The Vice President, Federal Government Relations is responsible for developing the federal legislative and regulatory agenda of the Illinois Health and Hospital Association as well as the advocacy strategies to implement that agenda. The position is based in Washington, D.C.
Outline of Responsibilities
Monitors and analyzes proposed legislative and regulatory changes within the Legislative and Executive branches of the federal government that impact hospitals and health systems, including payments, coverage, standards of care, benefits structures and quality initiatives
Assists with the formulation of appropriate federal legislative, regulatory and policy positions for the Association
Develops and implements advocacy strategies to advance or block legislative and regulatory initiatives of Congress, the White House, federal agencies and regulatory bodies
Represents the Association and its advocacy agenda with members of Congress, Congressional leadership and staff, the Executive Branch including federal agency officials
Utilizes knowledge of health policy, including Medicare, Medicaid and public health service programs, to shape legislative and regulatory initiatives and to assess their impact on the Association’s members
Develops and maintains coordinated policy and advocacy efforts with the American Hospital Association and similarly focused health advocacy organizations
Prepares and presents reports on federal legislative and regulatory activity to IHA Leadership, including the Board of Trustees and constituency groups
Represents the Association at external functions, including Congressional and Executive branch meetings and conferences
Drafts and reviews internal and external communications to ensure accuracy and consistency with the Association’s federal policy positions and goals
Assists with the preparation of briefing memoranda on legislative and regulatory initiatives
Assists with the preparation of position papers on IHA’s federal legislative and regulatory initiatives
Assists Government Relations staff regarding the IHA PAC including recommendations to the AHA PAC on which Congressional candidates to support
Coordinates federal advocacy days for IHA members to engage with federal legislators, regulators and staff
Serves as key resource for IHA members on federal advocacy efforts
Other duties as defined.
Bachelor’s degree required, Masters preferred, with a minimum of seven years of experience in policy development, advocacy and the federal legislative process. Congressional or Executive branch staff experience is preferred.
Expertise in health policy, including knowledge of Medicare, Medicaid and public health service programs; excellent oral and written communications skills required to produce position papers and written communications; public speaking skills required for oral presentations, extemporaneous speaking and interviews; strong analytical skills required; demonstrated leadership skills required.
Equal Opportunity Employer – race, sex, veteran or disability status, gender identity, sexual orientation
The Illinois Health and Hospital Association (IHA), with offices in Chicago, Naperville, Springfield, and Washington D.C., represents more than 200 hospitals and health systems as they care for their patients and communities. Its members range from major academic medical centers and teaching hospitals that train tomorrow’s doctors and nurses, to community hospitals that transform advances in medicine and technology into better lives for patients, to rural and critical access facilities that bring high-quality patient care to the less populated regions of Illinois, to specialty institutions that care for patients in need of behavioral health, long-term care, or rehabilitation services.
Since IHA was formed in 1923 (and combined with MCHC in January 2016 to form an integrated, statewide organization), its mission has been to strengthen and unite hospitals and make high-quality, affordable health care available to all Illinois residents at the right time and in the right setting. To make this possible, IHA advocates for a redesigned health system and sustainable funding -- including new models of healthcare delivery and payment -- that support the Triple Aim of healthcare.
I...HA’s core role is to be the trusted voice, resource and partner for Illinois hospitals representing their interests at the local, state and national levels to ensure sustainable resources, the highest level of quality care and transformation of healthcare delivery. In addition to its advocacy and policy work on behalf of its members, IHA’s Midwest Healthcare Institute provides innovative business and performance solutions, services and tools, including patient care and quality improvement initiatives and collaboratives, data analytics, purchasing and insurance services. IHA also provides a comprehensive portfolio of educational programs for members on critical healthcare issues and challenges.
The President & CEO and a 23-member Board of Trustees directs IHA advocacy and member priorities. Member forums for safety net hospitals, small and rural hospitals, behavioral health, investor-owned hospitals, and volunteers, as well as councils and task forces, provide members opportunities to participate in the Association’s policy development process.