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.
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 to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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”
About American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
The American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) is an organization composed of biochemical, clinical, cytogenetic, medical and molecular geneticists, genetic counselors and other health care professionals committed to the practice of medical genetics.
The ACMG incorporates to give national representation to providers of genetic services and their patients with genetic disor...ders, and to speak for the emerging specialty of medical genetics in organizations and agencies concerned with medical service, certification, and regulatory issues.
The ACMG submits the first extensive revision of Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for genetic testing to the Current Procedural Terminology Code Committee of the American Medical Association.
The ACMG publishes the first edition of the ACMG Standards and Guidelines for Clinical Genetics Laboratories.
The ACMG supports formation of American Board of Genetic Counseling.
The first Annual Clinical Genetics Meeting is held.
The ACMG becomes a full member of the Specialty and Service Society (SSS) Caucus of the AMA.
The ACMG obtains full membership in the AMA House of Delegates.
The AMA CPT Editorial Panel approves the new laboratory genetics CPT codes.
The Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) grants the ACMG provisional accreditation as a Continuing Medical Education (CME) provider.
The first issue of Genetics in Medicine, the Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics is published.
The first Executive Director is hired.
The ACCME awards the ACMG full accreditation as a CME provider.
The ACMG publishes the Manual on Reimbursement for Medical Genetics Services.
2001 The ACMG publishes the first standards and guidelines for cystic fibrosis population carrier screening.
2004 The Maternal & Child Health Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services enters into a cooperative agreement with the ACMG to develp the National Coordinating Center for Regional Genetics and Newborn Screening Collaborative Groups.
2005 The ACMG publishes Newborn Screening: Toward a Uniform Screening Panel and System which recommends a national uniform panel of conditions for newborn screening.
The ACMG launches the first issue of The ACMG Medical Geneticist, the official newsletter of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics
The ACMG integrates its new database system.
The ACMG launches its new integrated website.
Dr. Barry H. Thompson, FAAP, FACMG Joins American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) as Medical Director
ACMG received a $13.5 million, 5-year contract from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the development of a National Newborn Screening Translational Research Network
ACMG joined the Association for Molecular Pathology, the College of American Pathologists, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology in a lawsuit filed today charging that patents on the human genes associated with breast and ovarian cancer interfere with diagnostic testing, stifle research and limit women’s options regarding their healthcare.
ACMG moves to new expanded office space in downtown Bethesda to accommodate growing organization.
ACMG, in collaboration with the American Board of Medical Genetics, develops a set of modules on the ACMG website to satisfy the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV requirements.
ACMG celebrates the US District Court ruling yesterday that genes are "unpatentable." The Federal Court Ruling calls Gene Patents Invalid.
Developing and sustaining genetic and genomic initiatives in clinical and laboratory practice, education and advocacy.
These are the three guiding pillars of the Strategic Plan.
(1) Clinical and Laboratory Practice: Establish the paradigm of genomic medicine by issuing policy statements and evidence-based or expert clinical and laboratory practice guidelines and through descriptions of best practices for the delivery of genomic medicine;
(2) Education: Provide education and tools for medical geneticists, other health professionals and the public and grow the genetics workforce;
(3) Advocacy: Work with policymakers and payers to support the responsible application of genomics in medical practice.