Vice President, Government Relations - Federal Services

  • Washington, D.C., USA
  • Mar 13, 2019
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

Position Purpose: The VP of Government Relations is responsible to oversee the development, implementation, marketing, compliance and servicing of government programs. This position has direct responsibility for coordinating government relations and legislation and assists Corporate on national legislative issues, especially as it relates to TriCare/DOD, VA, and the Defense Health Agency. 

  • Oversees the development, implementation and compliance with all government program regulations. Directs and coordinates marketing, sales and servicing and reporting strategies. Ensures attainment of membership/retention goals and financial performance of product line.
  • Creates and implements a strategic and operating plan, including membership retention, growth and revenue growth.
  • Negotiates contracts and reimbursements with state agencies.
  • Negotiates and lobbies state agency personnel and legislative leadership for funding government programs.
  • Monitors financial performance monthly and reviews budget to achieve performance to ensure product meets financial targets. Recommends initiatives to improve financial performance.
  • Ensures compliance for all government programs including quality audits and state and federal regulations.
  • Manages government relations activities. Sets legislative priorities. Analyzes and reviews state and federal regulatory and legislative proposals, recommends and prepares appropriate company positions (including testimony before legislative bodies). Determines operational impact evaluations as necessary. Coordinates lobbying activities.
  • Serves as liaison/representative to state HMO Associations.
  • Maintains corporate compliance with state ethics commission regulations.
  • Prepares and presents reports to Board of Directors as assigned.
  • Develops and manages department budget.
  • Plans and directs the hiring, training and professional development of staff. Supervises staff.
  • Develops individual performance objectives and evaluates staff performance against those stated objectives. Provides verbal and written feedback to staff relative to job performance.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required; Graduate Degree in Business or Health Administration is highly desirable. 
  • Five years experience in government programs/relations/lobbying as well as experience in a managed care environment required. 
  • Four years managerial experience (i.e., preparing budget, hiring, supervising staff).
  • This position will be supporting a Federal government contract, therefore it requires U. S. citizenship and proof of favorable adjudication following submission of Department of Defense form SF86 or higher security.

Centene is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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