Director of Government Affairs

About us:

Boston Medical Center Health System includes Boston Medical Center, the largest safety net hospital in New England and BMC HealthNet Plan (BMCHP), a non-profit health insurance plan serving largely low income individuals in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. In New Hampshire, the health plan is known as Well Sense Health plan. In Massachusetts, BMCHP operates in the Connector, Medicaid managed care (MCO), Accountable Care (ACO) and Senior Care Options (SCO) programs. In New Hampshire, WellSense operates in the Medicaid managed care program. Together BMC HealthNet Plan and WellSense have over 400,000 members including low income individuals, families, seniors and people with disabilities with a mission of serving traditionally underserved populations with high quality, effective health care.

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Vice President for Government Affairs for Boston Medical Center Health System and the President of the Health Plan, the Director of Government Affairs will be responsible for legislative and regulatory policy advocacy for the Boston Medical Center Health Plan (BMCHP). The Director of Government Affairs will identify, analyze, track and advocate on state and federal policy initiatives that could impact the health plan. The Director will be responsible for coordinating with internal subject matter experts in other departments, such as legal, finance and operations, to assess the impact of any pending policy matter on the health plan and the hospital, and to agree on an advocacy position on each topic. The Director will advocate to protect the health plan and health system’s interest. The Director will be also be responsible for keeping internal experts, and health plan and health system leadership about the progress of such proposals. The Director will be responsible for representing the health plan at applicable advocacy and trade association meetings, at both the state and federal level. The Director will also work with staff in New Hampshire to ensure that the plan’s interests are well represented in New Hampshire policy as well.

Key Functions and Responsibilities:

• Identify, analyze, track and advocate on legislative and regulatory policy proposals at the state and federal level for the health plan.
• Work with impacted departments within BMCHP (Massachusetts) and Well Sense (New Hampshire) and Boston Medical Center (BMC) to understand the potential impact to the BMC Health system and to agree on an advocacy position for each relevant proposal.
• Prepare responsive correspondence, such as letters and testimony, to legislative and regulatory offices, as well as advocacy materials for external audiences.
• Keep impacted departments and senior leaders informed of progress on regulatory or legislative proposals.
• Formulate, in coordination with VP of Government Affairs, the development of the organization’s annual and ad hoc policy and advocacy goals.
• Represent the health plan of the organization at relevant policy meetings and trade association meetings and calls at the state and federal level.
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with government officials and staff, peers at other organizations, and trade association contacts.
• Prepare testimony and remarks on policy proposals by the President of the health plan and other senior leaders, as needed.
• Provide writing and related support on company’s responses to RFPs and similar matters.

Qualifications:

Education:
• Bachelor’s Degree required. A Juris Doctor, Masters in Public Policy or other advanced degree in a relevant field, or commensurate experience is strongly preferred.

Experience:
• At least 5 years of previous legislative, regulatory and/or advocacy experience in a health related public or private organization. Previous legislative or regulatory experience with managed care or health insurance strongly preferred.

Competencies, Skills, and Attributes:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Ability to manage the development and preparation of written communications for internal and external stakeholders.
• Experience with state and federal legislative and regulatory processes.
• Ability to communicate and collaborate within all levels of the organization, including with the CEO and other senior leaders both within the health plan and the health system.
• Excellent collaborative and proven process improvement skills.
• Ability to represent the health plan and health system externally at government or trade association events.
• Demonstrated ability to successfully plan, organize and manage projects.
• A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office products.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort: :
• Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.
• Attendance at hearings and other public events in the Boston area, and occasional travel to both New Hampshire and Washington DC.
• No or very limited physical effort required. No or very limited exposure to physical risk.

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