Assoc Director, Federal Government Relations

  • Philadelphia, PA, USA
  • Jun 05, 2018
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Position Description:
Penn Medicine is looking for an Associate Director, Federal Government Relations

Job Summary:
The Associate Director, Federal Government Relations, in Penn Medicine's Department of Government and Community Relations directs Penn Medicine's federal government affairs portfolio.  Reporting to the Director of Public Affairs, the Associate Director develops and implements Penn Medicine's annual advocacy agenda in Washington, D.C.  This position plays an instrumental role in developing and maintaining relationships with federal government officials and works closely with Penn Medicine entities, departments, faculty and staff to facilitate communication with elected and appointed government officials. 

• Develops and implements Penn Medicine’s federal advocacy agenda in Washington, D.C., including tracking, analyzing and engaging on key federal legislative and policy developments relevant to Penn Medicine.
• Establishes new relationships and strengthens existing relationships with federal government officials and key staff in Washington, D.C. and their respective district offices. Develops a strategic approach to cultivate relationships and communicate Penn Medicine’s advocacy agenda.  
• Communicates with internal and external constituencies by drafting reports and updates as necessary, including reports for the Penn Medicine Board of Trustees. The Associate Director will also draft advocacy correspondence on behalf of senior leadership outlining Penn Medicine’s position on current policy matters.
• Participates in meetings for industry associations and outside organizations focused on federal government relations, including but not limited to the Association of American Medical Colleges, American Hospital Association, and the Hospital & Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania.
• Serves as an advisor to the Director of Public Affairs on strategic initiatives and short- and long-term planning activities, including special projects.
• Works closely with peers in Government and Community Relations Office to leverage the expertise of the team and ensure a seamless public affairs strategy that aligns with the organization's goals and objectives.
• Ensures compliance with lobbying disclosure and reporting requirements, as applicable.  Maintains ethical standards of conduct at all times.
• Performs duties in accordance with Penn Medicine and entity values, policies, and procedures
• Other duties as assigned to support the unit, department, entity, and health system organization

Minimum Requirements:
Minimum Education and Experience Required:
• Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science/Public Administration, or related field required
• 5+ years’ experience in government relations and/or public policy, preferably with strong federal government and/or health care experience.
• Experience working with and managing public affairs consultants and industry associations required
• Experience working on hospital-specific issues, including Medicare, Medicaid and/or the National Institutes of Health preferred 

Skill Requirements:
• Demonstrates understanding of the structure of the federal government, including legislative and regulatory processes
• Extensive knowledge of health care policy, biomedical research and the health care industry required
• Demonstrated success growing and sustaining relationships with federal government officials and key staff
• Able to translate complex information into simple explanations that everyone can understand
• Ability to be flexible and work under pressure
• Ability to work within tight timeframes and meet strict deadlines
• Strong track record of managing projects and processes
• Ability to coordinate people and work in a cross-functional manner to achieve goals and objectives

Additional Information:

We believe that the best care for our patients starts with the best care for our employees. Our employee benefits programs help our employees get healthy and stay healthy. We offer a comprehensive compensation and benefits program that includes one of the finest prepaid tuition assistance programs in the region. Penn Medicine employees are actively engaged and committed to our mission. Together we will continue to make medical advances that help people live longer, healthier lives.

EOE/AA, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran

We are an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Candidates are considered for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, familial status, genetic information, domestic or sexual violence victim status, citizenship status, military status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

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