Position: Director of Public Policy

Organization: American Academy of HIV Medicine

Location: Washington, DC

Travel: Occasional, Domestic

Salary: Commensurate with Experience


American Academy of HIV Medicine – Who We Are:

 The American Academy of HIV Medicine (the Academy) is a professional organization that supports the HIV practitioner and promotes accessible, quality care for all Americans living with HIV disease. Our membership of HIV practitioners and credentialed HIV Specialists™, HIV Experts™, and HIV Pharmacists ™ provide direct care to the majority of people with HIV in the US.

The Academy has a firm commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and is actively working to align our vision and values to ensure racial equity is more prominent in our work and is central to everything we do. We are committed to having a team that progressively reflects the diversity of the population we ultimately serve—Americans living with HIV disease.

Position Details:

 The Director of Public Policy leads the organization’s policy and advocacy activities at both the federal and state levels. The duties of the position include:

  • Representing the interests and positions of HIV providers and HIV patients to federal officials, the Administration, Congress, Governors, and state and other health officials.
  • Drafting position statements, regulatory comments, public letters, press releases, articles, website content, and webinars.
  • Working with providers in regional chapters on policy efforts and initiatives in states.

The Director of Public Policy also heads the organization’s engagement with external allies and partner organizations in the policy realm, which includes coordinating the following partnerships:

  • Working directly with the Academy’s provider-led Public Policy Committee to inform the Academy’s membership of political and policy developments, including crafting policy positions and proposing policy agendas and strategies.
  • Organizing efforts to recommend policy positions to the National Board and providing briefings on current issues at Board Meetings.

The Director of Public Policy is responsible for monitoring and reporting on political and policy developments on a diversity of topics affecting our membership in a fast-paced legislative and regulatory environment.


Candidate must have excellent writing skills and the ability to communicate complicated issues clearly and effectively.

Candidates should also have proven experience with and understanding of domestic federal and state policy analysis and advocacy. Ideal candidates will have knowledge of workings of Congress, health committees, federal health agencies and other Administration officials, state legislatures, state Medicaid programs, etc. Knowledge of health policy issues preferred, including: the Affordable Care Act, medication access and health coverage issues, Medicaid and Medicare, the Ryan White Program, quality of care issues, public health and epidemiology, etc.

Must be able to work effectively with a broad range of partners outside the organization, and within the organization at several levels. Should be able to represent organization’s positions to a broad constituency. Adept at handling multiple priorities simultaneously and working quickly and effectively to accomplish evolving and ongoing goals.

Master’s Degree preferred in public health or other related field, but health policy-related experience may be substituted.

Knowledge of and background in HIV (and/or other infectious disease) and its unique policy landscape strongly preferred. Candidates with experience working with, and representing the interests of, medical providers will also be given strong preference. Candidates must be comfortable working with a diverse constituency and people with or at risk for HIV and their medical providers.

For consideration, please email cover letter, resume/CV, salary requirements and at least one or two writing samples that reflect your experience with HIV (or other health-related) policy writing and/or direct advocacy to: Bruce Packett, Executive Director,


The Academy is committed to improving the diversity of our team. While not a minimum or mandatory qualification, we strongly encourage candidates of color, candidates with HIV, women, people of low-income backgrounds, and other sexual minorities to apply for this role.

The Academy of HIV Medicine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and complies with existing state and federal laws. Candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information.