Under the supervision of the Senior Vice President, Business Services and in coordination with the CEO and senior leadership team, the Director of External Affairs provides leadership, direction, management and administration of the organization's external affairs activities and programs.
The Director develops strategic direction and provides recommendations on public policy matters involving federal, state, and local governments. Monitors legislative and regulatory matters and develops organizational action plans. Assists operating units with local government relations to ensure system-wide policy and public affairs consistency. Serves on internal committees to assist in developing and recommending organizational strategy in alignment with the current emerging public policy environment. Engages on matters involving the interplay of clinical, business, and public policy issues and projects. Develops and maintains professional relationships with key external stakeholders, including, but not limited to, elected officials, public administrators, community leaders, business leaders, etc.). Represents the organization on community boards, trade associations, and committees in alignment with the mission and strategic priorities of the organization. Serves as the primary licensed lobbyist of the organization and oversees other licensed lobbyists, including third party consultants. Serves as a collaborative partner and consultant as needed on matters involving public relations, including communications (external and internal) and media relations.
Education and Learning: Required- Master's degree in Public Policy or Public Health or a related field
Work Experience: Required- 7-10 years of experience in government relations, public affairs, public administration in the private, public or non-profit sector.
License and Certifications: Required- Valid Driver's License (DL)
Registered as a professional lobbyist in Wisconsin, Iowa and/or Minnesota
Equal Opportunity Employer
Gundersen Health System is where caring meets excellence through a comprehensive health network of wholly owned services and regional partners. Our vision is to enhance the health and well-being of our communities, while enriching every life we touch, including patients, families, and staff. Gundersen Health System is where nationally recognized quality meets dedicated, compassionate professionals, caring for patients in all stages of life.
Gundersen Health System is located in La Crosse Wisconsin, has nearly 9,000 employees, including more than 1,700 nurses, serve residents of western Wisconsin, southeast Minnesota and northeast Iowa. We are a dynamic healthcare organization anchored by a large, multi-specialty integrated practice and a Level II trauma and teaching hospital.