The West Regional Director of Government Relations is responsible for the development and execution of effective and creative government relations strategies in a specified geographic region.
**Prefer individuals who live in Austin, TX or Denver, CO. The role is remote with about 50% required travel.
Primary Job Responsibilities
Develop state specific strategies and execute lobbying efforts to introduce and influence the passage of legislation, regulation and policy proposals.
Develop and maintain strong relationships with and act as liaison to Executive Branch officials, gubernatorial appointee level officials and state legislators within assigned region
In partnership with sales, business development, and client and provider services functions, drive new business through the development and execution of comprehensive market conditioning strategies and lead efforts related to covered officials or other government relations stakeholders
Evaluate and advocate for specific program financing models at the state level.
Understand regulatory environment in existing business and emerging markets to identify trends and engage regulatory bodies to protect the business. With a focus on health insurance regulations and regulators in assigned Region
Analyze legislation, regulations and sub-regulatory guidance to determine operational and financial impact by consulting with internal business units and by applying broad knowledge of the health insurance and health care industries, including existing laws, regulations and contractual obligations.
Identify, contract, educate, directly supervise and evaluate network of contract lobbyists within region.
Work cross-functionally with policy advisors, DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement, and other consultants to ensure consistent policy messaging and advocacy and, as necessary, develop state specific advocacy materials.
Represent organization at major trade and government conferences.
Know, adhere to, and educate other internal stakeholders on state lobbying and ethics rules.
Other duties as needed or required.
BA/BS degree (preferably in political science or communications).
7+ years minimum experience in lobbying and/or relevant experience
Experience with highly regulated industries.
Knowledge of state and federal regulations affecting commercial insurance and Medicaid
Experience in corporate government relations or a state Executive Branch preferred.
Experience in working collaboratively with legislative staff and/or governmental regulatory agencies.
Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including written, verbal and presentation skills.
Excellent problem solving, analytical, planning and organizational skills.
Ability to manage multiple projects, determine project urgency in a meaningful and practical way, use goals to guide actions and create detailed action plans, organize and schedule people and tasks.
Ability to lead, direct and motivate consultant teams effectively.
Ability to prioritize work and operate under tight deadlines.
Attends additional training as requested/deemed necessary
Master's degree preferred
Multi state lobbying and business development experience preferred.
Health care continues to evolve and transform at a rapid pace, yet too many people still don't get the care they need. Simply put, the overall health care system fails to meet the basic needs of millions. That is why DentaQuest is relentlessly focused on our mission to improve the oral health of all. As an oral health champion, we are making transformative change with a focus on improving access, prevention, value-based care and measurable outcomes. We leverage our broad knowledge and deep insights from years of experience to innovate with purpose to find the best ways to get people the oral health care they need. We understand that together is the only way forward. The people of DentaQuest have a common purpose, and we work together with passion, perseverance and focus to achieve a nation where no child suffers from the pain of tooth decay. Where adults keep all their teeth for their entire lives. Where every person has access to quality dental care.