Director, State Relations

  • URAC
  • Washington, DC
  • Dec 13, 2022
Full time Advocacy Director / VP / Pres. Government Affairs / Relations Lobbyist

Job Description

Major Purpose Of This Job: This position will direct the creation and execution of URAC’s state government relations program. Working with legislators, regulators, government leaders, and their staffs, this position works proactively to define and advance URAC’s policies, positions, and strategies at the state government level. This role will promote URAC’s policy interests and support our mission to advance the quality of health care through leadership, accreditation, measurement, and innovation.

Job Duties and Responsibilities: Accountable for the overall supervision, planning, organization, and execution of URAC’s state government relations program by advocating for laws, regulations, and policies favorable to the organization’s business functions.

 Work directly with state legislatures and state executive branch agencies. This includes working with key healthcare policymakers, including members of legislative committees with jurisdiction over healthcare, the Departments of Insurance, other state agencies, and executive departments tasked with overseeing state health care programs.

 Collaborate closely with URAC’s Vice President, Government Relations, and Federal Relations staff to advance URAC’s government relations strategies and achieve shared goals.

 Educate other URAC departments on state-level policy developments, receive input on state policies impacting URAC’s operations, and inform Executive Team on state policy matters.

 Serve as Government Relations department representative within URAC regarding inquiries from state governments and other programmatic needs at the state-level

 Lead URAC’s outreach with groups such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL), and the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL).

 Develop a presence with state trade associations, coalitions, and stakeholder groups, leveraging URAC’s participation in those organizations to support the organization’s goals.

 Assess each state's outside counsel and lobbying needs and manage these resources appropriately.

 Oversee compliance with all state lobbying laws, governmental regulations, and organizational policies which impact areas of responsibility.

 Perform other duties as assigned.

Experience, Knowledge, And Skill Requirements

·        5-10 years of experience working in state government advocacy. This may include working with state agencies, state trade associations, state focused coalitions and advocacy groups, state legislative staff, state-focused consulting firms, and/or comparable government service.

  • Track record of leadership responsibilities and achievements, as well as project management and/or advocacy campaign experience
  • Command of current health policy issues with intellectual curiosity and personal interest in continuous learning.
  • Excellent research, writing, and public speaking skills.
  • Proven capacity to operate in ambiguous situations.
  • Deep knowledge of the state legislative and state regulatory processes.
  • Experience working with and managing outside consultants.
  • Proven ability to develop collaborative arrangements and strategic partnerships.
  • Comfortable working independently and interdependently to accomplish goals and outcomes.
  • Self-motivated work ethic demonstrating sound judgment, initiative, and an ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Capacity to handle confidential matters with a high level of integrity.

·        Proficiency in Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and video conferencing platforms required.

·        Ability to travel 10-20% for URAC business as needed.

·        Comfort working with teammates that work on both hybrid and fully remote schedules.

Education And Training Requirements: 

Bachelor's Degree required; Graduate Degree in Public Policy, Law, Public Health, Public Administration, or similar preferred.





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