Director-External Affairs

  • Gundersen Health System
  • La Crosse, WI, USA
  • Sep 11, 2019
Full time Other

Job Description

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