Long‐term pointing stability requirements at the Advanced Photon Source (APS) are very stringent, at the level of 500 nanoradians peak‐to‐peak or better over a one‐week time frame. Conventional rf beam position monitors (BPMs) close to the insertion device source points are incapable of assuring this level of stability, owing to mechanical, thermal, and electronic stability limitations. Insertion device gap‐dependent systematic errors associated with the present ultraviolet photon beam position monitors similarly limit their ability to control long‐term pointing stability. We report on the development of a new BPM design sensitive only to hard x‐rays. Early experimental results will be presented.