Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, National Health Council

Location: This position is located in Washington, DC. The National Health Council supports a hybrid workplace. Employees must be able and willing to work on site at least three days per week, pending federal and local health authority guidance.
Department: Policy & Government Affairs
Reports to: Senior Vice President, Policy and Government Affairs
Wage Category: $85,000 Plus

Created by and for patient organizations over 100 years ago, the National Health Council brings diverse organizations together to forge consensus and drive patient-centered health policy. We promote increased access to affordable, high-value, sustainable health care. Made up of more than 140 national health- related organizations and businesses, the NHC’s core membership includes the nation’s leading patient organizations. Other members include health-related associations and nonprofit organizations including the provider, research, and family caregiver communities; and businesses representing biopharmaceutical, device, diagnostic, generic drug, and payer organizations.

The Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs, assists in driving the NHC’s policy and advocacy agenda. This individual will be involved in all aspects of the NHC’s public policy, legislative, and regulatory activities with primary responsibility for the NHC’s regulatory agenda.

Principal Duties And Responsibilities

  • Regularly monitor and analyze health care-related regulations. Issues may include, but are not limited to, health equity, the Affordable Care Act, FDA user fee implementation, health care payment and delivery models, health care and drug costs and prices, value assessment, and health care quality measurement and programs
  • Develops comment letters and other communications, including request for information responses, issue briefs, position papers, regulatory frameworks, and member and public-facing content
  • Build and maintain relationships with key Federal agency personnel
  • Prepares informational and briefing materials on regulatory issues for NHC’s leadership and for use in advocacy
  • Prepares communications for dissemination to NHC’s members to inform them of regulatory developments and encourage their participation in outreach efforts
  • Conduct regular meetings of NHC member-organization working groups to discuss policy issues and develop policy positions and advocacy strategies
  • Develop and implement tactical plans derived from Board-developed advocacy goals
  • Represent the NHC at coalitions and other external stakeholder meetings
  • Present on behalf of the NHC in a variety of public and professional settings
  • Assist department colleagues with programmatic initiatives as needed
  • Understand, demonstrate, and support the NHC’s mission and values.


  • Minimum 5 years of combined Capitol Hill, Executive Branch, government relations, and/or public policy experience
  • Experience working for a non-profit patient advocacy organization or association preferred but not required
  • Knowledge of and experience with health care policy
  • Experience drafting and/or analyzing and crafting responses to health care legislation and/or regulation
  • Strong writing skills
  • Superior interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational and resource management skills, including the ability to prioritize and handle multiple, simultaneous priorities

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in relevant field (political science, public health, health policy, health care administration, or related field)

More Information

Application Process:

Applicants should submit the following items to [email protected] with the subject “Director, Policy”:

  • Cover letter describing the applicant’s experience and interests in the National Health Council’s mission and priorities
  • Resume
  • List of three references, with name, title, organization, email address and telephone number

The NHC offers a competitive benefits package, including health, vision, and dental benefits with premiums fully paid by the organization.


The mission of the National Health Council is to provide a united voice for people with chronic diseases and disabilities.


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