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Manager, Regulatory and Public Policy


Silver Spring, MD, USA


$91,000- $110,000

Position Summary

The Manager, Regulatory and Public Policy is responsible for translating the strategic direction, management and guidance to all aspects of regulatory and public policy issues that impact public health laboratories, and serves as an internal resource to staff and an external resource to members and partners. This key role will be responsible for assessing, integrating, shaping, maintaining and advocating the association’s regulatory policy and public policy positions. The Manager will work collaboratively to build and maintain relationships with key staff from FDA, CMS, CDC, EPA and other federal regulatory agencies, assess the current regulatory environment and anticipate regulatory trends through a deep understanding of guidances, regulations and laws that impact public health laboratories.


The Manager will also play a key role in the association’s public policy activities and is directly and integrally involved in the management of the associations’ federal government relations activities including relationship building and outreach with federal government policy makers and national public health and health advocacy organizations with limited direct lobbying activities.


The Manager, Regulatory and Public Policy reports to the Senior Director, Public Policy and manages the Intern, Public Policy and would manage the Associate Specialist, Regulatory and Public Policy if that position is created.

Duties & Responsibilities

Responsibilities include:


Regulatory (50%)

    • Collaborates with appropriate internal staff to develop APHL’s policies and responses to draft regulations and guidances, as well as legislative initiatives impacting APHL’s federal partners or members
    • Actively develops and maintains relationships with government, association, academic and industry leaders in order to gather or develop information to improve public health laboratory practice and management.
    • Manage interactions and communications with FDA, CMS, CDC, EPA and other federal regulatory agencies on regulatory policy matters
    • Monitor emerging regulatory policy issues impacting public health laboratories, including issues arising from FDA, CMS, CDC, EPA, other regulatory authorities, Congress, or elsewhere and identify those issues likely to impact APHL’s regulatory strategy; communicate to senior leadership when necessary
    • Collaborates and lead internal teams to address regulatory policy issues
    • Provide regular support to the association’s committees, subcommittees and workgroups to provide insight and analysis of regulatory or public policy issues; provide in-person meeting updates as necessary
    • Represent APHL at bi-annual CLIAC meetings; provides public comment if necessary and facilitates nomination of public health laboratory members on CLIAC
    • Work closely with the Senior Director, Public Policy to keep each other informed of pending legislation regarding laboratory regulations
    • Provide strategic oversight as well as subject matter expertise to assist in preparing funding proposals and other reports
    • Contribute to APHL’s organizational strategic and long term planning
    • Public Policy (40%)
    • Shape the development of objectives, strategies and priorities for APHL’s public health advocacy in conjunction with the Senior Director of Public Policy, committees and governing board
    • Play a key role in planning, development and coordination of strategic project activities and initiatives on priority national issues, such as public health preparedness, quality laboratory practice, environmental health, food safety, infectious diseases, newborn screening and global health
    • Represent APHL in external policy development activities including serving as deputy federal advocate
    • Analyze executive orders and administrative decisions that impact on federal partner operations
    • Supervise the Associate Specialist, Public Policy, Regulatory and Public Policy, to coordinate the development of Hill Day Fact Sheets, issue briefs, status reports, testimony, alerts, in conjunction with the APHL members and staff; oversee Hill Day logistics
  • Supervise the Associate Specialist, Regulatory and Public Policy to manage the development and application of APHL position statements on public health issues
  • Work with Communications staff to provide ongoing updates and communications on federal regulatory issues.


Newborn Screening HRSA New Disorders Implementation (10%)

  • Collaborate with Newborn Screening Program to assess gaps and identify policy needs
  • Oversee and provide strategic direction to the Associate Specialist, Regulatory and Public Policy to address policy barriers implementing new disorders to state newborn screening programs
  • Present at national conferences to ensure engagement with state legislatures

Employment Standards- Education and Experience

BA/BS required; Master's in public health policy, public health or other relevant area preferred. State or local public health experience and/or association experience desirable. Incumbents generally have ten or more years of experience in their discipline as well as substantive experience at the Senior Specialist/Manager level. Graduate level degrees may be considered in lieu of experience. Experience working with scientists, public and private agencies strongly preferred; knowledge of public health laboratory systems is desired, but not required.



Public health, public affairs, federal regulation process and partner relations; relevant federal agencies including HHS, CDC, HRSA, FDA, CMS, EPA and NIH.


Self-motivated professional with excellent verbal and written communications, highly developed interpersonal skills and diplomatic finesse. Equally effective working alone and in teams.


Ability to conduct thorough analyses of federal regulatory and legislative actions that affect public health laboratory operations and engage association members and staff in developing timely and appropriate recommendations to the originating agencies and members of Congress. Strong analytical skills; proficient in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office and PowerPoint programs required.

Special Requirements

Incumbent must be flexible and able to accommodate fifteen percent domestic travel.

Work Environment

Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee could be exposed to outdoor weather conditions prevalent at the time. The noise level in the work environment may vary from light to moderate depending on the location.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a colleague to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

While performing the duties of this job, the colleague is required to sit for long periods at a time; type using a computer keyboard; visually read information off of a computer monitor; talk, hear, and orally communicate information over the telephone. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision and color vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Criteria for Evaluation

Performance evaluation will be based on the abilities in meeting the criteria outlined herein.

Reports To

Senior Director, Public Policy.

Direct Reports

Associate Specialist, Public Policy.

Position Description StatusThe duties and responsibilities listed in this job description are illustrative ones anticipated for this position. Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required. Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) reserves the right to amend or change this job description to meet the needs of its programs. This job description and any attachments do not constitute or represent a contract.


Association of Public Health Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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