Government Relations Director

  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • Apr 28, 2020
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations

Job Description

HMS makes the healthcare system work better for everyone. We fight fraud, waste, and abuse so people have access to healthcare—now and in the future. Using innovative technology and powerful data analytics, we help government and commercial payers reduce costs, increase quality, and achieve regulatory compliance. We also help consumers take a more active role in their own health. Each year, we save our clients billions of dollars while helping people live healthier lives. At HMS, you will develop new skills and build your career in a dynamic industry while making a difference in the lives of others.

We are seeking a talented individual for a Government Relations Director to execute HMS's federal government relations strategies and initiatives to achieve the company's policy goals and business objectives; enhance HMS's Washington, D.C. presence; expand contacts and relationships with policymakers; and to provide thoughtful analysis and communications of federal legislation and public policy initiatives that will impact the company. 

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Execute, in collaboration with the VP, comprehensive federal political, legislative and regulatory response and engagement strategies.
  • Track and monitor federal legislation and regulation and independently analyze the impact on all of HMS’s business including the identification of opportunities and risks; and effectively communicate those items to internal and external stakeholders timely.
  • Build effective working relationships with key members of Congress and staff.
  • Assist with building brand awareness and developing relationships with a broad array of other Washington DC stakeholders, including think tanks and industry and political  groups.

  • Prepare collateral and support materials such as comment letters, policy papers, testimony, presentations, and advocacy memos.
  • Work collaboratively with internal business units to advance business development and operational efficiency goals leveraging Government Relations tools.
  • Work with business units to mitigate competitive, contractual, brand and other risks as needed.
  • Contribute to proposals and/or RFI responses.
  • Work with State/Federal Government Relations teams to coordinate activities across states and between state and federal governments.
  • As needed, lead project teams to include coordinating work effort, following through, and meeting deadlines.

Non-Essential Responsibilities: 

  • Performs other functions as assigned


 : Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Possess knowledge of federal legislative, lobbying, and regulatory processes.
  • Experience and knowledge in federal healthcare programs, especially Medicaid and Medicare.
  • Established or proven ability to establish relationships with healthcare, legislative and policy community including key congressional committees, staff, federal agencies, think tanks and trade associations.
  • Effective, concise and compelling verbal and written communication skills, including formal presentation skills 
  • Ability to effectively interact with Senior Business Unit Leaders and internal colleagues at various levels 
  • Ability to effectively and independently articulate the HMS story
  • Ability to analyze information and use logic and process to address work-related issues and problems.
  • Ability to anticipate issues and independently problem solve 
  • Ability to be pro-active and prioritize work load independently 
  • Ability to manage expectations, resolves problems, and think strategically
  • Ability to manage and/or lead projects 
  • Ability to work proficiently with Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint and company databases.
  • Average manual dexterity in use of a PC, phone, sorting, filing and other office machines.
  • Travel required, sometimes on short notice

Work Conditions and Physical Demands:

  • Primarily sedentary work in a general office environment
  • Ability to communicate and exchange information
  • Ability to comprehend and interpret documents and data
  • Requires occasional standing, walking, lifting, and moving objects (up to 10 lbs.)
  • Requires manual dexterity to use computer, telephone and peripherals
  • May be required to work extended hours for special business needs
  • May be required to travel at 10-15% of time based on business needs (sometimes on short notice)

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree required

Minimum Related Work Experience:

  • 5-7 years federal government relations experience required.
  • Minimum of 3 years Capitol Hill experience required 
  • Healthcare policy experience required.
  • Corporate experience a plus.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

EOE including disability/veteran

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