Senior Manager, Government Affairs

  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Mar 04, 2020
Full time Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

At Blue Shield of California we are parents, leader, students, visionaries, heroes, and providers. Everyday we come together striving to fulfill our mission, to ensure all Californians have access to high-quality health care at a sustainably affordable price. For more than 80 years, Blue Shield of California has been dedicated to transforming health care by making it more accessible, cost-effective, and customer-centric. We are a not-for-profit, independent member of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association with 6,800 employees, more than $20 billion in annual revenue and 4.3 million members. The company has contributed more than $500 million to Blue Shield of California Foundation since 2002 to have a positive impact on California communities. Blue Shield of California is headquartered in Oakland, California with 18 additional locations including Sacramento, Los Angeles, and San Diego. We’re excited to share Blue Shield of California has received awards and recognition for – LGBT diversity, quality improvement, most influential women in corporate America, Bay Area’s top companies in volunteering & giving, and one of the world’s most ethical companies. Here at Blue Shield of California, we’re striving to make a positive change across our industry and the communities we live in – Join us! 



Blue Shield of California is seeking a senior level lobbyist for our downtown Sacramento office.  The lobbyist is responsible for developing and advocating for the company's state government affairs agenda.


  • Identify and monitor state legislative proposals that impact company, work with internal subject matter experts to determine company position on legislative proposals, execute appropriate policy responses.
  • Advocate for the company's position with the legislature and administration, including drafting letters and position papers, and lobbying members and staff.
  • Assist in drafting legislation, finding sponsors, and proposing amendments.
  • Help develop and implement strategies to work with other influential constituencies to advance policy positions, including health plans, providers, brokers, labor, business and consumer representatives.
  • Make recommendations regarding implementation of enacted legislation.
  • Monitor and provide input on federal policy matters and state regulatory matters (including coordinating company responses to regulatory data requests).
  • Represent company at legislative hearings and political events
  • Develop and implement strategies to advance the company's interests in the political arena, including candidate and ballot measure campaigns.
  • Develop and implement a state political contributions plan.
  • Support the employee political engagement program and the Employee Political Action Committee.
  • Ensure adherence to all applicable laws and regulations regarding lobbying and political contributions.
  • Draft presentations for internal audiences about legislative and political issues.
  • Create regular reports on the activities of the government affairs department for internal distribution.




Job Requirements


  • Strong government affairs background. Minimum 7 years direct experience
  • Ability to interpret, analyze and communicate legislative issues and government regulations.
  • Strong writing skills and attention to detail, with an emphasis on the ability to be persuasive, clear and concise.
  • Strong interpersonal and networking skills.
  • Strong research and analytical background and skills.


Preferred Attributes:


  • Seven years’ experience with the state legislative process as either a lobbyist or senior member of legislative or administrative staff.
  • Strong computer and internet skills.
  • Knowledge of applicable laws, rules, regulations, policies and procedures relating to health care.
  • Good relationships with elected officials and staff as well as key health care stakeholder groups.


  • Bachelor's degree. Advanced degree, preferable
  • Generally requires thorough experience in legislative/external affairs or related business field

 Physical Requirements Office Environment - roles involving part to full time schedule in Office Environment. Based in our physical offices and work from home office/deskwork – Activity level: Sedentary, frequency most of work day.
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External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest records and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, State and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regards to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability status and any other classification protected by Federal, State and local laws.

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