Vice President, Public Policy

Job Summary
The Vice President of Public Policy is responsible for representing CareOregon, its affiliates and partners in legislative and regulatory development. Primary duties include strategic planning and operational effectiveness, as well as development and oversight of resources, relationships, and successful teams. This position actively and regularly participates in strategic planning and collaboration at the organizational level. This position helps ensure the integration of internal operations needed to identify and resolve regulatory or statutory barriers, to strategize with health system stakeholders about how to affect policy and regulatory changes necessary to improve the system, to interact with and inform decisions of state and federal policymakers in the legislative and executive branches of government, and to coordinate external and internal communications about CareOregon policy objectives. Additionally, this position is accountable for researching and integrating federal, state and local policy issues that impact CareOregon.

Essential Responsibilities
Technical/Strategic Leadership

Provides leadership and direction to CareOregon on broad legislative, regulatory strategy and the community-based initiatives that might impact policy developments.
Effectively represents CareOregon with local, state and federal elected officials and their staff, as well as leadership and staff of local, state and federal agencies.
Leads collaborative efforts with stakeholders for the continued development and maintenance of programs that promote health care to the medically vulnerable.
Works synergistically with other internal CareOregon leaders to integrate internal and external mission and vision into legislative and public policy focus.
Tracks proposed changes to state and federal regulations and statutes, as well as proposed budgetary changes to the Medicaid program. Leads in interpreting regulations, statutes and state budgets, and work with all departments to analyze how changes may impact internal operations.
Meets with CareOregon’s Officers, the CareOregon Board of Directors, and the Boards of Directors or Steering Committees of any of CareOregon’s partners on policy developments.
Works as CareOregon lobbyist to ensure that CareOregon’s regulatory policy agenda informs and aligns with CareOregon’s legislative policy objectives. Briefs legislators and other policymakers about how the legislative proposals will impact CareOregon’s operations and how proposals will affect current administrative law.
Oversees the work of any outside lobbyist or lobbying agency with which CareOregon may contract.
Serves as the primary contact between CareOregon and Oregon’s Executive Branch, including the Governor’s office, Oregon Health Authority (OHA), and Department of Consumer and Business Services (DCBS) staff
Monitors OHA notices and communications, disseminate to appropriate CareOregon staff and management, and work with staff to respond appropriately.
Works with internal CareOregon staff to analyze, draft, and submit written comments during state and federal administrative rulemaking on proposed rules that impact CareOregon, the Oregon Health Plan, CareOregon’s provider network, or CareOregon members.
Analyzes, drafts and submits written testimony on proposed legislation in the Oregon Legislature and Congress; serves as primary CareOregon representative to present oral testimony to committees in the Oregon Legislature, when needed.
Proposes and negotiates amendments to bills with policymakers and other stakeholders in order to further CareOregon’s and CareOregon’s members’ policy objectives.
Participates in and manages special projects and activities as requested.
Coordinates policy and advocacy with Associations and Coalition Partners.
Coordinates policy and advocacy with CCO partners that may include Health Share of Oregon, Columbia Pacific CCO and Jackson Care Connect.
Works with Legal Affairs Department staff to develop legislative and regulatory objectives, in consultation with CareOregon’s Executive Leadership Team.
Provides detailed analysis and information to executive management about the implication of proposed and enacted regulation and legislation.
Strategic Planning

Leads the development of vision and goals for areas of oversight.
Defines operational structure for areas of oversight and approves policies.
Participates in the strategic planning process for the organization; maintains an enterprise view while establishing business unit priorities.
In collaboration with the executive leadership team, develop public policy strategy that allows the State of Oregon and CareOregon to meet triple aim goals.
Financial/Resource Management

Develops budgets in alignment with strategic planning.
Ensures teams have sufficient resources to perform their work.
Ensures budgets are monitored and managed effectively across areas of oversight.
Approves resource allocations within budget, including people, finances, and timelines.
Relationship Management

