Many of today's most pressing public policy issues across a wide spectrum of concerns, such as climate change, retirement security, health equity, and so many others, require the sound application of actuarial principles. As the Assistant Director of Public Policy at the American Academy of Actuaries (the Academy), you will report to the Director of Public Policy and assist in the development of strategic planning for the Academy’s work on those public policy issues. You will assist the director in overseeing 6 policy analysts and an administrative assistant. In this role, you will coordinate and execute activities and projects for our five public policy practice councils – including reviewing comment letters, monographs, issue briefs, testimony, white papers, and other public policy statements created by actuarial volunteer committees. We assist public policymakers on all levels by providing thought leadership, objective expertise, and actuarial advice on health, casualty, life insurance, pension and retirement policy, and risk management and financial reporting issues. Our practice area committees and work groups cover a range of topics from public programs such as Social Security and Medicare, health insurance, life insurance, automobile insurance, cyber risk, pensions, and financial sector reforms and more.
You will perform robust reviews of public policy publications before dissemination and manage timelines and publication deliverables from across our entire portfolio of policy work. You will also coordinate Academy projects with outside stakeholders and ensure that all published documents adhere to our standards and governance procedures, align with our mission, and represent us as providing objective, independent, nonpartisan information.
The Academy is a 19,500+ member professional association whose members include consultants, corporate executives and staff, regulators, government officials, academicians, and retired actuaries. We are a nonpartisan and objective organization, allowing our analyses to lead to the conclusions. The Academy also sets qualification, practice, and professionalism standards for actuaries credentialed by one or more of the five U.S.-based actuarial organizations in the United States.
In conjunction with the Director of Public Policy:
Oversee and actively work with public policy practice councils to produce quality monographs, issue briefs, testimony, comments to our public policy stakeholders, practice notes, and other public statements on Academy public policy issues.
Provide a robust review of public policy publications, ensuring that public statements are drafted with appropriate tone, awareness of the policy environment, and in accordance with Academy policies and procedures.
Exercise independent judgment, working with policy analysts, in managing ongoing projects and initiatives within practice councils.
Manage Academy responses to outside inquiries for information, working with other staff to ensure that such requests are responded to efficiently and appropriately.
Working with Legislative/Regulatory Analyst, oversee tracking and reporting of legislative and regulatory developments.
Assist in coordinating Academy projects with stakeholders outside the profession, including public policy think tanks, trade associations, academics, and government.
Track, monitor, and report to the director on the progress of all public policy practice councils and their committees, work groups, and task forces.
Help with staffing functions for practice councils and related committees, work groups, and task forces, including record keeping, meeting planning, drafting meeting minutes, project tracking, and coordination of work activities.
College degree required. (Advanced degree will be considered in lieu of work experience.)
8 years of regulatory/legislative or related public policy experience, including 3 to 4 years in a leadership role.
Keen acumen to assess risks and opportunities in public policy engagement.
Ability and willingness to travel (when safe to do so) to meet with legislators and regulators, and to attend industry events.
Strong-editorial skills. You have a proven record of critically drafting and/or reviewing content appropriate for the intended stakeholder and to enhance profile of the organization. You understand potential reputational risks that could impact the perception of the organization’s mission and the regard it has established with its stakeholders.
Politically astute. In this position, you will have many stakeholders with varying goals and needs. You have good judgment and a thoughtful approach; you are sensitive to challenges and constraints.
Project manager. You have proven project management and organization skills and can effectively manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously. You allocate and optimize resources, reduce risks, manage timelines, and get the work done.
Clear communicator. You have exceptional writing, editing, and oral communication skills. Your writing and editing skills are impeccable.
Results-driven. You have a high degree of initiative and the ability to work independently and as part of a team to navigate tight deadlines, multiple tasks, and shifting priorities.
Manager. You respectfully listen to and learn from others, collaborate on projects, and communicate results. You confidently engage staff at all levels to define needs and expectations.
Organized. You are highly organized; you efficiently track the necessary details and effectively disseminate information. You prioritize and manage multiple projects, actively working on several projects at once – and you never miss a deadline.
What’s Attractive to the Right Candidate?
You will have opportunities to learn and grow in this role, as you will have your hands in all our practice areas. And while we expect that you will manage a broad portfolio, we are open to new ways of organizing the work if some practice areas most interest you. Working with the Director, you will be afforded the opportunity to take ownership of your role, be creative, and use initiative.
The Academy has earned a reputation for being nonpartisan, unbiased, credible, and authoritative.
We are a collaborative organization with a high degree of communication, trust, and mutual respect among employees, where individuals are recognized and rewarded for their work and accomplishments.
Our organization is financially stable. We offer competitive salary, excellent work-life balance, and a generous benefits package that includes health/dental insurance; long-term and short-term disability insurance; life insurance; workers’ compensation insurance and private pension benefits; and leave benefits to include annual and sick leave, paid holidays, and bereavement leave. Supplemental benefits include a flexible spending accounts program, transit benefits, and professional development.
Simply email your resume to Aileen Hedden at firstname.lastname@example.org with “The Academy – Assistant Director Public Policy #2021-2640 ASAE” as the subject of the email. Please include your resume as a Word or PDF attachment to the email and paste your cover letter in the body of your email.
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