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Chief of External and Government Relations

Company: Metroplus Health Plan
Location: Albany
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

Empower. Unite. Care.MetroPlusHealth is committed to empowering New Yorkers by uniting communities through care. We believe that Health care is a right, not a privilege. If you have compassion and a collaborative spirit, work with us. You can come to work being proud of what you do every day.About NYC Health + HospitalsMetroPlusHealth provides the highest quality healthcare services to residents of Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens and Staten Island through a comprehensive list of products, including, but not limited to, New York State Medicaid Managed Care, Medicare, Child Health Plus, Exchange, Partnership in Care, MetroPlus Gold, Essential Plan, etc. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of NYC Health + Hospitals, the largest public health system in the United States, MetroPlusHealth's network includes over 27,000 primary care providers, specialists and participating clinics. For more than 30 years, MetroPlusHealth has been committed to building strong relationships with its members and providers to enable New Yorkers to live their healthiest life. Salary commensurate with education and experience. Applicants residing in or around Albany, preferred but not required. Position OverviewThe Chief of External and Government Relations will develop relationships with local and state elected officials and other external stakeholders to advance the mission of MetroPlusHealth and our NYC Health and Hospitals affiliates. This position will advance MetroPlusHealth's mission through analyzing and proposing legislation, meeting with elected officials about MetroPlusHealth's priorities, and preparing MetroPlusHealth leadership staff to participate in state, city, and federal legislative hearings. In doing so, the Chief of External and Government Relations will advocate on issues that affect the ability of the MetroPlusHealth and its affiliates to carry out their mission of providing public health insurance to low income eligible and underserved populations and providing access to quality healthcare services.Job DescriptionServe as MetroPlusHealth'sprimary liaison to elected officials at the City and State level, government agencies and policy organizations.Develop and implement strategies for advancing MetroPlusHealth's goals through local, state, and federal legislation-both proactively and in response to inquiries.Identify and capitalize on opportunities to shape legislation or regulations to advance MetroPlusHealth's mission.Monitor federal, state and local governments for legislative initiative affecting the MetroPlusHealth's programs and services.Propose and develop appropriate strategy for response to legislation to influence and advance interest of MetroPlusHealth.Represent the agency's position as a member of national and state industry and intergovernmental groups, as requested by the Commissioner.Establish and build communications and working relationships with members of Congress, other officials, and advocates at the federal, state, local levels.Conduct regular briefings for legislators and their staff on issues of importance to the agency.Advise agency personnel on all legislative matters governing the area of concern.Manage relationships with advocacy groups; ensure that that advocacy, community, and provider groups have clear, timely information about MetroPlusHealth's work and intergovernmental/interagency efforts as appropriate.Draft testimony and prepare with agency senior leadership for hearings before city, state, and federal legislative bodies.Correspond with elected officials on policy, program,and constituent matters.Partner and develop a relationship with the Mayor's Office of Legislative Affairs in order to advance M+ legislative agenda.Develop and provide support for communication strategies to promote new initiatives with a positive impact.Represent the corporation at public hearings, legislative visits and briefings, and any forums convened to protect New York's public health insurance programs from cuts that affect outreach, enrollment, eligibility, and benefits.Provide policy guidance and develop written materials on the corporation's position on facilitated enrollment in order to share information and provide feedback to policy makers.With input from Executive Staff, draft and execute MetroPlusHealth's legislative initiatives and advocacy strategies.Work with finance staff to develop financial and program impact statements related to budget issues.Provide reports on specific topics of concern and/or issues under consideration.Work closely with H+H Intergovernmental staff to assure information and strategy is coordinated.Measure and report effectiveness of communication efforts.Assess pending legislation and provide guidance on its implications for MetroPlusHealth.Perform special assignments and other duties as needed.Minimum QualificationsA Bachelor's Degree required (Master's Degree preferred) in Public Policy or Public Administration.Minimum of 10 years of legislative, policy and regulatory experience in a major governmental agency or the office of a state, local or federal legislator required.Healthcare industry experience preferred.Extensive experience and understanding of state, federal and local public policy and legislative process.Ability to accurately to accurately identify, analyze, and communicate legislative, regulatory and policy issues.Ability to identify and build strategic relationships with key government leaders, policy makers, industry and community leaders and other stakeholders.Outstanding public speaking and engagement skills.Experience in formulating policies, developing strategies and recommendations on issues and/or legislation.Professional CompetenciesProven leadership skills, including ability to think and plan strategicallyExcellent written and verbal communicationStrong project management skillsInterpersonal skills, with a demonstrated record doing high-level legislative strategyAbility to collaborate under varying degrees of supervisionSelf-directed

Keywords: Metroplus Health Plan, Albany , Chief of External and Government Relations, Government & Protective Services , Albany, New York

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