Ensures strategic messages are regularly and effectively relayed to management team and staff; promotes transparency.
Works collaboratively across lines of business and with functional departments including finance, procurement, legal and others on facilities, real estate, and leasing transactions
Collaborates with leaders across the organization in identifying integrated improvement strategies and ensuring meaningful integration.
Represents the organization in external meetings and functions as required providing leadership presence, subject matter expertise, and effectiveness.
Employee Supervision

Directs team(s) and establishes team direction and goals in alignment with the organizational mission, vision, and values.
Identifies work and staffing models; recruits, hires, and oversees a team to meet work needs, using an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens.
Identifies department priorities; ensures employees have information and resources to meet job expectations.
Leads the development, communication, and oversight of team and individual goals; ensures goals, expectations, and standards are clearly understood by staff.
Manages, coaches, motivates, and guides employees; promotes employee development.
Incorporates guidance from CareOregon equity tools into people leadership, planning, operations, evaluation, budgeting, resource allocation, and decision making.
Ensures team adheres to department and organizational standards, policies, and procedures.
Evaluates employee performance and provides regular feedback to support success; recognizes strong performance and addresses performance gaps and accountability (corrective action).
Performs supervisory tasks in collaboration with Human Resources as needed.
Develops budgets in alignment with strategic planning and, in particular, in close coordination with all departments requesting BMC support or from which BMC requires support.
Ensures effective balancing of supply with demand, so that BMC teams have sufficient resources to perform the work requested of them in a timely and high-quality manner.
Ensures budgets are monitored and managed effectively across areas of oversight.
Approves resource allocations within budget, including people, finances, and timelines; make decisions on exceptions.

Organizational Responsibilities
Perform work in alignment with the organization’s mission, vision and values.
Support the organization’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion by fostering a culture of open mindedness, cultural awareness, compassion and respect for all individuals.
Strive to meet annual business goals in support of the organization’s strategic goals.
Adhere to the organization’s policies, procedures and other relevant compliance needs.
Perform other duties as needed.

Experience and/or Education


Minimum 10 years’ experience in public policy, government relations, communications, or related field
Minimum 5 years’ experience in a supervisory position
Registered lobbyist
Valid driver’s license, acceptable driving record, and automobile liability coverage or access to an insured vehicle

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

Must have a familiarity with OARS and the legislative process
Must know how to comply with the federal and state regulations that apply to marketing, communications, HIPPA, IRS charitable giving and regulations that govern Medicare and Medicaid insurance plans
Strong understanding of the economic impact of business decisions
Skills and Abilities

Ability to identify, evaluate and develop strategies to eliminate health disparities for OHP members
Ability to build and maintain professional relationships with business, community and legislative groups
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Excellent negotiation and consensus building skills
Ability to effectively manage financial budgets and financial resources
Strong presentation skills
Ability to staff Board committees
Ability to effectively manage, coach and motivate staff
Ability to manage multiple tasks and initiatives
Basic word processing skills
Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups
Ability to learn, focus, understand, and evaluate information and determine appropriate actions
Ability to accept direction and feedback, as well as tolerate and manage stress
Ability to see, read, hear, and perform repetitive finger and wrist movement for at least 6 hours/day
Ability to speak clearly for at least 3-6 hours/day
Ability to operate a motor vehicle

Working Conditions

Work Environment(s): ☒ Indoor/Office ☐ Community ☐ Facilities/Security ☐ Outdoor Exposure

Member/Patient Facing: ☒ No ☐ Telephonic ☐ In Person

Hazards: May include, but not limited to, physical and ergonomic hazards.

Equipment: General office equipment

Travel: Requires travel outside of the workplace at least weekly; the employee’s personal vehicle may be used. Driving infractions will be monitored in accordance with organizational policy.

Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply. CareOregon is committed to building a linguistically and culturally diverse and inclusive work environment

Veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Equal opportunity employer. This company considers all candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.

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