Assistant Director, Health Affairs Government Relations

  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • Chicago, IL
  • Jun 08, 2024
Full time Director / VP / Pres. Lobbyist

Job Description

Assistant Director, Health Affairs Government Relations

University of Illinois Chicago

Hiring Department: Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs

Location: Chicago, IL USA

Requisition ID: 1024959

Posting Close Date: June 24, 2024

About the University of Illinois Chicago

UIC is among the nation’s preeminent urban public research universities, a Carnegie RU/VH research institution, and the largest university in Chicago. UIC serves over 34,000 students, comprising one of the most diverse student bodies in the nation and is designated as a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Through its 16 colleges, UIC produces nationally and internationally recognized multidisciplinary academic programs in concert with civic, corporate and community partners worldwide, including a full complement of health sciences colleges. By emphasizing cutting-edge and transformational research along with a commitment to the success of all students, UIC embodies the dynamic, vibrant and engaged urban university. Recent Best Colleges rankings published by U.S. News & World Report, found UIC climbed up in its rankings among top public schools in the nation and among all national universities. UIC has over 300,000 alumni, and is one of the largest employers in the city of Chicago.


Position Summary

This position will assist the Director, Healthcare Government Relations in developing strategies to achieve UI Health's government relations goals and assist in identifying and strengthening relationships with key stakeholders. This position will work with individuals across UI Health, UIC and the University of Illinois System to optimize support and resources for UI Health and its patients.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist the Director in the coordination and implementation of legislative strategies for UI Health at the local, state and federal level. Support the Director in advocacy efforts by coordinating activities to identify and deepen relationships with key stakeholders, including elected officials and government agencies.
  • Monitor legislation affecting UI Health at the local, state and federal level.
  • Conduct research and draft reports to aid Director in the development of policy positions with leaders from UI Health, the UIC Office of Public and Government Affairs, and the University of Illinois’ Office of Governmental Relations (OGR). Provide data and information that are important to the development of strategic recommendations for how to advocate, enhance and seek support for UI Health priorities.
  • Based on research and resulting policy positions, assist Director by drafting briefings, comments, and policy documents to be shared with members and staff of the Illinois General Assembly, the Illinois Congressional Delegation, and other key state and federal administrative officials regarding the impact of proposed legislative changes on UI Health and UI internal initiatives;
  • Coordinate implementation of strategic initiatives related to government and healthcare including supporting relationships with appropriate internal and external interests, including medical center staff, academic units, government agencies, and advocacy groups.
  • Provide assistance to multi-office working groups at UI Health, including coordinating committees and ensuring tracking and timely completion of all necessary duties; provide assistance with government relations issues to UI Health faculty and staff.
  • Attend relevant meetings with external stakeholders as a representative of UI Health.
  • Support Director’s efforts to align advocacy efforts and policy positions with broader University of Illinois and UIC messages, strategies and policies.
  • Coordinate events and other activities to support UI Health government relations goals, such as town halls, press conferences and legislator visits.
  • Travel to Springfield, IL and Washington D.C. and other locations as needed.
  • Work non-standard hours, including weekends and evenings
  • Perform other related duties and participate in special projects as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree required.
  • Five years progressive experience in government relations preferably for a large complex organization or within an government entity.
  • Proven ability to monitor, research and analyze impact of legislation, including working with stakeholders to assess impact.
  • Proven relationship building skills and ability to work collaboratively across many constituency groups. Ability to work successfully in teams and independently.
  • Strong communication and administrative skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working in an academic health center, health care association, hospital or other health-related field preferred.
  • Experience working with healthcare committees, agencies, associations, etc. at the state and federal level preferred.
  • Working knowledge of current health policy issues including Medicare and Medicaid preferred.

To Apply:

For fullest consideration, apply at: by June 24, 2024.

The University of Illinois System is an equal opportunity employer, including but not limited to disability and/or veteran status, and complies with all applicable state and federal employment mandates. Please visit Required Employment Notices and Posters to view our non-discrimination statement and find additional information about required background checks, sexual harassment/misconduct disclosures, and employment eligibility review through E-Verify.

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