The Director, Government Relations interacts with Congress and the Executive Branch to promote CHA's Advocacy Agenda and works with other CHA staff to coordinate the development of the advocacy and government affairs strategies for the Association. This position exercises a leadership role in developing and implementing CHA's legislative initiatives. The position serves as a spokesperson for the association's advocacy and public policy positions, and as one of the primary representatives of the Advocacy and Public Policy department to the Congress, the Administration, and other organizations and coalitions (e.g. American Hospital Association, the Medicaid Coalition, etc.) on issues affecting the CHA membership. This position is a key role in communicating CHA's advocacy priorities. Some travel is required (approximately 20%).
- Establish and maintain high visibility and good working relationships with the Administration and Congressional staff, key government agencies, and other interest groups to promote a high profile for CHA
- Track legislation and regulations at the federal and (where appropriate) state level, maintain a system for monitoring the progress of legislation that affect CHA members
- Organize comprehensive and informative legislative visits and presentations [e.g. the annual Congressional Legislative Advocacy Conference]
- Maintain appropriate databases, such as, inventories of established key legislative contacts with CHA membership
- Assist in the development of CHA Advocacy Agenda and annual legislative plan; write analysis of various policy issues of interest to CHA; prepare issue papers and briefs on selected topics
- Work with key CHA member advocacy staff (e.g., Health Committee, System Advocacy Coordinators) to develop and implement CHA legislative strategies
- Analyze federal and (where appropriate) state issues that are likely to have an impact on the Catholic health ministry
- Contribute to other ministry area priorities and focus areas by leveraging government relations exposure and experience
- Coordinate the working relationship of outside legislative consultants, and serves as a liaison to CHA Policy consultants
- Foster team work among Advocacy staff members, and between the Advocacy staff and other departments of CHA to accomplish the members' work
- Work with Member Services to share information about changes in the ministry and/or government relations contacts which may be tracked in CHA's member database
Experience: Minimum of 8+ years' experience working in one of the following areas or a combination of these areas: congressional office/committee; federal agency; government affairs department of a membership or trade association; law firm.
Skills, Knowledge, and Ability: Knowledge of congressional legislative and state/federal regulatory processes. Understanding of Medicaid, Medicare and the ACA as well as the legal, financing, and regulatory issues affecting hospitals, health systems, long-term care organizations, and related health providers. Highly effective communications and presentation skills including the ability to make effective and persuasive speeches and presentations to members, senior government officials, board members and the public with the desired outcome of influencing decision making. Strong contacts/working relationships with individuals in Congress, the Administration, and other national organizations in the health field [highly desirable]. Demonstrated leadership skills including the ability to lead, mentor and direct staff to accomplish department and organizational goals [highly desirable]. Strong analytical ability necessary to evaluate data and form meaningful conclusions. Ability to multi-task and flex as necessary. Project management experience. Intermediate Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook skills.
Education/Certification: Bachelor's degree in political science, public policy or public administration or equivalent work experience. Advanced degree in public policy, law, public administration, or related advocacy field [desirable].
The Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) advances the Catholic health ministry of the United States in caring for people and communities. Comprised of more than 600 hospitals and 1,600 long-term care and other health facilities in all 50 states, the Catholic health ministry is the largest group of nonprofit health care providers in the nation. Consider joining our mission based organization by sending a resume to HR@chausa.org.
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