Health Policy Director, National Kidney Foundation

Location: Washington, DC

The Health Policy Director is responsible for identifying, developing, and advancing federal regulatory policies to improve outcomes and opportunities for kidney patients, to enhance health professionals’ abilities to prevent, identify, and treat chronic kidney disease, and to meet the needs of transplant patients, organ donors, and other care partners.  The Director reports to the Senior Vice President of Government Relations.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

  • In conjunction with the Senior Vice President for Government Relations, works to achieve a regulatory and policy environment that supports high quality, patient-centered, affordable, and accessible care for individuals with chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, transplant recipients, and their care partners.
  • Identify and review federal regulations, policy statements, guidance documents, payment initiatives, and other federal activities related to the identification and treatment of chronic kidney disease, end-stage renal disease, organ donation and transplantation, and other issues of interest to NKF.
  • Develop written analyses and strategic assessments, comment letters, and other communications related to federal regulations, governmental studies, reports, and academic research
  • Cultivate relationships with relevant federal agency staff and leadership to inform and advance NKF’s policy agenda.
  • Serve as primary liaison with the Public Policy Committee and engage with the NKF Professional and Constituent Councils to inform NKF’s position on regulatory, payment, quality, and public health policy issues.
  • Lead and manage the day-to-day activities of the Coalition for Kidney Health, including identifying coalition priorities, coordinating coalition meetings, developing coalition resources, managing member communication, and other activities as needed.
  • Identify and advance policy strategies to incentivize patient-centered kidney care in novel health care arrangements including value-based purchasing programs, Medicare Advantage, and emerging payment models.
  • Serve as subject matter expert on the adoption of quality measures in commercial health plan systems (i.e., HEDIS), and across federal health programs, including MIPS. Advise on strategies to advance NKF’s quality agenda.
  • Develop relationships with Washington, DC representatives of pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, professional societies, and other similar organizations in support of providing high quality care for kidney patients.
  • Support the Senior Vice President for Government Relations in preparing and briefing senior staff/leadership, health care professionals, patient volunteers, the media, and the public on policy issues.
  • Support the Congressional Relations Director to build support for NKF’s legislative priorities.
  • Support and engage NKF field staff and volunteers to advance state, local, and federal policy initiatives.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Master’s Degree preferred.
  • Experience and deep understanding of public health, health policy, regulations, reimbursement, and quality improvement.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Detail oriented, highly organized, with ability to work independently with minimal supervision and as part of a diverse team.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications.
  • Curiosity, passion, collaborative spirit, solutions orientation, and work ethic to deliver.

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Working Conditions, Equipment Used and Special Information

Must have unimpeachable integrity and trustworthiness while possessing a high degree of tact, discretion, and professionalism. Verbal and written communication skills will be used daily. Maintain effectiveness under pressure. Competency in use of a multiple-line telephone, personal computer, fax machine, photocopier, and other standard office equipment.  Ability to lift and transport equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. Flexible to work evenings and weekends as needed. Available for overnight business travel. Must have a valid driver’s license.

Equal Employment Opportunity

At the National Kidney Foundation diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity applies to both our workforce and the communities we serve as it relates to kidney health and kidney disease prevention. It is the policy of NKF to provide equality of employment opportunity regardless of race, creed, color, qualified handicap or disability, national origin, religion, marital status, sexual orientation, age, gender, political affiliation or veteran status, or any other factor or reason prohibited by relevant local, state, and federal fair employment laws.

The Equal Employment Opportunity policy will apply to all employment practices of NKF including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, promotion, training, compensation, benefits, layoffs, transfers, and discipline. Implementation of the Equal Employment Opportunity policy is the shared responsibility of the management of NKF.

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