TITLE: Sr. Specialist, Practice Guideline Publications
POSITION #: 104
DATE: August 2020
LEVEL: Sr. Specialist
REPORTS TO: Sr. Director, Quality
The Senior Specialist, Practice Guideline Publications is responsible for working as a key part of the team that develops, maintains, disseminates and implements ACR evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for management of patients with rheumatic disease. Primary daily tasks and responsibilities include working with guideline teams to help develop guideline manuscripts and supplementary materials such as evidence reports, tables, figures, etc.; coordinating the ACR manuscript review process; and planning for and coordinating the dissemination and implementation of ACR guidelines, as well as other Quality department publications, as needed.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Develop, maintain and improve dissemination methodology of ACR clinical practice guidelines; serve as content owner for a document that outlines this methodology.
Educate other ACR staff on ACR guideline dissemination and implementation methods, as needed. Collaborate with ACR education staff on ACR guideline implementation strategies.
Improve outreach and education about ACR clinical practice guidelines, including developing relationships with key contacts at physician and patient organizations with similar guideline interests as the ACR.
Continually evaluate return on investment of ACR dissemination and implementation methods, and propose changes, as warranted.
Work with team of physicians/health professionals, methodologists, librarian(s), and staff to develop, disseminate and implement ACR clinical practice guidelines, including for each topic/project:
Work with guideline development group to develop and finalize guideline manuscript
Work with guideline development group to identify key messages, gaps in practice, barriers to implementation, and dissemination opportunities for guideline/recommendation statements
Work with guideline development group and other ACR committees to identify creative methods to eliminate barriers to proper use of the guidelines (reimbursement, access, resources, legislation, etc.)
Continuously develop and implement a guideline dissemination / implementation plan and timeline, engaging and guiding other staff and volunteers, as necessary; obtain cross-functional input to minimize duplication of efforts within the College
Draft written key messages and guide other staff/volunteers who participate in delivery of that message
Serve as a late-stage reviewer of guideline documents and supplementary materials; this involves, but is not limited to, copyediting and reviewing the clarity of the conclusions and recommendations
Coordinate ACR manuscript review process, in conjunction with journal review process; serve as primary liaison to ACR journals re: inquiries pertaining to manuscript submissions
Manage process for obtaining external endorsement of ACR guidelines, if applicable (e.g., if an outside group has partnered with the ACR on guideline development or support)
Manage and participate in the development, design, printing, and distribution of all derivative guideline tools (e.g., pocket cards, apps, educational slide sets)
Work with Communications and Marketing to raise awareness of the guideline messages via the public and professional media, using appropriate methods; review and edit content related to guideline dissemination, including press releases, articles/text for the ACR web site and The Rheumatologist, articles in non-ACR publications, etc.
Collaborate with the ACR Education Dept. and other staff to share guideline content in educational materials/forums for rheumatologists, health professionals, trainees, and/or others in a guideline’s target audience, as outlined in dissemination/implementation plan
Coordinate the review, publication and dissemination efforts for ACR criteria and other quality-related publications, as needed.
Communicate effectively with ACR members, other ACR staff, and external organizations and individuals about ACR guideline development and other quality-related activities.
If requested, attend ACR Convergence (the ACR’s annual scientific meeting) and handle duties, as directed. (NOTE: The November 2020 meeting will be virtual.)
Travel as required and necessary to fulfill duties. (NOTE: All ACR staff travel is presently on hold through at least December 2020 due to the COVID pandemic.)
Assume additional responsibilities as the Senior Director, Quality or the VP, Practice, Advocacy and Quality direct.
Must have a Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related professional experience, including with clinical guideline dissemination and implementation, or equivalent expertise.
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills, including experience in medical editing and writing, or equivalent professional expertise.
Must be a self-starter with the ability to exercise judgment in prioritizing and handling responsibilities and be efficient in simultaneously organizing numerous details related to assigned projects.
Must be a strategic thinker with an interest in and ability to improve processes by proposing and creating efficiencies as part of a team working toward common goals.
Must have excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to work with volunteers, staff and outside vendors/organizations tactfully, respectfully and efficiently.
Must be proficient in using Windows Operating Systems, Microsoft applications, and Adobe Acrobat. Knowledge of and experience with JIRA/Confluence is ideal.
The ACR provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. The ACR complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities or conducts business
This is not a contract. The description and duties as they relate to this position are subject to change as reasonable business necessity dictates. In the event of such changes, a new job description may be created.
Internal Number: 147-104
About American College of Rheumatology
The American College of Rheumatology's mission is advancing rheumatology. The organization is for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that meet the mission through programs of education, research, advocacy and practice support.The ACR provides professional education for its members through several venues. The Annual Scientific Meeting, held each fall, is the premier scientific meeting devoted to the rheumatic diseases. This meeting draws thousands of rheumatologists and arthritis health professionals from around the world. A winter rheumatology symposium, spring clinical meetings, and other topical conferences round out the ACR's educational offerings.