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Dir, Federal Affairs

Resp & Qualifications

PURPOSE:  The Director of Federal Affairs (“Director”) reports to the Vice President, Public Policy and will be responsible for helping develop federal Government Affairs strategy, communications and advocacy to support, promote and protect business objectives and policies of the company.  At the Direction of the Vice President, Public Policy, the Director will communicate, advocate and reinforce CareFirst’s opinions and positions throughout the Executive, Legislative and Administrative branches of the federal government.  The Director will support the development of a positive perception among regulators, legislators, and stakeholders of CareFirst’s mission and values and promote CareFirst as a public policy leader on healthcare issues nationally.  The Director must have an excellent working knowledge of health policy issues facing the company, as well as the federal legislative, regulatory, and political landscape. 

PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTABILITIES:
Under the direction of the Vice President, Public Policy, the essential duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Engage federal government officials and their staffs on behalf of CareFirst to ensure that the company’s position is considered in legislative and regulatory decisions and that bills and regulations are either introduced or amended to be consistent with CareFirst policy and objectives.  Enhance and solidify effective working relationships with legislators, regulators, opinion leaders, and various constituencies and community groups. 
  2. Working with public policy team and internal subject matter experts, coordinate CareFirst’s positions regarding federal legislation and regulations.  Research, develop and articulate positions on a wide variety of issues of public policy affecting the company.  Advise senior management on federal legislators’ and regulators’ points of view and the effects of proposed laws and regulations on CareFirst.
  3. Establish and implement proactive strategies to promote CareFirst’s legislative and policy agenda, including managing contract lobbyists on the federal level and building coalitions necessary to influence legislation, regulation and policy positions that are consistent with CareFirst’s goals and mission or avoid legislative and regulatory threats.
  4. Function as liaison with BCBSA and other trade associations as appropriate on federal issues.  Communicates CareFirst’s opinions and positions within the BCBSA organization and encourage BCBSA officials to lobby on CareFirst’s behalf.
  5. Working with public policy team, track, monitor, and communicate legislative and regulatory proposals to senior management. Consult with various divisions throughout the company to determine each legislative and regulatory proposal’s potential impact on (1) current business practice, (2) operational costs and efficiencies and (3) future strategic direction of the company.


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:

Required: Bachelor’s degree in Government Affairs or related field. 7-10 years of related experience in government relations or public policy. Strong relationships with members of Congressional delegation and staff in CareFirst’s service area and on committees of key importance.

Abilities/Skills:  

  • 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, health insurance and public health care programs.
  • Knowledge of federal health care laws, regulation, reporting requirements, and political processes.
  • Knowledge of government affairs, especially at the federal level.
  • 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 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 consultants, legislators and other elected/appointed officials, regulators, staff of trade associations and other key stakeholders.

Preferred: Legal degree preferred.  Public Affairs management experience and strong relationship with key federal administration officials.  Knowledge of the healthcare industry, as well as knowledge of CareFirst’s history and operations preferred.

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Department

Department: Public Policy

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.

Hire Range Disclaimer

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

Where To Apply

Please visit our website to apply: www.carefirst.com/careers

Closing Date

Please apply before: 10/27/2019

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.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The associate 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 associate must frequently talk and hear.  Weights up to 25 pounds are occasionally lifted.

Sponsorship in US

Must be eligible to work in the U.S. without Sponsorship

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