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Senior Director of Clinical Education

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Hybrid Remote

Kidney disease affects more than 1 in 7 US adults—that’s 37 million Americans. With an unmatched scope of programs, the American Kidney Fund directly supports patients and caregivers wherever they are in the fight against the disease, from prevention to post-transplant living. As Senior Director of Clinical Education, reporting to the Vice President of Patient Support and Education, you will bring specialized clinical expertise to support AKF staff day-to-day, lead research initiatives, drive our clinical education program, and represent AKF’s position on scientific and medical issues.

This highly engaged role requires you to manage multiple projects with competing priorities, working with senior leadership and staff to meet strategic objectives. You will serve as the primary medical reviewer for AKF content, oversee the Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) Program, and advise on complicated patient cases. You will play a crucial role in research, assist in planning and evaluating AKF’s proprietary patient data, and contribute to policy positions. You will also own the implementation of our most consequential and innovative program, the Unknown Causes of Kidney Disease (UCKD) Project. You will have the opportunity to collaborate with some of the brightest minds in nephrology and make a tangible difference in the lives of patients and their families.

How You’ll Make an Impact

AKF is one of the fastest-growing patient advocacy nonprofits in the kidney space, and your expertise will be instrumental in propelling our mission forward. You will ensure that we provide accurate, standardized, up-to-date information to our stakeholders, inform our policy positions to help advocate for better patient outcomes at the national level, and enhance our ability to deliver the most relevant and impactful education and programs, ultimately shaping the future of patient care.

Work Environment, Salary, and Benefits

  • You’ll enjoy a hybrid work schedule, with two to four days per month in our North Bethesda, MD, office across from Pike and Rose. You’ll telework for the remainder of the month. Nationwide travel as necessary (10% or less).
  • The budgeted salary range for this position is $140K —$150K*, with the potential for raises and bonuses through annual performance reviews. AKF offers a comprehensive benefits plan that includes a matching 403(b) retirement plan, health, dental, vision, and life insurance, short—and long-term disability, flex spending, and generous leave. *Higher level candidates will be considered, and salary will be commensurate with experience.
  • Additional perks include paid parking at our underground garage, Metro subsidies, employee-led recognition and social events throughout the year, shorter workdays on Fridays, and a culture that embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion and emphasizes the importance of working together as a staff to continue making the organization a great place to work.


Clinical Expertise Resource for AKF Staff

  • Serve as primary medical reviewer of AKF web and print content, coordinating with Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and/or Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) as necessary.
  • Proactively review new research, guidelines, clinical trials, and approved treatments related to nephrology and related comorbidities, providing senior leadership with regular updates.
  • Assist the Office of Communications and Marketing with written responses to medical questions from the media and serve as a direct resource when appropriate.
  • Participate in meetings with corporate and foundation partners, as appropriate, providing insight into proposal development.
  • In collaboration with the VP of Patient Support and Education, oversee all aspects of the Clinical Scientist in Nephrology (CSN) Program, annually updating the CSN application and leading interactions with candidates and alumni.
  • Advise the VP of Patient Support and Education on complicated patient cases related to charitable assistance eligibility (for example, delayed graft function, acute kidney injury, etc.).
  • Prepare written and verbal reports, analyses, position papers, recommendations, and talking points for the CEO, VP, CMO, Board of Trustees, corporate sponsors, prospective funders, etc., as needed.
  • Actively participate in related Board Committee meetings and assist with agenda development for MAC and Kidney Disease Prevention, Education and Outreach (KDPEO).
  • In conjunction with the Director of Public Policy, contribute to AKF policy positions on CMS regulations as they pertain to quality of care and clinical guidelines.
  • Complete special projects and assignments as requested by the VP.

Research Endeavors

  • Assist in planning and evaluation of AKF’s proprietary patient data, including data collected through AKF’s Grants Management System (GMS). Lead medical aspects of health data collection and reporting within AKF’s GMS, working with the VP of Patient Support and Education, CMO, and the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Education to strategically analyze the data on at least an annual basis.
  • In collaboration with the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships and Education, oversee the creation, administration, and evaluation of surveys aimed at both lay and professional audiences.
  • Serve as author/and or co-author on poster abstracts and oral presentation abstracts at professional conferences. Represent AKF at these meetings when abstracts are accepted.

Thought Leadership

  • In consultation with the Vice President of Patient Support and Education, serve as project manager for AKF’s Unknown Causes of Kidney Disease (UCKD) Project.
  • Serve as a content contributor for AKF virtual and live events, including Kidney Action Week, the Dialysis at Home Summit, the UCKD Project, accredited and non-accredited professional education courses, and others.
  • Represent AKF by serving as a subject matter expert on industry panels, media, and advisory committees as appropriate.
  • With the CMO, represent AKF on external partner advisory boards as appropriate.


  • A minimum of 7-10 years of progressive experience in clinical education, services, or policy development with demonstrated success. An advanced degree in a related field and an active license as a nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or pharmacist are required.
  • Strong understanding of health and medical information, particularly Medicare quality measures process, KDIGO practice guidelines, and other nephrology practices and guidelines.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a rapidly growing, collaborative organization and developing effective working relationships internally and externally.
  • Experience reviewing scientific literature and communicating findings to professional and lay audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and managing budgets.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to clearly and persuasively describe AKF programs and their benefits to stakeholders and deliver presentations to diverse audiences.
  • Experience working on issues related to health equity and social determinants of health is preferred.

About Us

The American Kidney Fund fights kidney disease on all fronts as the nation’s leading kidney nonprofit—no kidney organization impacts more lives than AKF. We are grateful to our big-hearted donor community that makes all of this work possible. From prevention through post-transplant living, we are proud to be there by the sides of patients through every challenge that comes their way.

AKF’s vision is a world without kidney disease. Until that day comes, we believe that every kidney patient should have access to health care, and every person at risk for kidney disease should be empowered to prevent it. Ninety-seven cents of every dollar we spend goes to patients and programs. One of the nation’s highest-rated nonprofit organizations, AKF has held Charity Navigator’s highest 4-star rating for 20 years running and holds the Candid (formerly Guidestar) Platinum Seal of Transparency.

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