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Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy

America's Health Insurance Plans
Washington, DC
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
Job Description
AHIP is looking for an Executive Vice President, Government Affairs & Advocacy to join our Executive Management Team! If you are looking to make a real difference through your career journey, why not do it with the foremost health insurance advocacy organization in the nation? AHIP is the industry-leading trade association of health insurance providers striving to make health care better and coverage more affordable for every American. Our team works among the nation’s most influential policymakers and stakeholders with front-row seats to make unparalleled impact and change with policy advocates, leading conveners and conferences, foremost innovators, and champions of the health care industry.


Position Summary:

This position leads, directs, and supervises the strategic engagement, alignment and deployment of all of AHIP’s federal legislative and state government relations, lobbying and advocacy staff activities and related resources to accomplish AHIP’s priority objectives. This includes primary engagement with the Congress, Congressional leadership offices, and key Committees of jurisdiction (e.g., Energy & Commerce, Senate Finance). This position also works in a collaborative and supportive role with the EVP Public Policy & Strategy to engage the Administration and key federal government agencies (e.g., White House, HHS/CMS, Department of Labor, etc.) on legislative and regulatory activities. As an executive leader, actively fosters, builds, and advances collaboration, diversity and inclusion for the organization.

This role leads, directs, and supervises AHIP’s primary engagement and lobbying strategies with state governments, including state legislatures, Governor offices and related organizations (e.g., National Governors Association), Departments of Insurance and related organizations (e.g., National Association of Insurance Commissioners), Medicaid departments and related organizations (e.g., National Association of Medicaid Directors), and related state health agencies and organizations (e.g., National Council of Insurance Legislations) in support of AHIP’s priority objectives.

This position supervises the teams responsible for engagement on all federal legislative and state government affairs activities, emphasizing activities that advance AHIP's advocacy priorities and goals. This position oversees AHIP's tracking, analyzing, and lobbying of Congressional activities and related issues (e.g., hearings, testimony) and similar state government activities.

This position is responsible for the department's annual budget, oversees departmental expenditures and corporate filings for external financial reports, and works with the senior team to advise the President/CEO on organizational fiscal management.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Represents AHIP as a principal Congressional lobbyist, maintains extensive contacts, develops strong relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, and other key organizations to advance AHIP priority objectives, develop support for industry positions, and ensure attendance/coverage by AHIP staff at congressional hearings mark-ups, meetings, and other congressional events.
  2. Leads AHIP engagement with state government entities and related organizations to advance AHIP priority objectives.
  3. Collaborates with President & CEO and appropriate AHIP executive and senior staff to develop a strategic vision for AHIP for federal legislative activities and state government affairs activities.
  4. Works with the AHIP Board of Directors, AHIP member companies, and senior association executives to identify priority issues annually, including specifying key cross-cutting goals and objectives and those within AHIP’s advocacy verticals.
  5. Oversees and assists in responding to questions and inquiries from Members of Congress on legislative and related issues affecting health insurance providers.
  6. Monitors and analyzes proposed legislation in collaboration with EVP Public Policy & Strategy to determine its effects on the industry and consumers; determines the most appropriate positions in collaboration with AHIP's Board, senior staff and member companies and develops and implements government affairs strategies to achieve favorable results.
  7. Oversees and participates in preparing and delivering testimony, position statements, talking points, written reports, memos, and bulletins sent to AHIP members.
  8. Oversees activities of the AHIP political action committee (PAC).
  9. Directs funding for sponsorships in support of federal legislative and state government affairs activities and goals.
  10. As appropriate, serves as liaison to HHS and White House staff on issues affecting health insurance providers.
  11. As appropriate, serves as a liaison to other health care stakeholder organizations (e.g., provider groups, consumer organizations) and federal and state entities to develop and foster public-private partnerships.
  12. Performs other tasks as required or assigned.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. For example, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to see, talk and hear. In addition, the employee frequently is required to stand, walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms, communicate verbally, use computer and other technology (including keyboarding).

Mental Demands

The mental demands described here represent those that an employee must meet to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. Employee must have a high capacity for logical thinking, be able to cope effectively with stressful demands involving high levels of responsibility and urgent deadlines, remain calm in conflict situations, focus on mission-critical matter but also have the ability to switch quickly from one project or demand to another (and back again).

Supervisory Responsibilities: Directly supervises the Federal Affairs and State Affairs & Policy Sr. Management Teams.

Minimum Education and Experience Required

  1. Bachelor's Degree and/or equivalent experience.
  2. Master's Degree or Legal Degree with a focus in healthcare preferred.
  3. Minimum of 10-15 years of experience in trade associations or large complex organizations, including operational and management roles with leadership experience.
  4. Knowledge of the structure and functioning of federal government, with emphasis on the legislative branch in terms of its impact on health policy

Other Qualifications

  • Knowledge of current policy issues affecting the health insurance providers; and understanding of member companies' business models and organizational goals.
  • Relationships with Members of Congress, Congressional staff, congressional agencies, and related organizations.
  • Experience in state government affairs and operations across executive and legislative branches.
  • Knowledge and understanding complex health care sectors and organizations with preference for managed care functions and operations.
  • Knowledge of federal PAC organizations and rules.
  • Ability to lead and advance a strategic plan for a national advocacy organization to promote and advance members' operations and business models.
  • Ability to lead staff teams and employ management processes to achieve objectives across the Association and with external groups and understand production processes and evaluation tools.
  • Ability to clearly articulate and communicate ideas, organizational strategies, and directives with excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work positively and favorably as a leader and part of a team, understand and follow direction, and give clear direction to team members.
  • Ability to build collaborative relationships and influence others.
  • Ability to identify, seek, and interpret complex information.
  • Analytical and conceptual thinking skills.


Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Standard days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., however may require long hours and weekend work.

Disability Specifications

AHIP will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AHIP is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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