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Director of Government Relations & Policy Duties: Serves as principal (and first) Government Relations professional and advisor, strategist, and educator on government relations, political, and procurement strategy. Build a government relations function in a growing company. Will also analyze the business impact of new legislation, regulations, and other Federal and state policy issues, in cooperation with other members of the policy team. Effective at developing relationship with government officials and is sought out as an expert both within and outside the company. Effective execution of this role will enable successful external leadership and advocacy, close and effective collaboration with key internal functions (including business development and marketing), and a strong internal employee awareness of effective approaches to government relations, driven by effective and valuable communications. Lead the Government Relations and Policy Team, which has been in existence for just under a year. Will manage team staff and will grow the team into an invaluable organizational resource for policy-related information, training, and analysis that is customized to meet the growing business needs for policy awareness and strategy both in business development and operations. Build relationships with government officials who play key roles in policy development and procurement decisions that impact business to build brand recognition and influence policy development. In cooperation with the business development team, refine and execute an outreach plan for CMS, including securing and leading meetings with key agency officials. In cooperation with the business development team, refine and execute an outreach plan for Veterans Affairs health, including securing and leading meetings with key agency officials. Meet with members of Congress in districts which has a presence in. Build relationships within industry groups and associations (in cooperation with Corporate Affair’s staff) and leverage those relationships to serve goals. Coordinate work of all external federal and state lobbyists under contract, to ensure efficient use of company resources and accountability for delivering business value. Develop company guidelines for government relations, to guide the company as a whole, and appropriate roll-out and training plan to ensure that the guidelines are adopted and the corporate brand is presented in a cohesive and positive manner. Develop a set of metrics for measuring the success of government relations work within the company, and report those metrics to the corporate executives on a routine basis. Contribute to business development, capture, and proposal efforts by ensuring that customer facing communications are grounded in the customer’s policy & budget context and highlight Cognosante’s policy expertise. Researching policy, political, and budget context for opportunities and working with business development team to leverage that information, Drafting and reviewing proposal text that is (or could be) policy-related, with a particular focus on making sure that the story told by the proposal with resonate with the client’s policy/operational staff and leadership. As necessary, acting as a policy SME for current implementation efforts. Maintain current knowledge of Cognosante’s business and identify future growth opportunities. Contribute to marketing efforts by advising marketing department and providing thought leadership for industry press. Advise executive team on impacts of policy on business strategy. Coordinate preparation of comments and correspondence to federal and state government agencies Research and analyze legislation, regulations, and other policies relevant to Cognosante’s business. In cooperation w/ operations and proposal teams, participate in hiring process for SMEs, if policy/regulatory expertise is a requirement for that role. Conduct training and create resources to enhance the policy skills and political savvy of workforce Represent the company at policy conferences, meetings, events, and in other forums. Other activities, as requested.
Qualification and Experience
Qualifications: Bachelor or Master degree in Public Affairs, Public Policy, Public Health; JD Degree; or an equivalent degree providing relevant health policy expertise Established relationships with senior HHS/CMS, VA, and/or Congressional and White House Officials Demonstrated experience in government relations, ideally in a leadership role or experience establishing this function in a business where it did not previously exist. Demonstrated experience with policy related to Veterans health and/or CMS health programs and health IT Demonstrated experience with federal legislative process Additional Qualifications Excellent communication skills, with demonstrated ability to distill and translate complex concepts into actionable information for colleagues, members of the press, and other audiences. Ability to present to small and large groups at all levels of the organization and deal with unexpected questions and challenges while presenting. Demonstrated commitment to building strong internal and external relationships. Demonstrated management potential. Ability to mentor, coach, and educate staff and a proven track record of influencing without authority. Ability to work in an evolving environment and to be decisive, self-motivated, and results oriented. Demonstrated strategic thinking and advanced research, writing, synthesizing, analyzing, and editing abilities and attention to detail.
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