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Published: May 27, 2020

CAFP Hiring for Vice President for Health Policy and Advocacy

Position Title: Vice President (VP) for Health Policy and Advocacy
May 2020

Reporting to: CEO

Status: Exempt

Location: Sacramento

Salary: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and skills.

The California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) seeks a dynamic, self-directed and experienced senior-level professional to help develop and oversee policy and advocacy for the CAFP. This includes legislative and regulatory affairs, the family physician practice environment, and health care workforce. This position requires someone who is able to learn and understand complicated issues quickly. Likewise, the VP needs to be able to summarize and translate complicated policy issues succinctly for physician members, legislators and other external audiences. The candidate must be able to balance multiple issues, pivot between issues and be flexible if priorities change.


About Us

California Academy of Family Physicians (CAFP) is a nonprofit membership association with more than 10,000 family physician members across the state. Our mission is to empower, educate and connect current and future family physicians to improve the health of all Californians. To achieve this mission, we advocate on behalf of family physicians, support them in practice with educational products and services, and foster community by connecting family physicians with one another.

CAFP is an organization that respects and promotes diverse perspectives and experience, and supports professional development.



In cooperation with the appropriate committees, physician members and CEO, the VP develops or oversees development of positions and programs concerning issues concerning family physicians and the communities they care for, including medical practice and health care workforce issues.  The VP is responsible for working collaboratively to develop and oversee advocacy strategy, represent the CAFP externally, oversee CAFP programs and services related to practice management and payment issues, and will lead a team of one to three staff/consultants. Specific responsibilities include:

Internal Committees:  Provides staff support to several internal physician committees, including those related to graduate medical education and medical practice affairs. These responsibilities include developing agendas, providing background material and facilitating discussion and decision-making.

Healthcare Workforce Policy:  Oversees development of policies and activities related to graduate medical education and physician workforce development. Responsible for representing CAFP on external workgroups and committees.

Legislative Affairs/Government Relations:  Provides guidance on CAFP’s policy positions and legislative strategy. Responsible for aiding in the analysis of legislation and regulations and reconciling with CAFP policies. Supervise Government Relations staff  and work with them to develop healthcare policy positions on legislation and regulations.

Family Medicine Practice Issues:  Provides primary staff leadership on practice issues including; health information technology, payment reform, and quality improvement. Responsible for leading efforts to develop medical practice resources and educational programming for association members.

Organizational Responsibilities:  In collaboration with physician committee chairs and members, prepares budgets, objectives and action plans.  Effectively communicates committee activities to the CEO and other organization staff.  Works interdepartmentally to fulfill strategic plan objectives.  Works with continuing professional education staff members to leverage learnings and projects to pursue funding.




  • Advanced degree in law, public policy, or related degree.
  • Proven experience and success with public speaking.
  • Experience with policy research and writing.
  • At least 8 years experience managing projects in a professional environment.
  • Applied experience with legislative and/or regulatory advocacy.


Preferred but not required:

  • An understanding of health system financing, regulatory process, physician workforce and graduate medical education.
  • Knowledge of Medicare and Medicaid structure and policy
  • Knowledge of state regulations/policies affecting the practice of medicine and physician licensing.
  • Knowledge of California’s political and health policy landscape.


To apply, please send resume and cover letter to jobs@familydocs.org no later than June 12, 2020.

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