CareFirst Careers

Government Affairs Director - MD

Resp & Qualifications

PURPOSE:  The Director of Government Affairs (“Director”) reports to the Vice President of Government Affairs-Maryland and will be responsible for helping develop Government Affairs strategy, communications and advocacy to support, promote and protect business objectives and policies of the company.  The Director is accountable for working with internal stakeholders to develop policy positions regarding legislative and regulatory issues that arise.  At the Direction of the Vice President of Government Affairs-Maryland, the Director will communicate, advocate and reinforce CareFirst’s opinions and positions throughout the Executive, Legislative and Administrative branches of the State.  The Director will support the development of a positive perception among regulators and legislators of CareFirst’s mission and values and promote CareFirst as a public policy leader on healthcare issues in the state.  The Director will serve on legislative and regulatory Commissions, Task Forces and Workgroups to advance public policy priorities and reduce threats to the company. The Director must have an excellent working knowledge of state policy issues facing the company, as well as Maryland’s legislative and regulatory landscape.

Under the direction of the Vice President of Government Affairs-Maryland, the essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Analyze a wide range of proposed state legislation, regulation, and policies and help advise on the development of CareFirst’s position or course of action. During the legislative session of the General Assembly, review and analyze legislation relative to its impact on CareFirst policies and initiatives and take appropriate action to minimize negative impact or maximize positive impact on the Company. Working with Public Policy, draft bills, amendments, talking points and testimony, and conduct research on a variety of legislative and regulatory issues that may arise. Serve as a registered lobbyist for CareFirst with Maryland’s executive and legislative branches to influence the development of legislation, regulation and state initiatives. Build and maintain relationships and strengthen ties between CareFirst and the state government officials and offices. Meet with elected officials and state policy leaders to advance the legislative and regulatory priorities of CareFirst.

2. On an ongoing basis, review and monitor proposed regulations and state agency proposals and policy. Provide timely information on proposed legislation and regulations to appropriate leadership throughout the company. Write and update legislative bill summaries and track proposed state legislation during the legislative session. Address issues related to the legislative and regulatory environment, including rate and product issues, commercial insurance, Medicaid, State budget and healthcare reform matters.

3. Enhance the visibility of CareFirst by creating opportunities to expose, promote and showcase the Company’s positions and achievements to state officials, such as arranging meetings with state officials and leadership, and providing testimony before legislative hearing and briefings. Working with Public Policy, serve as a technical and policy resource to the Maryland General Assembly. Be responsible for monitoring, attending, and testifying at General Assembly hearings and sessions. Serve on external policy committees, workgroups and task forces to promote CareFirst positions.

4. Work with external groups/constituencies to establish strategic partnerships, alliances to implement legislative and regulatory strategies that promote CareFirst policy and initiatives. Ensure that recommendations do not negatively impact CareFirst policy.  Advise state leaders on potential positive and negative impacts on various constituencies as they deliberate healthcare issues affecting the state.


Required: Bachelor’s degree in Government Affairs or related field. 7-10 years of related experience in government relations or public policy. Strong relationship with members of the Maryland General Assembly.


  • Ability to develop and implement strategies that advocate CareFirst positions on legislation, regulation or governmental trends.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective, collaborative relationships.
  • Knowledge of health care, life insurance, health insurance and managed care issues.
  • Knowledge of Maryland’s laws, regulation, reporting requirements, and political processes.
  • Knowledge of government affairs, especially at the state and local levels.
  • Ability to lead, to make decisions, and to act independently as part of a government relations team.
  • Ability to represent the Company’s CEO and top leadership in various state and local venues and with key decision-makers.
  • Ability to build consensus and coalitions.
  • Creativity, flexibility and demonstrated organizational skills.
  • Proven, effective oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills necessary to effectively and confidently interact with a variety of CareFirst management, retained counsel, legislators and other elected/appointed officials, regulators, staff of trade associations and other key stakeholders.

Preferred: Knowledge of the healthcare industry, as well as knowledge of CareFirst’s history and operations preferred. Advance degree in law or related field strongly preferred


Department: Government Affairs

Equal Employment Opportunity

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is an Equal Opportunity (EEO) employer.  It is the policy of the Company to provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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Actual salary will be based on relevant job experience and work history.

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Closing Date

Please apply before: 12/19/2018

Federal Disc/Physical Demand

Note:  The incumbent is required to immediately disclose any debarment, exclusion, or other event that makes him/her ineligible to perform work directly or indirectly on Federal health care programs.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position successfully.  Requirements may be modified to accommodate individuals with disabilities.

The employee is primarily seated while performing the duties of the position.  Occasional walking or standing is required.  The hands are regularly used to write, type, key and handle or feel small controls and objects.  The employee must frequently talk and hear.  Weights of up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.


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