Conducts activities that generate and maintain relationships with national, state and local policy makers and regulators across all markets served by the company. Works with provider trade associations and other stakeholders to increase Scioto’s presence across the United States. Assists in facilitating key government relationships that may result in business development activity and the overall realization of strategic objectives and goals of the company. The Director of Government Affairs will monitor state and federal legislation and regulations to identify areas of opportunity or concern for the company. This individual will analyze the potential impacts of these issues and keep Senior Management updated and educated regarding the issues. Strong relationships will be built with key state and federal government officials so the public policy issues of impact to the company may be influenced. This individual will also work closely with provider trade organizations and other stakeholders to influence Scioto’s presence throughout the country. Essential duties and responsibilities include the following: 1. Monitor and analyze proposed legislation and regulations at the federal and state level: • Conduct ongoing research and monitoring of legislation and regulations for the federal government and targeted states in all healthcare specialties served by the company, i.e. developmentally disabled industry, traumatic brain injury, behavioral health, etc. • Pertinent issues and targeted states will be identified in conjunction with Senior Management. • Prepare legislative and regulatory status reports impacting the company’s respective business units. • Identify key issues or legislative trends that may be of strategic importance to Scioto • Based on strategic priorities of the company, lead advocacy efforts on behalf of the company on a state and national level. 2 2. Assist Executive Management in understanding opportunities and risks for Scioto in the legislative and regulatory areas: • Serve as the principal advisor for the Executive Management Team on all aspects of federal and state legislative and policy matters impacting the company. • Participate in company policy committee meetings and assist in the discussion, review and development of company policy. • Participate with the Executive Management Team on strategic planning. • Provide talking points and prepare research for Executive Team Members in preparation for meetings, interviews, and other activities. • Create public relations messaging for various audiences, direct the utilization of relevant field data and maintain familiarity with organizations that further the company’s public policy agenda. • Maintain and continue relationships with strategic partners/customers, as identified by the President/COO. Make introductions for executives and Board Members as directed. • Responsible for tracking CMS and other national and state initiatives that may have an impact on the DD industry and other adjacent markets Scioto may pursue. • Assist in the determination of which states to target with government relations and other initiatives. 3. Represent Scioto and lead efforts with national trade associations, government agencies and other entities and individuals as determined by the President/COO: • Monitoring ongoing communications with all relevant organizations and report as needed to Executive Management. • Establish and maintain relationships with government officials. Develop and present information on how Scioto can assist each particular state in their property initiatives. • Establish and maintain relationships with state provider associations. Attend meetings/trainings in key states, as identified by executive management and sales teams. • Assist in the determination of conferences appropriate for the company to attend as an exhibitor or sponsor. Be present at national conferences as assigned. Participate, and invite appropriate Scioto personnel to participate in webinars, conference calls and summarize and “frame” information for the review of the Executive Management Team. • Based on the strategic priorities of the company, lead advocacy efforts on behalf of the company on a national, state and local level. 4. Assist in the education of Scioto staff, customers and the general public as directed by the President/COO: • Provide presentations on legislative and regulatory issues along with key healthcare trends, to Scioto staff. • Coordinate, develop and distribute a government affairs newsletter as a value-added service to Scioto’s provider base. • Assist the organization in understanding provider regulatory compliance concerns. 3 5. Maintenance of a high level of Professionalism, Honesty & Integrity: • The Director of Government Affairs will be expected to conduct all work activities while exhibiting Scioto’s business values of honesty and integrity while continuously striving to offer impeccable service, treating our customers with dignity and respect and partnering with our customers to attain mutual goals that exceed expected results. • Conducts other duties as assigned. Competency To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies: Organizational Support/Dependability – Follows policies, procedures and instruction; completes tasks correctly and on time; is consistently at work on time; asks for and offers help when needed; supports organizational goals and values. Ongoing collaboration with other Scioto staff is critical. Analytical/Problem Solving – Collects and researches data; gathers information skillfully; understands business implications of decisions; displays orientation to listen to customer requests and responds to them in a timely manner; identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner and conserves organizational resources. Customer Service – Has the ability to initiate conversations with customers and other stakeholders; solicits customer feedback to improve service; demonstrates the ability to maintain strong working relationships with customers and the ability to generate new and improved ways to strengthen such relationships. Demonstrates a passion for helping people with disabilities. Communication – Demonstrates excellent verbal communication skills that engage others in conversation. In addition, has the ability to make presentations to groups; is able to initiate a conversation with various resources by speaking clearly in positive or negative situations; and demonstrates effective listening skills, responding well to questions and inquires. Also, has excellent written communication skills and high competency in editing work for spelling and grammar, composition and comprehensiveness. Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual should have experience in the management of legislative affairs at the state and federal levels. The position requires effective oral communication skills for conducting presentations, and effective writing skills, so concise narrative reports can be written. Required Education/Experience: 4-year college degree or related experience and/or training in political science, social science, public administration, public affairs or community relations. Master’s degree preferred. Two to four years of demonstrated experience in areas such as public policy, government relations, grassroots activities and community organizations. Experience in lobbying at the local, state and federal levels is extremely important, but recent graduates should have knowledge and 4 understanding of the advocacy and legislative processes at the different government levels. Healthcare industry experience is preferred. Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of word processing software, data entry and presentation software. Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise level in the work environment is generally quiet with reasonable noise level for telephone conversations and internal meetings. Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform internal essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; stoop; kneel or crouch and to reach with hands and arms. Frequent travel to national conferences and meeting with government entities will require airplane travel and use of an automobile. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.