Government Relations Director

  • Nashville, TN, USA
  • Aug 06, 2018
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Discover Vanderbilt University Medical Center:Located in Nashville, Tennessee, and operating at a global crossroads of teaching, discovery and patient care, VUMC is a community of individuals who come to work each day with the simple aim of changing the world. It is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity — of culture, thinking, learning and leading — is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something that is bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt’s mission is to advance health and wellness through preeminent programs in patient care, education, and research.

Job Summary
Advises senior leadership of Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) on matters related to city and county government relations. Assists in maintaining effective communications with state officials, community groups and state organizations focused on research and health care. Responsible for executing political engagement strategies regarding city officials to benefit the mission and objectives of VUMC.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; master’s degree preferred
  • 10+ years’ experience in a government relations or policy focused role
  • Strong network with city and regional government leadership
  • Knowledge of direct lobbying with associations and consultants
  • Ability to advocate for laws and regulations during development and implementation, as well as local government’s role in adoption and enforcement

Job Specific Qualifications

  • Must demonstrate exceptional interpersonal skills, ethics, a professional demeanor, thought leadership, flexibility, and the ability to handle the uncertainties associated with a fast-paced environment.
  • Experience serving on Community boards and commissions.
  • Track record of staff development, performance and accountability.
  • Experience in a position in a client driven environment with diverse responsibilities.
  • Exceptional ability to multi-task numerous priorities, while interacting with stakeholders with a strong positive attitude and disposition.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication. Ability to communicate concisely as required, while maintaining professional communication and relationships with all stakeholders. Highly responsive to communications from stakeholders, and ability to translate that communication into the required action in response.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of VUMC.

Job Responsibilities

  • Establish a positive, credible and influential presence for VUMC with the Nashville Metro Council and other Nashville Boards and Commissions.
  • Represent and advance VUMC’s government relations agenda before elected officials and government decision makers.
  • Build and maintain relationships with elected officials and government decision makers on behalf of VUMC.
  • Monitor and track proposed ordinances proposed in the metro council; analyze potential impact on VUMC operations; develop positions thereon; communicate views internally and externally.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community groups and represent VUMC at community events.
  • As needed, work cross-functionally and coordinate activities with VUMC departments such as Human Resources, Strategic Marketing, Federal Relations, and the Office of Engagement.

VUMC Recent AccomplishmentsBecause we are committed to providing the best in patient care, education and research, we are proud of our recent accomplishments:

  • US News & World Report: #1 Hospital in Tennessee, #1 Health Care Provider in Nashville, #1 Audiology (Bill Wilkerson Center), 12 adult and 10 pediatric clinical specialties ranked among the nation's best, #15 Education and Training
  • Truven Health Analytics: among the top 50 cardiovascular hospitals in the U.S.
  • Becker's Hospital Review: one of the "100 Greatest Hospitals in America"
  • The Leapfrog Group: grade "A" in Hospital Safety Score
  • National Institutes of Health: among the top 10 grant awardees for medical research in the US
  • Magnet Recognition Program: Vanderbilt nurses are the only group honored in Tennessee
  • Nashville Business Journal: Middle Tennessee's healthiest employer
  • American Hospital Association: among the 100 "Most Wired" medical systems in the US

Basic Qualifications
Physical Requirements/Strengths needed & Physical Demands:


  • Occasional: Sitting: Remaining in seated position
  • Occasional: Standing: Remaining on one's feet without moving.
  • Occasional: Walking: Moving about on foot.
  • Occasional: Lifting under 35 lbs: Raising and lowering objects under 35 lbs from one level to another
  • Occasional: Push/Pull: Exerting force to move objects away from or toward.
  • Occasional: Bending/Stooping: Trunk bending downward and forward by bending spine at waist requiring full use of lower extremities and back muscles
  • Occasional: Reaching below shoulders: Extending arms in any direction below shoulders.
  • Occasional: Handling: Seizing, holding, grasping, turning or otherwise working with hand or hands.


  • Occasional: Vision: Clarity of near vision at 20 inches or less and far vision at 20 feet or more with depth perception, peripheral vision, color vision.
  • Frequent: Noise: May include exposure to occupational noise levels which equal or exceed an 8-hr time-weighted average of 85 decibels, requiring enrollment in VUMC's Hearing Conservation Program which includes training, use of hearing protection, and periodic audiometry.
  • Continuous: Communication: Expressing or exchanging written/verbal/electronic information.

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