill meetings when SVS members are in Washington, DC
Attending Board of Directors meetings, producing reports on priority issues and giving presentations when requested
Producing Washington Updates and other member communication for distribution to SVS members and answering member inquiries
Quality Duties, including:
Coordinating with Performance Measures Committee regarding creation of condition-based MVPs and other CMS required measure maintenance
Working with the American College of Surgeons and consultant on creation of episode-based MVPs, APMs, and other CMS or CMMI initiatives
Coordinating SVS comments on Quality Payment Program regulations
Coding and Payment Duties, including:
Coordinating with Coding and Reimbursement Committee and consultants to support efforts at optimizing payment for vascular surgery services
Link key payment issues to legislative and regulatory initiatives
Support presence at RUC/CPT
Veteran’s Affairs Duties including:
Staffing, attending, and following through, on actions from the VA Committee
Physical Requirements & Environment
Typical office setting with routine sitting and occasional standing. Routine use of basic office equipment and computer. Occasional local and out of town travel is required for this position. Occasional evening and/or weekend work maybe required based on business needs. Routine telecommuting is allowed.
Teamwork: Work cooperatively with others to achieve common goals. Ability to effectively work and complete assignments in group settings by listening and responding appropriately to other team members, offering support, conferring with team members about their concerns, expressing disagreement constructively and working towards solutions that all team members can support.
Results and Accountability: Establish a course of action to achieve results. Anticipate and adjust for problems and roadblocks and communicate roadblocks/challenges with supervisor. Focus on what matters and readily own decisions, effectively prioritize, and meet deadlines. Collaborate with others to get task or project completed.
Communication: Ability to effectively communicate ideas, thoughts, and facts in writing and verbally. Tailor written communication to effectively reach target audience. Express ideas clearly and concisely in writing.
Relationship Building: Possess the ability to develop and maintain effective relationships with others in order to encourage and support communication and teamwork.
We believe in putting each Staff person in an optimal position to succeed. We believe in professional staff development. We know that our investment in employee growth provides even greater potential for them to contribute to our organization, each other, and the community at-large.
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) seeks to advance excellence and innovation in vascular health through education, advocacy, research and public awareness. The organization was founded in 1946 and currently has a membership of more than 6,000. SVS membership is recognized in the vascular community as a mark of professional achievement.